How to know for sure you’re in Christ

“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.” – John 10:27-29

The famous preacher, H. A. Ironside, once stated that salvation was like Noah inviting a pagan in his day to place his trust in God and come in to the ark. Yet some mistakenly view salvation like Noah offering to put a peg on the outside of the ark saying, “If you just hang on through the storm, you’ll be saved.”

I heard someone say recently, “If you can lose your salvation, you already have.” They’re exactly right because the saving work of Christ simply cannot be dependent upon the work of man. If your efforts were enough to merit you good standing before a holy God, then Jesus’ death and resurrection would have been for nothing at all!

In Christ, your salvation is never dependent upon your holding on to God. Rather, it depends entirely on your being securely held by and in Christ. And just as Jesus promised in today’s passage, no one will ever snatch a believer out of His hand. It simply can’t be done!

So many Christians today worry about their security in Christ. But Scripture couldn’t be clearer: if you’re truly in Christ, there’s no way you can lose that. It’s given to you forever and is a guarantee of your salvation. So when you find yourself worrying about your eternal destiny, remember the truth of Philippians 1:6, that he who began the good work of salvation in you will always bring it to completion!

Prayer Challenge

Pray and ask God to give you clarity and confidence that you are His child. If you’ve never trusted Christ to take away your sins, do it today and be confident that you’re His forever!

Questions for thought

Have you trusted Christ to take away your sins? If so, you can be secure in your salvation and eternal destiny!

Do you worry about the security of your salvation? How can committing Philippians 1:6 to memory help you live with confidence about your forgiveness?