It is bad if a person calls himself or herself a Christian and is worried about whether one is saved. In some respects, not a good sign at all. However, in one respect, this is a good sign because it means that the person, who is worried about possessing salvation, can actually do something about securing salvation.
- Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have obtained access[b]to this grace in which we stand, and we[c] rejoice in our hope of sharing the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us. (Romans 5:1-5)
Not all gifts are received. When a gift is not received, this does not mean the gift was not offered. Those who receive gifts produce evidence of having received it. When it comes to the gift of the Holy Spirit, we are told, the evidence is God’s love is poured into our hearts.
There are many facets to salvation. Besides this, salvation is a process. It begins with the recognition that a person needs to be born again to see the Kingdom of God. Many people do not understand this. Too many people think that being born again is salvation and therefore they are automatically in the Kingdom of God. But this is not what the Bible states. In fact, Jesus said that we have to born again to see the Kingdom of God.
- Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. (John 3:3)
- By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place which he was to receive as an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was to go. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. For he looked forward to the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
- Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who curses you I will curse; and by you all the families of the earth shall bless themselves.” So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. (Genesis 12:1-4)
Abraham also had to work out his own salvation along the way.
- Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for God is at work in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. (Philippians 2:12-13)
- Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he offered his son Isaac upon the altar? You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by works, and the scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness”; and he was called the friend of God.
Obviously, to be called God’s friend means that this feature of the man’s life was observed by other people and not just Abraham’s claim.
- Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:16)
If you are like Abraham and posses the faith that he did. There should be no need to worry about anything. Heaven is a better place after all. Simply seek to know God and obey His voice through faith in Lord Jesus Christ, having been baptized in the Holy Spirit.
Seeing the Kingdom Of God Is Not The Same As Being Chosen To Be A Resident