Assurance of Salvation Part 1 – Making Sure
Too many believers are robbed every single day of the power of the Holy Spirit by a coy trick of the devil. The scriptures are clear (1 John 5:11-13) that there is nothing Satan can do to steal your salvation. Thus, he attempts to do the next best thing – to rob us of the assurance of our salvation. After all, he reasons that in the aftermath of our battles against personal sin we are weakened by spiritual fatigue. As the result, in the end our faith seems so weak that we find ourselves continually questioning our salvation. Am I really saved? I struggle with my faith every day, especially when I fall back into the same sin patterns. So let me first encourage you with this. You are not alone in your battle.
We are told by the Apostle Peter in 2 Peter 1:10 to be diligent in making our salvation sure. Paul tells us in Philippians 2:12-13 to work out our salvation with fear and trembling. In other words, it is the duty of all Christians to wrestle with their salvation but to always be assured that no matter what battles come our way, Jesus Christ is the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:1-2). Although your faith may be assailed, assaulted and even weakened you can take hope that all those that the Father has given to Jesus will come to him, and those who come to Him will never be driven away (John 6:37-44). Paul echoes the assurance of our salvation in Philippians 1:6 when he says that we can be “confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it through to completion."
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