I John 3:19-21
I am speaking this evening on the subject of the assurance of your salvation. Every born again child of God needs to have the assurance that they are saved. By that I mean that they need to know that they are saved. They need to have the confidence in their heart. One of the hymns in our hymnbook has a line that says, "Blessed assurance Jesus is mine, oh, what a foretaste of glory divine."
The Bible talks about assurance. Our text this evening talks about the subject of assurance. In the book of Isaiah, chapter 32, verse 17, it says, "And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever."
In II Timothy, chapter 3, verse 14, Paul writing to the boy preacher that I talked about this morning says, "But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them."
I'm not talking about eternal security. The Bible does talk about security. The Bible teaches that when you have received the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, you are eternally secure. Jesus said, "I give unto them eternal life and they shall never perish."
But rather, I'm talking about assurance. Let me use an illustration to show you the difference between the two. A number of years ago I was on an airplane and we got into some bad weather. It got bumpy up there. The people on the plane got a little bit religious all around me. People were doing all kinds of religious things. Some were beating their chests. I was thinking about taking up an offering.
After a while, we got through the weather and we landed and we were all safe. I was toward the back of the plane, and I was coming out at the end. As I walked out the pilot came off the plane as well. He walked off the plane and was just as cool and confident as he could possibly be. I walked off that plane and perspiration was pouring from me. I was shaking ...
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