THAT WE MAY KNOW
“This is the essence of the Christian life, that we might have the full knowledge of God and that we may know we have it” Martyn Lloyd-Jones (ref#332, p638).
“…there are certain tests by which, if we apply them to ourselves, we may know that we have this knowledge of God. The first is our belief concerning the Lord Jesus Christ Himself” Martyn Lloyd-Jones (ref#332, p641).
“True faith in Christ and His righteousness arises from the ruins of self-sufficiency and the death of personal excellency” James Hervey (ref#333, p274).
“Jesus Christ is absolutely essential to me….I have come to see my own unworthiness, my sinfulness, and my smallness. I have seen it deeply and can do nothing to save myself. How can I face God? I have but one hope, and that is that God sent His Son” Martyn Lloyd-Jones (ref#332, p641).
“This leads me to the second test. If I believe all that, I must of necessity come to love God…if I believe in the love of Jesus Christ, I believe that God sent Him. So I believe on Him and in the love of God” Martyn Lloyd-Jones (ref#332, p642).
“Then, thirdly…is the test of loving the brethren…men and women who are Christians will recognize other Christians…Love of the brethren is crucial! These tests…if we apply them to ourselves we will know where we stand” Martyn Lloyd-Jones (ref#332, p643).
“…I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed…” (2 Tim 1:12 ESV).
“Every Christian is meant to have this certain knowledge of eternal life, this immediate fellowship and communion with God” Martyn Lloyd-Jones (ref#332, p639).
“I have the assurance…that if I have eternal life, I shall stand one day faultless and blameless, without spot and blemish, in the presence of God’s glory. So as I meet temptation and sin in this world, I realize that I am not left to myself. I cease to feel helpless and frustrated. I say, ‘If God is in me, if God has destined me for that, then He will come and hold me through all hell and the devils be opposed to me’” Martyn Lloyd-Jones (ref#332, p654).
Certainly the above quote portrays the necessity of knowing we have eternal life. Otherwise we will never recognize we can lean entirely on GOD to help us through the catastrophes of life.