Two days ago, I went running in downtown Lynchburg. The weather was great; a perfect day to go running. As I was running on the path, I passed an overweight gentleman who wore a weighted vest and was speed walking. I presumed he was drastically trying to lose weight the best he could. As I passed him, he nodded at me in a friendly gesture, and I replied, “how are you doing today?” As I kept running, I heard his reply. He said, “we’ll see when it’s finished.” I guess he was in some pain from working out, and wouldn’t be able to tell how he really was doing until it was over. This brought up a theological point to my mind. Many people in this world don’t believe they can know their position in the eyes of God. For Christians, we know exactly where our position with God is.
God doesn’t tell us that if we believe in Jesus Christ, we might be saved. He tells us that if we believe in Jesus Christ, we will surely be saved.
John 3:16 NLT “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”
This is a common verse, that many people quote everyday. We don’t have to wait for the finish to know whether or not we are acceptable in the eyes of God. Because of God’s son Jesus, everyone who believes in Jesus Christ is made acceptable by Christ’s sacrifice.
The book of 1st John is a perfect read if you struggle with wondering whether or not God’s grace covers you.
1 John 5:11-13 NLT “And this is what God has testified: He has given us eternal life , and this life is in his Son. 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have God’s Son does not have life. 13 I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life.”
There is no doubt. If we believe in the Son of God, Jesus Christ, we have no doubt that we are saved. We do not have to wait until the journey is over to find out how we did, or what “grade” we got. Believing in Jesus Christ as our savior is the way to salvation, and the Bible clearly tells us that we can be sure of it.