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The Wednesday Word: Ten Short Questions

The following questions are for believers who doubt their beliefs and believe their doubts. They worry about whether or not they are saved. But here´s the truth, we all, at times, doubt our salvation. I identify with one old-time preacher who said “When I look at myself, I think it impossible that I may be saved. But when I look at Jesus, I know it´s impossible that I could be lost.”

It´s one thing to doubt our salvation, but quite another to doubt our Saviour.

As we grow in grace and the knowledge of God (2 Peter 3:18), at times the Holy Spirit demolishes our pride and self-righteousness by withdrawing His sensible presence from us. In these seasons, we get an opportunity to see how hard our hearts remain against God. We get shocked to see how much of the rebel still loiters within us. The good news is, however, the ensuing feelings of self-doubt and despair combine to cause us to realise that the ultimate foundation of our safety and security is the Lord Jesus Himself.

Here are a few questions concerning assurance and safety.

1. Can you give your hearty and enthusiastic ascent to the following declaration? “There is no other name given under heaven among men whereby we must be saved, but that of Jesus only.”

You can?

Then that´s a proof of salvation.

2. Do you believe in the fullness and freeness of His salvation?

You do!

That´s proof of salvation.

3. For redemption, does anything need to either be added to or subtracted from Christ´s Finished Work?

You reply, “No indeed.”

That´s proof of salvation.

4. Have you been persuaded that you will try no other remedy, nor look to any other source for salvation than Christ crucified? You reply that yes, you have been persuaded?

Then, that´s proof of salvation.

5. Can you listen with indifference and unconcern if you hear derogatory things spoken against the Person and work of Jesus?

You can´t?

That´s proof of salvation.

6. When you hear Christ Jesus being blasphemed, does something stir within you that causes you to feel a measure of disgust? You are ready to declare “I neither can nor will hear the name of Jesus disparaged. It offends me to hear His lovely saving name being dragged through the mud like this.”

Are you ready to stand up for Jesus?

You are?

That´s proof of salvation.

7. Would anything give you more delight and satisfaction as Jesus walking into the room, smiling at you and saying, “I am your salvation”?

You reply that there´s nothing would delight you more!

That´s proof of salvation.

8. Are there ever at least some moments when listening to a sermon, or some testimony, or the singing of a hymn, or some Scripture being read and applied that there comes the thought … Yes, Lord Jesus, you are precious?

You reply that this has in fact happened.

That´s a proof of salvation.

9. Do you enjoy the company and fellowship of those who love the Lord Jesus, or do you despise and look down on those who gather in His lovely name?

You reply that, yes indeed, you love and appreciate the company of the Lord´s people.

That´s a proof of salvation.

10. Do you hesitate to use the word “wretch”, to define yourself, or can you adopt it as the word that best describes you? You reply, “Amazing grace that saved a wretch like me.”

That´s a proof of salvation.

These ten short questions give assurance of salvation. They point to things that accompany salvation. However, splendid and vital as they are, these proofs of salvation do not provide ultimate safety for the believer. Our shelter goes beyond these questions. Our resting place is Christ alone. It is in Him we are totally safe. If we, by faith, see and embrace the sufficiency of salvation in the Lord Jesus, we may be sure our election is of God (2 Peter 1:10).

Feelings are subjective; they neither save nor damn anyone. The truth is, no one can live before God with any measure of security based on emotions. But the Holy Spirit comes to us in the gospel and enables us to see Christ’s person and experience for us as the foundation and fulness of all our hope and safety.

And that´s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com  

We are bound to put trust in God, give our love to God, all our hope in God, spend our life for God, and devote our whole being to God

November 16, 2015 2 comments

CharlesSpurgeonAnd now, in the third place, we speak of THE GREAT DUTY. We have had the great experience, now we must have the great duty.

