How Can I Get Assurance of Salvation?
Dr. Ray PritchardDr. Ray Pritchard is the president of Keep Believing Ministries, in Internet-based ministry serving Christians in 225 countries. He is the author of 29 books, including Stealth Attack, Fire and Rain, Credo, The ABCs of Christmas, The Healing Power of Forgiveness, An Anchor for the Soul and Why Did This Happen to Me? Ray and Marlene, his wife of 43 years, have three sons-Josh, Mark and Nick, three daughters-in-law--Leah, Vanessa, and Sarah, and seven grandchildren. His hobbies include biking, surfing the Internet, and anything related to the Civil War.
- 2014 Apr 28
Recently I received a note from a man in his 60s. This is part of what he wrote:
I made my first profession of faith in Jesus before I was 13. I’ve walked the aisle many times since then! I just can’t get assurance of salvation and I feel like time is running out on me. Maybe God has never chosen me? Sure would like to know what direction to go!
I think this man speaks for many people who have "walked the aisle” and "prayed the prayer” but still wonder if they are truly saved.
Here is my answer:
You don’t need some extra experience called "assurance of salvation.” You only need to know that Jesus is enough. Sometimes we look at assurance as if it is a feeling we have. But our feelings come and go. Sometimes we "feel” saved, sometimes we don’t. Feelings are not trustworthy. Here is all you really need to answer: Are you satisfied with what Christ did for you on the cross? Think of it this way. God is satisfied with the death of his Son. Are you? If not, then you have put yourself above God, which I know you don’t want to do.
Remember, you are not saved by your faith, which sometimes may seem very weak. You are saved by Christ and only by Christ. Do not look to yourself, your life, your feelings, or to how many times you have walked the aisle. It will never be enough. Look to Christ alone. If you can say, "Lord Jesus, you alone are my only hope of heaven, and I am trusting in you,” that’s all you need.
Look to yourself and be disappointed. Look to Christ and be saved.
Don’t separate assurance from Christ. They always go together. Are you saved? Yes, I believe so because I believe you are dissatisfied with yourself and fully satisfied with Christ. That’s the essence of true saving faith.