Certainty. In a postmodern world, “certainty” is something that is pushed to the side and rejected. Postmodernists will say that you can’t know anything absolutely, for there is no such thing as absolute truth.
In the face of this, Biblical authors, such as John and Paul, proclaim to believers in Jesus Christ that we can have absolute certainty – that is, we can know something for sure. Here are some examples of “certainty” from the writings of John and Paul:
- “But we KNOW that when he appears, we shall be like him” 1 John 3:2
- “We KNOW that we have passed out of death into life” 1 John 3:14
- “For I AM SURE that neither death nor life…will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ.” Romans 8:39
In today’s text, John is once again talking about “certainty.” And this certainty is the desire of every believer: It is the certainty of Assurance of Salvation. Today, John writes, “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.” There is no doubt going on here!
Today, we will learn so many things about assurance of salvation, including three things our assurance will rest upon, or the Basis of Assurance:
- God’s infallible Word – for what can be of higher authority than God speaking?
- Evidences of the Graces of God in One’s Life – As John has said multiple times, a believer who talks the talk will walk the walk.
- Testimony of the Holy Spirit in our Hearts – Yes, God himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.
Look also for answers to these questions:
- What does true, saving faith look like? (What illustration was given?)
- What qualities does true assurance display?
- True assurance promises_________ __________ with God.
Rev. Adam Mumpower, Senior Pastor