Can I really answer this question with certainty? I feel no one can tell you if you are or aren’t saved. The only person who knows whether you are saved is you. It has been important for me to remember that being saved means that I have a close personal relationship with a being far greater than myself. Just as I said in my last paper: God is love. I want to point out that God is love and He loves us. That is what being saved means.
What does it take to be saved? and am I saved? These are important questions to my faith. If you think about it how can I have faith if I can’t answer these questions? It shakes the foundations of my belief, it shakes the foundations of every belief. Why believe if you are not saved, or made better by that belief? If you cannot answer this question about your beliefs maybe you should be the one writing this article. I know there are different beliefs than mine that have vastly different views on a surety after death. Mine, however, are the ones that I know and the ones that have touched my heart, so mine are the ones that I will be figuring out.
To answer our question I need to find out what the Bible says on the matter of Salvation. This take us back to my last article I wrote, and a major verse that I brought out in that article:
“For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.”
John 3:17 KJV
I still hold onto my view that this is a better verse for our times than 3:16, but what does it say? God sent Jesus to save the world, and later Jesus tells us what the work of God is:
“Jesus answered and said unto them, ‘This is the work of God, that ye believe on Him whom He hath sent.’”
John 6:29 KJV
God sent His Son to save the world, and His work is that we would believe in the one He sent. In his letter to the Romans the Apostle Paul sums up the point that Jesus said.
“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.”
Romans 10:9 KJV
If I believe my God to be the only one, and if I believe the Bible is His unchanging Word, then I can make the conclusion that I am saved. Not everyone can make this conclusion (for their own reasons); not everyone can make the primary leap of faith (that there is one god who is triune – a trinity; three in one). Not everyone can make the second leap of faith either (that the Bible is the true Word of God).
It is not for me to decide what is right for others. All I can do is follow my own heart. This is also key to my salvation. For I have made the conclusion that I am saved, but what does it mean to be saved? If you are, were or know a Christian person you probably know or have hear the term “Walk with God” or “Christian Walk.” This is used all over the New Testament to refer to the way that someone lives (i.e. their walk). Some Christians today call it the “Christian Life” rather than walk.
But, once you have truly made the leap of faith (to become saved) then you must walk the walk. What is the walk? To love, it is that simple. You must love. I quoted 1 John 4:7-8 in my last article which says that Christians must “love one another.” Also the Christian is charged to love his neighbor. It does not say “If your neighbor is a Christian then love him as yourself,” but rather:
“Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.”
Mark 12:31b KJV
And if our walk is to love than it is also to have a relationship with God. And a second time I make my end with this verse; but if we love then 1 John 4:7 tells us we will know God:
“Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and everyone that loveth is born of God and knoweth God.”
1 John 4:7 KJV (emphasis added)