What If I Don’t Make It?

Date Posted: February 27th, 2012

Since we have been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him.  Romans 5:9

Satan loves to remind us, “You may be a Christian now, but there’s still a long way to go. I’m not so sure you can keep this up! How do you know you’ll get there? What if you don’t make it? You started the race, but that doesn’t mean you’ll finish it!”

These are very real questions.  Which of us does not know at least one person who showed evidence of spiritual life, and then later they didn’t even profess to be Christian anymore?  How do I know that won’t happen to me?  We need to know how to answer this question, because if we do not have a confident expectation of heaven, we’ll quickly lose our joy in God.

God say, me OK

We have been justified… we shall be saved… Romans 5:9

The meaning of the word “justified” was beautifully expressed by someone who had only pigeon English.  After hearing a sermon on this subject he said, “Justification is: God say, me OK.” That’s it!  Justification is God’s declaration that a person is “not held accountable for sin,” or “in the clear,” or “righteous” through Jesus Christ. 

“Justification” is the thing that happens now, when we come to faith in Jesus.  But when Paul speaks about “the wrath of God,” that’s a then word.  The wrath of God is the thing that happens to the ungodly on the last day.  So, the question being addressed in this verse is, “Even if God say, me OK now, how do I know that it will still be OK with me on the last day?

Paul’s answer is: You can know for sure it will be OK for you on the last day, because “we have been justified by his blood.”  The thing that puts me on the right side of God is not anything in me at all.  It is something completely outside of me.  It is the blood of Jesus.

Are you sure?

We shall be saved from God’s wrath through him.  Romans 5:9

People often make the mistake of basing assurance on their own spiritual life…

Q: “How do you know you’ll be in heaven on the last day?” A: “I love Christ.”  Really?  The test of loving Jesus is obeying His commandments?  You can’t rest much on that.

Q: “How do you know you’ll be in heaven on the last day?”  A: “I’m committed to serving Christ.”  Really?  Does that mean if your commitment weakens, you might not make it?

Q: “How do you know you’ll be in heaven on the last day?”  A: “I have faith.”  Really?  How strong is your faith?   Does that mean if you have doubts, you might not make it?

We cannot find assurance before God through anything in ourselves. 

The solid ground of your assurance

We have been justified by his blood.  Romans 5:9

There is only one solid ground of assurance, and it has nothing to do with me; it is the blood of Christ.  Saving faith is nothing other than resting your case wholly in the blood of Jesus.

The crucial questions are not—How strong is my faith?  How warm is my heart?  Or how committed am I?  Here’s the question: “Is the blood of Jesus powerful enough, rich enough and strong enough to cover everything that could keep my out of heaven?”  The Bible’s answer is: “Absolutely!”  There’s no suggestion of work that remains to perfect my faith, hope and love.  

Some people think the very idea of assurance is wrong and presumptuous.  When a Christian looks forward confidently to heaven, he is not boasting about his faith or his service, he is simply reflecting the confidence that he has in the power of the blood of Jesus to save him. 

You can rejoice in God because your final salvation rests not on your performance in the Christian life, but on the blood of Jesus Christ.

This LifeKey is based on the message “Rejoicing,” by Pastor Colin S. Smith, from the series, “Unlocking the Bible in Romans & Corinthians,” preached on September 28, 1997.

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