Can I have assurance I am saved
By: The John Ankerberg Show
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|Topics cover: Attempting to peek behind the curtain of death. How to overcome the fear of death. What actually happens at the point of transition from life, to death, to Heaven? Your first hour in glory: what will Heaven be like? The descent into gloom: what will Hell be like? Is God in control of how and when you die? Suicide and the Christian. How to have complete assurance you are going to Heaven.
Copyright: 1998, Number of Programs: 8, Cat. No. EL
Keywords: Assurance of salvation, Sins forgiven, Isaiah 1:18
- Ankerberg: Now, maybe you think you’re a Christian but you still wonder if God has really fully accepted you. You aren’t sure your commitment to Christ was really real because you still sin. There are still flaws and sins that you see in your everyday life and they bother you. You know you’re not perfect. What bothers you is that you have heard some preachers imply that unless you are living an almost perfect life, you really weren’t saved. As a result, you have no assurance that you’re really saved. Listen very carefully to what Pastor Lutzer says next:
- Lutzer: You know, John, one day I received a telephone call from a woman who was in a retirement center and she was crying on the telephone. She said, “Pastor Lutzer, I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior when I was 19 years old but now I’ve been listening to a pastor on the radio and he tells me that I’m not saved.” And she goes on crying. And I said to her, “Well, what did he say to convince you that you were not a genuine Christian?”
- And she said, “Well, he seemed to imply that unless you were pretty well perfect, it shows that you never were saved. And oh, my Lord knows how often I have failed Him.”
- So I said to her, “Can you please tell me what it is that you are trusting?”
- And she said, “Well, I’m trusting the blood of Christ.” And she said, “Is there anything else?” And then she said so sweetly, so sweetly that I wrote it down in fact. She said, “I cannot apply steel wool to my heart and cleanse myself, I have to trust the blood of Christ.”
- I said to her, “Lady, I’m going to tell you something. The blood of Christ is enough. The blood of Christ is enough.”
- When Jesus died on a cross, He made a payment that God accepted, and if we accept Him, we are accepted in Him. His righteousness is credited to us and it cleanses us from all sins. [1 John 1:7] All sins. One day a man wrote to me from a penitentiary because he heard one of our radio programs and said, “I raped four women.” He said, “I’ve accepted Christ as Savior but can God really forgive me?”
- The answer, of course, is, “Yes.” Think of two trails. One is a very messy trail. Another is a very well kept trail. When snow comes…when two feet of snow come, they blanket both trails and both of them look equal – all covered by the same snowstorm.
- I urge you today, no matter how far you have fallen, I urge you, no matter what your background, no matter what crimes even you have committed, come to a Savior who is actually able to save you. “Come now, let us reason together,” says the Lord. “Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow. Though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” [Isa 1:18] The blood of Christ is enough for you and the righteousness of Christ comes and blots out all of our sins and we know that we belong to God forever and ever.
- Then when the time comes when we must die, we die within God’s providential care. Paul says, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or sword, death? No. In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us, for I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor death, nor any other creature shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” [Rom. 8:35-39] One minute after you die, you’ll be in the presence of Christ and you’ll be there forever.