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B1 – Belong to the Lord Jesus and have Eternal life

Do you have eternal life?

“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give unto them eternal life and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of my hand. John 10 v 27-28.

Let me ask, are you certainly sure that you belong to the Lord Jesus Christ and that one day you will go to be with Him in heaven forever.

Imagine you are on your way to a place you are not familiar with. Suddenly you stopped to wonder whether you are on the right path or not. You are lost. Your heart begins to beat faster and suddenly you are afraid. 

Then you begin to see landmarks of familiar places. You begin to recognize some of the buildings and streets. At that moment, your fears begin to fade away. Why? Because now you know for certain that you are on the right way. Very quickly you will reach your final destination.

In our previous lessons (A1-A7) you have learnt that the Lord Jesus Christ died for your sins on the cross. 

Perhaps you did believe and you have asked the Lord to be your Saviour. Now after some time you are wondering whether you are truly saved. You ask yourself, “If I was to die tonight, will I go to heaven? How can I know for certain?” Do I have eternal life?

It is the purpose of this lesson to tell you of three things that will help you to know with absolute certainty that you belong to the Lord Jesus.

What the Bible says

We read in John 10 vs. 27-28 the following words:

“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.”

In these wonderful verses, Jesus tells us that He knows everyone who belongs to Him. He calls them “my sheep” and he gives them everlasting life. This means that they will be with Him forever in Heaven. 

He does not want those who believe to have doubts. Instead He wants them to know for certain that they are His. Jesus Christ is the Son of God, therefore He cannot lie. If you have accepted Him as your personal Saviour then you are His forever. Listen to God’s words in 1 John 5 vs. 13:

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

The work of the Holy Spirit

When we receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Saviour, the Holy Spirit of God comes and dwells in us. Each Christian is filled and sealed with the Holy Spirit. The Bible teaches us that,

“The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.” Romans 8 vs. 16

This means that the Spirit of God in us, helps us to recognize deep within us that we are children of God. In addition to that, the Holy Spirit helps us to resist sin and all its temptations. He puts in our hearts a desire to read the Bible and to love the Lord more and more so that we may please Him.

The resulting change in our lives

The third factor that may help us to have certainty that we belong to the Lord is the change that we are going to have in our lives after we have accepted the Lord as our Saviour. Before we got saved, we did many sinful things without feeling guilty. But now after being saved, the Holy Spirit lives in us. For that reason we do not want to be found doing sinful things anymore. We want to do only that which is good and acceptable before God by following His commands. 

The Bible says,

“Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.” 1 John 2 vs. 3

Does this mean that we will never ever make any mistake?

Certainly not! We are still human, our sinful nature makes it possible for us to do sinful things. However, we will have a guilty conscience when we do so. It is not desirable that we sin willfully.

What should a Christian do if they fall into sin?

He must confess his sins to the Lord Jesus in prayer and ask for forgiveness. If we have wronged other people, we must confess to them and ask them to forgive us. 

Remember, the Holy Spirit lives in all of God’s children. He promised never to leave us. Therefore we must ask Him to help us do the right thing every day. In that way He will help us become good and perfect children of God.

We trust that you have studied this lesson carefully and that now you know for sure, with absolute certainty that YOU ARE A CHILD OF GOD then YOU BELONG TO THE LORD JESUS CHRIST and have ETERNAL LIFE.

   Your memory verse for the day is:

“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.
And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.”
 John 10 vs. 27-28

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