And this is the testimony:  God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.  The one who has the Son has life.  The one who doesn’t have the Son of God does not have life.  I have written these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.” 1 John 5:11-13

Some people struggle remembering the day they placed their faith in Jesus Christ.  In most cases it is because they were much younger at the time and just don’t remember the occasion very clearly.  And unfortunately, in many cases those same people agonize unnecessarily over the legitimacy of their relationship with God because of the missing memory, not a missing moment.

The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus is sufficient for salvation whether we feel like it at this moment or not.  His redemptive act has nothing to do with our memories.  John 3:16 says, “For God loved the world in this way:  He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.”  The Bible is very clear, “But to all who did receive Him, He gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in His name.” (John 1:12)

When faith is exercised and grace received, an individual becomes a forgiven child of God.  (Ephesians 2:8-9)  The permanence of this relationship has nothing to do with your memory.  God seals the transaction with His Holy Spirit.

In Him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation – in Him when you believed – were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit.  He is the down payment of our inheritance, for the redemption of the possession, to the praise of His glory.” (Ephesians 1:13-14)

It’s unfortunate that a person feels they must hang their eternal destiny on a memory when a current and honest evaluation of the heart would be sufficient.  A simple question needs to be answered:   “Do you believe?” not “Did you believe?” If you are having doubts about your salvation go back to 1 John 5:11-13 and ask yourself if you currently believe.  If you do, then rest on the truth of the Scripture that says you have eternal life.  If you do not, then settle it by placing your faith in Jesus Christ right now.


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