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My favorite chapter of Acts.
A man telephoned his pastor. “I’m worried about my salvation. How do I know that I’m saved from sin and death, and hell?”
“John,” the pastor responded, “did you confess the words of the Apostles’ Creed during worship the other day? Did you say, ‘I believe in God the Father almighty...I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord...I believe in the Holy Spirit…’?”
“Yes,” John answered. “Did you believe that when you said it?”
“Well,” the answer came back slowly, “I wanted and I want to believe it.”
“Then,” said the pastor...who happened to be me, “exercising the Office of the Keys that Jesus gives to His Church, I can tell you confidently, John, that you are saved from sin, death, and hell through your faith in Jesus.”
When John asked how that was possible, even for someone who doubted his own faith, I told him, “I learned long ago that only the people who want Jesus concern themselves with whether they’re saved from sin and death. If you didn’t believe in the God we meet in Jesus, you wouldn’t wonder you were saved or not.”The reason for this is simple.