“Are you saved?”
My dad asked me this today, I have been avoiding it for a while, but I felt we needed to talk it over.
“I am part of the Body of Christ. If I am in the state of grace, I hope God keeps me there; if I am not, then I hope God puts me there” - this is what Joan of Arc said during her trial.
When someone tells me they are “saved”, they tell me that right now, if they die, they will go to heaven, because they accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
I agree that Jesus is our Lord and our Savior, but I do not feel that we can be assured of our salvation.
Nor do I think it is our place to claim we possess the knowledge of our salvation. God does the saving, He is the savior. Why can’t we accept this and hope in our salvation, but not be assured of it? Does it grant us more grace or a closer relationship with God to know that we are saved instead of hoping in our salvation?
Note: My dad does believe that, because of free will, we can lose our state of grace, so we are not always “saved” once saved (OSAS). However, he does insist that because he believes Jesus is his Savior, he can be assured of his salvation.
Is there any sense in which a Christian can state he is “saved”? Or can we just answer that no one is truly saved until they are dead and see the face of God in Heaven?
Have a blessed Easter everyone!