AssuranceBro. David Chancellor
3/4/2007 11:00 AM
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Whosoever believes has life. Whosoever turns to God won’t perish. It’s important that we know for ourselves that we have what Jesus came to bring. We want that assurance ourselves.
1 Corinthians 1:20-21
Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
Just being smart won’t give you the assurance. You could be a great theologian and not know God. You could have a sound knowledge of doctrine and still not know God. Education has value, but if it only serves to puff you up, it’s a negative value. Don’t allow your education to puff you up; let it give you tools to use. We want people to study and be doctrinally sound, but wisdom alone won’t give you the assurance of salvation. It takes a work in the heart. It takes God doing something within for the assurance to be there.
1 John 2:3-6
And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
We know we know him because we keep his commandments. It isn’t a grievous or hard thing. If we just do what Jesus said, it won’t be hard. Jesus told us to "love one another." If we’ll keep his word, the love of God will be perfected in us. If the love of God isn’t there, there’s something wrong.
You can’t live salvation by rote. There are many religious forms, but they only way to love one another is to get the love in your heart. The early disciples were called Christians because they were trying to be like Christ. We want to live and be as Christ was.
1 John 3:19-21
And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him. For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.
We need to have a clear conscience. God knows everything. If our conscience condemns us, God knows that, too. If we would have assurance toward God, we need to have a clear conscience. If God expects more of us, he can help us to know it. We need our conscience aligned to the word of God. Some would have you align your conscience to church beliefs, but we need to tune it to what is found in the word of God. We should be like Paul and strive to keep a conscience that is clear before both God and man. If we do, we’ll have assurance. We need to be right in our dealings with both. If you do wrong, your assurance will be hindered. When it is forgiven, God won’t be digging it up again. We can have assurance that those past things are forgiven.
For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; And having an high priest over the house of God; Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
The Holy Spirit comes and dwells in us and gives us assurance. He comes to teach us the will of God. Part of the witness of his presence is having the law of God within. As we give heed to that, we can have a clear conscience. Walk as he walked. Have a pure life.
1 John 3:14-15
We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.
We can know we’ve been changed because we love people. It isn’t just those that agree with us. We know because we have love in our heart toward our fellowman – even if they don’t love us back. At times our personalities might be a trial to others (though not necessarily due to sin, for example, a person who is always late will be a trial to the person who is always punctual). There will be things to test your love. Even in trials, keep love in your heart. If there is hate in your heart, you aren’t in a place of assurance. God never designed us to have a divided heart – one part hate and one part love. God would have us to have a heart full of love toward all.
1 John 5:18-20
We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not. And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness. And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.
Whosoever is born of God doesn’t sin. You can’t keep his commandments and sin. We want to look after ourselves. Grace is there to help us to stand. If you want assurance in your heart, don’t let anything in your life the devil can use to trip you up. Send him on his way when he comes to bother you. Let the Spirit of God in you force him to move on.
We want others to have what we’ve found. We enjoy the blessings of his presence. Although we may feel alone at times, we can have the assurance that all is clear between us and God. We can have confidence and assurance that things are right between us and God. We can know that we’re right with God.