October 21 Saved and Sure

scripture reading: Romans 8:31–39
key verse: Galatians 2:16

Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.

People who doubt their salvation are miserable Christians and confusing witnesses to the unbelieving world. They are not portraits of “the abundant life” that Jesus Christ gives those who trust Him for the forgiveness of their sins.

How then do you slip into this anxiety–producing mind–set? By subtly shifting from grace to performance. By losing sight of the all–sufficiency of the Cross. Salvation is always “by grace … through faith” (Eph. 2:8 nasb). It is a gift from God.

Once saved, you may drift into a performance–based mentality, thinking your relationship with the Lord depends upon your conduct. This is heresy. Only God’s grace saves you and keeps you saved. Your basis of acceptance before Him is the Cross where God the Father justified you (declared you not guilty) through His Son’s death. You are accepted not on your merit but wholly on Christ’s substitutionary death on Calvary. Once for all, Jesus died for all your sins for all time. When you are saved, your sins are forgiven—past, present, and future.

If you are wrestling with doubt over your salvation, look to the Cross. If you have received Christ by faith, you are eternally secure in the Savior. Nothing can alter that fact.

Dear Lord, I thank You that the foundation of my spiritual life rests on the assurance of my salvation. I am saved and sure. My sins are forgiven—past, present, and future![1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1998). Enter His gates: a daily devotional. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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