He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
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“If only I could feel saved,” an officer said to me when I explained to him that what Christ had done on the cross was enough to save his soul.
“Don’t worry about feeling saved,” I answered. “The important thing is to believe! You can be saved without feeling saved. I believed in Christ for two weeks before I knew that I was saved. I could have had the joy of knowing it right away, but I was waiting to feel saved. I finally told myself, Well, if I don’t feel saved until I find myself in heaven, I’ll still trust completely in the Word of God, because God has said in His Word, the Bible, ‘He that [believes] on the Son [has] everlasting life’ (John 3:36). I know now that I do believe in Christ, and I have the joy of knowing I’m saved.
“I used to trust in my prayers, because it was something that I could do myself. But I don’t trust in anything now for my salvation except Christ and His suffering and death on the cross for sin; therefore I have everlasting life. God says so.
“Then Satan whispered to me, ‘Do you feel you have everlasting life?’ I could not say yes. ‘Then you don’t have it,’ he lied.
“But then I remembered that the Bible says, ‘He that [believes] on the Son [has] everlasting life.’ I knew that I really believed in Christ; therefore I had everlasting life, whether I felt it or not. God said I had it, and I knew it was right to believe Him, in spite of whether or not I felt saved. After that, Satan left me alone for a while; but I knew I was safe, not because I felt it, but because of God’s Word, which is unchangeable.”
“I understand what you are saying, and I believe you are right,” said the officer, who had been listening intently. “I have been thinking all along that I had to bring good feelings to God before I could be saved.”
Satan has been misleading souls for over six thousand years, so he is an experienced enemy and not easily overthrown. He can only be defeated by the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Be careful that he is not misleading you by tempting you to trust in your feelings instead of trusting in Christ and telling you to “wait until you feel saved” when the Bible says to “believe and be saved.” Feelings are changeable, like the quicksilver in a barometer—sometimes up, sometimes down. The officer was kept from salvation by Satan’s telling him to wait for feelings, instead of simply relying on the blood of Jesus Christ to cleanse him from his sins.
As you read this, how would you answer this question? Are you one who believes in Jesus, yet does not feel saved? If you are really trusting in Jesus and His death on the cross, you can enjoy complete peace of mind at all times. God raised Jesus from the dead that your faith and hope would be in God, not in your feelings. “Being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1).
Satan deceived me for a long time in this very way, so I thank God for allowing me to expose his evil deceptions to others. By faith I am trusting simply on the blood of Christ as the atonement for my sins; I am trusting the Word of God instead of my feelings as the basis of my security. Where is there more solid ground? Certainly not in the state of my feelings!
If you simply believe in Jesus as your Saviour and His blood as having made a complete atonement for all your sins, on the authority of the Word of God you know that, through faith, you are justified by Him from all things, whether you feel it or not! God has said you are. Believe His Word and be at peace with God, for “by Him all that believe are justified from all things” (Acts 13:39).