Our theme for this month: “Understanding Salvation”
Our Bible verse for today: “In the same way, it is not the will of your Father in heaven that one of these little ones perish.” Matthew 18:14 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “God is even more concerned about your salvation than you are.”
When it comes to having a sense of security about salvation the two most common questions people have are “Am I really saved?” and “Can I lose my salvation?” The answer to the second question is a lot easier than the answer to the first. We’ll come back to the issue of whether or not you can lose your salvation tomorrow but first, let’s be sure you really are saved.
Only you and God can know for sure if you really are saved. However, I can offer you some insights that you may find helpful. First of all, as Jesus taught in Matthew 18:14, it is not God’s desire for anyone to be lost. That’s the starting place for this discussion. God does not want anyone to be separated from Him for eternity. The Bible, from start to finish, is all about salvation. It’s about God drawing people to Himself. Matthew 18:14 is just one of the many places where Jesus helps us to understand the heart of the Father about this. God is even more concerned about your salvation than you are.
Second, it is the job of the Holy Spirit to draw people to faith in Christ so they can be saved. That is one of His primary roles on earth. “When he (the Holy Spirit) comes, he will convict the world about sin, righteousness, and judgment.” (John 16:8). And, “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth.” (John 16:13).
There are other verses that teach the same lesson about the role of the Spirit in drawing people to Jesus, but I think you get the point. All throughout your life the Holy Spirit works to create opportunities for you to be exposed to the truth of the Gospel, and He creates situations that help you to appreciate your need for a Savior – all to draw you to faith in Jesus. This is a direct result of the Father’s desire that none be lost. This doesn’t mean that all will be saved, but it does mean that the Father wants all to have the opportunity to place their faith in Christ for the forgiveness of their sins.
God wants your salvation even more than you do. Therefore if you have ever had that moment in time (as we discussed in yesterday’s devotional), when you made a sincere profession of faith in Jesus for the forgiveness of your sins, then you are saved. God loves you and He wants you in heaven with Him. He sent His Son Jesus to pay the penalty for your sins, and then He sent the Holy Spirit to draw you to faith in Jesus. So if your profession of faith was sincere then you are saved.
Now the question is whether or not you can lose your salvation once you have it. We will discuss that tomorrow.