Remember, O Lord, thy tender mercies and thy lovingkindnesses; for they have been ever of old. – Psalm 25:6
Meditation: When were you saved? I mean, when were you eternally saved from the ultimate judgement and condemnation of God? Do you know the date? Was it when you were baptized? Was it when you took communion for the first time? Or was it when you confessed your sins and accepted Jesus Christ as Lord? You need not guess. The Bible tells you.
If you yearn to know you are saved from damnation, then make a thorough study of God’s Word. Even David, a man after God’s own heart, desired to understand this assurance. Like all sinners we doubt and worry. Only faith and hope provide the confidence needed to grasp the full measure of God’s Holy Word and, in the words of the Apostle Paul, “work out your own salvation (Philippians 2:12).
The Answer as to when God’s children were saved eternally is found in Ephesians 1:3-6. In these wondrous verses the Apostle explains that the Creator chose His children before the foundation of the world. At that time, out Heavenly Father exercised His gracious will and selected them despite the sins He knew they would commit and their many failures. Thus the Apostle would further explain in Ephesians 2 that every soul saved from destruction is the vessel of grace. It is not their works but God’s that redeems them and forgives their sins.
Now as for the your daily experience of salvation, Jesus Christ and all the Apostles and Prophets stressed the need for repentance. Indeed, Peter cried out on Pentecost for the masses to repent and be baptized in order to save themselves from the sins of their generation (Acts 2:37-41). The need for this repentance remains, and I pray it is not too late.
Call to Action: Consider yourself. Are you a decent person, or do you have sins to your account? Do you need salvation today or eternally? I suspect you do. I challenge you to work out your own salvation. Read the Gospels and the Epistles of Paul, John and Peter. Look for answers to the question of when and who is responsible for your eternal life if you have it.
The journey is worth the effort.
“But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works” (2 Timothy 3:14-17).