“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, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.” (1 John 5:13)
For some, going to heaven is a guessing game. They live every day hoping they will make it to heaven, but they never feel sure.
God never intended for us to wonder if our eternal life is secure. He does not dangle salvation over our heads. He promises it to us.
In 1 John 5:13, know means "to be absolutely certain"—like people know their address or how many fingers are on a hand. We can be equally certain that when we die, we will be with Christ. The Bible never speaks of a “hope so” or “think so” salvation. If there is one thing God wants us to be certain about, it’s that as believers in Christ we will be with Him forever.
If we lack assurance, our evangelism suffers. How can we boldly talk to others about their salvation if we are not sure of our own? We will start to speak for Him and about Him but then draw back. When we are sure of our salvation, we can confidently invite unbelievers to come join us.
Assurance of our salvation is not a light issue. God wants you to be sure. Ask a simple question: “Have I trusted Christ alone to get me to heaven?” If so, Jesus promised, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life” (John 6:47). That settles it. You are now ready to experience life as you’ve never experienced it. Many things can change, but our eternal relationship with Christ cannot—and will not.