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Assurance

Wisdom for the Heart / Dr. Stephen Davey
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March 30, 2021 12:00 am

Assurance

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March 30, 2021 12:00 am

Do you ever struggle with assurance of salvation? Do you feel uncertain that God will forgive you on the last day? If so, the Apostle has a divinely inspired message you need to hear.

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All right. Not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. Safety certainty and enjoyment. I believe that all three of those words could easily be categorically arranged under one word that summarizes one of God's perfect gifts is a word that many people do not have is a controversy a word. In fact, it has created distinct denomination simply sure it's one of the most common questions that Christians here at the offices of wisdom international. It's our most frequently asked question, it might be phrase slightly differently, but the heart of the question is this. Can I know for certain that I am say do you ever struggle with assurance of your salvation. Do you feel uncertain that God has actually forgiven you, and that he will accept you at the end of your life. If that's the case, I want you to know that the apostle Paul has a divinely inspired message that you need to hear this is wisdom for the heart.

Today Stephen Devi has a message for you called simply assurance Victoria who reigned over Great Britain in the late 1800s was an unbeliever, but yet very interested in the gospel and we have notes written between her and others that indicate her interest. On one occasion she was in a service at St. Paul's Cathedral and listen to a sermon that interested her greatly and afterwards she asked her private personal chaplain. Is it possible for someone to know for sure that they are going to heaven when they die or chaplain responded by saying something to the effect. There is no way anyone can know that they had a conversation and the elements of that conversation were picked up in the news and in fact they were recorded and reported in the courts news and it came to the notice of a pastor named John Townsend. After reading of Queen Victoria's conversation with her chaplain and the sad answer the tragic answer. She was given from him.

He decided to send a note to her that note is been preserved. He wrote this to her gracious Majesty are beloved Queen Victoria from one of your most humble subjects with trembling hands, but Hartfield love because I know that we can be absolutely sure now for our eternal life in the home that Jesus went to prepare, may I ask your most gracious Majesty to read the following passages of Scripture, and he listed Scripture for her to read is that I sign myself your servants for Jesus sake John Townsend. He then gathered friends about it and they begin to pray with greater intensity for Queen Victoria's salvation. It wasn't long before he got a note from her to John Townsend.

I have carefully and prayerfully read the portions of Scripture you referred to. I now believe in the finished work of Christ for me and trust by God's grace to meet you one day in that place he has prepared for us in heaven. Signed Victoria in the great didn't quite hit the news or our Western civic books that we studied, but she became a believer in Christ, after she found Christ and his finished work on her behalf. She began carrying around a little booklet copies of it to give away the people she became a royal evangelist. The book that she would give away had the title safety certainty and enjoyment and she would give it away that wonderful.

These were the things that she had discovered in Jesus Christ. Safety certainty and enjoyment. Today we come to the end of our series on the perfect gifts from God in that first paragraph in Romans chapter 5 and as I read this story, it struck me that you could easily outline these last three verses in the paragraph verses 9 to 11 with these three words from Queen Victoria's little book you can safely and I believe accurately write in the margin of your text that you have with you. I trust these words. You can write in the margin beside verse nine. The word safety look at what it says much more than having now been justified by his blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through him, and that a wonderful declaration of safety you can write beside verse 10 the word certainty. Paul writes for if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of his son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by his life, but a great statement of certainty.

In fact, Paul is using what we would call the greater the lesser argument. In other words, what he is saying in this verse is that if God could reconcile us while we were enemies of his through Christ's death that he can do that much more than he can save us through Priceline beside verse 11. You could easily write the word enjoyment or Paul writes, and not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, to remember how the paragraph began inviting us to exalt to passionately praise God, and now he will lend it. We exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. Safety certainty and enjoyment. I believe that all three of those words could easily be categorically arranged under one word, a word that summarizes one of God's perfect gifts is the word that Queen Victoria discovered is a word that many people do not have is a controversy a word.

In fact, it has created distinct denomination. It's known in the phrase eternal security or one word simply assurance in these three verses, Paul will inform us of our wonderful assurance in Jesus Christ with three statements in the first statement revolves around our safety. That is this wonderful assurance that we have. First of all, been saved from somewhere, namely judgment and how the great white throne revealed in Revelation, the latter part.

