Of the Assurance of Grace and Salvation.
Chapter 18, Paragraph 1.
“Although temporary Believers, and other unregenerate men, may vainly deceive themselves with false hopes, and carnal presumptions, of being in the favor of God, and state of salvation, which hope of theirs shall perish; yet such as truly believe in the Lord Jesus, and love him in sincerity, endeavouring to walk in all good Conscience before him, may in this life be certainly assured that they are in the state of Grace, and may rejoice in the hope of the glory of God which hope shall never make them ashamed.”
1 John 2:3, 3:14,18,19,21,24, 5:13
They are among you. Going through the motions, confident in their assumption, and claiming Christ are people who are not regenerate at all. If they can deceive themselves, what about us? How can we have assurance that we are graciously saved?
It is possible to be certain of your salvation. The marks of a true believer laid out in this paragraph of the Confession are: belief, love, and striving. Do you believe Jesus to be fully God and fully man, the mediator between God and man? Does this knowledge cause affection towards Him, and a desire to please Him? Is this desire acted upon to produce good works? When all the components are there, we need not be agitated as to the state of our soul.
Confidently rest assured that you are in Christ, but do not take it for granted. Examine yourselves periodically: am I sincere? Do I believe in Jesus? Am I endeavoring to follow His commands? Affirmations to these questions enable us to rejoice at the glory of God, who saves sinners such as ourselves! Such hope will not disappoint.
Questions to Consider
- Are you assuming your salvation, or are you certain of your salvation?