ARE you? If you don’t know for sure you are, then for sure you are not. So with all the gravity the question demands, settle it, “Am I saved?”
What is your answer to the question? Does it still hang on a peradventure? Or do you have “full assurance of faith” you are truly saved?
Were salvation a gamble, then God would be a gambler and unjust.
“The just shall live by faith,” and “in full assurance of faith,” Paul declared, “There is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His appearing.” 2 Tim. 4:8.
Paul’s faith gave him “full assurance” that “a crown of righteousness” was “laid up” for him-that he was saved, and not for him alone but for “all them also that love His appearing.”
If we do not know we are saved, then we know that we do not have enlightened faith, and that we are not saved. How did Paul know he was saved? Because he knew he had, as he affirmed, “fought a good fight.” And he added, “I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” 2 Tim. 4:7.
If we do not know we are saved, with the same “full assurance” that Paul knew he was saved, then we are indulging the supreme folly of making life, salvation, and death a hopeless gamble.
Before you read further, Brethren, settle the question. If you can’t settle it now, then the longer you leave it unsettled, in uncertainty, the more certain it is you’ll leave it in uncertainty till time and chance are spent and hope is fled.
“Let not the question remain in perilous uncertainty. Ask yourselves earnestly, Am I among the saved, or the unsaved? Shall I stand, or shall I not stand? He only that hath clean hands and a pure heart shall stand in that day.”-TM 443:2.
Settle the question before you go further. “Seek the Lord most earnestly, put away your sins,… Purify your souls by obeying the truth. Faith without works is dead. PUT NOT OFF THE DAY OF PREPARATION. Slumber not in the state of unpreparedness.… Let none leave their safety for eternity to hang upon a peradventure.” Id.
Are you truly “purifying your souls by fighting the good fight of faith-by walking very carefully in all the light of present truth? Or are you just hoping you are?
“Let not the question remain in perilous uncertainty.” Id.
If you haven’t settled it, settle it now, once and for all, and rejoice in ever-abiding ”full assurance of faith” that “at that day” you will be present and accounted for with Paul and “all them that also love His appearing,” when “the righteous judge” shall give each “the crown of righteousness” which is laid up for him. Only if by virtue of the good fight of faith, you have the ‘‘full assurance” of that crown, will you endure to the end the trial of your faith, survive the shaking and purification, and go on triumphantly from Bashan-Zion to Gilead-Zion-saved, eternally saved!
“Feed thy people with thy rod, the flock of thine heritage, which dwell solitarily in the wood, in the midst of Carmel: let them feed in Bashan and Gilead, as in the days of old.” Micah 7:14.
Carmel (past), Bashan (present) and Gilead (future).
“Then thou shall … be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God.” lsa. 62:3.
Bashan Communicator Vol. 2, No. 2 April-June, 1982 pages 3-4.