The main thing that I urge upon you is this,-if you have not got an assured hope of your own acceptance in Christ, resolve this day to seek it. 1 “Full assurance that Christ hath delivered Paul from condemnation, yea, so full and real as produceth thanksgiving and triumphing in Christ, may and doth consist with complaints and outcries of a wretched condition for the indwelling of the body of sin”-Rutherford’s Triumph of Faith. Is He not able to do what He came for? Reader, I commend these four points to your serious consideration. The man that most fully enjoys the light of God’s reconciled countenance, will be a man tremblingly afraid of losing its blessed consolations, and jealously fearful of doing anything to grieve the Holy Ghost. 26.). I shall sleep in Christ, and when I awake, I shall be satisfied with his likeness.” 1661. Follow the buttons in the right-hand column for detailed definitions and verses that use the same root words. 26; Heb. They do not seem to comprehend that there is a wide difference between our justification and our sanctification. Go back and read again God’s testimony to His Son in the Gospels. 1661. There is ONE NAIL, fastened in a sure place; and on it hang all the flagons and all the cups. The difference is caused by the confidence factor. THERE are two classes who ought not to have Assurance. Would you smoke and pace? --Crosby Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation declaring the emancipation of three millions of slaves. Indecision and doubt about our own state in God’s sight is a grievous one, and the mother of many evils. 1 John 5:3, KJV: "For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous." “I desire to depart and be with Christ.” (Phil. Assurance helps to cut many a knot, and to make the path of Christian duty clear and plain. Evil and the devil are not some toys with which believers can play (1 Peter 5:8-9 ). ), “Hereby we do know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.” (1 John 2:3. (5) The fifth thing worth knowing, and the best of all, is “Beloved, now.” Notice the word “Now.” It does not say when you come to die. But especially it provoketh God to withdraw Himself, His comforts, and the assistance of His Spirit.”-Baxter’s Saints’ Rest. Terrors may ‘almost persuade;’ love over-persuades. Source Unknown - Regarding salvation and assurance, there are three groups of people: (1) those who are secure but not sure; (2) those who are "sure" but not secure; and (3) those who are secure and sure. ), Does he not say to Timothy, “I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed to Him”? They cannot and they will not go together. “Is it necessary that men should be kept in continual dread of damnation, in order to render them circumspect and ensure their attention to duty? “Many of God’s dear children for a long time may remain very doubtful as to their present and eternal condition, and know not what to conclude, whether they shall be damned, or whether they shall be saved. You must be daily sowing to the Spirit, if you are to reap the witness of the Spirit. 25. So the weakest measure of faith doth as truly ingraft thee into Christ, and by that draw life from Christ, as well as the strongest. Woolnoth, London. 1570. 12 These were Rutherford’s words on his death bed. Sure am I that a believer’s knowledge that his Beloved is his, and he is his Beloved’s (Cant. (1 John 5:5-13 Is Christianity Merely Psychological? He will have the work complete. from Spurgeongems webstie, Heaven On Earth-A Serious Discourse Concerning a Well-Grounded Assurance-Thomas Brooks (1667), Assurance of Salvation from John Newtons Letters. “Should we do such and such a thing? Believe me, the old Galatian heresy is the most fertile source of error, both in doctrine and in practice. 6. Believe me, believe me, assurance is worth the seeking. A person may have saving faith in Christ, and yet never enjoy an assured hope, like the Apostle Paul. He will address it again in 1 John 5:13 and 20. vi. He that hath the feeblest and weakest hand may receive an alms, and apply a sovereign plaster to his wound, as well as he that hath the strongest, and receive as much good by it too.”-Lectures upon the fifty-first Psalm, preached at Ashby-de-la-Zouch, by Arthur Hildersam, Minister of Jesus Christ. He has a portion that will never be taken from him, a Saviour that will never forsake him, a treasure that fadeth not away, however little he may realize it all at present. It makes him always feel that he has something solid beneath his feet, and something firm under his hands,-a sure friend by the way, and a sure home at the end.9, Assurance will help a man to bear poverty and loss. Some one will ask “Have all God’s people Assurance?” No; I think a good many of God’s dear people have no Assurance; but it is the privilege of every child of God to have beyond doubt a knowledge of his own salvation. Further, as by negligence, non-attendance, or some violent disease, learning may be lost, while reason doth abide; so, by temptation, or by spiritual sloth, assurance may be lost, while saving faith may abide. “Faith is that poor trembling woman who came behind Jesus in the press, and touched the hem of His garment. This is to be regretted, and does much harm. Those who know God and love others show evidence … “It is one thing for a man to have his salvation certain, another thing to be certain that it is certain. 