Ask a questionQ & A
How do I know if I am truly saved? I feel I don't have what others talk about. I fear death always and lack faith in my Lord.
Thank you for sharing your personal situation. I know that the issues you have raised are faced by lots of people and there is a clear teaching regarding these matters in the Bible.
Just to encourage you, the fact that you are even asking such a deep spiritual question shows that there is evidence of God's work in your life, revealing himself to you; be encouraged by this.
However, this does not mean that you are guaranteed salvation. I wonder what you mean by being 'saved'. Paul said to the people of Corinth: Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realise this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? —unless indeed you fail to meet the test (2 Corinthians 13:5)
It is therefore a good thing to check where we are before God. Are we right before him? How are we made right with Him?
You also say that you fear death and lack faith. Jesus was often upset by people's lack of faith, but that did not mean their faith was dead. If we are in Christ then we do not have to fear death because he conquered it! People may fear the cause of death including illness, pain and tragedy but we can know with confidence that we can go to be with Christ, in heaven, when we die.
The test says this: Do you realise that Jesus Christ is in you?
The main message of the Bible and Christianity is that Jesus Christ died for us while we were enemies with God. On the cross Jesus died in our place to take the punishment for our sin. By being buried he also buried our sin with Him. By His resurrection he gives new life to all who believe in His work by faith.
Jesus ascended into Heaven where He now rules over all. He has given the Holy Spirit as a promise of the believer's inheritance of eternal life and also He dwells with and in the new believer. Do you know these things and hope in them alone for salvation?
Consider these Bible verses:
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith (Romans 3:23-25). This means that all people have done wrong before God but Jesus redeemed people who believe in him through faith, through the shedding his blood.
If we say we have fellowship with [God] while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us (1 John 1:6-10)
If you know Jesus died on the cross for your sins, then you are saved, you are forgiven! He buried them as far as the east is from the west. You are a new creation in Christ. No more condemnation. If you believe in Christ's work alone for salvation that is enough.
Do you believe in Jesus work alone for salvation?
Paul goes on the write that:
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. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, "Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame."... For "everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."... So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ (Romans 10:9-12,13,17)
If you believe that Jesus is who he says he is; that he died and rose again for forgiveness and new life, and you are trusting in Him alone, not anything you have done or thought or said, then the Bible says you will be saved.
The rest of Romans then shows how the new believer's (commonly called a Christian) life should look different.
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:1-2)
If God now lives in a new believer, surely their life should look different? You can also check of evidence of God's work in your life:
1) Do you mourn (get upset by) sin in your life? Are you convicted of sin (the things God says not to do and not doing the things God says we should do, and wrong motives) and if you are convicted do you then find yourself repenting (turning back) to God quickly?
No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him. Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God's seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God (1 John 3:6-9)
The truth is that apart from Christ no one really cares about what they do. Before I was a Christian I did not care about my consequences or how much my actions offended God or other people.
2) Do you find pleasure in spending time with God through Bible reading, prayer and also meeting with God's people as you do these things?
And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers (Acts 2:42)
3) Do you seek to become more like Christ in areas of life? Are you following Him?
And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments (1 John 2:3)
By this we may know that we are in him: whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked (1 John 2:5)
4) Do you have a desire to tell others about Jesus and to grow in any spiritual gifts God has given you?
And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age" (Matthew 28:18-20)
For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self control (2 Timothy 1:6-7).
5) Can you look back at a life that has been changed by God's grace? Are you closer to God today than the day you first believed?
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another (2 Corinthians 3:17-18)
It is also important to remember that the work of satan is to deceive and lie, and to keep God's people from being close to God.
So Jesus again said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep" (John 10:7-11)
The best question to ask yourself: Is my deepest desire to put God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit first in ALL areas of life and to love Him with all that I am and have? If there is anything that you put before God then it may be that needs to be dealt with before you can be at peace that you are right before God. If we keep on sinning then it is hard to be satisfied that God is at work in you.
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world— the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life —is not from the Father but is from the world (1 John 2:15-16)
"'And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself. ’ There is no other commandment greater than these" (Mark 12:30-31)
I hope this answer helps you to find peace with God through Jesus Christ. If you want to know more about what Jesus has done for you please watch the video on the main part of our site: Watch the video
I encourage you to attend a local Bible believing church and speak to the leader about your question. If you want to find a local church, our Church Finder may help you: Find a Church
Please feel free to submit a question to us or to read our answer database: Ask a Question
*All Scripture references are taken From The English Standard Version of the Holy Bible unless stated otherwise
*If anything in this answer affects you directly, then please feel free to call our confidential prayer line in the UK on 0845 4567729, where trained Christian volunteers will take your call and pray both for you and with you. If you are outside of the UK then you may submit your request for prayer on line at www.ucb.co.uk/prayerline
Find more answers in...
If you can't find an answer to your question, please ask us instead.