Blessed Assurance

I repented of my sins and placed my faith in Jesus Christ as my Savior and Lord on June 7, 1988. The reason the date is so clear to me is that the decision counselor had me write it in the front of my Bible that I was carrying that night. The other piece of information that the decision counselor had me write in my Bible was the Scripture reference 1John 5:11-13:

And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.

People who profess to be a Christian will point to a variety of things as their assurance that they are born again and will spend eternity in heaven. The reality is that anything other than repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ’s substitutionary atonement for our sins in insufficient for salvation. Therefore, any assurances that are not tied to and a result of such repentance and faith are insufficient sources of assurance. The apostle John wrote, “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may KNOW that you have eternal life” (1John 5:13). What are the “things” he is referring to having written? He is referring to everything he had written in the previous five chapters of his letter. The letter of 1John provides us with both objective and subjective tests for assurance of salvation that are the results of repentance and faith. I came across this set of Scriptural tests in a devotion by John MacArthur, Strength for Today.

  1. True Christians enjoy the fellowship of a relationship with both God and Jesus Christ (1John 1:3).
  2. True Christians are sensitive to their sin and confess it (1John 1:6-10).
  3. True Christians obey God’s commands (1John 2:3).
  4. True Christians love God and reject the world and all its philosophies (1John 2:15).
  5. True Christians long for the return of Jesus (1John 3:2-3).
  6. True Christians have a decreasing pattern of sin in their lives (1John 3:9).
  7. True Christians love other Christians (1John 2:10).
  8. True Christians receive answers to their prayers (1John 3:22).
  9. True Christians experience the ministry of the Holy Spirit (1John 4:13).
  10. True Christians are able to discern false doctrine (1John 4:1-3).
  11. True Christians are rejected by the world but accepted by God (1John 3:12-13).

Fanny Crosby penned these words in the familiar hymn, Blessed Assurance:

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.

       This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long;
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long.

Perfect submission, perfect delight,
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
Angels, descending, bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.

Perfect submission, all is at rest,
I in my Savior am happy and blest,
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.

       This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long;
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long.

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