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A Brief Catechism of Bible Doctrine-16-Assurance and Perseverance

Assurance and Perseverance


1. What is meant by assurance of Salvation?

It is an undoubting conviction of our acceptance in Christ.

2. Do all the people of God attain it?

It is not attained by all.

3. Is not assurance an essential of saving faith?

It is not; doubts and fears assail believers sometimes to the end of life.

4. Is it not desirable to attain this grace?

It is not only very desirable, but we are expressly commanded to seek for it.

5. Do any in whom the work of grace has begun ever finally fall?

They do not.

6. How do we know this?

We learn it from the Scriptures; moreover, salvation is the work of God, who cannot fail in what He undertakes.

7. Do not such persons sometimes fall into grievous sin?

They do; and years may elapse before they are finally rescued therefrom.

8. Can a child of God be contented in this state?

No; the renewed nature God has given him must be disturbed at the presence of sin.

9. What is his plain duty when he finds himself in this condition?

Still to trust in his Saviour, praying to Him for pardon and for help to avoid sin.


James P. Boyce-A Brief Catechism of Bible Doctrine

  1. Truth2Freedom
    February 6, 2014 at 5:15 am

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  2. February 6, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    The topic of CHristian assurance and perseverance is an important one! Thank you for posting this catechism by Boice. I’m glad that we started doing our Saturday series of outlines on Perserverance and Assurance and it seems the Lord has been gracious to us in having people blessed with it

    • February 8, 2014 at 5:30 am

      Amen brother, I absolutely agree. This is why I blog against Arminianism. If our salvation depended upon our freewill and we could lose it along the way, then we could never have any assurance that we were saved or that we were going to stay that way. Our perseverance does not depend upon us, but depends upon God’s persevering within us. The doctrine of perseverance does not teach that we have some super ability to persevere, but instead teaches that God perseveres with his elect until their death. Php 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:

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