THE BELIEVER'S ASSURANCE OF SALVATION
Jesse M. Hendley
Today, friends, we come to one of the most blessed
statements in all the Bible, Philippians 1:6. It is a
statement that will comfort your heart and give you
strength and grace on the way, a great delight to your
soul. Memorize it!
Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath
begun a good work in you will perform it until the day
of Jesus Christ."
Assurance of Final Salvation
The Apostle Paul here gives the believer assurance of
final, total salvation. The believer's assurance,
comfort, joy, delight on the way as we are running
toward the Goal, that we are going to arrive safely
home in heaven, that we are saved for eternity, that
we are as good as in heaven as though we had been
there ten million years already is all in this
wonderful statement in God's Word.
Notice what Paul said, "Being confident." This word in
the Greek perfect tense. It means, "I began with this
confidence when you were first saved and continue with
it." The perfect tense means something that began in
time past but persists as a state. Paul says, "I am in
a state of confidence concerning you. This very thing
is my confidence: that He, God, Who began in you this
good work will perform it until the day of Jesus
Christ." God will carry it on to completion.
Salvation by Grace
The believer's assurance of salvation is God's grace,
and this is God's grace! God's grace is something that
He began, that He continues, and that He will complete.
This is the grace of God. IT IS ALL HIS DOING.
Salvation is God's doing. It is nothing of us at all.
All we do is believe and receive, as far as salvation
is concerned. Salvation is the work of GOD by grace,
God's loving, kind favor in beginning something in us
(salvation) and continuing it and bringing it to
completion in Glory with Him forever!
The Perseverance of God
Now this is what I call th ...
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