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How You Can Know You Are SavedDr. Peter Ruckman

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



    Outside of “Christianity,” there are several “religions” in the world, and none of them can teach you anything worth knowing. You see, none of them can tell you for certain whether or not you will go to Heaven when you die. Sadly, many professing Christian “sects” and denominations can’t tell you that for certain either.

    No Catholic knows for certain where he is going when he dies; his church teaches him that he can’t know for certain where he is going until he dies. No Charismatic knows for certain; he might commit the “unpardonable sin.” No one in the Church of Christ knows for certain; once a Campbellite has repented, believed, confessed, and been “BUPtized,” he still doesn’t know where he’s going when he dies. If you don’t believe that, just ask one of them.

    Nobody in the Mormon Church knows for sure where he will end up when he dies; neither does any Seventh-day Adventist. Anybody who is counting on his works as part of his religion to get him to Heaven always doubts his salvation. He is never sure about it because he never knows whether he has done enough good works.

    There isn’t a Moslem who ever lived who knew for certain he would make it to Paradise. The prime example is Mohammed himself; he said, “By Allah, even though I am the Apostle of Allah, yet I do not know what Allah will do to me [in reference to the Last Judgment]” (Hadith, Bukhari, Vol. V, no. 266). In fact, Mohammed was terrifi ed of Judgment Day (Hadith, Bukhari, Vol. II, no. 167). That’s Allah’s “prophet”; that’s the camel jockey all Moslems are to obey like they obey Allah (Sura 4:80). He had no more assurance of salvation than the Pope or Mother Teresa. No Moslem can say, “I known whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day” (2 Tim. 1:12).

    No Jew knows for certain where he is going when he dies. All he can do is hope he makes it to Heaven by praying and giving alms. Some of the stricter ones might throw in keeping the Ten Commandments (along with Rabbinical tradition—Mark 7:6–13), but if they ever have a lapse in observing them, they’re done for (Deut. 27:26; Jer. 11:3; Ezek. 18:24–26; Gal. 3:10; James 2:9–11).

    No Hindu or Buddhist knows where he will end up. Neither one knows whether he is going forward or backwards on the “Karma scale,” or whether he is getting rid of his karma so he can get off the wheel of life and death.

    The thing that separates Biblical Christianity—notice, I said Biblical Christianity; not Catholicism, Protestantism, Greek Orthodoxy, or some cult—from Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Mohammedanism (Islam), Confucianism, Zoroastrianism, Shintoism, Jainism, and all the rest of the religions is absolute knowledge of where you are going after you are dead. Paul knew where he was going when he died (2 Tim. 1:12). John knew where he was going when he died (1 John 5:13). Peter knew where he was going when he died (1 Pet. 1:3–4). That being the case, if you are a professing Christian, why don’t you know?

    When those apostles died, they didn’t think they were going from the “great beyond” off into the “beautiful isle of somewhere,” only to arrive nowhere. The Apostle Paul said, “For me to live is Christ, and to die is GAIN” (Phil. 1:21). How can it be “gain” if you don’t know you’re going to Heaven? I mean, if you are in danger of losing your salvation by works, you might miss Heaven and split Hell wide open. But the reason death was “gain” to Paul was because he knew when he departed this life, he would “be with Christ,” which he said “is far better” (Phil. 1:23). For the born-again Christian, “to be absent from the body” is “to be present with the Lord” (2 Cor. 5:8). A Bible-believing Christian can know where he is going when he dies.

    That Bible says, “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, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God” (1 John 5:13). The Bible-believing child of God can know all kinds of things an unsaved Catholic or Protestant doesn’t know.

    Protestantism and Catholicism cannot replace Biblical assurance. Any “Christian” who is counting on his works to save him or keep him saved has been knocked from “amazing grace” to a floating opportunity. He hopes he’s saved; he thinks he’ll make it to Heaven; he supposes he’ll all right with the Lord; but he knows nothing. All a religious man depending on his works can say is: “Judge not lest ye be judged” or “You think you’re right and everybody else is wrong.” He has thrown out (or misused) the Bible, so he is willfully stupid.

    Now, there are ways you can know you are going to Heaven to be with God and Christ when you die. You may not have all these evidences, but they will give you a knowledge of eternal security. So here are seven ways you can know your soul is saved.

    You are commanded to “examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves” (2 Cor. 13:5). So see how many of these indications you have so you will have good reason for knowing you’ll end up with the Lord in Glory when you die.

