[quote=New Heart]I am kind of puzzled:confused:
I read in the Bible all kinds of verses that say we can know we are saved. If we can’t know for sure then what are we actually supposed to believe?
Just a few examples:
John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
John 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
John 6:39-40 And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.
John 20:31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.
Acts 15:11 But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.
1 John 5:13 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.
You can have a moral certainty of salvation, but not an absolute one. That is to say, if you perservere in following Jesus, if you don’t fall away, you can trust Him to save you. If you reject Him at some future point, or commit a mortal sin (which is very specific in its import, ie, a serious violation of the commandments, deliberately made, with the intent to do so) and die in that sin (which is a rejection of Him and His Covenant) then, no, you have no assurance of salvation, but rather of everlasting condemnation. God never contravenes our free will. We may reject Him, slap His Hand away, and strike out on our own at any time. Since no one can predict the future, one cannot say that they will never loose their salvation. Jesus said that he who perservered to the end would be saved (perservered in loving Him, trusting Him, obeying Him, following Him). You can have a moral certainty, but not an absolute one. All the verses you cite presume perserverance. God bless! Perservere! Pray for me and I will pray for you!