Do You Suffer from Salvation Confusion? – blog
I find myself often talking with believers who are struggling with their sexual brokenness and are having some serious questions about their salvation. Salvation confusion is used by our enemy to keep us off balance and living in a world or fear, guilt, shame, and anxiety. So, I thought I would do a series of emails on what does the Bible really teach about our salvation.
Part of our daily armor that protects us and helps us stand firm against demonic influences around us is “the helmet of our salvation.” Knowing we are saved and eternally a member of God’s family is one of the foundation stones of recovery. When men and women find themselves entangled in sexual sin they will begin to doubt that they are saved, or if they were saved at some point perhaps they have lost it.
First, let’s start with the most basic truth about salvation which we find in Ephesians 2:8-9;
“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
This is not complicated for it clearly says we are saved by grace through faith. When we placed our faith in Jesus’s death on the cross and resurrection from the dead we went from being spiritually dead in sin to being spiritually alive in Christ. It happened in an instant, a moment in time when we believed. Jesus said that nobody can come to Him unless the Father draws him. So, it is also important to note that God the Father drew you to Jesus, it was revealed to you who He is and what He did and THEN … God gave you the faith to believe.
It is very clearly stated that when this all happened it was “…not of ourselves.” Our salvation is the gift of God and is not the result of you doing good works. That is why it is “BY GRACE.”
If you will notice that at the beginning of this passage (Ephesians 2:1-3), we are told that we used to be dead in sin and separated from God. However, God chose you to be one of His children because we are told that He loved you and has always loved you even before the creation of the world. Ephesians 1 makes these truths known to us;
He chose us to be holy and blameless before Him.
He predestined us to be adopted as His children through Christ and that is His will.
In Christ, we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of all our sins.
So, please understand this. Your salvation was in the mind of God before He ever created the universe. Knowing all things, because He is God, He knew every sin you would ever commit in your lifetime and out of His love He decided that you would be one of His children.
We are all saved by the grace of God through the faith that He had to give us so that we would believe and be born again. Then God has sealed us with His Holy Spirit who is now dwelling inside our bodies and is God’s guarantee of the inheritance He has for us in heaven.
Please note that word – guarantee. If the Spirit is in you, which happened the moment you believed in Christ, He remains in you and will never leave you or forsake you and His presence is your assurance that you are a child of God’s and He will never reject you because of your sexual sins. He saved you so that He could cleanse you from all your sins, past, present and future.
Sounds like I might believe that once a person is truly saved, born again by the Spirit of God, then they cannot lose that salvation. Yes, I do believe that. Our relationship with God that was ordained by God, executed by God and completed by God is in God’s hands and He has said;
“I will never leave you or forsake you!”