    1. You can know you are saved if you have a love for God. Paul says that a Christian who is saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ is to “rejoice in hope of the glory of God” (Rom. 5:1–2). When Paul speaks of “hope” he’s not talking about wishful thinking like these religionists who say, “I hope I’ve saved.” He’s talking about an “earnest expectation” (see Rom. 8:19; Phil. 1:20) based on the promises of God (Rom. 15:4). Paul goes on to say in Romans, “And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us” (Rom. 5:5). That’s not just God loving you; that’s you loving God (Rom. 8:28; 1 John 4:17–19).

    “The first and great commandment” is to “love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” (Matt. 22:37–38). But as a New Testament believer, you don’t love out of mere commandment; your love for God is a response to God’s love for you. John writes, “We love him, because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19). The place where He “loved us” was at Calvary (1 John 4:9–10; Rom. 5:8).

    Did you ever hear of Mohammed loving Allah? You will search the Koran in vain to read Mohammed say anything like this:

    “My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God” (Psa. 84:2).

    “As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?” (Psa. 41:1–2).

    “O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee; my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is” (Psa. 63:1).

    “I love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications” (Psa. 116:1).

    Do you know why you never hear Mohammed say anything like that to Allah? Because Allah never did anything for him.

    My God (1 John 5:20; 1 Tim. 3:16) died for me. Moreover, He did it when I was His enemy (Rom. 5:10). “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8). That was God’s love for us, and “We love him, because he first loved us.

    You say, “How do I know if I love God?” Well, how do you know if you love your wife; how do you know if you love your friends? If you love someone you want to spend time with that person; you would think well of that person. You wouldn’t misjudge or mistreat the one you love. You would rejoice in your loved one’s success and oppose your loved one’s enemies. Now let me ask you something: are those things true of you and God? Do you misjudge Him and think the worst of Him? Do you give Him the benefit when things go wrong in your life, believing that “all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Rom. 8:28). Do you spend time with Him by talking to Him in prayer and letting Him talk to you through His word? Do you rejoice in His success? Do you oppose His enemies—the world, the flesh, and the Devil? You can know if you love God or not!

    2. Second, you can know that you are saved if you have a love for God’s words. David said, “O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day” (Psa. 119:97), “Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold” (Psa. 119:127), and “My soul hath kept thy testimonies; and I love them exceedingly” (Psa. 119:167). Job thought so much of the words of God that he said, “I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food” (Job 23:12). Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matt. 4:4).

    Now let me ask you, do you feel about the Bible like that? Christians talk about “God is love,” “God is love,” while fearing the Book they are quoting when they say that (see 1 John 4:8). They hate all preaching from it that lays the emphasis where the Book lays it—that “man” is no good and can’t save himself, and that only through Jesus Christ and His blood atonement will any man get to Heaven (John 14:6; Acts 4:12; Rom. 10:9–10; 1 Cor. 15:1–4).

    One time, a woman, trying to impress a visiting minister, said to her little girl, “Honey, go get that book that we all love so well.” The kid brought back a Sears and Roebuck catalog. (Saul’s sheep were bleating on him— see 1 Sam. 15:14.)

    A wife had a husband who was always taking money from her purse to go gamble. Well, one Christmas she gave her daughter a ten dollar bill for a present and told her to hide it somewhere where her father wouldn’t find it and take it. After a while the girl came back to her mother with a big grin on her face and said, “I hid the money, momma, and daddy won’t find it this time because I hid it in the Bible.” Some of you haven’t cracked a Bible in so long that you wouldn’t know what was hidden in there (see Prov. 2:1–4).

    Do you love the Bible? I didn’t say “recognize” it. Richard Dawkins, an unsaved atheist, recognizes the importance of the King James Bible to Western civilization, and it does him no good at all.

    Do you love the Bible? I didn’t say “tolerate” it. George Bernard Shaw, the old atheist that he was, had a Bible that sat on a coffee table in his house. He never picked it up or opened it up to read it; he simply tolerated its presence there. That Bible lay there on that coffee table so long the cover stuck to the table, and when Shaw died, the table had to be auctioned off with the Bible stuck there on it. Do you know what Shaw said about that Book in his will? He said, “It is really a most unnecessary thing; I am glad to get rid of it.”

    Now maybe you would never say such a thing about the Bible, but do you treat that Book like George Bernard Shaw treated it—letting it lie around for years, unopened and unread? A minister said to a man in his congregation one time, “If you looked at the words of God like you look at your watch in the service, we would get along a little bit better.” That’s true: if you read that Book and followed it like you ought, you would get along with “the brethren” a lot better than you do, and vice versa for them in regards to you.

    In next month’s issue, we will give you the final five ways of knowing you are saved.


Click here for Part 2.                                                                            Bible Believers Bulletin, Jan 2014 - PDF download.    

 
A minister said to a man in his congregation one time, “If you looked at the words of God like you look at your watch in the service, we would get along a little bit better.”
 





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