Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble...(2 Peter 1:10)In the Bible verse above we are admonished by the Apostle Peter to diligently pursue the assurance of our own personal salvation. The Christian is instructed to know with certainty the answer to this one all-important question, “Am I truly saved?” Can you, dear reader, answer this question with certainty? Do you know beyond any doubt that you are in fact saved?
[W]e also meet with some professing Christians today--and it is to be feared that their number is on the increase--who apparently do not think about the matter of assurance, or who, if they do, fail to take it seriously. They simply seem to take it for granted, and speak of it as a matter of course. They assert their assurance in an off-handed way, but leave the impression that they hardly know what it means...the matter of personal assurance has not gripped their souls. Their spiritual life moves on the surface and is utterly lacking in real depth.I’ve met many Christians who fit the description offered above by Berkhof. One gentleman stands out in particular. If I could ask him today, “Are you truly saved?” I’ve no idea what his reply would be. But I can tell you, at one time he would have answered, “Oh, yes, I am saved.” I can’t tell you what his answer would be now, because he couldn’t give me an answer for now, back then. In other words, even when he thought he was saved, he had no assurance.
Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments...Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us (1John 2:3; 3:24).Because we are saved, kept, and transformed by God’s power, let us live in holy, humble assurance.