Tuesday, September 6, 2016

The Blessed Assurance of Salvation

1 John 5:13 “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.”

Do you know for sure that if you were to die today, that you are going to Heaven? I remember a young person once telling me that there was no way of knowing that for sure. but, they were not reading the Word of God and had neither heard nor understood the promises of eternal life through Jesus Christ, our Lord. How can the Believer be so sure? Because, Almighty Creator God said so and made the way for salvation to be possible. We are saved by grace through faith.

John 3:14b-16 “So must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

One of the greatest words of the Bible is “salvation.” Salvation is the redemption of man from the bondage of sin and liability to eternal death, and the conferring on him everlasting happiness. This is the great salvation. Our salvation is so costly that its price was nothing less than the precious shed blood of Christ,  the Son of God  as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. Not only is our salvation infinitely costly, but unlike everything else in our lives, it is unending. Salvation is not merely the impartation of a better life in this life; it is everlasting life in the future life, in the presence of its divine “author”.  The great promises of salvation and security in Christ are timeless. Most things in this life are uncertain; nevertheless, there are some things about which we can be absolutely sure.

Romans 10:9 “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

The Word of God tells us that the just and holy Creator was rejected by His creation and rightly pronounced the penalty of death. Yet He entered the created world to live a sinless life so that He could die as a proper substitute for all, and then rose from the grave in final victory over sin, offering us eternal life. The great Creator became our Redeemer and our everlasting King! We can be sure of God’s mercy and faithfulness, and we can be sure of the truth of His Word. We also can be sure of His promised salvation. “Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast” - Hebrews 6:19. Thus, we can, through faith and patience, show “he same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end.

Finally, we can have a blessed assurance that our Lord Jesus, who came once to die for our sins, will come back again to complete His work of redemption and reconciliation. Praise be to God!

In Christ, Brian

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