For those who:
- Needs encouragement
- Have prayer requests
- Desire to get closer to God.
- Desire for prayer association for your ministry

lighthouse (Peggy's Cove, east coast Canada).
What Does the Bible Say About … KNOWING YOU ARE SAVED?

Is there is a difference between believing God by faith that you are saved and knowing that you are saved?

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Bible.jpg

I truly feel that each and every person who professed that Jesus is Lord has asked that same question repeatedly.

Imagine that your boat capsized in a lake and Jesus casts you a life preserver. By grabbing onto the preserver, you are professing your belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of your life. In fear, you will not let go of the preserver until you are finally pulled to his safety.

As you are still treading water, you feel continuous tugs on your rope. When you look confirming scriptures into your spirit, the believing of being rescued is coming to fruition. Believing that Jesus will save you is similar to not letting go of the life preserver; no matter what circumstance you are enduring. It is the knowing that Jesus is your rescuer. The emotional waves of life trials will still continue but your grip on the rope will not diminish.

Knowing is equated to being able to hold onto the life preserver and taking one hand off as you reach to Jesus to pull you aboard the rescue vessel. It is the assurance that you know that you are saved. This assurance will not appear overnight, but as you grow in the Lord, so will your faith. Soon you will be able to take the other hand off of the preserver and climb into the boat. Into the safety and loving arms of your Savior and Lord.

I will share with you the verses that My Father shared with me when I came to know His Son.

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will direct your paths. [NLT]

2 Timothy 2:19 But God’s truth stands firm like a foundation stone with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” {When we follow God’s truth he will never forsake us.}

Hebrews 13:5 I will never fail you, I will never forsake you. [NLT]

1 Peter1: 8 You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him, you trust him; and even now you are happy with a glorious expressible joy.

Sue Ramsey


Man receives Christ salvation by faith and he knows he is saved by faith, then as he grows he can experience the peace and happiness of daily walking with the Lord..

A good illustration is a pool of cool water on a hot day. Where I live in eastern North Carolina in America, we have a high humidity content. On a hot muggy day you can see the beautifully cool waters of a lake or pool and imagine what it will be like to plunge into that refreshing water. But until you actually experience the cool refreshing dip, your imagination cannot really bring relief. It is that way with salvation, many will stand at the threshold of salvation and yearn for the relief from sin that Christ can bring, but until you actually enter into that blessed union with God, no one can imagine the pleasures that await them.

In the book of Isaiah, chapter 6 we have the vision of Isaiah when he saw the throne of God and the seraphim’s crying Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.

Notice what Isaiah’s view of himself was when he saw all this, he said, Woe to me! For I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts. That is the same view all must have as they approach the altar of grace.

Then in verse 6, Then flew one of the seraphim’s unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar. That is what happens when one receives Christ as Saviour, he is cleansed.

Notice now how Isaiah’s self image changed. Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me. Isaiah changed from a man of no self worth, to a man that knew because of the greatness of God , he to could go and do a work for Him.

By faith we accept the salvation that God planned for those that will receive it, before He created man, or even the foundations of the earth. This must be accepted by a blind trust, that we are told is faith.

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

But oh, beloved after we accept this salvation by faith and the Holy Spirit of God almighty is taking residence in our hearts, my-my, what wonderful works of the glory and splendor of God we behold!

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

These things are for here and now, and then we see that there are even greater joys awaiting us when we arrive home.

1Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

So I would say yes there is a difference between believing God by faith that you are saved and knowing that you are saved. By faith I believe and by faith I know I am saved, but what wonderful gifts that God has for those that will simply allow Him to give His gifts to them, as He deems necessary for our service to Him.

Let me illustrate; when I was a boy I received a Daisy pump air rifle for Christmas. It had a lever that was pumped down the length of the barrel to cock it and allow a BB to shot from it. When I first started to use it, I would have to place the base of the stock on the ground and drop to my knees and then use both hands to cock the rifle. But after sometime passed and I continued to hunt with it and target practice with it, I could use one hand to cock it and never take the base of the stock down from shoulder. You say, but brother James you grew and got stronger!

That right and the night I received Christ as Saviour, I had no wisdom and very little knowledge, but as the days have passed and I have grown, well I think you get my point.

I have been saved by grace thru faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross and I know I am saved by faith in the same grace, but as the days roll by and I see the wondrous works of God in my life and the lives of others, I know I am saved by God’s presence in me.

James Avery


When you are saved, you have the Holy Spirit residing in you. He is what makes you know that you are saved and He strengthens your faith. Being saved is a verb (action) word. You shed your old self and become like new. You don’t have the desire to sin like you did before.

Debi Moore


Acts 9:1-6, Acts 27:21-25

Is there a difference? Very definitely, the answer is yes. When Paul, on the Damascus road, saw the great light and God asked, “Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?” Paul could only answer, “Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?” He chose to act on his belief by throwing his whole weight on God’s promise to save him.

But while in the tempest out on the sea, he went to God for help and God told him exactly what to do to escape the storm safely. When Paul went to give those instructions to the seamen with him, he said, “Sirs, I believe God.” He knew it would be exactly as God said. By following the instructions giving by God in answer to Paul’s prayer, not one of those men were drowned in the sea.

Believing in God, you gain salvation when you agree with God that your sin deserves Hell, you throw yourself at His mercy, and the provision Christ made for you on the Cross.

Knowing you are saved comes when someone takes the bible and shows you how and why Christ came to save you and His promise that salvation is forever.

Audrey Mullen


Ephesians 2:8 tells us: For it is by grace you have been saved and this not of yourselves; it is the gift of God not by works so that no one can boast. If we have accepted Christ as Savior, we can know we are saved. His word is true and never changes.

Romans 8:16 says: The Spirit Himself testifies with our Spirit that we are God’s children. Only you know for certain if you have the spiritual connection with Him that salvation brings.

Sandra McGarrity


Yes, faith is KNOWING you are saved.

Bart D. Campbell


Believing God by faith that you are saved is the same as knowing you are saved because faith is the assurance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 3:1). The things we are assured of and are fully persuaded of are the things that we know with absolute assurance.

Abraham believed God and it was counted to him for righteousness. He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strong in faith, giving glory to God and was fully persuaded that what He had promised, He is able also to perform. In other words, he knew! (Romans 4:20-21) John equates knowing with believing in 1 John 5:13 ” These things have I written unto you that believe on the Son of God; that you may know that you have eternal life and that you may believe on the name of the Son of God.”

George W. Romer


If you believe God by faith that you are saved then you know that you are saved.

Cynthia Stoney


Yes there is a difference between believing God by faith that you are saved and knowing that you are saved. No one can really be sure that they are saved because we sin every day. However Christ did die for us (John 3:16) so that we may be saved and have eternal life. But fully knowing for sure is like knowing what is going to happen to you in the near future. You don’t. We have to surrender our everything to God as He asks us to, die to self, and follow Him (Romans 6:11, Colossians 3:3).

Jesus was baptized to be our example, and as a symbol of the need to die to self. He rose from the dead just like we rise from our old selves. Jesus died to self, and let the Holy Spirit live through Him. We need to come boldly to the throne of grace (Hebrews 4:16). We then realize that there is nothing we can do alone to be saved. It’s all through Jesus. What people need to do is accept Him. If we do this then we have a pretty sure chance that we are saved. We also need to believe and have faith that God is real, that He really sent His son to save us, and that He died for you. We need to be willing to sacrifice and surrender ourselves and all to our Lord.

“These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.”

Courtney Webber