or eternal security of the believer. I know I am saved because I have put my faith and trust in Jesus Christ, and he granted my salvation and forgiveness of sins. This is based on his promises in His Word that He has paid the penalty for my sins by atoning for them with His blood. I trusted Him. Some would call that a "self-centered" salvation and thus no salvation at all (a Calvinist view). Why? It centers around my choice, my free will to choose Christ and put my faith in him. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. (1 John 5:13) --The word "know" is used here. I know I have eternal life because I have believed on the name of the Son of God. This is the promise of God. It is Scripture. It is eternal security or an assurance of salvation. I have heard it said by some that are Calvinists that since they don't believe in the "whosoever wills," but rather that Christ died for the elect, and that they are the elect, they will persevere. My question is: How do you know you are the elect of God? What assurance do you have? I know because I have believed. But you deny choice, free will. What assurance do you have that you are one of the elect? How can you know for sure. Are you sure you are eternally secure in the hand of God? If so, how are you sure? Help me understand your position here.