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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Why is Assurance Important? Is it Selfish?

posted by Rose

Some thoughts from Miles J. Stanford:

The blessed assurance of salvation, and of justification in particular, is based squarely upon our position in the Lord Jesus as our righteousness. Being non-experiential, justification can never be founded upon our condition. Assurance of justification results when we realize what our Father has done and said; it is never based on feelings. Someone has said, “Because God has spoken, I am sure; because I am sure, I feel at rest.” “Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth” (Col. 3:2, NASB).

It is here that the first major mistake in our Christian life is often made. In taking the position of justification by faith in the Lord Jesus, this new standing of life began to make a marked difference in our state. Because of this, we shifted the basis of our assurance from eternal position to temporal condition. We looked, and felt, and sounded saved, hence we were assured of our salvation.But then, one morning came the dawn! We didn’t look very saved, we didn’t feel at all saved, and so we didn’t sound saved either. All day long everything and everybody went wrong, and by nightfall we found ourselves at the end of our assurance. Thoroughly shaken, we determined to rectify matters the next day. On that day we strove to look saved, to feel saved, and to sound saved. But, because we were centered in our condition, all was wretched failure. We even began to question our salvation. “…If the LORD be with us, why then is all this befallen us?” (Judges 6:13).

In the Lord’s time, the Comforter refocused our faith upon our position by means of the Word, and our assurance of salvation was again anchored upon the Rock, Christ Jesus. With this assurance reestablished, our condition began to improve as a result of the position in which we stood by faith. We had learned our first important lesson: the necessity of knowing and abiding in our position. Apart from this abiding, there is nothing but frustration and failure. “And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance for ever” (Isa. 32:17).

-by Miles J. Stanford

11 Comments:

  • Having assurance is Christ-centered. Knowing that He has accomplished salvation and satisfied God is Christ-honoring. To do otherwise is anthropocentric.

    The apostle Paul said "Christ died for sinners of whom I am cheif" - was he admitting defeat? Certainly not. "Oh wretched man that I am..." he declared ... was he feeding the flesh by admitting that he had not arrived? Of course not. Yet, he was assured of salvation because he looked to Chrsit for that, not his own imperfect performance and submission.

    Humility is at the heart of conversion. Humility can recieve assurance from Christ and shouts HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS from the hilltop. Boast in the Lord, all you who are His children.

    By Blogger Rose~, at Tuesday, September 04, 2007 8:40:00 AM  

  • Because of how thankful we are to Him and because we know that He has dlevered us out of darkness and into light, we should press on toward spiritual maturity and good works, always repenting of that which is not pleasing to Him and submitting to His Lordship more and more every day; walking in His ways and doing works befitting the children of God.

    This should be our goal, not for justification (as He has wrought that Himself), but for service and intimacy with Him.

    Still, let no man think of himself more highly than he ought.

    By Blogger Rose~, at Tuesday, September 04, 2007 9:37:00 AM  

  • Great post Rose. God's grace is wonderful!

    By Blogger Andrew, at Tuesday, September 04, 2007 12:06:00 PM  

  • I am glad you appreciate it, Andrew.

    By Blogger Rose~, at Tuesday, September 04, 2007 12:56:00 PM  

  • Good old Miles Stanford.

    By Blogger Dyspraxic Fundamentalist, at Tuesday, September 04, 2007 1:41:00 PM  

  • Yeah, good ole.

    By Blogger Rose~, at Tuesday, September 04, 2007 2:30:00 PM  

  • Rose,

    Thank you sister, so much for this post. This is the type of teaching I really appreciate about this blog. Bro. Stanford had such a great insight into the Scriptures. This is right on target! What a joy to belong to the wonderful Lord Jesus Christ! How wonderful to have you all as brothers & sisters in HIM!

    By Blogger David Wyatt, at Tuesday, September 04, 2007 7:35:00 PM  

  • David,
    Yes, what a joy! Shout it from the hilltops! Salvation is of the Lord.

    Psalm 32:1-2
    I will bless the LORD at all times;
    His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
    2 My soul shall make its boast in the LORD;
    The humble shall hear of it and be glad.

    By Blogger Rose~, at Wednesday, September 05, 2007 8:49:00 AM  

  • David,
    Can you eamil me please? rcole@ambt.net

    By Blogger Rose~, at Thursday, September 06, 2007 7:16:00 AM  

  • Rose,

    Thanks, I have never read Miles J. Stanford, but he has some good thoughts and things to think about.

    May God bless you,
    Shawn

    By Blogger Shawn L, at Thursday, September 06, 2007 8:59:00 PM  

  • Thank you, Shawn. :~)

    By Blogger Rose~, at Friday, September 07, 2007 5:46:00 AM  

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