The great duty is–it God only be our rock, and we know it, are we not bound to put all our trust in God, to give all our love to God, to set all our hope upon God, to spend all our life for God, and to devote our whole being to God? If God be all I have, sure, all I have shall be God’s. If God alone is my hope, sure, I will put all my hope upon God, if the love of God is alone that which saves, sure he shall have my love alone. Come, let me talk to thee, Christian, for a little while, I want to warn thee not to have two Gods, two Christs, two friends, two husbands, two great fathers; not to have two fountains, two rivers, two suns, or two heavens, but to have only one. I want to bid thee now, as God hath put all salvation in himself, to bring all thyself unto God. Come, let me talk to thee!

Charles H. Spurgeon-God Alone the Salvation of His People-A Sermon Delivered On Sabbath Morning, May 18, 1856

Free Ebook- Assurance

October 26, 2015 4 comments

assurance_redwoodby C. H. Spurgeon in .ePub, .mobi & .pdf formats

This booklet was formed out of three sermons that Spurgeon preached on the subject of assurance. Here Spurgeon deals with objections to assurance, the sealing of the Spirit, and the tests of assurance found in the First Epistle of John.

Many sincerely-seeking souls are in great trouble because they have not yet attained to an assurance of their interest in Christ Jesus: they dare not take any comfort from their faith because they suppose that it has not attained to a sufficient strength. They have believed in the Lord Jesus, and they have his promise that they shall be saved, but they are not content with this—they want to get assurance, and then they suppose they shall have a better evidence of their salvation than the bare word of the Savior. Such persons are under a great mistake; but as that mistake is a very painful one, and exercises the most injurious influence upon them, we will spend this morning in trying, as God shall help us, to clear up their difficulty, and to let them see that if they believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, even though they should not have attained to the precious grace of full assurance of faith, yet nevertheless they are saved, and being justified by faith, may rightfully enjoy peace with God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892) was born in Kelvedon, Essex, England, in 1834. Though reared in the knowledge of the Gospel, Spurgeon was not converted to Jesus Christ until 1850. In August of the same year, he preached his first sermon. Then in 1854, when he was only nineteen, the New Park Street Chapel, Southwark, London, called him as pastor. This church became the 6,000 seat Metropolitan Tabernacle. Spurgeon preached the Gospel faithfully until his death in January 1892.

Pages: 40.

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

The True Position of Assurance

Full Assurance

Helps to Full Assurance

 
Source [Monergism.com]

 

There is no attribute more comforting than the doctrine of Divine Sovereignty

September 8, 2014 1 comment

CharlesSpurgeonThere is no attribute of God more comforting to His children than the doctrine of Divine Sovereignty. Under the most adverse circumstances, in the most severe troubles, they believe that ‘Sovereignty hath ordained their afflictions, that Sovereignty overrules them, and that Sovereignty will sanctify them all. There is nothing for which the children of God ought more earnestly to contend than the dominion of their Master over all creation — the kingship of God over all the works of His own hands — the throne of God, and His right to sit upon that throne.

Charles H. Spurgeon-Sermon-Divine Sovereignty-Delivered May 4 1856

The true believer ought to believe his own election and those of fellow-believers

February 21, 2014 Leave a comment

Chapter III

CONCERNING ELECTION UNTO LIFE, OR PREDESTINATION AS IT RESPECTS THE SAINTS IN PARTICULAR

HAVING considered predestination as it regards all men in general, and briefly shown that by it some are appointed to wrath and others to obtain salvation by Jesus Christ (1Th 5:9), I now come to consider, more distinctly, that branch of it which relates to the saints only, and is commonly styled election. Its definition I have given already in the close of the first chapter. What I have farther to advance, from the Scriptures, on this important subject, I shall reduce to several positions, and subjoin a short explanation and confirmation of each.

