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That You May Know You Have Eternal Life

The world is hungry to know some things "for sure" -- things which men may place their confidence in a day of confusionuncertainty and terror.

  And God is even more concerned that people know the things which He has provided in His all-sufficient grace. He wants believers to know their inheritance in Christ Jesus. One of the things He desires people to know is that they can be sure of eternal life.

  There are many who question or say it is impossible for anyone to know for sure, here and now, that they have eternal life. But according to the Word of God, they are wrong. We can know for sure!!

  As believers, we can positively say, "I know the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses me from all sin. I know I am a child of the living God by faith and I know I am on my way to heaven!!"

  Let's look at the Word of God and allow the Holy Spirit to reveal to us that we possess eternal life NOW!! There are seven important ways to know that you possess salvation:

  1. There is no salvation apart from the Lord Jesus Christ (John 14:6). "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life and no one comes to the Father except through Me."

  1 John 4:13, "Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God."

  1 John 5:1, "Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God..." Verse 5 says, "Who is he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?"

  Notice "whoever believes" --this comes out of faith, a faith that comes forth by hearing God's Word" (Romans 10:17). Verse 13 says, "Whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved."

  2. You can know that you have eternal life in Christ if you are honoring Christ as the Lord of your life and keeping His Word and His commandments (1 John 2:3-5). "By this we know that we are in Him." Being a doer of the Word and making Jesus Lord of your life--the Lord of your life, your finances, your home, your marriage, your profession,or your job.

  3. You can know you have eternal life in Christ if you are walking or living after the example of Christ. 1 John 2:6, "He who says he abides in Him ought himself also walk and live just as He walked and lived.He is our Perfect Example. He was the perfect example of love, mercy, grace, and forgiveness. We should live as He did. "God is love, and He who abides in love abides in God and God in Him (1 John 4:16).

  4. You can know you have eternal life in Christ if you love the Father and do His will, rather than giving in to the will of the world (1 john 2:15-17). "Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. He who does the will of God (believes and acts on His Word) abides forever."

  5. You can know you have eternal life if you habitually practice righteousness rather than sin. 1 John 2:29 - "Everyone who practices (or has a lifestyle) of righteouness is born of Him." He who practices or has a lifestyle of sin is of the devil. "Whoever is born of God does not practice (have a lifestyle of sin) for His seed (the Word of the Holy Spirit) remains in him, because he has been born of God" (1 John 3:8-9).

  Notice what Peter says through the Holy Spirit:  "Having been born again, not of corruptible seed, but incorrupitble, through the Word of God which lives and abides forever" (1 Peter 1:23).

  If you are truly born again, you won't have a lifestyle of continual sin. You won't live like the devil. There must be fruits of righteousness evident.

  6. You can know you have eternal life if you love the brethren. 1 John 3:14 -- "We know that we have passed out of death into life because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death." 1 John 4:7-8, "Beloved, let us love one another and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love."

  7. You canknow you have eternal life in Christ by knowing that the indwelling presence of the Spirit of God lives in you. 1 John 3:24 - "And by this we know that He abides in us by the Spirit whom He has given us."

  1 John 4:13 - "By this we know we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us His Spirit."

  1 John 5:10 - "He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in Himself (the Holy Spirit)..."

  Having a consciousness of the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit - the Comforter - in you is a sure evidence that you possess eternal life.

  Knowing that you have the Son of God in your heart is an assurance (1 John 5:11-13).

  Jesus said these words, "And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son, and believes in Him may have everlasting life, and I will raise him up at the last day" (John 6:40).

  John 6:47 - "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life."

  John 8:51 - "If anyone keeps My Word, He shall never taste death."

  These are the wonderful promises of God. We know here and now that we possess eternal life. If you don't know for sure, you can know before you leave here today.

  Come to Jesus and experience His great love!!