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    By Jean S. Horner
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August 22, 2013 - Blessed Assurance

By Ron Johnson

In an insecure world, we long for security. We earnestly desire the acceptance and peace provided by secure relationships. Unfortunately, in the natural world, the security we desire and strive for can be taken from us, leaving us in a state of uncertainty and fear. These feelings of insecurity can have a direct influence upon our spiritual life, robbing us of our peace, security, and the assurance of our salvation.

As followers of Christ, we must have a "know so" salvation. If we live in doubt concerning this issue, we will fail to be the effective, overcoming witnesses to Christ that God desires us to be. So how can we settle this issue and have the security and assurance of our salvation?

God's Word offers four simple characteristics of the true follower of Christ. As we apply the Word's standard to our lives, we need never fear our relationship with the Savior is in jeopardy.

First, we must continue in our belief in the Lord Jesus Christ. This should be obvious. Let's look at the central text of Christianity, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16, KJV).

The promise throughout God's Word is to the believer. The word "believeth" in the original Greek is in the present and continual tense. This is speaking of the person who upon acceptance of Christ continues to believe. Jesus said, "If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed" (John 8:31).

True Christian faith is an active, living faith and not merely an intellectual assent to the facts of the gospel. It is not a onetime response to the gospel, but a living commitment to follow Christ. Jesus said, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me" (Luke 9:23, ESV). Saving faith is an enduring commitment.

Second, true, saving faith is a working faith. While we are not saved by our works, the Christian's life will show the evidence of a living faith by his or her works. The apostle James wrote: "Faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone" (James 2:17, KJV). Each Christian is at a different level of spiritual maturity, but every follower of Christ will produce some level of spiritual fruit in their lives. Evidence of fruit in our lives brings an assurance that we are secure in our relationship with the Lord.

Third, and tied closely to the evidence of fruit, is a life of obedience. The apostle John speaks of this when he writes, "If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth" (1 John 1:6).

John continues, "And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked" (1 John 2:3-6).

The true follower of Christ will walk in the light of Christ and will obey Him. This doesn't mean that a Christian will never sin. But it does mean that the Christian's life will be characterized by the trait of obedience rather than by walking in sin on a constant basis. The Christian will not "practice" sin or in the words of J.B. Phillips, "The man who lives 'in Christ' does not habitually sin" (1 John 3:6).

Once again, we must understand we are not saved by our obedience. Rather, it is our salvation that produces obedience.

Finally, the believer's genuine faith holds on and continues to do so regardless of the circumstances and situations that may arise. "For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world -- our faith" (1 John 5:4, ESV).

If the conditions of Holy Scripture are met in our lives, we can experience the peace and assurance of our salvation. As you examine your relationship with Christ in the light of Scripture, look for the evidence of continued belief, commitment to godly works, a heart of obedience, and an overcoming faith.

You can face today, and every day, with the joy of your salvation.

— Ron Johnson is a freelance writer. He is retired from the Assemblies of God National Leadership and Resource Center.



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