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Thursday, March 23, 2017
On Assurance Of Salvation
Can We Have Assurance Of Salvation?:
-Since we are able to humbly approach God with absolute trust in His divine promises (2 Corinthians 1:20; Hebrews 10:22), we are therefore able to have great assurance of our salvation. Salvation is promised to those who trust in God (1 John 2:25). All who call upon His name shall be saved (Romans 10:13). God's character is unchangeable (Malachi 3:6), never deceptive (Numbers 23:19; Hebrews 6:17-18), and reveals no partiality in judgment (Acts 10:34; Romans 2:6-7). So yes, we can indeed have great assurance of our salvation. But we accept the free gift of justification that God has offered to us.
A Major Evidence Against A Works-Based Salvation:
-Having assurance of eternal life is proof of being saved by faith apart from meritorious works. If our works contributed at all to our justification, then our good works would have to outweigh our bad works by a large margin. If any kind of works contribute to salvation, then how many must we perform to be justified in the sight of God? How many sins will God tolerate? How could one know that he or she is saved? No answer has ever been provided to these questions and thus undermines any possible certitude of salvation or trust in the Lord for eternal salvation. The futuristic sight of our eternal destinies would simply be too cloudy because there would be no grounds to make any sort of determination with certainty. Nobody is capable of coming close to measuring up to God's perfect standard of morality, the Law. Since the Scriptures clearly attest in favor of having great assurance of having been justified before God, we know that our works cannot be a contributing factor.
On Losing Salvation:
-One sin will not necessarily send a person directly to hell (this does not in any way mean that sin is permissible or justifiable). Salvation, technically speaking, is not easy to lose. Habitual sinning is generally the spiritual symptom of a spiritually unhealthy journey. This process may continue until a person completely falls away from God because of a hardened heart or he or she truly repents so that he or she may continue to build his or her relationship with God. People practice sins such as murder, theft, and greed because their hearts are dedicated to those specific sins. They are the EVIDENCE of what is in our hearts (1 Samuel 16:7). We fall into a state of sin, especially during our times of spiritual weakness. One can indeed "walk away" from salvation, which means that he or she can choose to open the door leading to eternal condemnation and thus choose to close the door to eternal life. We can indeed forsake our salvation. We can indeed reject the gifts and callings of God (but doing such violates the original intent of God giving us free will). We escape the wrath of God by repenting from our hearts through faith in Him. God looks at a person's state of heart in judgment (Matthew 5:21-28; 2 Corinthians 5:6-10).