Can I Know That I Am Saved?

It is possible to know you are saved. The resources in this collection prepare you to evaluate the evidence of salvation and show you how to approach doubt and the loss of assurance.

  • How can I be assured that I am among the chosen? Question and Answer

    Acts 16:31

    HAMILTON: Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. SPROUL: Now the problem is complicated because we have four kinds of people: people who aren’t saved and know that they aren’t saved, people who aren’t saved and don’t know that they aren’t saved, people who are saved and know that they are saved, and people who are unsaved who know that they are saved. That’s where the problem comes in, because you have all kinds of people who have an assurance of salvation illegitimately. Because they don’t understand what salvation requires. Maybe somebody taught them if you raise your hand in an … View Resource

  • Assurance of Salvation Audio Message by R.C. Sproul

    The Bible calls us to make our calling and election sure. It is our responsibility to make sure that we know we are Christians. We also read from Scripture that there will be many people who thought they were Christians who Jesus, Himself, will turn away on the last day. How do we know that we are not part of that group? Considering this in this message, Dr. Sproul teaches us how we can know for sure that we are saved. View Resource

  • Doubt and Assurance Article by John Tweeddale

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2016

    The quest for full assurance of salvation has long plagued the people of God. Many Christians place their faith in Christ alone for redemption but still live with doubts about their standing before God. For these dear saints, the tension between doubt and assurance can be crippling. A crisis of doubt can happen to any follower of Christ. Even the mightiest of preachers can lack assurance. John Owen once confessed to a colleague his own struggles with assurance of God’s forgiveness. “I myself preached Christ some years,” he admitted, “when I had but very little, if any, experimental acquaintance with … View Resource

  • Evidences of Assurance Article by Derek Thomas

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2016

    The Westminster Confession of Faith insists that Christians may be “certainly assured that they are in the state of grace” (18:1) and goes on to assert that this “infallible assurance of faith” is “founded upon” three considerations: “the divine truth of the promises of salvation” “the inward evidence of those graces unto which these promises are made” “the testimony of the Spirit of adoption witnessing with our spirits that we are children of God” (18:2). The possibility of “certain” and “infallible” assurance is set against the backdrop of medieval and post-Reformation Roman Catholic views that paralyzed the church with an … View Resource

  • Means of Assurance Article by Jason Helopoulos

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2016

    In a world filled with sin, the flesh, and the devil, assurance of salvation is the soft feather bed on which the Christian rests. Assurance proves to be one of the greatest benefits of the Christian faith and the rightful inheritance of the child of God. In its enjoyment are found peace, hope, and joy unsurpassed in this fallen world. The Scriptures clearly articulate that a child of God may and should possess a true sense of peace and confidence regarding personal salvation. Faith is trusting in Christ as Savior, so the seeds of assurance inherently lie within faith itself. … View Resource

  • Loss of Assurance Article by Joel Beeke

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2016

    Even Christians who have enjoyed seasons of assured confidence of their right standing before God can and do have their assurance of faith shaken. At such times, they feel the ebbing and flowing of their assurance. The loss of assurance can be very disconcerting to them. Perhaps you also have struggled with this loss and wondered: How can I regain a strong sense of assurance? And in the future, how can I avoid the problem of losing assurance again? The Westminster Confession of Faith provides us with guidance: True believers may have the assurance of their salvation divers ways shaken, … View Resource

  • The Hope of Assurance Article by Geoffrey Thomas

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2016

    For many years, I had two excellent Christian women in my congregation who had very different experiences regarding their assurance. One had the strongest assurance of faith that I have known. She could never sing some hymns of William Cowper and could not understand how others could sing them. Lyrics such as “Where is the blessedness I knew when first I saw the Lord?” were quite alien to her own heart’s conviction. On the other hand, Frances Crosby’s “Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine” she could sing from her heart. She worked with the young people, wrote weekly letters to her … View Resource

  • When I Don’t Feel Forgiven Article by Ian Hamilton

    FROM TABLETALK | September 2015

    The Christian life is a constant battle against the world, the flesh, and the devil. If these forces had their way, it would destroy every single one of God’s blood-bought and dearly loved children. But our Lord Jesus assures us that not one of those for whom He shed His precious blood will be lost. Nothing and no one can snatch a Christian, even the weakest Christian, from the strong hands of our omnipotent heavenly Father (John 10:29–30). But this glorious truth does not mean that our Christian lives cannot be disturbed, even deeply disturbed by the world, the flesh, … View Resource

  • Faith and Assurance Article by Joel Beeke

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2013

    A man and a woman stood hand in hand on the beach. For a time, the only sound was the crashing of waves. Then the man asked, “What are you scared about?” She answered: “I want to marry you more than anything on earth. But I keep thinking that you’ll change your mind and leave me just like… .” Her eyes fell to the ground. “Just like your dad left your mom?” he asked gently. Hesitantly, she nodded. “Don’t you trust me?” he asked. “Oh yes,” she said. “You are the most trustworthy man I have ever met.” … View Resource

  • What Is Your Only Comfort? Article by Kim Riddlebarger

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2008

    Of all the Reformation-era catechisms, perhaps none is as well-loved as the Heidelberg Catechism. In the opening question and answer, the personal and distinctive tone of the catechism becomes evident. “What is your only comfort in life and in death?” This is not a theoretical question—“What would be necessary if God were to comfort sinners?” Rather, this is a very practical question—“How do I have comfort as long as I live and then when I die?” The key word in the opening question is comfort (German, trost). The word refers to our assurance and confidence in the finished work … View Resource

  • Fear Not Article by R.C. Sproul

    We are fragile mortals, given to fears of every sort. We have a built-in insecurity that no amount of whistling in the dark can mollify. We seek assurance concerning the things that frighten us the most. The prohibition uttered more frequently than any other by our Lord is the command, “Fear not …” He said this so often to His disciples and others He encountered that it almost came to sound like a greeting. Where most people greet others by saying “Hi” or “Hello,” the first words of Jesus very often were “Fear not.” Why? Perhaps Jesus’ predilection for those … View Resource

  • The Sealing of the Spirit Devotional

    Ephesians 1:13-14

    Matthew Henry comments, “This deposit makes it as sure to the heirs as though they already possessed it; and it is purchased for them by the blood of Christ.” The blood of Jesus cannot fail to purchase those for whom it was shed, and the Spirit helps us see that His blood has been shed for all believers. Let us pray that we would, by God’s Spirit, recognize that we belong to Him forevermore. View Resource

  • Those Who Fall Away Devotional

    1 Corinthians 10:12-13

    If you know someone who is a professing believer but who is in sin, there are two things you should do. Pray for that person to repent of his sin as David did before Nathan. You might even need to be the one to confront him. Second, hold your judgment as to his state in Christ. We are not given assurance of salvation for others. View Resource