Am I Saved?17th July 2017
Lately I have been reading, rereading and reading once more the book of Ephesians. To give some context, Ephesians is a short letter written by the Apostle Paul to the church of Ephesus. ‘Short’ being only 6 chapters long, so I encourage you to read even just one chapter a day and you will be finished before a week has passed! The letter can be split into 2 main messages, the first half being, developing the theme of Christ and the church; while the other half enlightens us on how we can live a new life in Christ. Today I would like to share with you something that God has revealed and reminded me of, while reading the first chapter of Ephesians.
Looking back, I find during periods of intense studying, unknowing, my brain wires itself to view Jesus’ grace and salvation like grades. Planting burdenson thoughts and doubts my mind which wonder:
How do I know that I am truly saved? Maybe I need to do ‘more’ or become ‘better’ to deserve His love?
Seemingly being caught up in whether or not God was pleased by what I offered Him through my acts, so to verify that I am a Christian, worthy of being saved; or I guess in other words thinking that I could somehow earn salvation.
However God has reminded me, and if you ever feel the same way too, that:
And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory. – Ephesians 1:13-14
Not only are all of us included in Christ when we believe that the blood Jesus shed for us on the cross, washes and redeems us from our sins; there is nothing that we could ever do to deserve salvation. And Jesus knowing this still went, and died in our place which is why we call it grace. So with this unfailing grace and we can with faith, know that God’s love and salvation can never be lost or ever too far from us. (v 4-8)
On one last note, while studying this chapter with a friend, what stood out and spoke in their life was (in the NIV translation) the repetition of the words: “His pleasure”, “His will”, “Predestined” and “Chosen”. Take this moment to have a look through the chapter and search for how God views us. ☺
Let’s end in prayer:
Dear God, We come before your throne with thanksgiving and praise! We thank you for the grace you have lavished upon us, giving us salvation which we know we do not deserve. We praise you that your almighty strength resides within us wherever we go, providing us with perservence and rest. And we thank you that You delight in us, have a purpose for us and have chosen us to be your sons and daughters. May the Holy Spirit and your Word continue to convict us, and reveal to us more of your glory so that we can encounter more of you. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.