Quotes and Notes for the Day
ASSURANCE OF SALVATION III
(FAITH WILL MAKES US WALK, BUT ASSURANCE WILL MAKES US RUN)
Assurance is not the privilege exclusively of a favoured few who have made higher attainments in holiness than the common crowd can ever hope to reach, but it is the privilege of everyone without exception who believes the testimony of God’s word. Christ died for one as much as the other. All those who pout their faith and trust in the finished Cross work of Christ may rejoice in this assurance. “he that believeth on Him is not condemned………….” (John 3:18). Yes no matter what may be the circumstances in life, to believe is to know that he or she is saved, and saved for all eternity.
Many regard it as impious presumption when they hear Christians say ‘ they know they are saved‘, but they do not regard it as impious presumption to make God a liar, as they do by their doubts and fears; ” he that believeth not God hath made Him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of His Son.” (1st John 5:10). These people seem to think that to obtain this priceless boon they must struggle hard and long, and to that they refer as an illustration to Jacob wrestling all night with the Lord; whereas a glance a the passage in Genesis would show them that it was the Lord who wrestled with Jacob, just as He is now wrestling with their ungenerous and unworthy unbelief, seeking to cast it down by the precious word of His grace.
“ Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believth in Me hath everlasting life.” (John 6:47). If you are asked, ‘ Is this true.’? You have to admit that this is surely true. Now if that is your answer, then based on that then you are saved are you not? Do you say, ” I hope so!“? But you just said it is sure enough!! This is the case with a number of professed Christians who seek to lead souls to the Saviour, if they would reflect for a moment upon the absurdity of telling the inquiring sinner, upon the infinitely trustworthy testimony of Jehovah, that through faith in Jesus he shall certainly be saved, while they themselves, although saying they believe, are filled with doubt and fear concerning their own state and standing before God.
There are those who argue,that the true believer may know he is saved, but the question is, How can he know he is a true believer? Is he not compelled, in the nature of the case, to look at his own heart and life before he can be assured? Friend, assurance can never ,never be obtained in this manner; for the believer in proportion to his walk with God, so is he made aware of the evils of his nature and his deficiencies in meeting the full measure of his obligations. The holiest saints on earth are invariably those who most clearly perceive and most promptly confess the vileness of their hearts and their failures in duty; and they would be the first to confess that if assurance is derived from anything found in them or done by them, it is a privilege entirely beyond the reach of their experience.
The fact of the matter is that, assurance does not depend on our conduct, but our conduct greatly depends upon our assurance. Let no man infer (conclude) from this that it matters not how a Christian lives; for whatever gives the slightest encouragement to sin; whatever leads any to suppose that the least iniquity in the soul or life is a little thing; whatever tends to dampen the will of God, is utterly contrary both to the letter and the spirit of the Gospel. “As He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” (1st Peter 1:15-16.
Friends, the calling here does not depend upon the holiness, although the holiness depends upon the calling. The divine order is, first faith and then works; first privilege and then responsibility; first life and then activity; first salvation and then holiness.
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