Psalms 35:3 (KJV)
Draw out also the spear, and stop the way against them that persecute me: say unto my soul, I am thy salvation.
Over the years since my salvation I have seen a number of things offered to provide assurance of salvation. One well-known soul winner instructs in his soul winning class to “give them assurance.” Interestingly, in soul winning he never assumes a soul to be saved and, if he can lead them to pray, he will, even if they have done so before. He figures, I think, that if the previous soul winner failed to give assurance he failed to lead them to Christ.
Baptism is presented in the Word of God as “an answer of a good conscience.”In other words, it may serve to provide assurance. I think also that, in many respects, the book of 1st John might be viewed as instructions for assurance.
Some people have a false assurance.
They are merely confident in the flesh. They see themselves as good and cannot imagine God ever condemning them.
I am convinced that the truly saved are sure of their salvation. I have come to believe the only reliable assurance of salvation is the witness of God’s Spirit with our spirit.
And that is the prayer of the Psalmist.
- In the midst of all his pain
- In his prayers for deliverance and help
he cries unto God this plea, “say unto my soul, I am thy salvation.” Regardless how God answers our other prayers, if we have an answer for this one, we are safe.
1 Peter 3:21 (KJV)
The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:
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