Having Faith In Christ
One of the most troubling things that new Christians struggle with is really having faith that they belong to Christ and feeling secure in their salvation.
One of the most troubling things that new Christians struggle with is really knowing that they belong to Christ and feeling secure in their salvation. Understanding what claims Christ places on our lives and what he demands of us to claim the reward of eternal life comforts and reassures new Christians in their spiritual journey.
The Bible tells us that there is only one way to Heaven, through Christ. As simple as this sounds, it confounds many Christians. Many Christians stumble through their walk with Christ never quite certain that they are saved. It’s difficult to believe in what can’t be seen, so how can we know for sure that our salvation is real?
Believing the Word of God is the first step. Having faith that His Word is true requires a transformed spirit. The ways of the Lord are not the ways of man and the Words of the Lord confound man. Understanding the promises of God and having faith in those promises are clear signs of salvation. So what promises does God make to us?
Peter gives us reassurance about the nature of God and His promises to us in 2 Peter 3:9:
The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. (NKJV)
Christ point blank tells us what salvation requires in John 5:24:
"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."
With these assurances and many others, what keeps us from feeling secure in our salvation? Most often, the sin in our lives is the culprit. We feel that when we sin, we lose our salvation and must earn it back somehow. Yet, we are not saved by our works but by the work of Christ on the cross. If you know that miserable feeling of guilt, you can be assured that the Holy Spirit within you is pointing out your sin and wanting you to change. Were you not saved, you would not be concerned about changing your sinful nature.
We also rely to strongly on feelings. Many new Christians go through a powerful emotional experience when they experience salvation. Yet, faith and belief and salvation are not about emotion. Salvation is not something you feel. You may feel very distant from God but that doesn’t mean that He is distant from you. Feelings are not facts and cannot be trusted to reveal the truth about any situation, spiritual or otherwise.
If you believe that the Word of God is truth and that your salvation has changed you, you can feel certain that this is the work of the Spirit in you. As you learn to walk in the confidence of being a member of God’s family, you will hear His voice more and more and will become more convinced of His adoption. Until then, walk in faith, listen to that still small voice inside and know that you are a new creation.