2001-10-23 - Assurance of Faith
John 6:40 For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him, may have eternal life; and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.
Have you ever thought about this verse? It at least implies, but I would say explicitly states, that those who come to Christ will have eternal life. There are lots of verses like this one. In fact the Bible is a book that talks about this topic all the time and from all sorts of angles. But this verse should lead us into more because it talks about assurance of faith.
No sin (except the sin against the Holy Spirit, Matthew 12:31, 32), is exempted here. We will stand in heaven, praising God, next to all kinds of sinners. Isn't that amazing? People you might not dare talk to now, after God's mercy finds them, are just as assured as any of us of eternal life. It is faith in Christ that saves and the thief on the cross is a great example to us that anyone can be saved at any time (Luke 23:39-43). God's mercy is that amazing.
You may be or know someone enslaved right now to satan. God's mercy sits a breath away from you or that person. You may have known of Christ and your need for Him for many years. You lack of willingness to come to Christ in the past is no hindrance to your coming now. It is the Father's will that none who have been given to the Son will be lost and all who come to Christ will not be lost. This is, "in the bag," assurance.
Jesus Christ does much more than save those who come to Him. He delivers us from the guilt of sin. He delivers us from the pollution of sin. He does more than save, He brings us to glory, heaven, eternal happiness, eternal life. This is what I call, "overplus." The work of Christ in salvation is so much more than many of us have ever dreamed. He not only saves from sin (Romans 5:8), but He also has gone to prepare a place for us (John 14:2).
I don't know who said it, but someone once said, "God only knows the love of God." It is easy to speak of the gospel that says "look to your sins and see your need for help." But we ought to think of it in another manner: "look to Christ and see his mercy." I guess both are fine, because the first one might lead someone to repentance, but the second will sustain them.
For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more. Jeremiah 31:34
Soli Deo Gloria,