How to be 100% sure you are saved. 1 John 5

The book of 1 John is all about how to know if you are saved.

Some of the last verses gives us the easiest way to know if you are saved.

“And this is what God has testified: He has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have God’s Son does not have life. 1 John 5:11-12

If you know you have Jesus you know you have eternal life.

It’s that simple. If you know you have Jesus living in your heart than you can be 100% sure you are going to heaven.

Notice it says, “He has given us eternal life.” This means that there is nothing we have to do but receive it! It is a gift from God.

The purpose of the book of 1 John is to assure true believers that they have eternal life.

“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.” 1 John 5:13

I encourage you to re-read 1 John and look at the descriptions of a true believer…

  • Do you have a genuine love for God?
  • Do you love other believers?
  • Do you know you have the Holy Spirit living in you?
  • Do you desire to obey God and can say no to sin?

These are signs that you have Jesus in your life. The good news of the book of 1 John is that you can know 100% that you are a child of God!

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8 characteristics of real love. What is love really? – 1 John 4

1. Real love comes from God.

“Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God.” 1 John 4:7a

2. Real love is a sign of being God’s child.

“Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God.  But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” 1 John 4:7b-8

3. Real love is perfectly demonstrated by Christ’s death for us.

“God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. 1 John 4:9-10

4. Real love is brought to full expression when it is shared.

“Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us. 1 John 4:11-12

“If someone says, “I love God,” but hates a fellow believer, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see? And he has given us this command: Those who love God must also love their fellow believers. 1 John 4:20-21

5. Real love can be trusted.

“We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love.” 1 John 4:16

6. Real love grows more perfect.

“God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world.” 1 John 4:16b-17

7. Real love expels all fear.

“Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.” 1 John 4:18

8. Real love is a response to God’s love.

“We love each other because he loved us first.” 1 John 4:19

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7 signs that you are saved. You might be a Christian if… (1 John 2)

1. You desire to obey God’s commands.

And we can be sure that we know him if we obey his commandments. If someone claims, “I know God,” but doesn’t obey God’s commandments, that person is a liar and is not living in the truth. But those who obey God’s word truly show how completely they love him. That is how we know we are living in him. Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did. 1 John 2:3-6

2. You love your fellow believers.

If anyone claims, “I am living in the light,” but hates a fellow believer, that person is still living in darkness. 10 Anyone who loves a fellow believer is living in the light and does not cause others to stumble.1 John 2:9

3. You aren’t driven by the worldly pursuits of lust, greed or pride.

Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever. 1 John 2:15-17

4. You have remained faithful to the church.

These people left our churches, but they never really belonged with us; otherwise they would have stayed with us. When they left, it proved that they did not belong with us. 1 John 2:4

5. You have the Holy Spirit living in you.

But you are not like that, for the Holy One has given you his Spirit, and all of you know the truth. 1 John 2:20

But you have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you, so you don’t need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit teaches you everything you need to know, and what he teaches is true—it is not a lie. So just as he has taught you, remain in fellowship with Christ. 1 John 2:27

6. You can distinguish truth from lies.

So I am writing to you not because you don’t know the truth but because you know the difference between truth and lies. 1 John 2:21

7. You acknowledge the Father and the Son.

Anyone who denies the Son doesn’t have the Father, either. But anyone who acknowledges the Son has the Father also. 1 John 2:23

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4 Ways To Live in the Light – 1 John 1

1. Realize God is light.

“This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all.” 1 John 1:5

2. Be honest about your sin.

“So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth.” 1 John 1:6

“If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth.” 1 John 1:8

“If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.” 1 John 1:10

3. Enjoy true fellowship with God and others.

“But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7

4. Confess your sins to God and receive forgiveness.

“But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” 1 John 1:9

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