3 Tests for Assurance of Salvation

Are you sure of your salvation or could you be deceived? I’m sure this is a question with which many Christians have or do struggle. Many wonder if we can really be sure.

In his book Blessed Assurance: How to Know That You Are Saved, Eric Douglas looks to God’s word in the writings of the Apostle John for the answer. He provides three biblical tests in which you can discern your salvation.

First, there is the upward test of faith. This test will help us determine whether or not we have biblical faith. Everyone has faith in something; we just need to make sure that we have the faith Jesus has called us to have (John 14: 1).

Next, there is the outward test of change. This test challenges our actions to determine if our walk matches our talk. There are certain evidences that will be present in the life of a true believer. 1 John will let us know what those evidences are.

Finally, there is the inward test of knowledge. This is a supernatural inward knowing that is the result of having the Holy Spirit. It cannot be manufactured, but it can be misunderstood.

All three tests must be passed to gain biblical assurance of salvation. False assurance of salvation generally happens when only one or two of these tests is passed or is given extreme application. But when one lays claim of biblical faith, change, and knowledge, his assurance will be as strong as the cord of three strands.1

Of course, you’d have to grab your own copy of Blessed Assurance to see how Eric biblically explains these tests. This short book would be a great resource for discipleship or any small group setting. Check it out!

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I have written these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God,
so that you may know that you have eternal life.

1 John 5:13 (HCSB)

  1. Douglas, Eric (2014-01-22). Blessed Assurance: How to Know That You Are Saved (Kindle Locations 220-227). Truth Matters Blog. Kindle Edition.
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