Lesson 3: Just About Everything the Church Taught You Was a Lie Part 2
We will continue to examine what is wrong with this statement: “I don’t fear God because I know I am saved because I claimed Jesus as my Savior so I don’t have to know when the Rapture or End of the World will occur because I’ll be ready whenever it does.”? We discussed the first part of this false statement in the last study. Now let’s look at the second part: “I know I am saved.”
Does the Bible state that we can know when we are saved? To answer that question, there are a couple points to consider. First let’s ask the question, once we become saved, that is, once the Holy Spirit indwells us, can we sense it? Here is a verse that addresses that question:
John 3:8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
So, no, Jesus is saying that we can’t sense the Holy Spirit within us. There is another reason we can’t know for sure if we are saved, and that has to do with the fact that the list of those to be saved (those Christ died to save) was determined before the world was created. The following verses make that point:
Ephesians 1:4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
Ephesians 1:5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
Revelation 17:8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.
So the list of names of those to be saved was predetermined before the world was created, and, since we cannot sense the Holy Spirit within us, how can we possibly know whether we are on that list? Does the Bible say there are other ways we can know whether we are saved?
One answer to that question has to do with the fact that Jesus talked in parables.
Matthew 13:34 All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them:
Mark 4:34 But without a parable spake he not unto them: and when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples.
Why did Jesus speak in parables? The Bible tells us the answer quite clearly:
Matthew 13:11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
Matthew 13:12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
Matthew 13:13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
Matthew 13:14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
Matthew 13:15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
Matthew 13:16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.
There are parallel verses in Mark and Luke and Acts:
Mark 4:11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:
Luke 8:10 And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.
Acts 28:26 Saying, Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive:
Therefore, if we truly understand what Jesus is saying to us, then we can have assurance that we are saved. In these verses, Jesus was talking to His disciples, who we know were saved except for Judas (but it could be argued that Jesus wasn’t really addressing him anyway) and he mentions ‘ears that hear’ and ‘eyes that see’ in Matthew 13:16. Jesus uses this phrase numerous times in the Bible, too many to include them all here, but here are a few:
Matthew 11:15 He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
Mark 4:23 If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.
Mark 7:16 If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.
Mark 13:14 But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:
Revelation 2:7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.
If you believe you are saved, the question then becomes, is your belief based on what your church/pastor/priest/minister has taught you or is your belief based on what the Bible truly teaches? That is the subject of the next section.