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How You Can Know You Are SavedDr. Peter Ruckman

From Bible Believers Bulletin, Feb 2014, Dr. Peter Ruckman
(Part Two of Two)

    In our last issue, we talked about the fact that a Bible-believing Christian can know for sure he is going to Heaven when he dies. That’s because he is not depending on his own good works to get him to Heaven. Every other religion and many professing Christian churches think you have to do something—works!—to appease God and gain (or keep) salvation, and as a result, they don’t know they are saved because they can never be sure they’ve done enough. Last time, we started giving you seven ways you can know you’re saved.  The first two were a love for God and a love for God’s words. We continue here with point three.
    3. Another manifestation of salvation is a love for God’s people; not a love for sex perverts or “oppressed minorities” and all that rot. You come to love God’s people—saved, born-again people. You don’t have to like all of them or even trust all of them, but you do have to love them. It is true that some of God’s people can be some of the meanest devils on earth, but if you are saved, the Scriptures say, “We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren” (1 John 3:14). Loving the brethren Scripturally is connected to loving God (1 John 5:2).
    4. You can know you are saved if you experience a continual inner conflict of two natures inside yourself. Paul wrote a whole chapter on it in Romans 7. The apostle had two natures in him that argued and fought all the time. He said, “For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I” (Rom. 7:15).

    When you got saved, it was like putting refined, civilized man in the same cage with a savage barbarian or an ape. Bishop William Beveridge (1637–1708) wrote, “I cannot pray but I sin, I cannot hear or preach a sermon but I sin . . . I cannot so much as confess my sins, but my very confessions are still aggravations of them; my repentance needs to be repented of, my tears want washing, and the very washing of my tears needs still to be washed over again with the blood of my Redeemer” (The Theological Works of William Beveridge, Vol. VIII, Oxford, 1846, pp. 166-167). That’s a battle of two natures going on. Within every Christian there are two natures: one is the old Adamic nature with which he is born, and the other is a new nature created by the Holy Spirit at the New Birth. Paul wrote about that old nature.

    "For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me" (Rom. 7:18–21).

    “For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would” (Gal. 5:17).

    That’s the conflict between the old nature and the new. Two natures are proof you are saved, for only a man who has been born twice has two natures.

    5. That brings us to the next point: one of the clearest proofs that you are saved is the fact that “if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Cor. 5:17).  Unsaved sinners are obsessed with new things: the New Age, the new morality, the new evangelicalism, the NEW International Version, etc. All the conceited Greek philosophers in Athens “spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing” (Acts 17:21). Well, if a man is “in Christ, he is a new creature.” He begins to love things he ignored or hated before, and he begins to hate things he previously loved.

    If you are saved, you have a new nature in you (see point 4): a spiritual nature. It is a nature sensitive to the things of God. It gives you a stronger conscience about your sin. What used not to bother you a hundred times before now torments the fire out of you. It gives you new appetites. You begin to appreciate Bible study, prayer, going to church, and singing hymns. You have a distaste for the old life. That doesn’t mean it will totally go away, but a change takes place.

    6. Another proof that you are saved is confidence in the promises of the Bible.  The Apostle John wrote:

    “And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him. For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God” (1 John 3:19–21).

    Of course, if your heart condemns you because of the way you’re living, you won’t believe the promises; sin causes you to doubt God’s promises. But if you live right, you will rest your soul on the naked word of God. That Bible says, “God
is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?
” (Num. 23:19).

    Peter wrote, “Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust” (2 Pet. 1:4).

    If you are saved, you can believe the promises of God to you, as plainly given in the Scriptures. Some of these “exceeding great and precious promises” are:

    “He that believeth on the Son HATH [present tense] everlasting life” (John 3:36).

    “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, AND SHALL NOT COME INTO CONDEMNATION; but is passed from death unto life” (John 5:24).

    “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 8:38–39).

    “So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord” (1 Cor. 1:7–9).

    “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption” (Eph. 4:30).

    “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Phil. 1:6).

    Those are promises from God. If you choose not to believe Him, John says you make God a liar when you don’t believe Him (1 John 5:10), and Paul says, “let God be true, but every man a liar” (Rom. 3:4). When it comes to believing man or believing what God says in His word, you had best choose what God says; that’s a proof you are saved.

    7. Finally, the last surety of salvation comes from the fact that if you are saved, somewhere in you you’ll have the witness of the Holy Spirit. The Bible says, “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God” (Rom. 8:16), and “He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself” (1 John 5:10).

    That’s two witnesses: your conscience bears witness to the fact that you
trusted Jesus Christ alone to save you, and the indwelling Holy Spirit bears witness to the fact that it worked.

    There were once two old men in St. Mary’s Hospital in Detroit. They were two drunken bums who were in there to get “off the bottle” before it killed them.  One of them was blind.

    Well, somebody from Beauchamp Vick’s church, Detroit Baptist Temple, had left a tract there in their room. When one of the Roman Catholic nuns came through to visit those two bums, the blind guy asked her to read the tract to him.  She read it out loud, and he made her repeat it to him, especially John 3:16.

    After the Nun finished reading the tract through the second time, the blind bum said he wanted to think about what he had heard, and the Nun left the room. While she was gone, that blind fellow gave the tract to his buddy there in the other bed, and he read it too. Later on, that Nun returned to the room with a jigger of whiskey and a beer “chaser” for each of those guys to wean them off the alcohol slowly, and  oth of those old bums turned the drinks down. When the Nun wanted to know why they didn’t want the drinks, the blind fellow said, “I’ve got something better! It works! It works!” The other bum waved that tract around and yelled, “You bet it works! I got it too!”

    Do you know what that was? That was the witness of the Holy Spirit in those two old bums who had believed what that tract said and had both trusted Christ.

    Now listen, if you don’t know where you are going when you die, you have missed one of two things. You have either missed the New Birth entirely, or you have missed what the Bible says about your salvation. I hope it is not the former.

    “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves” (2 Cor. 13:5). No one who has not been born again could know the seven things I gave you. You wouldn’t have a love for God, not according to the Scriptures at least (see Rom. 10:2–3). You wouldn’t love God’s words or God’s people as you ought. Your conscience wouldn’t bother you when you did something you wanted to do. You wouldn’t be “a new  creature in Christ”; you would love the things you’ve always loved and hate the things you always hated. You would be in constant doubt of your salvation because you wouldn’t have any confidence in the promises of God in His word, and there would be no Holy Spirit in you to witness to anything.

    You should know you’re saved. You can know you are saved. “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may KNOW that ye have eternal life” (1 John 5:13). There are at least 900 million professing Christians who know no more about absolute assurance of salvation or the eternal security of the believer than Mother Teresa, JFK, FDR, Michael Jackson, Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, Pope “Francis,” Mahatma Gandhi, Albert Einstein, Nelson Mandela, Winston Churchill, or Mohammed.

Click here for Part 1.                                                                Bible Believers Bulletin, Feb 2014 - PDF download.    


When you got saved, it was like putting refined, civilized man in the same cage with a savage barbarian or an ape. Bishop William Beveridge (1637–1708) wrote, “I cannot pray but I sin, I cannot hear or preach a sermon but I sin . . . I cannot so much as confess my sins, but my very confessions are still aggravations of them; my repentance needs to be repented of, my tears want washing, and the very washing of my tears needs still to be washed over again with the blood of my Redeemer”

18th August 2018.


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