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Assurance

By Brian Dixon

Life is an emotional roller coaster. Throughout your life you’ll know happiness, joy, peace, frustration, anger, et al. Circumstances change, friends grow apart, and some relationships will strengthen while others falter. New towns spring up while others die away. New nations will be born while others go the way of all the earth. We can be absolutely certain of only a few things: 1) We will either die or the Lord will return first; 2) People and places will change; 3) Governments will tax their subjects; 4) God will always be exactly who He has always been.

Number four is the reason that we can have that blessed assurance. While everything around us changes, God never will (James 1:17). Thus, His promises will never fail (Titus 1:2) and His desire for your salvation will never wane (2 Peter 3:9). Since God is all-powerful (Revelation 19:6), He is perfectly able to preserve His word (Luke 21:33) so that from those sacred pages you and I might develop spiritual self-confidence and wonderful assurance. Truly, in all things we must say, “To God be the glory; great things He hath done” (compare with Psalm 57:5).

The steadfastness of God grants us many wonderful blessings. As we look toward Heaven we can walk through life without cowardly fear (2 Timothy 1:6-8). Why? Because such is contrary to the nature of Christianity. God has given us a spirit (attitude) of “I can” and not one of timidity. God’s word develops in us a sound mind and loving heart. A faithful Christian stands before the world resisting unrighteousness (Jude 3), teaching the lost (Mark 16:15), and lifting the weak (Galatians 6:2). A faithful Christian is confident in the faith answering those who would oppose the gospel (1 Peter 3:15). A devoted child of God knows in Whom he has believed (2 Timothy 1:12) and therein has all confidence. To be timid relative to the faith and your Father in Heaven is to be un-Christ like. To fail to confess Christ when doing such may be difficult is to forfeit any hope that Jesus will confess us as his own before His Father (Matthew 10:32,33).

What can the world do to you? Spiritually speaking, nothing (Romans 8:31-39). To be sure, worldly folks can cause you a great deal of physical harm and loss. Look at what they did to your Lord (Matthew 26:46-27:54). But, what can a person do to your soul that would cause you to fear him more than you respect God (Matthew 10:28)? Through the word we have absolute assurance that God loves us (Romans 5:8), knows us (John 10:14), rewards the overcomer (Revelation 2:7), and will vindicate the righteous (Romans 12:17-21).

Ultimately, we can know that eternal life awaits (1 John 5:11). Some say that the possibility of falling away negates such knowledge and assurance, but this is an extreme reaction to denominational false doctrine. John wrote so that his brethren would know that they had eternal life (1 John 5:13). Our Lord stated plainly that if you believe (John 8:24), repent of your sins (Acts 17:30), confess Him before others (Matthew 10:32,33; Romans 10:9,10), and allow yourself to be immersed in water (baptized) for the remission of sins (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; 22:16) then you will be saved. Once saved, always saved? No. A constant source of forgiveness for the penitent Christian who has fallen? Yes (1 John 1:7-9; Acts 8:5-24). What more do you need in order to have that blessed assurance unto the end (Hebrews 6:11)?

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