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The Bible says to "make your calling and election sure" so let's go through a short "checklist" to make sure you are truly saved.

- Are you aware that God became a man in the person of Jesus Christ and he died for the sins of the world?
- Did you come to the Savior because you had sinned?
- Did you "repent" and put your faith in Jesus?
- Are you convinced Christ suffered and died on the Cross and that He rose again on the third day?

God lets us go free from the Courtroom of Eternal Justice on the grounds that Jesus Christ paid our fine. We are "justified" (made right with God) by His suffering death. The resurection of Jesus Christ was God's seal of approval of the fact that His precious blood was sufficient to pay the fine.

Think of it this way ... You have violated the law and face a $50,000 fine. You tell the judge you are truly sorry for your crime, but he answers, "So you should be, you have broken the law and now, can you pay this fine?" He can only acquit you if the fine is paid. If someone else pays your fine, then he can let you go but he must have "grounds" on which to release you.

The reason we need a substitute (a Savior) to pay our moral fine is because we have broken God's Law. To see how much we have transgressed this Law (The Ten Commandments), we will go through some of them -- Have you ever told a lie? Have you ever stolen something? Have you ever lusted after another person?

If you answered "YES" to these questions, you admit that you are a lying, thieving, adulterer at heart, and you have to face God on Judgment Day! If you have used His name in vain, then you are guilty of "blasphemy" -- you've substituted God's holy Name for a curse word. Perhaps you've hated someone, then the Bible says that you are a murderer. You have violated God's holy Law and now you're in BIG trouble. On Judgment Day, you will be found guilty and end up in Hell.

That's why you need the Savior. Merely being sorry for your sins, or confessing them to God won't help you. You must turn from sin (repent) and your faith must be in Jesus Christ alone. He is the only "grounds" for God to grant mercy towards you. If you are not sure of your salvation, make Psalm 51 your personal prayer.