3:5; 1 Jn. Believe me, you will never think assurance so precious as when your turn comes to die. But, then, without being aware of it, perhaps, they seem to imbibe the idea that their justification is, in some degree, affected by something within themselves. H. A. Ironside - An elderly man said to H. A. Ironside, "I will not go on unless I know I'm saved, or else know it's hopeless to seek to be sure of it. “Faith is the anxious, trembling voice, ‘Lord, I believe; help Thou mine unbelief!’ (Mark 9:24). 2:8-9). Thirdly, I will give you some reasons why an assured hope is exceedingly to be desired. Instead, assurance in God provides an anchor of confidence and hope (Hebrews 6:18 ) in the midst of pain and sorrow, because the believer has learned the secret of casting all worries and cares on God, who is genuinely concerned for people (1 Peter 5:7 ). David lost assurance for many months by falling into transgression. … He simply leans on the Mediator of the New Covenant, and the Scripture of truth. ), John MacArthur - In 1654 the Puritan Thomas Brooks wrote, "Assurance is the believer's ark where he sits, Noah-like, quiet and still in the midst of all distractions and destructions, commotions and confusions… [However] most Christians live between fears and hopes, and hang, as it were, between heaven and hell. And, after all, the weakest child of God has a mine of comforts within him, of which you know nothing. Why, my dear friend, if your life is hid with Christ in God (Col 3:3+), you are not coming into judgment for your sins. If Queen Mary gives me my life, I will thank her; if she will banish me, I will thank her; if she will burn me, I will thank her; if she will condemn me to perpetual imprisonment, I will thank her.”. When Christian slept, in Pilgrim’s Progress, he lost his certificate. The very words imply as much. “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” (John 8:36.). I have not turned aside because of difficulties, nor been discouraged by the length of the way. Wherefore didst thou doubt?” (Mt. I invite you this day to stand by the Apostle’s side a few minutes, and mark the words he uses. “Some rob themselves of their own comfort by placing saving faith in full assurance. Faith is Saul praying in the house of Judas at Damascus, sorrowful, blind, and alone. II. It is a present possession, not merely a future hope (Jn 3:36; 5:24; 6:47, 54; 10:28; 1Jn 3:15), though it is not fully manifested in this life. John is thinking of the love which naturally … They are not to be remembered; and God will not mention them any more. Will not the well-grounded expectation of heaven prove far more efficacious? What does 1 John 5:13 mean? This is not just intellectual assent, but a that is not associated in a change in one's heart and thus in one's behavior or actions. He was in terrible darkness. 101-102. THE AIM OF THE EPISTLE CONNECTED WITH ASSURANCE. Let us examine some of them. God's Spirit used that to bring assurance to the man's heart. God is going to save us so that neither men, angels, nor devils, can bring any charge against us or Him. It needs daily, hourly watching, watering, tending, cherishing. You obey God’s commandments (). 11 These were the last words of Hugh Mackail on the scaffold at Edinburgh, 1666. Online Parallel Study Bible . Many cannot see the truth of it at all. The devil, not God, appointed them. ASSURANCE OF SALVATION - After John Wesley had been preaching for some time, some one said to him, "Are you sure, Mr. Wesley, of your salvation?" ‘If God be for us, who can be against us?’-Bishop Reynolds on Hosea xiv. 1 Corinthians 12:21. Vincent on may know - Not perceive (ginosko), but know with settled and absolute knowledge. iii. It is used in regard to the second coming of Christ, or to the resurrection of the body. Many appear to me to think that once converted, they have little more to attend to, and that a state of salvation is a kind of easy chair, in which they may just sit still, lie back, and be happy. The Council of Trent declares roundly, that a “believer’s assurance of the pardon of his sins is a vain and ungodly confidence;” and Cardinal Bellarmine, the well-known champion of Romanism, calls it “a prime error of heretics.”. The least faith hath equal right to the promises as the strongest. He regards the crown as a sure thing: as his own already. I feel that I am treading on very difficult ground, and that it is easy to speak rashly and unscripturally in this matter. But none of these things moved him. Moreover, it is God who will bring to completion this divine gift (Philippians 1:6 ). Heir of salvation, purchase of God, KNOW!! The feeblest member of Christ would not change conditions with you. It is the slander of the world to think assurance an idle doctrine.”