You are someone who says, "Jesus is my Lord", "I believe in God", "I love Jesus" or just someone who identifies with Christianity, believing that they will be welcomed into Heaven.
But, how do you know you are saved from your sins?
How can you be sure that you are going to Heaven?
Thankfully God, writing through Apostle John, has written an entire book for this express purpose. 1 John 5:13 states (emphasis mine),
I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.
By following through 1 John's tests, you'll be able to fulfil the command to "Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves" (2 Cor 13:5).
If you do pass the tests, then you'll be a Christian who is more confident, more bold, and who has more trust in Jesus, because you'll know Biblically - not emotionally or through an ambiguous personal experience - that you're a Christian.Also, John states another purpose for his writing, which would be fulfilled if his hearers (including you) passed the tests, that "your joy may be full" (1 John 1:4, NKJV)If you don't pass the test, then you can be set free from your deception which others or yourself have placed upon you by submitting yourself to God for His adoption into His family and transforming work.
False Assurance (of being saved)
There are two schools of thought on this issue. One is, you "believe" in Jesus (John 3:36) , and confess with your mouth that He's Lord (Romans 10:9). As soon as you "believe" (pray the sinner's prayer), you are instantly saved by God (John 5:24). This is deficient in several areas, and thousands are "assured" of their salvation, then go on to live like devils, never changing, never showing their new heart, new desires, new Holy Spirit, and new life.
Clearly if God has promised a new heart (Eze 36:26), to wash them clean (Eph 5:26), to break the power of sin over their lives (Rom 8:2), and to sanctify them (Heb 13:12) etc., and you cannot see this happening, then God could not have saved them.
To add insult to injury, they are then counselled to make sure they "really" "believed", as if it were up to their own faith to get saved, rather than losing trust and faith in themselves and embracing Jesus wholeheartedly (real belief is a full trust in Jesus, which necessitates a full denial of self: Luke 9:23, Matthew 16:24-25, Mark 8:34-35).
The second major belief regarding assurance is that while it certainly takes believing in Jesus, belief is not just intellectual (repeat these lines after me), it's of the entire heart (Luke 9:61-62, Luke 18:39, Luke 18:22, Luke 18:28). On conversion God promises to do certain things for every believer, such as breaking the power of sin over a person's life (Romans 8:2). If you can see these things happening (that only God can do), then you can know that a person's confession of faith is genuine. Apostle John spells them out for us "so that you may know that you have eternal life" "that you joy may be complete".
Take the Test
Please answer the following questions with a humble attitude.
Take the Assurance Test