The assurance that will be discussed in this paper is an assurance found in the faith of the regenerated life. Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible defines “assurance” as, “Certainty or confidence about one’s beliefs or actions.” J. I. Packer defines “assurance” as “divinely given.” Assurance is the confidence that a Christian has that they are fully saved.
When looking for the answer to the assurance question, every Christian’s search must begin with the Bible. The basis of the Christian faith rests on the authority of the Word of God. John F. Walvoord states, “It should be evident that assurance of salvation just as assurance of any other fact can be no more sure than the authority upon which it rests.” To the Follower of Christ, there can be no greater authority than God’s Holy Word. So if the Scriptures confirm the concept of assurance, they surly all Believers can know this assurance as well.
The words Jesus spoke in the Gospels gives the Believer great confidence in their salvation. In John 3:36 Jesus says, “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; . . .” This is the most basic statement, but it holds great truth. Guy P. Duffield and Nathaniel M. Van Cleave comment that “salvation is of and from God, and if He says I am saved, that should be enough.”
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...ieve in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life.” This confidence in salvation comes through knowing that Christ is resident in the life of the Christian.
The Scriptures also instruct that the witness of the Holy Spirit assures salvation. In Romans 8:16, Paul instructs, “The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.” The preceding verse instructs that it is the Spirit that causes one to cry “Abba! Father!” W. Ross Hastings informs that Jonathan Edwards considered the “direct and immediate witness of the Spirit into the spirit of the saint as the highest level of assurance.” Therefore, the witness of the Holy Spirit becomes a strong evidence of our assurance.
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