Ever Doubt Your Faith? 3 Things to Know that Will Remove All Doubt
I met a guy named Tim at a coffee shop many years ago in Lake Charles, LA. He was just released from an 11-yr stay in prison. We talked for a while, and the conversation soon turned to spiritual things. Tim was thrilled that someone would be interested in him enough to share something so fascinating. He was also intrigued that God could love him that much. But Tim did not become a Christian. Let me tell you why…
Many Christians have doubted their faith–I’ve been there before. And many non-Christians have been led in a “sinner’s prayer” before they came to the main point of trusting Christ. Perhaps you’ve struggled with doubt over whether or not you’re “really” saved. I think this post will help clear things up.
Tim was one of these non-Christians. He visited a church and was invited to go forward at the end of the service. The men up front had much compassion on Tim and had every good intention. Tim had never been surrounded by men who showed their love for him, and in an emotional state, he repeated a prayer with them.
That night, I met Tim at the coffee shop again. I asked him, “Tim, what are you trusting in to get to heaven?”
He replied, “Chad, I still have a hard time believing that Jesus could forgive me for what I’ve done.”
So what does a person have to know, believe, or do to be saved? The Gospel of John uses the word believe 98 times. And that’s the only word he uses. The words believe and faith come from the same Greek word. The noun (pistis) is translated as faith. The verb (pisteuo) is translated as believe. Another word for this is trust.
There are three parts to believing/having faith: knowledge, acceptance, and trust. Wanna see them more closely?
1. Knowledge of who Christ is. No one can trust in someone or something in which they have no knowledge. In 1 John 4:2, it’s clear that one must understand who Jesus is–that He is God in the flesh. The same man wrote John 20:31 — “…that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God…”
2. Acceptance of His person and work. It’s not enough to just know about Jesus, but one must accept as truth what He did to provide salvation. The Apostle Paul made Christ’s work crystal clear in 1 Cor. 15:3-4 — Christ died for our sins and rose from the dead.
3. Trust in Christ alone to save. I can accept you for who you are, but not trust in you for anything. Here’s where Tim got hung up. He knew about Jesus, and he accepted as truth that Jesus died for his sins and rose again. But Tim could not place his trust in Christ alone to save him. He believed that the sins he committed (which landed him in prison) were too heinous for Christ to save him. Eph. 2:8-9 tells us that a person must trust (saved by faith) in Christ alone (not by works) to be saved.
So what is God asking the non-Christian to do? To have knowledge of who Christ is, acceptance of His Person and work, and to trust in Christ alone to save.
And if you’re doubting your salvation, I have one question for you. What are you trusting in right now to save you? If you know who Christ is, accept as being true what He did for you, and if you are trusting Him alone to save you, then you have everlasting life right now.
May this truth remove all doubt and inspire you to share it with someone today!