My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 2 And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world. 3 Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. 4 He who says, "I know Him," and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. 6 He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked. (1 John 2:1-6)
Sin is the one and only element that can separate us from the love of God in Christ. Therefore, the Father sent Jesus Himself as the answer to our hellish dilemma, and all who believe on Him are instantly received into God’s blessed family with all the benefits of heaven placed within us, and the victory is given over all things around us! The sacrifice Jesus made is sufficient to wipe away every transgression ever committed, and only sinners who have been washed in His blood and baptized by His Spirit are chosen to receive this inheritance of everlasting life. That life does not begin when we die, but when Christ quickens us by His grace and through our faith in Him and His work on the Cross of Calvary. We are called to live this life today, and that Spirit-filled life is the confirmation that we are saved.
This overcoming life leaves no doubt that we are saved. Our faith in the Word of the Lord gives us victory where death once loomed and strength where we were weak and defeated. The Holy Spirit gives us the power to do the things God commands, and by doing those things, we prove we are His and we have been saved. Because we are His, we are pleasing in His sight, and our conduct in Him is chaste, pure, and holy. Nothing less than a life built on God’s perfecting power is acceptable to Him, and the true child of God is one determined to hold fast to the liberty he has been given to live according to God’s will.
So, simply put, there need be no doubt who is saved and who is only deceiving himself. We know we are saved because of the power we have received to conquer sin, to love, and to walk as Christ walked. May our faith and obedience put every fear and doubt to death as we boldly live for the Lord for all to see!
Let's Pray - Dear Father, thank You for the cleansing power of the Blood of Jesus. May I be living proof of that power, and may me life give you glory each and every day. In Jesus alone, amen.