Look at verse nine and again he says much more than having now been justified by his blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through him that there are several kinds of wrath or rafts of God given to us in the Bible factor probably half a dozen that you could do in your own personal study I would encourage that you're looking for a word to track through the Scriptures let me give you two of the kinds of God's wrath. First, there is immediate wrath others of called natural wrath. This is the penalty that somebody experiences when they sin, but not all sin result in immediate consequences.

But if we think in terms of a person's lifetime, many sins bear consequences that are born through the course of a person's life. It might be.

Sexually transmitted diseases from those who are promiscuous it might be the effects in the body that come from lust and greed and anger and lying in many more sins that do pay a price in our own bodies. We feel the effects of the sins. In fact, Solomon wrote that even envy eats away at the bones of the body. This is the principle of reaping sin because you have sown sin immediate wrath of God.

There is immediate wrath and there is secondly ultimate wrath. This is what we could call eschatological or prophetic wrath. This is the wrath that will be unveiled during the reign of the Antichrist, knows the great tribulation. This is the wrath of God that is poured out.

Ultimately, its fullest horror at the judgment of God over all of the nations in the casting of those who disbelieve the this particular kind of wrath.

This eschatological wrath is the wrath that Paul is referring to here in Romans chapter 5 verse nine and notice what he promises, we shall be saved from the wrath of God. Would you notice he did not say, and we hope to be saved from the wrath of God or we'd like to think we will be saved from the wrath of God through him or were doing the best we can at this Christianity thing, hoping that will do enough good things to be saved from the wrath of God. No, he says we shall be saved from the wrath of God through him, why because we have been justified past sins. We shall be future tense be safe from his wrath. So we are safe even now interesting.

The word translated, we shall be saved is what Greek students call temporal future. What it means is that you have something here and now.

You do have it right now, but it is something that you will experience in its fullest measure in the future. We are already safe. Now the second word is certainty. We have not only been saved from something we have been saved by someone look at verse 10 for if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of his son, much more.

Here's the greater the lesser, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

Would you notice that in this verse we are told something has happened because of Christ's death and something has happened because of Christ's life.

Look at it again, we were reconciled to God through the death of his son latter part of the verse, we shall be saved by his life. You see, salvation has everything to do with the death of Jesus Christ but also has everything to do with the life of Jesus Christ. It's all about Jesus Christ. His death and his life. The Bible says Jesus because he lives forever is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them. He was 724 25. In other words, we are saved by Christ, the Lamb of God who died and we are Saved by Christ who lives to represent us just as we did not work to gain our salvation so we do not work to keep our salvation is the work of Christ writing to Christians. The apostle John said the same thing. This way if a believer sins speaking to believers of the believer sins we have one who speaks to the father in our defense, Jesus Christ the righteous one. First John chapter 2 verse nine. You see, ladies and gentlemen, the personal believes that they can somehow lose their salvation understands and even then only incompletely one side of redemption. The death of Christ has redeemed us the life of Christ preserves us we can come to this table with perhaps tears in her eyes but smiles on our faces. Why because his death guarantees our redemption and his life guarantees our glorification. It points to the resurrection will come. So the death of Christ has redeemed us, but the life of Christ preserves us. In other words, we are saved by his death. We are Saved by his life. We are saved from somewhere. We are saved by someone. The third word that Queen Victoria often shared with others, was the word enjoyment. That is, we have been saved for something, would you look at verse 11 and not only this not only this, but we also exalt in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation so he says rejoice. He began it that way. And he ends this way to rejoice in God. By the way, is the greatest of all human activity what is the chief end of man. The Westminster shorter catechism asked generations man's chief end is to glorify God and what and enjoy him forever. Now we got the part about a guide to deliver us any lives to keep us say but were really not sure about the chief end is to just enjoy. Are you enjoying God. Would you say that you are enjoying God. Paul would remind us that we have been saved from the penalty of sin and we have been saved for the praise of our Savior and Lord.

We have been saved from the wrath of God. We have been saved or the worship of God and we exalt. That is, we with fervent passionate adoration, praise God we praise God praise God you want to say that with me.

