Devotional - 98-03-03 - Assurance of Faith
1 John 3:14, We know that we have gone from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death.
The general response to the devotional on Monday 3-2-98, have been questions regarding assurance of faith. If I could sum up generally they go something like this, "Yes, I understand the gospel, but I've done some really bad things and I don't understand how Jesus could pardon someone like me, or even if He can, why would He?"
A question such as this is very perceptive. Such a question understands the great evil that sin is. Sin is sinful and while we count some sins as greater sins than others because of the effects they cause on others, God treats all sin the same way, sin is a malfunction. In fact, James 2:10 is a chilling verse for us all, "For whoever keeps the whole law and yet trips over one point, he has become answerable of all points." So on the issue of assurance, no matter how good, or how bad any of us have been, we are all in the same boat. Anyone who has transgressed one part of the law, has become guilty of all parts of the law.
The gospel promises that if we trust in Christ and His saving work of atonement we can be assured that He will forgive us. The greatest word in the gospel of salvation is "whosoever". Whosoever will come to Christ in repentance and faith, will not be rejected, but rather forgiven and accepted as sons and daughters of God.
There are three helpful elements when thinking about assurance of faith.
Soli Deo Gloria,