We do not with alacrity engage in that of the success of which we are doubtful: and therefore when we know not whether God will accept us or not, when we are off and on in point of trust, we are just so in the course of our lives, and serve God by fits and starts. 8 “The greatest thing that we can desire, next to the glory of God, is our own salvation; and, the sweetest thing we can desire is the assurance of our salvation. He will not “un-child” His children. The thing has been, and is,-and that is enough. 4:6; 1 Jn. “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? “We cannot come amiss to him that hath assurance: God is his. 15. My answer, furthermore, is, that many have attained to such an assured hope as our text expresses, even in modern times. I feel deeply for those whose treasure is all on earth, and whose hopes are all on this side the grave. The two things are incompatible. They seem to fancy that grace is given them that they may enjoy it, and they forget that it is given, like a talent, to be used, employed, and improved. Give yourself to the Lord Jesus Christ, and seek that incorruptible crown He is ready to bestow. — Reprinted by permission. 26. 1 John 5:11-13 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. If our sins have been put away, that is the end of them. And perhaps when he has done that, he will be able to say, “There is a cause why I have no assured hope.”. The devil whispers, “Perhaps, after all, you are only a hypocrite: what right have you to take a decided course? The blood of Christ makes us safe; the Word of God makes us sure. There always are some people who think well of themselves when God thinks ill, just as there are some who think ill of themselves when God thinks well. And let me say that this principle is recognized in courts of justice. ), Does he not say to the Corinthians, “We know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens”? ), Assurance will support a child of God under the heaviest bereavements, and assist him to feel “It is well.” An assured soul will say, “Though beloved ones are taken from me, yet Jesus is the same, and is alive for evermore. Stick not at the foundations of religion: go on to perfection. Indecision and doubt about our own state in God’s sight is a grievous one, and the mother of many evils. And so they go mourning all their days,-oppressed with fears that they have no part or lot in Christ, and refusing to be comforted. How great the blessing! If Christ bear my sins in His own body on the tree, am I to answer for them as well? It is not said, If you have such a degree of faith you shall be justified and saved; but simply believing is required. Revision and footnotes from Tony Capoccia - Bible Bulletin Board, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, McClintock and Strong's Bible Encyclopedia. They hope that Christ will not cast them off, but are not sure that He will take them up.”-Sips of Sweetness, or Consolation for Weak Believers, by John Durant, Preacher in Canterbury Cathedral. The expression these things refers to what has preceded. Assurance is Job, sitting in the dust, covered with sores, and saying, “I know that my Redeemer liveth.” (Job 19:25.) If any one were to say that they had known a person for thirty years and yet doubted him, it would not be very creditable: and when we have known God for ten, twenty or thirty years does it not reflect on His veracity to doubt Him. 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. That such is the case, I think we must all allow. Hath he scarcity of bread?-God hath given him the finest of the wheat, the bread of life.-Are his comforts gone?-he hath a Comforter. “This certainty of our salvation, spoken of by Paul, rehearsed by Peter, and mentioned by David (Psalm iv. “Beloved, now are we the sons of God; and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is” (1 Jn 3:2+). The apostle John loved his Lord and throughout his writings sought to bring others to a knowledge of the Lord Jesus and to trust in His salvation – for to know Him is life eternal. 2), and to the Hebrews of the “full assurance of faith,” and the “full assurance of hope”? As Rutherford says, “Make much of assurance.” Be always upon your guard. Let the portions allotted to them be the same both in quantity and quality. Always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that our labour is not in vain in the Lord. “Trying to believe whom?” asked Ironside. My little boy was as much mine when he was a day old as now that he is fourteen. The gospel of John was written that we might believe on the only begotten Son of God. That is one thing; but salvation—eternal life—is another. Then again in verse 14th: “In whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins.” (Col 1:14+) We are either forgiven or we are not, we should not give