Assurance of Salvation Part 4 – Prayer and Confession
I want to encourage you with this. John says in I John 2:1 that he writes his letter to his audience so that they will not continue to sin. I am doing the same thing for you right now. Do not continue to sin! But John continues in the same verse with these words, "But if anyone does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense, Christ Jesus the Righteous One." I don't know about you but I find comfort in those awesome words. Jesus took all of our sin on the cross--past, present and future and paid the price. This does not mean we continue to sin so that grace may increase (Romans 6:1-2)...no, rather we live a life of righteousness and do battle with sin so that God might be glorified.
That is the theological and Scriptural answer to the question of losing one’s salvation. Practically speaking we must pray continually. Most people admit their prayer lives are inconsistent at best and non-existent at worst. Many who struggle with assurance of their salvation also struggle with their prayer lives. We must pray. A key ingredient of effective prayer is confessing our sins in general and in particular to the Lord. This does not mean that you confess your sins in order to be re-forgiven. To confess means to agree with God by admitting the sin and rejoicing in the fact that He already forgave that sin and paid the penalty for it when He died on the cross. When He did so, all of our sins were future to Him. This will serve to strengthen your assurance that God has already forgiven your sins.
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