ASSURANCES

ASSURANCE CAN BE KNOWN

“…true belief in Christ may be discerned and known” J.C. Ryle (ref#273, p187).

“The Spirit came upon Jesus Christ as the proof of God’s love to Him…Thus, the inhabitation of the Spirit in the Christian is both the surest sign of God’s fatherly love and the proof of his adoption” A.W. Pink (ref#269, p127).

“Baptism, Church-membership, respectability, morality, outward correctness, are all excellent things. But…” J.C. Ryle (ref#273, p148).

“We must be made ‘partakers of the divine nature’…(2 Pet 1:4).  The Spirit must sanctify our carnal natures, and make them love spiritual things.  The Spirit must wean our affections from things below, and teach us to set them on things above.  The Spirit must bend our stubborn wills, and teach them to be submissive to the will of God. The Spirit must write again the law of God on our inward man, and put His fear within us.  The Spirit must transform us by the daily renewing of our minds, and implant in us the image of Him whose servants we profess to be” J.C. Ryle (ref#273, p135).

“Repentance toward God,—faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ,—holiness of heart and life,—habits of real private prayer,—love and reverence toward God’s Word,—these are the real proofs of the indwelling of the Holy Ghost in a man’s soul” J.C. Ryle (ref#273, p146).

“…Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him” (Rom 8:9 ESV).

“The love of sin must be taken from us, as well as the guilt of sin removed; the desire of pleasing God must be implanted in us, as well as the fear of God’s judgment taken away; a love to holiness must be engrafted, as well as a dread of punishment removed” J.C. Ryle (ref#273, p135).

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ASSURANCES

CHALLENGING MY SALVATION

It is not wrong to challenge our assurance of salvation.  FATHER, I cannot help but feel undeserving of Your great redemption for I so often fail in pleasing You.  So in perfect honesty I doubt and am not assured that You still delight in me.

“God has at best but a portion of our affections.  It is true there are moments when we sincerely and ardently desire to be fully and unreservedly surrendered to Him, but the ensnaring power of some rival object soon confirms how partial and imperfect our surrender has been” A.W. Pink (ref#269, p123).

FATHER, Satan tells me the truth when he brings to my mind various sins.  It is natural for me to question my salvation because of my many sins. My salvation sometimes does not assure me of my salvation.

“…a Christian…finds it no easy matter to be assured of his sincerity, or to establish solid comfort in his soul….we have just cause to mourn the feebleness of our faith, the coldness of our love, and the grievous imperfections of our obedience” A.W. Pink (ref#269 p137).

But remember: “Your death in Christ has freed you completely from the control of self: it has no power over you, except as you, in ignorance, or unwatchfulness, or unbelief, consent to yield to its usurped authority” Andrew Murray (ref#266, p189).

However know: “It is not possible to fatally ‘deceive’ one of God’s elect (Matt 24:24)….1 John 2:27: the Spirit indwells the Christian ‘forever’ (John 14:16)…” A.W. Pink (ref#269, p71).