Pray somewhere between Baptist and Presbyterian and that one stride again pray shouted out, pray, that's fantastic. Would that our cities would echo with the sound of our praise. Like the city of Ephesus, the shook with the chanting of their allegiance to a false God within our city would resonate with people who are convinced that God is good and is worthy of praise that they would see it in our lives that they would hear from our lips from the lips of people who know who know who know that they have been redeemed because of the death of Christ to know who know as well to know that they are kept saved by the life of Christ, and they know where they are going.

Ultimately I came across some time ago a funny story about Albert Einstein, the great physicist. He was honored by time magazine's Man of the century. This last century was once traveling on Princeton by train and the conductor was coming on the punching the tickets of those who were passengers in he got the Einstein and Einstein checked his vest pocket. It wasn't in there and he checked his coat pocket and it wasn't in there the other coat pocket and he stood up and searched his pants pockets and he looked on the seat beside him and then his bags and go and find this ticket. The conductor finally said don't listen Dr. Einstein, I know you are we. We all know who you are. It's okay not to worry about it, only to check it.

Einstein sat back down, but he was very relieved. It seemed by the news. The conductor continued down the aisle punching tickets and that he was ready to move into the next car you happen to look back and there was the brilliant physicist on his hands and knees looking under the seats for his ticket. The conductor ran back to Mrs. Dr. Einstein don't worry, I know you are. You don't need a ticket it's not a problem which Einstein responded young man. A problem is and that you might not know me. The problem is I don't know where I'm going and you identify with his pain. Well Paul, in these last few verses has in effect given you your ticket.

This is, he has reminded us of who we are aware we have been and where we are going then he summarizes it by saying we do anything less.

In light of this, but exalt God with passionate enjoyment and excitement and fervency. We praise our God, through Jesus Christ, through whom we have received the reconciliation what you stand with me if the Ephesians for two hours. According to acts chapter 19 could praise God. Their false God why we for a few seconds do it. We just rehearsed stand with me and let shouted out to our God praise God praise God praise God praise God praise God, my friend, you have been saved from somewhere. Don't forget you have been saved by someone. Don't forget him.

You have been saved to something. Don't fail to praise for his hi this is Scott Wiley. The broadcast host here on wisdom for the hearts a while back Steven and I sat down to record a discussion about assurance of salvation we want to play that discussion for you now here it is this whole idea. Stephen of assurance is still sometimes elusive for people they still have concerns and worries and again you've written a very helpful booklet and working to make this booklet available today to anyone who calls us and asks for it. It's called Blessed assurance. Can a Christian lose his salvation and I'll give her some information on how you can reach us and get this book, but Stephen is there some help and advice that that we can offer people in the time we have remaining well I know people ask a number of questions related to this, can God take away someone's salvation, let me just say that if God takes away salvation. That's going to require the God has failed. If God chose you and called you and redeemed you and immersed you in the Christ life gave you the righteousness of Christ sealed you with his Holy Spirit for God to then take you out of his flock would would mean he didn't complete his promises to preserve and sanctify and later glorify you in heaven. Also, you might ask Wilkin Christians in a lose their salvation by committing some terrible sin.

Well the person or the church who holds this belief doesn't really understand the inability of mankind to save himself. To begin with. They don't understand or accept the redeeming work of Christ, apart from good works. It is all of Christ. In other words, if a person does not gain salvation by being good, you can't lose your salvation by being bad will of course people say well that a Christian can just go and sit in cynical that's why Paul added it or shall we continue in sin know God for bid. This disbelief gives a security.

It doesn't give us a free pass to just go and live a sinful life. Somebody might ask, and I've been asked this question. Scott often will can Christians choose to return the gift of salvation. In other words, can, can they give it back. Well my friend Christianity is like a sweater you got a Christmas event that you you know or you don't like it, so you take it back for those who believe that heaven has sort of this return policy. They missed the truth that God is the initiator of salvation.

We love him because he first loved us in a Christian can certainly backslide and disobey, and even rebel against the Lord. Like most of Christ's closest disciples deny them the individual who claims to have been a Christian and is now happy with the world the flesh and the devil reveals that these given it back but that he never had it.

That's really helpful Stephen because all of us know people who work in that category. The housing maybe made a profession of faith.

At some point in their life and and now they're living with absolutely no regard for God is disk it causes confusion.

