Of the Assurance of Grace and Salvation.
Chapter 18, Paragraph 4.
“…yet are they never destitute of the seed of God, and Life of Faith,…”
1 John 3:9
You’re struggling with assurance. Through neglect of the ordinary means God has provided, falling into a particularly grievous sin, struck by a powerful temptation, or not enjoying the blessing of God’s countenance, you wonder if you were ever saved to begin with. It sure doesn’t feel that way right now. What do you do, then?
Those who are truly in Christ, although they may have little assurance that they are His, are never cut off from God’s promise of keeping them until the end. If you hate your sin, love Christ, and desire to please God, these are indications that you are one of His. The Holy Spirit is still within you, for He has promised never to leave you. He still witnesses with your spirit that you are His child. He still will keep you to the end. He still works in you to will and to do His good pleasure. He still works repentance in you. He still sanctifies you.
There may be times when you wonder if you are His. You thought you had faith, but now you don’t know. Unbelief may seem like an easier path. Yet for the true Christian, it will be impossible to walk away from your faith. You may feel bereft of God, unloved, unfavored, but through it all your spirit will continue to cry, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”
Christian struggling with assurance, be assured. The Holy Spirit and your faith give evidence you are His.
Questions to Consider
- Do unregenerate people struggle with assurance of faith?