Of the Assurance of Grace and Salvation.
Chapter 18, Paragraph 4.
“…that Love of Christ, and the brethren, that sincerity of Heart, and Conscience of duty, out of which by the operation of the Spirit, this Assurance may in due time be revived: and by the which in the meantime they are preserved from utter despair.”
When a true Christian is struggling with assurance of salvation, despite whatever she may be feeling, there are remaining evidences within her that prove she is regenerate. The Holy Spirit remains with her. She still has faith. She loves Christ and His church, knows the good she ought to do, and desires to do it. Can this be said of someone who has not been changed? These are not marks of an unregenerate person.
If you are not so much as a smoking flax, then why do you not renounce your interest in Christ, and disclaim the covenant of grace? This you dare not do. Why do you not give yourself up wholly to other pleasures? This your spirit will not allow you to do….Cast yourself into the arms of Christ, and if you perish, perish there. If you do not, you are sure to perish. If mercy is to be found anywhere, it is there.
-Richard Sibbes, The Bruised Reed
Such weak confidence will not last forever. Through the Spirit working in her, the Christian will be brought to a strong assurance again. God will keep His people. If you are a struggling Christian, rest in Him. Believe that certain assurance of being in a state of grace will be yours once again.
Questions to Consider
- Does God ever leave His people to perish?