After someone trusts Christ, it is important to discuss with them how they can have assurance of their salvation. Ideally, when people trust Christ, they should develop a consistent prayer life, learn to love others, and locate a Bible-teaching church. But none of those actions are a basis for assurance of salvation.
God offers us a gift—eternal life. When we receive it by trusting Christ, we are saved. The issue about eternal destiny is settled. We can be as sure of heaven as though we’re already there.
Assurance of salvation is based on our trust in Christ’s performance on the cross, not in our performance as Christians.
Ask new believers to read John 5:24 out loud: “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.”
Then interact with the text using the following questions:
1.“he who hears My word...”—Did you do that?
2.“...and believes in Him who sent Me...”— Did you believe what God said and trust Christ as your Savior?
3.“...has everlasting life...” —Does that mean later or right now?
4.“...and shall not come into judgment...”— Does that say shall not or might not?
5.“...but has passed from death into life...” — Does that say will pass or has passed?
By walking through this verse, new believers should understand that they have eternal life right now!