7786 - Assurance
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We are now studying in Hebrews, chapter 3. In this chapter we find against accepting an attitude of unbelief in our inner being — this is an attitude of resistance or scoffing at God’s work, particularly toward the truth and reliability of His promises.
In the midst of these verses is one verse, which relates to assurance in the life of a believer about his faith being relative and reliable.
Listen to Hebrews 3:14:
We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first.
Many people wonder in their heart where they stand in regard to their final destiny. This is unnecessary agony. The Word of God, the Bible, is intended to chart the course of righteousness so clearly that every child of God may be certain that they have eternal life.
2 Corinthians (3:15) tells us that we should examine our life and our path as we travel the road to be sure we are on the road to heaven, and that Jesus lives in us. How can we tell whether we are truly on the way to heaven?
There are some guideposts to direct alert people so that they may be sure that they are on the right road.
One of these signs says: “We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. (1 Jn. 2:3)” So obedience to his Word is a clear indication that we live a close, abiding relationship with the Lord. We are saved from a rebellious, sinful life here on earth and are glad of it.
Another evidence by which we can be sure we are one the right road tells us: “We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers. Anyone who does not love remains in death. (1 Jn. 3:14)” This is the kind of love which Jesus demonstrated in helping people, even people who appeared to be unlovable. It is an unselfish, sacrificial love. Such love gives real assurance.
One of the largest and brightest signs on the narrow road tells us: “We know that we live in him and he in us because he has given us of his Spirit. (1 Jn. 4:13)” At those times when even we may be surprised to see evidence of the fruit of the Spirit in our life, we are assured that heaven is our destination. Many times some Christian is surprised that they are so settled and patient even in the midst of some trial or pressure. That’s the kind of thing this verse talks about. Maybe its an occasion when you’re gentle with another person who appears to be provoking, and you wonder if its really you.
Keep in mind that the assurance of our eternal destiny is a trust in the nature and power of God. There are many verses, which remind us of how faithful and powerful is Trinity God.
Romans (8:38-39kj) is so clear in saying: “...neither death nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor thing to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
And in the book of John (10:28) Jesus tells us: “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.”
And we are told in 2 Corinthians (1:21-22): “Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.”
The possession of salvation and not the retention is the emphasis in Scripture.
Notice again this verse in Hebrews: “We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first.” ‘Sharing in Christ’ is the term used here to convey the condition and position of a person who has placed their faith in Jesus Christ as the one who has washed away their sins, and given them a new life which is eternal.
So the important element in assurance is the faithfulness of God to keep His children through every step of life after faith in Christ.
He is able and trustworthy.