-Manton’s Exposition of James. Those who have put their faith in Jesus Christ can be absolutely sure that they are … For it is not the strength of our faith that saves, but truth of our faith; nor weakness of our faith that condemns, but the want of faith,-for the least faith layeth ‘hold on Christ, and so will save us. All rights reserved. Such divine concern in the life of an individual or a community of faith is not to be likened to some superficial good luck charm or magical incantation that protects a person against the traumas and tragedies of human existence. ‘For I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day.” (2Ti 1:12-note), Earlier John had described how his readers could be confident that they were genuine believers - "We shall know by this that we are of the truth, and shall assure (peitho - be persuaded or confident in) our heart before Him." While John's Gospel is primarily evangelistic and especially directed to unbelievers (John 20:31), 1 John is written to Christians. 2 Timothy 4:7. 9: ‘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.’ The thief upon the cross had not attained to such high degrees of faith: he by one act, and that of a weak faith, was justified and saved. Because I already knew the outcome, and as a result I was able to relax and enjoy the action. Bill Hybels - Sometime when you're in an airport, observe the difference between passengers who hold confirmed tickets and those who are on standby. Let him look at his own heart, look at his own conscience, look at his own life, look at his own ways, look at his own home. Let me remind you where our doubts come from. 15. Finally, to everyone’s immense relief, they spotted their tearful boy and carried him safely home. Bishop Ryle has strikingly said: “Faith is the root, and Assurance the flower. First, then, I will try to show you that an assured hope, such as Paul here expresses, is a true and Scriptural thing. Each found it again, undoubtedly, but not till after bitter tears. Faith is the mother of obedience, and sureness of trust makes way for strictness of life. Neither are we saved by the worth or quantity of our faith, but by Christ, who is laid hold on by a weak faith as well as a strong. “A want of assurance is not unbelief. Few, certainly, of Christ’s people seem to reach up to this blessed spirit of assurance. Hath he lost a friend?-His Father lives. ASSURANCE IS NOT EASILY MAINTAINED IN PERSONAL ISOLATION. The Holy Spirit with us advises us as to abiding in Him (1 Jn 3:24; 4:13). That assurance can be yours as you take God at His word. If assurance be not there, I have not another word to say. 1795. (NET Note), MacArthur favors these things as encompassing the entire letter noting that "there is a strong parallel between 1Jn 5:13 and John 20:31 (“these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His Name”). 5 “Never did a believer in Jesus Christ die or drown in his voyage to heaven. This shows the English words related to the source biblical texts along with brief definitions. Sometimes we hear it said that if we do not know that we are saved, it is a sign that we are not saved. 11:21.)8. And perhaps when he has done that, he will be able to say, “There is a cause why I have no assured hope.”. It sweetens his bitter cups, it lessens the burden of his crosses, it smooths the rough places over which he travels, and it lightens the valley of the shadow of death. 1680. (A T Robertson). Let us listen to him again. (Heb. “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.”11 (Psalm lxxiii. While our faith may fluctuate like the stock market (I hope not! Vincent comments on the unusual Greek sentence - The Greek order is peculiar, “ye may know that life ye have eternal.” The adjective eternal is added as an after-thought. I was surprised how much calmer I felt seeing the replay. In light of their spiritual status, these believers ought to have confidence in their relationship with God. Mt 7:21-3 Alas, we are most of us poor creatures! I should like to see fewer “peradventurers” in the Lord’s family, and more who could say, “I know and am persuaded.” Oh, that all believers would covet the best gifts, and not be content with less! If you want to be wretched and miserable, filled with doubts from morning till night, look at yourselves. The last enemy, even death, is a strong foe. They were all eminently humble and lowly-minded men, if ever any were; and yet they all speak of their own state with an assured hope. “If the ground of our assurance rested in and on ourselves, it might justly be called presumption; but the Lord and the power of His might being the ground thereof, they either know not what is the might of His power, or else too lightly esteem it, who account assured confidence thereon presumption.”-Gouge’s Whole Armour of God. They do not like others to feel comfortable and sure, because they never feel so themselves. A case came up in the courts of a country—I won’t say where—in which a man had had trouble with his wife; but he forgave her, and then afterwards brought her into court. 1Jn 2:18-19 Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” Now examine yourselves. 15:30.) 675 (2012): 329. 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