Quotes and Notes for the Day
ASSURANCE OF SALVATION II
(FAITH SAVES US, BUT ASSURANCE SATISFIES US)
How does a believer know that he is saved? He knows it upon the sure testimony of God, who can neither deceive nor be deceived. The testimony of the eternal God is more worthy of credit than the testimony of the entire human race of all generations combined. He has given both His promise and His oath to save with an overlasting salvation every soul that trusts in Christ Jesus. How then does the beleiver know that he is saved? He knows it because God has said and sworn.
Ponder a few of the words of Jesus, and then decide whether a believer may know upon such testimony that he is saved beyond the shadow of a doubt. ” This is the Father’s will which has sent Me, that of all which He hath given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of Him that sent Me, that everyone which seeth the Son, and believeth on Him may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:39-40). ” My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, 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 one is able to pluck them out of my Fahter’s hand. I and My Father are one.” (John 10:27-30)
“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life..…” (John 3:36). Yes everlasting life – not life for a few months and years – not life to be bestowed and taken away, nor to be gained or lost – but everlasting life. “ Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that hearth My word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, has everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation but is passed from death unto life.” (John 5:24) “ Because I live, ye shall live also.” (John 14:19). ” Father, I will that they also, whom thou has given Me, be with Me where I am; that they may behold My glory, which Thou has given Me: for Thou lovedst Me before the foundation of the world.” (John 17:24).
As we said before, so say we again, how you may know that you are saved, and saved for all eternity? By believing the sure testimony of God’s word. How did you know you were condemned and ruined sinner? by believing that Word; you know Christ came to die for the lost by believing that word; and you may know you are saved and saved for all eternity, if you trust in Jesus Christ, you know it only by believing the same word. How do you know that “the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sins?” Only by believing the Word of God. How then do you know that, no relying upon yourself, nor upon forms and ceremonies, but upon Christ alone you shall be eternally saved? Obvioiusly, in the same way – only by believing His word.
Surely you can not feel that the Saviour was born in Bethlehem of Judea, and that He suffered on Calvary ( for this occured Two Thousand years ago), but you can know it upon the unimpeachable testimony of God. And so you are not called to feel that you can be saved in order to receive assurance of salvation, but to know it upon the sworn testimony of God revealed in His word. To put this in another word, you can not know that you are saved becasue you feel it, but you will feel it becasue you know it.
If you hear good news, you do not first feel that it is true and the believe it, but you first believe, and then feel happy about it. In like manner, if you would know that you are saved, you must fix your gaze upon Christ, and listen to His precious declerations in the gospel, instead of seeking for comfort amid the darkness that not only belong by nature to the ” old man”, but will continue to cling to it until it is laid down at the grave, or left behind at the second coming of the Lord.
Turn your thoughts entirely away from yourself to the Saviour, for it is the most melancholy business that can engage even a redeemed sinner to probing into his own soul to find some assurance that he is saved. You can never find it there , but only in the word; and thank God! having once seen it in the word, you can see it every day and every hour, simply as you read and believe what Jesus says.
to be continued…………………………………
From The Staff of The Peoples Gospel Hour
The Bible reveals two ways which people are following to get into heaven. One way, the true way, is God’s way. God’s way into heaven is the way of peace and truth and righteousness. It is the only way approved of God. This way centers in the Lord Jesus Christ who said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). The Bible declares that there is another way. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12).
There are so many popular ways today filled with lost multitudes all over the land, such as the way of morality, the way of respectability, the way of religion, the way of churchianity, the way of baptism, the way of christening, the way of confirmation, the way of penance, the way of confession, the way of “doing the best I can”, the way of self, the way of education, the way of philosophy, the way of false isms and cults that crowd the street. Little wonder then when we speak to people about the way of salvation, that so many have asked, “How can I know which is the true way? There are so many different ideas and so many religions.”
But there is ONE difference between God’s way of salvation and man’s way, and that difference is found in a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. You will notice that man leaves Christ out of the center of his way. You will discover that the modern false cults and isms demote Christ to a mere man and add something to what He has already done for your salvation and mine. We become children of God through a supernatural birth. Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Jesus also said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:7)
“May the Lord bless you, and make you a blessing!” – The PGH Staff