“Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)
“By grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:8-10)
It is not you, then, that do the saving. If you could save yourself, that very fact would show that you were not lost. “It is God that worketh.” (Philippians 2:13) Your part is to receive Him by faith.
“But I don’t feel as I ought to; I can not feel that I am saved.” If you have never been saved, how do you know how you ought to feel? You don’t know how a saved man feels. If you depend on feeling, you will never know whether you are saved or not, for you will never be sure that you have the right feeling. You may think you are saved all right, and then have your feeling give way and leave you more uncertain than ever. Our feelings are always changing.
How can you feel a thing that you don’t take hold of? Feeling is touching. If you want to feel that you are saved, the most sensible thing to do is to lay hold on salvation, and that is done only by faith. “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life.” (1 Timothy 6:12)
“Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” (Romans 10:17) The Word of God gives life to the dead; and life is salvation. But a dead man cannot feel anything. The Word awakens him to life. You therefore receive the living Word of God, and you will find life. Then, no matter what your feeling may be, you will know that you are saved.
Jesus saves! That is what His name means. “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21) Thank God for salvation that depends not on our fitful feeling, but on His eternal, almighty power. “If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” (Romans 10:9) Do it, then, do it.
(This article was taken from tract entitled, “Salvation in Jesus Christ.” Some editing has been done for this publication. Editor)