SPECIAL TOPIC: CHRISTIAN ASSURANCE

Assurance is (1) a biblical truth, (2) a believer's faith experience, and (3) and lifestyle evidence.

A. The biblical basis for assurance is

1. God the Father's character and purpose

a. Exodus 34:6-7 (see Special Topic: Characteristics of Israel's God)

b. Nehemiah 9:17

c. John 3:16; 10:28-29 (see Special  Topic: YHWH's Eternal Redemptive Plan)

d. Romans 8:38-39

e. Ephesians 1:3-14; 2:5,8-9

f. Philippians 1:6

g. 2 Timothy 1:12

h. 1 Peter 1:3-5

2. God the Son's work

 a. His priestly prayer, John 17:9-24, especially v. 12; Hebrews 7-9

 b. His substitutionary sacrifice (cf. Isa. 52:13-53:12)

1) Mark 10:45

2) 2 Corinthians 5:21

3) 1 John 2:2; 4:9-10

 c. His continuing intercession

1) Romans 8:34

2) Hebrews 7:25

3) 1 John 2:1

3. God the Spirit's enabling

 a. His calling, John 6:44,65

 b. His sealing

1) 2 Corinthians 1:22; 5:5

2) Ephesians 1:13-14; 4:30

 c. His personal assurance

1) Romans 8:16-17

2) 1 John 5:7-13

 

B. The necessary believer's covenantal response is (see  Special Topic: Covenant)

1. initial and continuing repentance and faith (see Special Topic: What Does It Mean to "Receive," "Believe," "Confess/Profess," and "Call Upon"?)

 a. Mark 1:15

 b. John 1:12

 c. Acts 3:16; 20:21

 d. Romans 10:9-13

2. remembering that the goal of salvation is Christlikeness

 a. Romans 8:28-29

 b. 2 Corinthians 3:18

  c. Galatians 4:19

  d. Ephesians 1:4; 2:10; 4:13

 e. 1 Thessalonians

 f.  2 Thessalonians 3:13; 4:3; 5:23

 g. Titus 2:14

 h. 1 Peter 1:15 

3. remembering that assurance is confirmed by lifestyle

a. James 

b. 1 John

4. remembering that assurance is confirmed by active faith and perseverance (see Special Topic: Perseverance)

a. Mark 13:13

b. 1 Corinthians 15:2

c. Hebrews 3:14; 4:14

d. 2 Peter 1:10

e. Jude 1:20-21

 

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