I overheard a co-worker talking on the phone recently about assurance of salvation. “It’s not pin the tale on Jesus,” he said. So true! Salvation is not a blind-folded guessing game. Those of us who have trusted in Christ alone for salvation can have confidence in our salvation.
The apostle John wrote his Gospel “so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name” (John 20:31). But interestingly, assurance of salvation is one of the things that believers (particularly new believers) seem to struggle with the most.
What do you do if a child you know struggles with this? First things first, make sure that he or she has a clear understanding of the gospel. It might be that the child has never heard a clear explanation of the gospel before.
If the child understands the gospel, he might just need a little encouragement. John 5:24 can be a helpful verse, “I tell you the solemn truth, the one who hears my messageand believes the one who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned, but has crossed over from death to life.”
Read the verse out loud with the child, and ask the following questions (these were adapted from the tract “May I Ask You a Question”):
- Did you “hear” God’s message?
- Did you “believe” what God said and trust Christ as your Savior?
- Does “has eternal life” mean later or right now?
- Does it say, “will not be condemned” or might not?
- Does it say “has crossed from death” or will cross?
Finally, say a prayer with the child thanking God for free gift of eternal life and ask Him to give the child confidence.