by John Doyle
“I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life”
1 John 5:13
The words of this precious hymn *Blessed Assurance* were written more than a century ago in 1873. The world has changed in staggering ways since that time. We now have Automobiles, Radio, Television, Computers, Cell phones and the Internet and these are just a few of the major inventions of the past century. Culture has changed too, and even churches have changed.
But the one thing that has not changed and will never change is the security that we have as believers due to our Salvation in Christ.
Many of us these days “Take out insurance” on our Homes, and Vehicles and many other things but we as believers can be assured there is no Insurance needed for our Faith, because we have a full Assurance of Life Eternal in Glory because of the Gift of God His son Jesus for us all.
If you have been, as Fanny Crosby put it long ago in the song, “Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood,” you have the blessed assurance of salvation. No matter what happens, changes or comes against you, your place in God’s family is sure. It is not because of anything you have done, but because of what Jesus did for you through His Death, Burial and Resurrection.
The Apostle John spent much of 1 John explaining to God’s people how they could have the assurance that the song writer Fanny Crosby later wrote and sang about. His desire was that they “know” they had eternal life. Notice he didn’t say think, or feel, or hope. He said, “Know.” But how can anyone really know we will go to Heaven when he dies until he actually dies?
Many Christians have doubted their salvation at some point or another in their lives because they have strayed from their journey with Christ. Many times, this doubt arises not because we doubt God, but ourselves. We consider our lives, how we are living, the depth of our faith, and we wonder. Perhaps we compare our life to a former time of growth spiritually and wonder, “what happened?” “How did I get here from there?” Or, maybe we were taught that salvation could be lost which Biblically is not true.
When doubts arise, examine your heart. Do you believe in Jesus Christ? Does that belief change the way you live? If so, then rest assured. You didn’t do anything to earn your salvation; therefore you can’t do anything to lose it.
If, however, you are relying on a past experience that has no affect on your life now, pray and ask the Lord to reveal to you if you have ever truly been saved. He will reveal this to you by His Spirit and through His Word.
My Prayer today:
Dear Lord, Thank You for Salvation. I confess that it is all the work of Your grace and mercy. Please deepen my faith in You every day Lord so that I may be that “Man after Gods Own Heart” that you want me to be. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.
OH YES. ITS TIME TO SING IT WITH ME:
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
Perfect submission, all is at rest
I in my Savior, am happy and blessed
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.
In the Love of the Lord Jesus
John and Barbara