Misinformation can be costly. Wrong directions can cost you time and effort. Bad financial advice can deplete your bank account. An incorrect diagnosis at the doctor can compound your health problems.
The same holds true for your salvation, except the stakes are much higher. For those who are truly saved, assurance of your salvation is a cornerstone to spiritual health and growth. Misconceptions about it can rob you of the joy of your salvation and keep you from growing. On the other hand, if you have not trusted Christ alone, misinformation about salvation can prevent you from being saved in the first place.
Here are 3 prevailing misconceptions:
- Did I do or say the right thing? This can be a misleading question. One who asks it may be assuming that a relationship with God is based upon some work we do or prayer we say. If we are trusting in the fact that at one point we walked forward in a church service, signed a card, raised our hand, prayed a prayer, joined a church, were baptized, then we have every reason to doubt our salvation.
“But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness” (Rom. 4:5).
The only requirement for salvation is faith alone in Christ alone. It is not about our work, but our faith in His work when He died for our sins and rose from the dead.
- Have I done enough? This question reveals a lot. The simple answer is we can NEVER do enough. Our salvation is a free gift from God through faith in Jesus Christ alone. If it were not free, we could not afford it. The apostle Paul declares:
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Eph. 2:8–9).
Grace is “God’s unmerited favor,” a gift we don’t deserve. Grace cannot be earned because then it would no longer be grace. Our works simply say “thank you” to God for His grace.
- I don’t feel saved. Feelings can be deceptive. Emotions that arise concerning our salvation should be carefully examined in light of facts based on the Word of God:
“These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life” (1 John 5:13).
The word believe means “to trust, to rely or depend on.” A key question is: “What am I depending on to get me to heaven?” The only answer that God will accept is “Christ alone.”