Theological question with eternal relevance: “How can I know if I am a child of God, my sins have been forgiven and I’ve been granted the gift of eternal life?”
Subsequent to an untold number of debates with radical atheists; lukewarm Christians; obstinate Jews; hateful secularists-naturalists; sexually perverse moral relativists; sincere seeking men and women, the precious Holy Spirit has placed upon my heart the answer to one of the most relevant doctrinal questions that permeate the Scriptures and the heart of my Christian brethren.
How can I know without a doubt that I am a child of the Living God and my eternity is secure?
Unfortunately, many men and women who espouse the tenets of the Christian faith are encumbered by doubts and fears as they are unable to experience confidence in their relationship with God the Father by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. They wonder and fret over the question, “Am I really saved?” – ”How can I know I’m God’s child and my eternity is secure?” The Holy Spirit answered this question with incredible assurance during multiple debates with sincere representatives of Rabbinical Judaism who are empathic, almost radical, adherents to The Law of Moses, Judaism, the Tanakh. The words of the prophet Isaiah rang sadly true as I listened to the rebuttal of hopelessness conveyed by my Jewish brethren as they denied the deity of Yeshua with an almost radical hatred for the concept of God becoming man and dying the death of a mere mortal.
“Isaiah cries out concerning Israel, “THOUGH THE NUMBER OF THE SONS OF ISRAEL BE LIKE THE SAND OF THE SEA, IT IS THE REMNANT THAT WILL BE SAVED;” Romans 9:27 (NASB)
Concerning the blindness and stubbornness of Israel, Paul, via the Holy Spirit writes…
“Therefore having such a hope, we use great boldness in our speech, 13 and are not like Moses, who used to put a veil over his face so that the sons of Israel would not look intently at the end of what was fading away. 14 But their minds were hardened; for until this very day at the reading of the old covenant the same veil remains unlifted, because it is removed in Christ. 15 But to this day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their heart; 16 but whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:12-18 (NASB)
In response to the Jew’s rejection of Yeshua as God, Yeshua-Jesus said…
“Then He said again to them, “I go away, and you will seek Me, and will die in your sin; where I am going, you cannot come.” 22 So the Jews were saying, “Surely He will not kill Himself, will He, since He says, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come’?” 23 And He was saying to them, “You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world. 24 Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.” 25 So they were saying to Him, “Who are You?” Jesus said to them, “What have I been saying to you from the beginning?” John 8:21-25 (NASB)
In response to the blindness of Israel, is God not warning the gentile as well?
Though I have been aware for some time now that acknowledging Yeshua-Jesus as God is the ONE critical differentiating factor that separates Christianity from every religion, sect, cult, in the World, it was not until I entered into debates with the representatives of Rabbinic Judaism that the Holy Spirit screamed into my heart the answer to how one can know that they are truly a child of the Living God and that their eternal destiny is secure in God the Father; the KEY to having assurance in your salvation and your eternal destiny is knowing in your heart, mind, body, soul, that Yeshua-Jesus is God, Creator, Lord, Messiah, Judge.
Do you intuitively know in your heart and do you intuitively believe that Yeshua-Jesus is God over all of Eternity and Time? If you know this and believe this with sincerity, you are secure in our Lord because this knowledge only manifests by the indwelling Holy Spirit and it is the presence of the indwelling Holy Spirit that testifies with our spirit that we are indeed children of God (Romans 8:16) and it is the presence of the indwelling Holy Spirit that is the Seal and Guarantor of our relationship with God the Father through faith in Yeshua-Jesus as Lord (Ephesians 1:13). Take heart in this truism fellow Christians and know with assurance that the love of God in your heart is authentic and your eternal destiny is secure in our Lord if you recognize and acknowledge Yeshua-Jesus as God.
“The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God,” Romans 8:16 (NASB)
“Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son.” 1 John 2:22 (NASB)