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Blessed Assurance
 

There are those that say you can be born again and not know it.

They say people can doubt their salvation and still be saved.

They say such people just lack assurance of their salvation.

 

But what does the Bible say?

 

The word assurance occurs only 7 times in the Bible.

 

1. The first time is DEUTERONOMY 28:66

And thy life shall hang in doubt before thee; and thou shalt fear day and night, and shalt have none assurance of thy life

 

Why would God say this?

 

In verse 62, the Lord is prophesying judgment on Israel because they would not obey his voice.  And he says in verse 63 that he will destroy them.

In verse 64, he says they shall serve other gods. For this reason,

God says in verse 66, they shall fear and have

none assurance of their lives.

 

Evidently, in this case, this is not salvation.

 

2. The second appearance of the word assurance is in ISAIAH 32:17.

And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.

 

The work of righteousness is when the Lord imputes his righteousness to you at the moment of the new birth. You are then eternally secure in him, and have eternal life. The effect of salvation is

 assurance f-o-r-e-v-e-r!

 

This IS undeniably salvation.

 

3. The next time is ACTS 17:31:

... he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.

 

God has given assurance unto all men that he has raised Jesus from the dead.

You have to believe that Jesus was raised from the dead to be saved.

 

4. COLOSSIANS 2:2 says:

That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgment of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ

Obviously, this is the new birth. You must understand the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believe it before you can put your faith in his substitutionary blood atonement, and be born again.

 

5. I THESSALONIANS 1:5

For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance.

 

(No doubts here!)

 

6. HEBREWS 6:11

...the full assurance of hope unto the end

 

(No doubting here, either).

 

7. HEBREWS 10:22

Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith

Did you get that?

Assurance of  faith!

 

Faith  and  assurance are on one end of the spectrum,

 and doubt is on the other end, as far apart as:

East is from West,

as up is from down,

and tomorrow is from yesterday!

 

To say that you can doubt your faith is a contradiction in the definition of words.

 

ROMANS 3:25 says,

...(Jesus is our) propitiation through faith in his blood

How can you have faith in his blood as sufficient

 to take you to Heaven and then doubt whether or not you are saved?  If you doubt, you

lack assurance,

because your faith is obviously not in his blood as

sufficient

to wash away all your sins. If you believed his blood atonement was

sufficient

to wash away all of your sins, you wouldn't doubt. God said in his word that he washed us from our sins in his own blood

 

REVELATION 1:5d.

If you don't believe that, you are calling God a liar. He did what he said he did, at Calvary. If someone doubts this, the problem is with the doubter, not God! If the doubter puts his faith in his blood, he will know!

 

And God will give him

assurance f-o-r-e-v-e-r!

 

Proof? ISAIAH 32:17:

...the effect of righteousness...

assurance

FOREVER!

 

The doubters try to justify their unbelief by wresting I JOHN 3:19 to their own destruction. But, let's read what it really says.

 

I JOHN 3:19

And hereby we know (!) that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.

How do we know? By the effect of righteousness (imputed to us by the new birth).

This is assurance forever!

No doubting here.

 

Then, the doubters quote I JOHN 3:20,

 

I JOHN 3:20

For IF our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.

 

They say this proves that you can doubt, and God will overlook your doubt, and keep you safe anyway. But, this interpretation would contradict all the enlightenment the Lord has given in the rest of the Bible. You don't interpret an obscure verse to change the meaning of all of the clear verses in the Bible. You interpret an obscure verse by the light of all the other clear verses. What this verse really says in 6th grade English is:

 

For if our heart condemn us
(That is, if you doubt about your salvation)

 

God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.

 

That's right, he does! And he condemns the doubters for their unbelief! He will not give them assurance, because they are not placing their faith in his sufficiency to wash away all their sins through his blood atonement. You want proof that this is the correct interpretation? Look at the very next verse, where the Bible interprets itself without contradicting the clear verses on assurance throughout the Bible.

 

I JOHN 3:21

Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. (!) According to scriptures #2-7 above, the effect of righteousness (imputed to us at the new birth) is peace and

 

assurance   f-o-r-e-v-e-r

 This assurance is God's gift.

The new creature within us (wherein the Lord indwells us) 

does not condemn us, so we have confidence toward god.

 

EPHESIANS 3:17:

That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith

When we get born again, Christ is in us (spiritually--through the Holy Spirit), and we are in him; 

and he will not condemn our hearts, but he will give us peace and

assurance forever

 If you don't have assurance, the problem is yours, not God's!  He did his part at Calvary. 

All you have to do is hear the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation,

understand it,

have the eyes of your understanding enlightened by the Holy Spirit,

believe it,

and put your faith and trust in the blood atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ, at Calvary,

as sufficient to take you to Heaven,

 

 

then he'll give you

assurance

 forever!