Somebody who came to life in Christ is not gonna reach a point where they'd rather not have Christ at all affected this little booklet of holding in my hand like I give an illustration about our dog patches that we used to have before she died. We give her a bath or our daughter would give her little bath this little B: she'd scrubber down in the you know just to replace that odor of manure that she would get from that horse pasture behind her house with the smell of shampoo and as soon as she finished scrubbing her little dog patches Woodhead outside run into that pasture and roll around in that dry manure. It was clear that she really preferred the smell of manure to the smell of shampoo. Well John the apostle describes people who are a lot like our dog. He says they went out from us, but they were really not of us. If they had been of us, they would have remained with us, but they went out so that would be shown that they were not of us. That's first John two. In other words, they really preferred the smell of sin newer of sin rather than the company of Christ and the aroma of his redeemed ride that it doesn't mean you like in a waiver doesn't mean your neck at us in but it means that you're gonna love Christ and you will be miserable as a believer. Should you choose the smell of the door of sin.

In fact, Stephen, you just reminded us earlier in the sermon from first John, if a believer sins we have an advocate with the father, which we have this one who speaks on our behalf through the work of Jesus Christ.

It is helpful to remember friends that that when Paul wrote this letter. Buddhism had already reached the Mediterranean world and the question of Buddhism is the same question asked by every other religious system on the planet.

Am I good enough to go to heaven nor Nirvana or wherever religion asks my good enough to reach perfection. The Catholic asks him I good enough to get out of purgatory. The Jew asks him.

I good enough to make it to paradise. The Mormon asks him I good enough to reach the third heaven well by the time Paul was writing this letter to the Romans. The Buddhist was asking my good enough to reach Nirvana friends penned these words into the margin of your mind, our confidence is never in ourselves.

It is in God, which is why the apostles wrote it and again what John wrote is significant. He who has the son has life. He who does not have the son of God does not have life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life so that you may know.hope so think so. Maybe so know so that you have eternal life, and maybe you're thinking what I doubt I doubt my salvation. I know I'm trusting in Christ all night but I still doubt will in this book will discuss Catelli how to get for free. I tell a little bit of the story of Henry Drummond who preached and 18 in the 1880s and 1887 he preached a wonderful message entitled, dealing with doubt and here's the answer that he gave Jesus Christ never failed to distinguish between doubt and unbelief. Doubt says I can't leave unbelief says I won't believe doubt might be honest, unbelief is abstinence. Doubt is someone who is longing for light unbelief is longing for darkness, loving darkness rather than the like. This is what Christ attacked. This is what the apostles preached about, but for the doubting questions of of the apostle Thomas Philip, Nicodemus and many others who came to Jesus asking that their greatest questions be answered. Jesus was very generous when Thomas came to him, having denied the resurrection is to before expecting scathing words in a tongue lashing for his unbelief that overcame and overcame. So Jesus Christ showed them the facts, the answer to unbelief is faith. The answer to doubting his facts. You can't produce faith and those who do not believe but you can provide the facts for those who do so. We base our our our security on the facts of Scripture and the teaching of Christ and his apostles friends when you're thinking about things like salvation and whether or not you can lose your salvation you need to remember to base your beliefs firmly in the Scripture. It's possible that fear and anxiety might creep in and allow that to control us. Or maybe it's the opinion of people are the teaching of a particular church that causes us to have doubts God's word has the answers you're looking for here at wisdom for the heart. The basis of our ministry is to help you know what the Bible says understand what it means and apply it to your life. This topic of assurance is no exception. As we been mentioning today. Stephen has written a booklet entitled Blessed assurance. It's available today, free of charge. All you'll pay is the cost of shipping for us to get it to you. You can call us today in the office at 86 648 Bible were here until 4:00 PM Eastern time.

Once again, that's 86 648 Bible 48664824253 if you can't call us today. You can go to our website later in the evening and you'll find this resource.

There go to wisdom online.org. Once you get there you'll find the link at the top of the page that says store click there and in the search button. You can type either blessed or assurance or Blessed assurance and this resource will be available to you by the way, even if assurance of salvation isn't something you struggle with. It's a good idea to have a resource like this because it'll help you as you're interacting with others who have this struggle again. It's 86 648 Bible or wisdom online.org. Thanks so much for being with us today. For the next three days will be bringing you messages to prepare your heart. Join us back here tomorrow


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