ourselves any rest until we get into the kingdom of God; nor until we can each look up and say, “I know that if my earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, I have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens” (2 Cor. A constantly growing knowledge of God, His ways, and Word, is one sign of spiritual maturity (1 Jn 2:13). Change your plan. Who is he that condemneth?” (Ro 8:33, 34.) Assurance is the confident challenge, “Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? He had God’s eternal word, which was sure footing, and better than either marble, granite or iron; but the moment he took his eyes off Christ down he went. “If we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another.” (1 John 1:7). Lastly, I will try to point out some causes why an assured hope is so seldom attained. 2 Timothy 4:7. You now believe the truth about Jesus. “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” If I have the fruits of the Spirit I must have the Spirit. ), 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”? 5. 1 John 5:13-17 New International Version (NIV) Concluding Affirmations. What does this verse really mean? “We desire,” says Paul, “that every one of you do show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end.” (Heb. The grave is a chilling, heart-sickening place, and it is vain to pretend it has no terrors. There is much truth in the old maxim of the Puritans: “Faith of adherence comes by hearing, but faith of assurance comes not without doing.”, Reader, mark my words. “Faith is not assurance. If you doubt your salvation, does that mean you are not truly saved? “You may have the water of the Spirit poured on you in sanctification, though not the oil of gladness in assurance; there may be faith of adherence, and not of evidence; there may be life in the root where there is no fruit in the branches, and faith in the heart where no fruit of assurance.”-A Body of Divinity, by Thomas Watson, formerly Minister of St. Stephen’s, Walbrook, London. )7, Yes, reader: though a man’s faith be no bigger than a grain of mustard seed, if it only brings him to Christ, and enables him to touch the hem of His garment, he shall be saved,-saved as surely as the oldest saint in paradise; saved as completely and eternally as Peter, or John, or Paul. Specifically, that belief in Christ guarantees salvation. —1 John 5:13 And, after all, the weakest child of God has a mine of comforts within him, of which you know nothing. If you have placed your trust in the Lord Jesus, stop worrying about your salvation. “The river,” says Bunyan, “at that time overflowed its banks in some places; but Mr. “Some utterly reject all weak ones, and tax all weakness in faith with hypocrisy. Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ a man must have, beyond all question, if he is to be saved. Wim then showed the woman what 1 John 5:11-13 says. God hath in sunny places of the Scripture declared that without faith there is no salvation; but God hath not in any one place of Scripture declared that without assurance there is no salvation.”-Heaven on Earth, by Thomas Brooks, Preacher of the Gospel at St. Margaret’s, Fish Street Hill, London. “Faith is the penitent thief, crying, ‘Lord, remember me’ (Luke 23:42). KJV_Strongs 13 G5023 These things G1125 have I written G5213 unto you G4100 that believe G1519 on G3686 the name G5207 of the Son G2316 of God G2443; that G1492 ye may know G3754 that ye G2192 have G166 eternal G2222 life G2532, and G2443 that G4100 ye may believe G1519 on G3686 the name G5207 of the Son G2316 of God. Make it, then, your daily prayer that you may have an increase of faith. I have not turned aside because of difficulties, nor been discouraged by the length of the way. God is going to save us so that neither men, angels, nor devils, can bring any charge against us or Him. God knows it. Reader, that Christian is happy who, as he quits this world, can leave such testimony behind him. Its sinfulness lies in the fact that it contradicts the word of the one true God and thus attributes falsehood to Him.” Repent of your unbelief, of the audacity of calling the God of truth a liar. • "We know that when he appears, we shall be like him" (1 Jn 3:2). That is a good way to know if you are a child of God. This is to be seen in ordinary experience. “Faith is LIFE. But the next day he says: “Papa, I wish you would forgive me for the wrong I did yesterday.” I should say: “Why, my son, that thing is settled; and I don’t want it mentioned again.” “But I wish you would forgive me: it would help me to hear you say, ‘I forgive you.’ “Would that be honoring me? When I go home he throws his arms around my neck and says, “Papa, I did what you told me not to do. 14. the confidence--boldness ( 1 John 4:17) in prayer, which results from knowing that we have eternal life ( 1 John 5:13, 1 John 3:19 1 John 3:22). (Luke 24:40+.) If we look upon ourselves, we see cause of fear and doubting; but if we look up to God, we shall find cause enough for assurance.”