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Assurance (8 of 14)
UNSHAKABLE TRUTH FOR UNCERTAIN TIMES
Ephesians 1:13-14, Romans 10:17
June 23, 2002
The title of the lesson today is Assurance. We're going to look at assurance for the next two or three Sundays. One of the great unshakable truths in these uncertain times is having the assurance of your salvation. As I've said many times, there is only one thing better than knowing you're saved, knowing that you've been washed in the blood, knowing your sins are forgiven, knowing they've been cast into the depths of the sea, knowing God has put them behind his back, knowing that God remembers your sin now more, knowing that you are a child of God. There's only one thing better. That is knowing that you were saved and nothing will ever change that and that you will always be a child of God and nothing will separate you from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. We know that trials come, that leaders are set up and leaders fall. We know that circumstances change. We go through different changes in our life, different changes in our family status, different changes in the stages of life. We go through changes in job. We see changes in our world. In spite of all these changes that take place one thing is always constant. That is, that God has given us the promise of his assurance. Today we're going to look at how to enjoy that assurance because of the seal of the Spirit.
I want you to look at the verse on your outline. This is a part of the greeting and the prayer of the Apostle Paul to the church at Ephesus. Now his prayer here is said to be the longest prayer in the Bible. In this prayer he is reminding them of what it means that they are a child of God, that they sit in heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that they've been chosen before the foundation of the world, that they are kept by the love of God. In the midst of this prayer, notice the verse and it says of Jesus - "In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word ...
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