More On Conviction Or Condemnation

Q. I have a question about conviction or condemnation. Would a non believer feel condemnation from Satan? Or conviction from the Holy Spirit? Would someone who worries about their salvation prove that they are saved by worrying about it? An unsaved person wouldn’t worry about their salvation, would they?

A. A non believer doesn’t feel condemnation from Satan but can feel the conviction of the Holy Spirit (John 16:8).

In Romans 2:14-15 Paul said the requirements of God’s Law are written on our hearts and our consciences bear witness to this, sometimes causing our thoughts to accuse us, and at other times to defend us. This can happen to believers and unbelievers alike.

People who worry about their salvation may or may not be saved. Unbelievers who are beginning to question their eternal destiny will often worry about it. And believers who have been taught they can lose their salvation can never really be at peace for fear of doing something that would cause the Lord to revoke it.

The answer is either prayer or study. A sincere prayer asking for salvation can settle the matter of his or her destiny for an unbeliever (Matt. 7:7-8, Romans 10:13), and for a believer, studying what the Bible says about salvation will confirm that our destiny is secure (John 10:27-30, 2 cor. 1:21-22, Ephes. 1:13-14).

For My Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life and I will raise him up at the last day (John 6:40).

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