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4 Distinguishing Traits of Christian Assurance – Tim Challies

Assurance of salvation is likely one of the most valuable Christian doctrines, however in some methods additionally one of the troublesome. Why? As Sinclair Ferguson so aptly explains, as a result of some excellent Christians expertise it solely by way of the best struggles whereas others by no means fail to expertise it. On this temporary excerpt from his ebook Maturity, Ferguson explains 4 distinguishing traits of actually Christian assurance.

Some come to expertise assurance solely after an extended wrestle. That has been true of many excellent Christians. Others have by no means recognized what it’s to be with out it. For someit comes by way of sorrows. For others it emerges by way of joys. It’s true right here as in so many different facets of the Christian life that the identical Spirit works in a wide range of methods. His exercise is as particular person as it’s sovereign, and necessarilyso, becausehe brings us individually, one after the other, to say “The Son of God… liked me and gave himself for me‘ (Gal. 2:20)which is, certainly, to specific assurance in its easiest but in addition its highest kind.

But this assurance of salvation, for all it’s skilled individually, is often accompanied by 4 distinguishing options:

1) Satisfaction with God’s approach of salvation

Now the humbling of our sinful hearts earlier than a crucified Saviour is strictly how we might need it to be. We notice that we owe the whole lot to him, and nothing to ourselves. Now we now not relaxation in ourselves and our file as a purpose to be assured of our salvation. Christ now fills our horizon. He’s our assurance.

2) A brand new sense of safety in Christ stimulates a brand new want to serve him

This in flip turns into a stimulus to stay in obedience to him. Paul tells us that he labored more durable than anyone. However the motivation to take action, and the power during which he did, lay not in his personal power however within the grace of God given to him (1 Cor. 15:10). He discovered that his safety was present in Christ alone. That set him free to stay and labour for him.

3) Assurance fills our hearts with love for Christ.

He isn’t solely the inspiration of assurance, however he’s himself the fountain from which we each day drink. He quenches our thirst. Assurance of salvation is assurance of Jesus. He turns into the whole lot to us.

4) Boldness to stay our lives for Christ

If we all know that we’re Christ’s, we have now nothing to worry. That is the quiet confidence that encourages us to imagine that we’re ‘more than conquerors through him who loved us’ (Rom. 8:37).

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