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This is an excellent and important question.  There are times that we may certainly feel that we are saved and then other days we feel that we are not saved.  This issue cannot be left to the frequent fluctuation of our feelings.  It is possible to know from the scriptures whether we are saved or not.  With that knowledge we should depend on God’s Word and not our ever-changing feelings.

First of all, we need to know from the Word of God what it means to be saved. It is critical to realize that we are all sinners. (Romans 3:23 – “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”).  That means you and that means me.  There are many verses that repeat the truth of Romans 3:23.  Verses such as Ecclesiastes 7:20, Psalm 14:3, and Galatians 3:22 are just a few.  Ezekiel 18:4 says that, “the soul that sinneth, it shall die.”  Romans 6:23 tells us that, “the wages of sin is death”.  So we understand that we are all sinners and that because of our sins we experience both physical and spiritual death.  But the Lord has a gift for us, and that gift is eternal life.  Rather than give us what we deserve, the Lord would rather give us something that we could never earn or deserve…He wants to forgive our sins and give us eternal life.  The second part of Romans 6:23 tells us that, “the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”  This is great!  Although we are sinners worthy of death, the Lord wants to give us eternal life.  How do we get this free gift from God?  We receive on the basis of faith.   Rom. 10:9 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”  What does that mean?  Quite simply it means that we must confess to the Lord that we believe that Jesus, God’s son, is Lord.  We must believe, not merely as a historical fact, but believe in our hearts that God raised Him from the dead.  This, of course, would include the truth that the Lord Jesus died for our sins and then was raised again for our justification as we learn in Romans 4:24-25.  This scripture, along with many, many more, tells us how we can be saved…by faith, confessing Jesus as Lord.

1 John 5:9-13 says, “If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son. He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. 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.”  This clearly teaches us that we can know, through the authority of the Scriptures that we are saved through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.  So, if you are truly trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ as your saviour, then you are saved.  If you are trusting in your works, Church membership, tithing, or anything else, then you are not saved.  So, how can we be sure that we are saved?  On the authority of God’s Word we can know.