Dr. Swisher, Can I be sure of my salvation?   Eddie, Fremont, Ohio  

Hello Eddie. Thanks for this question which gives us all the opportunity to look inward for a few moments and to reflect on our connection to God. As you might imagine the Bible is full of information regarding salvation. Often human beings tend to make things more complicated than they need to be. 

We have all been in University lectures or Sunday morning worship where the speaker is using language meant to spotlight their intelligence not necessarily communicate to the audience or congregation. The truth is that salvation is a simple process based in the heart and directly related to our desire to be transformed.

We are “saved” when we invite Jesus into our hearts, ask for forgiveness of our sins and then claim a new standard of living. The Greek word often used for this process is metanoia which means to “turn around and go in a different direction.” When we take the positive step of believing and choose to become a follower of Jesus we alter our course and elevate our living.

Here are a few helpful Bible verses that both affirm and reassure every Christian of their salvation:

  • Truly I say to you whoever hears my Word and believes in me has eternal life  John 5:24
  • For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God   Ephesians 2: 8-9  
  • If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved   Romans 10:9  
  • I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life  1 John 5:13  
  • For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whosoever believes in Him, shall not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save it   John 3:16-17  

We might have some readers today who are ready to make the quality decision to become a part of the family of God.   I invite you to pray this with me; Dear Jesus, come into my heart, I want to believe in you. Help me. Amen. If you prayed that prayer as Christians we believe that Jesus has supernaturally and spontaneously taken residence in your heart.  He will guide you into each of your unknown tomorrows.    

Be our guest at Epworth United Methodist Church today at 8:30, 9:45 or 11:00am to find out more about this new exciting life of Faith and Believing.