ASSURANCES

CHRIST’S RIGHTEOUSNESS CREDITED TO US

…FATHER, when Isaiah faced You he felt his own unworthiness.  It is the same when I come close to You.  “Therefore, it is important that we receive the same assurance that Isaiah received: ‘See…your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for’ (Isa 6:7).  …the more we grow in holiness, the more we need assurance that the perfect righteousness of Christ is credited to us” Jerry Bridges (ref#244, p44).

“The Holy Spirit makes us more aware of our lack of holiness to stimulate us to deeper yearning and striving for holiness….One of Satan’s attacks is to try to convince you that you are not a genuine Christian after all.  He will say something like, ‘A true Christian wouldn’t think the evil thoughts you’ve been thinking today.’…now that the Holy Spirit has begun to reveal how sinful your thoughts of lust and resentment and pride really are, you may begin to have doubts about your salvation” Jerry Bridges (ref#244, p44-45).

“You…if you diligently pursue holiness, must often flee to the Rock of your salvation.  You flee there, not to be saved again, but to confirm in your heart that you are saved through His righteousness alone” Jerry Bridges (ref#244, p45).

ASSURANCES

NO MORE FEAR OF GOD BEING AGAINST US

 …FATHER, Your “…work in our souls will be carried on until it ends in ultimate perfection and glory….’Whom he called, them he also justified; and whom’—you see the jump—‘he justified, them he also glorified.’  If He starts, He will finish; so if the life is in me, I can be certain of the glory” Martyn Lloyd-Jones (ref#189, Dec 19th)

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me, I give them eternal life, and they will never perish and no one will snatch them out of my hand” (John 6:27-28 ESV).

“If you’re God’s child, you can rest assured today that both your standing before God and his rule on your behalf are sure and secure….His love will never fail, and his rule on your behalf is eternal” Paul David Tripp (ref#190, March 5th).

“…if any man…be one of those whose names are written in the book of life, his enemies may contend, but they shall never prevail against him.  He muststand whom the Lord ordains to hold; and if God determines his salvation, neither mortal nor infernal power shall prevail to destroy him.  On this account, we may boldly say with the apostle, ‘If God be for us, who can be against us?’” Charles Spurgeon (ref#238, p 45).

We can be assured of our godliness if, “…a loss and absence of the sense that God is against us…”is present (ref#189, Nov 28th).

“He is for us…with all the omnipotence of His love…with all His boundless wisdom…He is for us—eternally and immutably for us(ref#238, p48)! “…a loss of the fear of God, while a sense of awe remains…” Martyn Lloyd-Jones (ref#189, Nov 28th)—this is one of our assurances.