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Assurance of Salvation

Tuesday, Jun 13, 2017

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one.”

John 10:27–30

The noted evangelist J. Wilbur Chapman said that though he had been saved as a young boy, he struggled with assurance of his salvation. After hearing D. L. Moody preach, Chapman talked to him about his concern. Chapman said he was not sure of his salvation because, “I don’t believe I have faith enough.” Moody responded, “Who is it you don’t have faith in? Are you doubting Jesus Christ?” “Oh no! Oh, no! I’m doubting myself,” Chapman said. Moody replied, “Well, you are not the one who does the saving. If you don’t doubt Jesus, then leave it with Him.”

With the culture around us fully committed to the task of undermining people’s belief in actual, objective, unchanging truth, Christians are tempted to begin doubting things that were once considered settled. And since Satan knows that a doubting Christian is unlikely to have any positive influence on the world around him, he does everything he can to reinforce doubt and uncertainty.

The bedrock on which our assurance rests can never be shaken, for it is the unfailing promise of Almighty God. Since we did not do anything to earn or merit our salvation, we need not fear that we will do something to lose it. We do not have to live with the scourge of doubt and uncertainty regarding our destiny. Every child of God is completely and totally secure in His care on Earth just as surely as if we were already in Heaven.

Today’s Growth Principle: 
When we recognize that our salvation is utterly dependent on Jesus, it allows us to rest fully in Him.

 

 

By Paul Chappel