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While the entire Bible stresses certainty and assurance for Christians who are born-again, there's one section of Scripture that stakes out this theme as its central focus—the letter of 1 John. As we carefully read through 1 John, we notice a five-fold argument for the assurance of salvation—five of the birthmarks of the Christian.

These are characteristics and traits of someone who is born again through faith in Jesus Christ. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy complete.

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You have to confess Jesus Christ as Lord. Some people assume they are saved because they grew up in a Christian culture, or they have gone to church all their lives, or they have been baptized, or they have tried to live a good life. The Bible teaches that we are sinners, separated from God by a sinful nature. We can never earn, buy, or climb our way into heaven. By our own efforts or goodness, we can never be saved. He paid our penalty, took our judgment upon Himself, and He offers us the opportunity to be born again. As we begin learning to practice righteousness, our habits change.

We are not saved by good works, but we are saved for good works, and the Gospel is a transforming agent in our lives. Those who are truly saved also bear the birthmark of compassion. How can you know that you are a Christian? By what you believe, by how you live, and by whom you love. Love is a recurring theme in 1 John, and the apostle leaves no doubt about how it permeates the lives of true Christians.

Do you love your brothers and sisters in the family of God? Those who are truly saved are those who enjoy and bless the household of faiththe family of God. A fourth of being truly saved is conflict. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.

That le to the final point I want to make: We can see evidence for the validity of salvation in our desire to conduct ourselves in a way that pleases God. That would conflict with other passages in the Bible that describe us as fallible and often failing.

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In 1 Johnthe word for sin is a present active infinitive and it describes a continuous action. John is not saying that whoever sins once is not born of God. That would disqualify all of us. It would certainly disqualify me. His grace is inexhaustible and His salvation is irreversible. Make sure you have confessed Jesus as your Lord and Savior, and then trust Him with your eternal future.

He will never leave you or forsake you. His Word was given that you might know Jesus Christ as your Savior and that you might know that you have eternal life. Article excerpted and edited with permission from Dr. David Jeremiah Turning Point 2 Jul. What is a Born Again Christian?. You can have assurance of salvation today. Slide 6 of 6.

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