Three of Paul's Certainties
Dr. J. Gerald Harris
We live in a day of confusion and uncertainty. Many people seem to be bewildered and perplexed as they stand before circumstances over which they have absolutely no control.
But I'm reminded of a Peanuts cartoon strip in which Lucy and Linus are staring out the window watching it rain. The conversation goes like this:
Lucy: "Boy! Look at it pour. What if it floods the whole world?"
Linus: "It won't. In Genesis 9 God promised Noah that would never happen again. The sign of that promise is the rainbow."
Lucy, turning back to the window with a big smile: "You've taken a great load off my mind."
Linus: "Sound theology has a way of doing that."
Sound, reliable theology that offers reassurance and hope...based squarely on God's Word is what we need. It's not feelings or opinions or even logic that is our primary need. We need to hear what God has said and rest our case there.
The apostle Paul wrote his epistles under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. In other words, he had heard from God. And there were some things about which Paul was absolutely certain. And his certainties give us a real sense of assurance today. I want us to look at three of Paul's certainties.
I. THE ASSURANCE OF GRACE
The apostle Paul was absolutely confident that the grace of God had saved him, and that the grace of God would keep him all the way up until the return of Jesus Christ. I want you to notice what he wrote to Timothy in II Timothy 1:12 (read). This verse of scripture speaks of the saving grace, and the keeping grace, of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The apostle Paul could say with John Newton:
"Thru many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
'Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home."
The grace of God had provided the apostle Paul a sense of certainty, a sense of assurance. He knew that the divine deposit of grace down in his soul had not only s ...
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