Is it actually possible to know, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that I am going to heaven? According to the Bible, you can.
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. (1 John 5:13)
Not only is the assurance of your salvation important, so is your eternal security. Eternal Security is the Biblical teaching that once a person is born of the Spirit of God and becomes a child of God, that believer can never become unborn. The familiar saying is “once saved, always saved.”
Charles Stanley said, “I know from experience that until you settle once and for all the question of whether or not you are eternally secure, joy will elude you.”
So, let me give you 5 good reasons you can’t lose your salvation.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16; also 1 John 5:10-11,13; John 10:27-28; Romans 6:23; John 5:24; Titus 1:1-2; 1 John 2:25)
The gift that God gives a believer is eternal life. It is not something in the future, but he has it now. He is not put in a position to secure it some time later, he now has eternal life. The only word that Jesus ever used to describe the kind of life that He would give to those who belonged to Him was “eternal” life. It means “indeterminate as to duration, everlasting, forever.” Is it possible to say that a person had eternal life for only 7 years, 4 months, and 2 days? No. Whatever else you might say about a person’s life, you couldn’t say it was ever eternal, or he’d still have it. The most you could say is that it was “temporarily eternal,” which is not eternal at all.
Truth #2: God takes away any “condemnation” from believers.
“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” (Romans 8:1; also John 10:27-28; John 5:24)
Not willing that any doubt should remain concerning this matter, Jesus adds the reverse of what we receive upon salvation. Not only do we receive eternal life, we also will never “perish.” No matter what may happen to us in the future. No matter what temptation may come to us. No matter what the Devil does or we do, we do not come into condemnation. We will never perish.
Truth #3: Believers have a new relationship with God.
“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 1:12; also John 3:7)
You will always be the child of your earthly father. Even if it were legally possible for your earthly father to declare that you were no longer his child, or if it were possible for you to have your father’s name deleted from all of your birth records, the bottom-line fact of the matter is that he IS your father. He was the one who gave you life, and nothing will ever change that. It’s the same way with your heavenly Father. When you were born again, the life that you were given came from God. In the spiritual realm we are literal sons and daughters of God, because He gave birth to us. That is an unalterable fact of history. 2 Timothy 2:13 says, “If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.”
“And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.” (John 10:28-29; also Hebrews 13:5; John 6:37; 2 Corinthians 5:17)
You are safe and surrounded by Jesus Christ. He, in turn, is surrounded by God. That means that anything that gets to you must first make its way through both the Father and the Son. Once we are in Jesus, there are only three possible ways to leave. The first is to have God remove us. Jesus said that He would never do this (John 6:37). The second is for someone to remove us. Jesus said this is impossible (John 10:27,28). The third is for us to remove ourselves. Jesus said that though we may chose to leave, He will never leave us (Hebrews 13:5). Once you are in Christ, you remain in Christ.
Truth #5: Salvation is not earned or lost by human accomplishment.
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8,9; also Romans 6:23)
Eternal life is a gift. It is not earned, nor is it given to us as a reward for right decisions or actions. It is totally a gift. And if there is nothing we can do to earn salvation, there is logically nothing we can do to lose salvation.
I hope this helps you understand the salvation that God has given you. If you have trusted Christ as Savior, surrendering your life to Him, you are born again and are part of His family forever. Now, live like it!