Many people wrestle with salvation and many people are unsure of their salvation. This has really come to bothered me. When ministering to people in their last days and hours I have come across many who doubt in their salvation. In the course of my study I have come to understand that people are confused about salvation. When asked if they are going to heaven they say; “I hope so”; as if they are uncertain about the salvation secured for them. The gospel is a gospel of peace. So why do so many have no peace about their salvation. It’s said that knowledge is power. If that is true, then my goal today is help those of you who struggle with salvation to be sure, confident and filled with peace.
I.) To Know
A.) 1 John 5:13 – “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.”
1.) Is knowledge the answer to peace?
2.) John wrote that we may know we have eternal life.
B.) John 8:32 “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
1.) Free from what?
2.) Doubt, about your own salvation?
II.) Knowledge Leads To Peace (Col. 1:19-29)
A.) V: 19-20 – How is peace made?
1.) Through blood.
2.) Sacrificial blood.
3.) Blood of the creator. V: 15-19
B.) V: 21-22 – Peace
1.) We are no longer enemies.
2.) Reconciliation through his physical body.
3.) The Gospel?
4.) Results of:
1.) Holy in his sight.
2.) Without blemish.
3.) Free from accusation.
C.) Design of the Gospel. V: 23, 28-29
1.) Continued faith
2.) Continued learning unto perfection.
3.) Not a single event but a life long commitment.
III.) Authentication for Your Assurance
A.) 1 John 5:7-12 – 3 Witnesses confirm of the gospel.
B.) The Spirit and our spirit.
1.) 2 Cor.5:5 – “Now it is God who has made us for this
very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a
deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.”
2.) Eph. 4:30 “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God,
with whom you were sealed for the day of
3.) The Spirit’s testimony – Rom. 8:15-16
4.) The Spirit intercedes for us – V: 26-27
E.) Our Baptism? 1 Peter 3:21-22 / Acts 2:38
F.) The Blood of Christ Heb.12:24 (Gen. 4:10)
Summary: John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you….” The peace that Jesus leaves us is the assurance that comes from not only understanding the gospel but obeying the gospel as well. If someone asks you if you are saved, be sure, be positive; say “Yes I Obeyed the gospel and I live by it today.” If they ask if you are sure tell them that Jesus promised your salvation and you believe. Don’t let Satan still your peace through doubt. Grab on to the promises of the gospel, live by them and receive peace. Now you have the knowledge; will you accept it? Do you want it, and if you want it; will you obey the gospel today?
—Scott Tarkenton, 10-2-05, a.m.