A Basic Understanding Of Assurance
A basic understanding of what took place when you believed on the Lord Jesus Christ and received Him as your Saviour will help you greatly. Very simply, God convicted you; you repented and believed; and God saved you.
God convicted you of your sin.
John 16:7-11 “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me; Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.” The comforter is the Holy Spirit of God. He convinced you that you were a sinner. He convinced you that you were not righteous. He convinced you that you would be judged.
You repented and believed.
You realized you were a sinner. Romans 3:10-12; 3:23, “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.” “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” Sin is disobedience to God, any disobedience to God. Sin has made every person unacceptable to God.
You realized you were in serious trouble with God. Romans 5:12; 6:23, “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” “For the wages of sin is death…” God must punish every sin. God would have sent you to Hell if you had not repented.
You accepted responsibility for your sin. You had chosen to disobey God. You realized that you actually deserved God’s punishment. Ezekiel 18:4,”… the soul that sinneth, it shall die.”
You realized that Jesus Christ died to pay for your sins. Romans 5:8, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” The Lord Jesus actually took your sin upon Himself and allowed God to punish Him in your place so that you could go free.
You turned from your sin and called upon the Lord. Romans 10:9-10, 13, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” You confessed Christ as your Lord and Saviour. You called upon Him to save you.
God saved you from Hell.
He forgave all your sins. Colossians 1:12-14, “Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Colossians 2:13 “And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;”
He removed all condemnation. John 3:18; 5:24, “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.”
He secured you so that you will never perish. The Lord Jesus makes some very direct and clear statements concerning our salvation and safety. Throughout the Bible He assures us that once we have placed our trust in Him, He will keep us until the day of redemption when He will take us to Heaven and deliver us once and for all from the presence of sin. He saves us and locks us in so that we are safe.
You are secure because salvation is a work of God’s grace. Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” It is the gift of God and entirely unearned and undeserved. It is through faith which means that you believed the Bible about yourself and Christ. You then acted upon that belief by turning from sin and trusting Christ. Salvation by grace which is the security of the believer is very comforting to the believer who knows himself, because salvation by grace means that it is entirely up to God to get you to Heaven and to keep you while you are here on earth. The work is His and not yours. There is great comfort in knowing that you are saved by grace.
You are secure because you are born of God. 1 John 5:1, “Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.” 1 Peter 1:23, “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.” He allowed you to choose the birth. Once you chose it, it was no longer in the power of your will. John 1:12-13, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” This new birth gave you a new life, II Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” This new birth also made you God’s child, I John 3:1-2, “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” Galatians 4:4-7, “…God sent forth his Son…To redeem (us)…that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.”
You are secure because you cannot miss the mark. 1 John 3:9, “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.” 1 John 5:4, “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” 1 John 5:18, “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.” The primary meaning of the word here translated sin is “to be without a share in; to miss the mark; to miss or wander from the path of uprightness and honour.”
In our daily practice we can commit acts of sin and displease God (1 John 1:8-2:2). In our position as sons of God we cannot miss the mark because sin in not imputed to us. Romans 4:5-8, “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.” 1 John 2:2, “And he is the propitiation for our sins….” Jesus Christ has fully satisfied the just demands of God’s law against our sins and therefore no sin can be laid to our account. Whosoever is born of God does not miss the mark; for his seed remains in him: and he cannot miss the mark, because he is born of God.
You are secure because you are in God’s hand. God has placed you in His hand. John 10:27-30, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and 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 man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one.” When He takes hold of you, you cannot get out. You must choose to enter. You cannot choose to leave (II Timothy 2:11-13). When He takes hold of you, He will not turn loose. John 6:37, “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” Under no circumstance will He cast you out. If you disobey He will chasten you.
You are secure because God has sealed you by His Holy Spirit. Ephesians 1:12-14, “That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.” Ephesians 4:30, “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.”
The Holy Spirit came in at the moment of salvation and sealed you as God’s own property. I Corinthians 6: 19-20, “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. He never leaves you. Hebrews 13:5, “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”
You are secure because you have eternal life now. Romans 6:23, “…but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” 1 John 5:11-13 “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” John 10:28, “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish…” John 5:24, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” Eternal life means that you will never be separated from God. All people have eternal existence. Only believers in Jesus Christ have eternal life. Death is a separation but not an end to existence. Physical death separates the soul and spirit from body, but the person still exists. Spiritual death separates soul, spirit, and body from God, but the person still exists. Existence is only on earth, in Heaven or in Hell. You received eternal life the moment you received Jesus Christ as your Saviour. You actually received God into your life. You have His eternal presence, and He will never leave you nor forsake you. Even though you may have to experience physical death, you will never be separated from God.
You are absolutely secure in Jesus Christ. He is the Good Shepherd. He laid down His life for His sheep. He is not going to allow any of them to get away from Him. Your salvation is not dependent upon you. It is entirely the work of the Shepherd. He saves each person who believes on Him. He saves them eternally. He wants you to know that if you trust Him, you are absolutely safe. He will keep you. He will keep you now in this life and He will take you to Heaven when you die.
We must make our beliefs fit what the Bible clearly states rather than try to make the Bible fit our beliefs. A very important rule of Bible interpretation is to always interpret obscure or difficult passages in light of those that are very clear. The Bible cannot contradict itself. God cannot lie. When a truth is clearly stated, that statement establishes the fact of the matter. No passage of scripture can change its clear meaning. There are no passages of Scripture, which clearly state that a person can loose his salvation after he has received it. There are many passages that clearly state that he cannot.
John 1:12-13, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” 1 John 3:2, “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.”
John 3:18, “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” John 5:24, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.”
John 6:37-40, “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. And this is the Father’s will which hath 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 every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.”
John 10:27-29, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and 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 man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.”
Romans 8:31-39, “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things 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.”
1 Cor. 3:15, “If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.”
Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
Philippians 1:6, “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:”
2 Timothy 1:12, “For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.”
1 John 5:11-13, “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”
The simple statements are these.
1. You are born of God and are His son by His will.
2. You are no longer condemned and shall never be condemned.
3. You are in His hand. He will in no wise cast you out, and you cannot remove yourself.
4. God has justified you and no one can bring any charge against you.
5. Nothing can separate you from the love of Christ.
6. Even if you live a selfish life and your works are not accepted you are still saved yet so as by fire because salvation is not based on our works.
7. God has begun a good work in you and will finish it.
8. You now have eternal life which means you will never be separated from God.