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Assurance of Salvation

September 15, 2006

Romans 5:10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.

 

 

If while God’s anger still burned against us, his love would induce him to do the unthinkable, to pour out his anger upon his innocent beloved Son, if God would do that for you while you were still an enemy, then now that you have been reconciled, now that you are no longer an enemy but are called a friend of God, it is inconceivable that God would ever be angry with you again and cast you away.  If you are struggling with the assurance of salvation you need to think about this verse until you see the ludicrousness of denying Paul’s conclusion.  If he would die for his enemy, how much more would he save his friend.   If he died for his enemy, how much more now that he is alive, raised from the dead, never to die again, never again needing to pay the price of our salvation because he has already paid price in full, how much more shall we be saved by his life. 

Before Jesus went to the cross he prayed this for us in John 17:24 “Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory”  That was Jesus’ desire.  And then, in order to make the answer to that prayer possible, he went to the cross and died for our sins while we were yet helpless ungodly sinners at enmity with Him.   He drank the cup of God’s wrath, he suffered unimaginably in order that we might be with him in eternity and see His glory.   So do you think that now that he has called you his friend, now that he’s already paid the infinite cost of your redemption, now that he never again needs to suffer for your sins, now is he going to cast you aside and deny himself the reward of his suffering?  Did he die for nothing?  Impossible.

He died for us while we were yet sinners.  Do you think it’s possible that he looks at us now and says, “O yuck, if I’d known you were that bad I wouldn’t have died for you, get away from me!”  Absurd.  Ludicrous.  Muttonheaded. 

Your insecurity is illogical.  Your fear is foundationless.  Your unhappiness is irrational.  And your despair is dumb. 

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