“These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. That verse is from the King James Bible. Now, let’s look at it from the Message Bible. “My purpose in writing is simply this: that you who believe in God's Son will know beyond the shadow of a doubt that you have eternal life, the reality and not the illusion.”
You know, there’s not a lot of this world’s knowledge that I can say I really know about. But there’s one thing I really do know, and that is that I’m saved! What I mean is that I know that if I died today, or that if Jesus Christ came back to this earth today to pick up all believers to take them to heaven, I know, beyond all shadow of doubt that I’m saved!
“How could you possibly know that?” Someone is saying. I’ll tell you how. I’ve repented of my sins, up-to-date. I’ve made Jesus Christ the Lord and Savior of my life. And God’s Spirit has come to live inside of me. As I’m talking to you He’s witnessing to my heart that He’s inside of me, and that if something happened to me, like dying, or being raptured (which means I’d be “caught up to be with the Lord” should He come back to this earth, I’d certainly have a home in heaven.
Some time back when I had an opportunity to work with a medical missions team, we went to Russia, several hundreds of miles east of Moscow. It was my job to talk with the precious little people, mostly grandmas, after they were treated by the medical personnel. Most of them were church goers with the Russian Orthodox Church.
I would ask them through an interpreter, “Do you know Jesus?”
They would answer, “Da!” meaning, “Yes.” And a big smile would come on their faces.
Then I asked them, “If you died, today, do you know for sure that you would go to heaven?”
They would look very sad, and say, “Oh, no! You can’t know that!”
And I would then say, “If I helped you pray a certain kind of prayer, would you like to do that so you could know for sure that you’d be ready to meet Jesus when you die?”
Again, they would smile, and say. “Da!” or “Yes!”
So, I helped them to pray the sinner’s prayer. They asked Jesus to forgive them and invited Him, personally, to become their Lord and Savior. Obviously, they had never in their lives had done that.
After that prayer, their whole countenance changed to one of peace and joy. And then I asked them, “Do you know now that your sins are gone and that your name is written in heaven?”
Again, a big smile would come across their precious, wrinkled faces, and they would say, “Da!”
There are literally millions of professing Christians around the world who have never truly been born again. Seemingly, nobody has ever explained to them how to pray and invite the Lord into their hearts.
Say, you that don’t know for certain that you’re saved, could ask God to forgive you and come into your heart right now, if you want to. God is waiting on you. It’s your move!
Oh, yes, you can know beyond all doubt that you’re truly saved!
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