The Ultimate Proof of Our Salvation
Holiness is the ultimate proof of our salvation.
Today we have another reason why holiness of our life is important. In the court of law, lawyers etc. want proof or evidence of the fact to really convince the jury and the judge. Holiness is the most reliable evidence of our confession and experience of salvation.
1 John 2:29 says, “If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him.” If the Spirit of Holiness (another name of the Holy Spirit) is in us, then it is logical to say that holiness will be produced in our lives. Holiness is the only thing that distinguishes us from this fallen world. We have now the divine nature of Christ.
In fact we Christians are double sealed: 2 Tim 2:19 says, “Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.”
It is clear that the people of God are sealed twice “the Lord knows those who are His” That is our election. “…everyone who names the name of Christ departs from iniquity.”
Holiness distinguishes us from others, it is the only ultimate proof of our salvation.
Matthew 7:16, Jesus said “You shall know them by their fruit.” 21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
Jesus was not suggesting that our good works can earn our salvation, but He was saying that true faith will not fail to produce the fruit of good works. If there is no evidence of obedience, no evidence of holiness. Without evidence of holiness we can have no certainty of full assurance of our salvation. If someone claims to be born again, but there is no crystal clear acts of holiness in his/her life-then there is a BIG QUESTION MARK (?) whether he /she is a true Christian in the first place. In the final analysis, only God knows. We are not to judge.
2 Corinthians 13:5 says, “ Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified.”
You may be a so called Christian because you are baptized (someone said even galvanized and pasteurized); but how sure are you? Being baptized does not make one a Christian, nor does a bicycle entering a carport makes it a car. You need to be sure!
Salvation is an awesome gift of God’s grace! Why don’t you take it? You have nothing to lose! But if you reject it-hell is the ultimate destiny!