-Hildersam on John iv. (NET Note), Steven Cole - “If they believe in the Name (= person) of the Son of God, then they may know that they have eternal life. Faith is life. iii. Recently, though, I saw a tape-delayed replay of one of Liverpool’s games. Ironside read 1John 5:13, "You may know that you have eternal life." 3:24; 1 Jn. 6. (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”). At the beginning of the Epistle, the apostle's aim was stated to be Divine fellowship and completed joy. This one thing now remains for me to look forward to, and nothing more. Thomas Robinson, Vicar of St. Mary’s, Leicester. I said, a believer may never arrive at this assured hope, which Paul expresses, and yet be saved. I dread as much as any one the idea of healing the wounds of conscience slightly; but I should think any other view than that I have given a most uncomfortable Gospel to preach, and one very likely to keep souls back a long time from the gate of life.6. He looks at the everlasting covenant sealed with blood, at the finished work and never-broken word of his Lord and Saviour, and therefore counts his salvation a settled thing. And if any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” He is here writing to the righteous. Fear is a weak and impotent principle in comparison of love. That is the purpose for which he wrote the Gospel—“that we might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God: and that, believing, we might have life through His name” (John 20:31). Vex not the Spirit. (Job ii. 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 ). 13 The least degree of faith takes away the sting of death, because it takes away guilt; but the full assurance of faith breaks the very teeth and jaws of death, by taking away the fear and dread of it.”-Fairclough’s Sermon in the Morning Exercises. The sun is the same behind the clouds, but you will not be able to see its brightness or enjoy its warmth, and your soul will be gloomy and cold. There is Assurance for you. And the day is fast approaching when, at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Bishop Davenant and Bishop Prideaux, and others, have shown the great difference between recumbence and assurance, and they all do account and call assurance a daughter, fruit, and consequent of faith. 15.) I would not desire to make one contrite heart sad that God has not made sad, or to discourage one fainting child of God, or to leave the impression that men have no part or lot in Christ, except they feel assurance. 8. "Yes, I think it would. But let us not reject any doctrine of revelation through an over-anxious fear of consequences. No: that is no act of faith as it justifieth, but an effect and fruit that followeth after justification. ), And again, “The work of righteousness shall be peace, and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.” (Isaiah 32"17. The weakest faith hath communion with the merits and blood of Christ as well as the strongest. 17The Westminster Confession of Faith gives an admirable account of justification. Not one! 8), had a lively and abiding feeling of his own weakness. Now a believer, who has, like Paul, an assured hope, is free from these harassing distractions. 14 And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. Faith is Saul praying in the house of Judas at Damascus, sorrowful, blind, and alone. Ironside continued, "But suppose on your deathbed Satan came and said, 'I was that angel, transformed to deceive you.' Never let us make the gate more strait and the way more narrow than pride and love of sin have made it already. Why is an assured hope so rare? "I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe." Then he is sure he is safe, but he was safe before he was sure. 5:1+). But I never would have any believer for a moment forget that our SENSE of salvation depends much on the manner of our living. Why lie you upon your faces? He who gave Himself to save me, 17, 18. The demons believe but they are clearly not saved. But all this time, I would have you take notice, the poor soul may have no full assurance of his pardon and acceptance with God. Why, these creatures would soon perish if they were always doubting and fearing as to whether they had a right to use providential provisions. THERE are two classes who ought not to have Assurance. Come with us, and sit down by our side. “You that can clear this to your own hearts that you have faith, though it be weak, be not discouraged, be not troubled. This shows the English words related to the source biblical texts along with brief definitions. 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