Still Saved After All These Years?

Q. I have always thought of myself as a Christian but finally gave my life to Jesus in July this year. I lost my Dad in June and what hurt me most was not the fact that he died suddenly, but not being sure if his soul is in a comfortable place waiting for resurrection. It then occured to me that He attended a revival years ago and got saved. He later walked away from this path, got into deep depression, drank a lot and even considered suicide. 3 weeks before his death, he told my sister that if God does not take him away from this world soon, he would throw himself in a river. He died suddenly of a blood clot in the heart. To cut a long story short, I would like to know if by being saved years ago, he was still saved when he died. He believed and loved God.

A. It’s not for any of us to say whether your father was saved, but the Bible says if he believed that Jesus died for his sins and rose again when he went forward at the revival, he met the requirements for salvation (1 Cor. 15:1-4). It goes on to say that as soon as he heard the gospel and believed it he was given a seal, the promised Holy Spirit who is a deposit guaranteeing his inheritance, which is eternal life (Ephesians 1:13-14) and God Himself will make sure of this (2 Cor. 1:21-22). Therefore if he got saved on the day he went forward, he was still saved on the day he died.

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