POSITION 8. -The true believer ought not only to be thoroughly established in the point of his own election, but should likewise believe the election of all his other fellow-believers and brethren in Christ. Now, as there are most evident and indubitable marks of election laid down in Scripture, a child of God, by examining himself whether those marks are found on him, may arrive at a sober and well-grounded certainty of his own particular interest in that unspeakable privilege; and by the same rule whereby he judges of himself he may likewise (but with caution) judge of others. If I see the external fruits and criteria of election on this or that man, I may reasonably, and in a judgment of charity, conclude such an one to be an elect person. So St. Paul, beholding the gracious fruits which appeared in the believing Thessalonians, gathered from thence that they were elected of God (1Th 1:4,5), and knew also the election of the Christian Ephesians (Eph 1:4,5), as Peter also did that of the members of the churches in Pontus, Galatia, etc. (1 Peter 1:2). It is true, indeed, that all conclusions of this nature are not now infallible, but our judgments are liable to mistake, and God only, whose is the book of life, and who is the Searcher of hearts, can absolutely know them that are His (2Ti 2:19); yet we may, without a presumptuous intrusion into things not seen, arrive at a moral certainty in this matter. And I cannot see how Christian love can be cultivated, how we can call one another brethren in the Lord, or how believers can hold religious fellowship and communion with each other, unless they have some solid and visible reason to conclude that they are loved with the same everlasting love, were redeemed by the same Saviour, are partakers of like grace, and shall reign in the same glory.

But here let me suggest one very necessary caution, viz., that though we may, at least very probably, infer the election of some persons from the marks and appearances of grace which may be discoverable in them, yet we can never judge any man whatever to be a reprobate. That there are reprobate persons is very evident from Scripture (as we shall presently show), but who they are is known alone to Him, who alone can tell who and what men are not written in the Lamb’s book of life. I grant that there are some particular persons mentioned in the Divine Word of whose reprobation no doubt can be made, such as Esau and Judas; but now the canon of Scripture is completed, we dare not, we must not pronounce any man living to be non-elect, be he at present ever so wicked. The vilest sinner may, for aught we can tell, appertain to the election of grace, and be one day wrought upon by the Spirit of God. This we know, that those who die in unbelief and are finally unsanctified cannot be saved, because God in His Word tells us so, and has represented these as marks of reprobation; but to say that such and such individuals, whom, perhaps, we now see dead in sins, shall never be converted to Christ, would be a most presumptuous assertion, as well as an inexcusable breach of the charity which hopeth all things.

Jerome Zanchius-The Doctrine of Absolute Predestination Stated and Asserted-Translated by Augustus Montague Toplady

The elect may attain to the knowledge and assurance of their predestination to life

February 14, 2014 2 comments

Chapter III

CONCERNING ELECTION UNTO LIFE, OR PREDESTINATION AS IT RESPECTS THE SAINTS IN PARTICULAR

HAVING considered predestination as it regards all men in general, and briefly shown that by it some are appointed to wrath and others to obtain salvation by Jesus Christ (1Th 5:9), I now come to consider, more distinctly, that branch of it which relates to the saints only, and is commonly styled election. Its definition I have given already in the close of the first chapter. What I have farther to advance, from the Scriptures, on this important subject, I shall reduce to several positions, and subjoin a short explanation and confirmation of each.

POSITION 7. -The elect may, through the grace of God, attain to the knowledge and assurance of their predestination to life, and they ought to seek after it. The Christian may, for instance, argue thus: “‘As many as were ordained to eternal life, believed’; through mercy I believe, therefore, I am ordained to eternal life. ‘He that believeth shall be saved’; I believe, therefore, I am in a saved state. ‘Whom He did predestinate, He called, justified and glorified’ ; I have reason to trust that He bath called and justified ME; therefore I can assuredly look backward on my eternal predestination, and forward to my certain glorification.” To all which frequently accedes the immediate testimony of the Divine Spirit witnessing with the believer’s conscience that he is a child of God (Rom 8:16; Gal 4:6; 1 John 5:10). Christ forbids His little flock to fear, inasmuch as they might, on good and solid grounds, rest satisfied and assured that “it is the Father’s” unalterable “good pleasure to give them the kingdom” (Luke 12:32). And this was the faith of the apostle (Rom 8:38,39).

Jerome Zanchius-The Doctrine of Absolute Predestination Stated and Asserted-Translated by Augustus Montague Toplady

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

February 6, 2014 3 comments

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