by Rex Yancey

Living With Assurance
Rex Yancey

There was a man caught speeding with his wife and mother-in law in the back seat. The officer asked the man why he was in such a hurry. He said, "Officer, do you see those two women in the back seat?" The officer said, "Yes." "Officer, one of the women is my wife and the other one is my mother-in-law. My mother-in-law has been at my house for six weeks. She and my wife have gotten into an argument and I am trying to get her home before they make up!" The officer did not write the man a ticket. He gave him an escort!
I want to escort you today to think about assurance.
We are not ready to live until we are ready to die. The Bible has a lot to say about knowing that we are ready to die.
The book of First John is a book of assurance. He makes good use of profound statements to counter the false teachers of his day. He uses contrasts like light and darkness, life and death, truth and error, and the love of the Father and the love of the world, to give clarity to his message. He used absolutes to drive his teaching into the minds and hearts of his readers. John was not mealy-mouthed and wishy-washy. It was one way or the other with no in betweens.
Is there a test we can take that will give us assurance of our salvation? Can we know for sure that we are ready to die? The answer in this little book is a resounding "YES."
We must first of all take the obedience test. 1 John 2:3 says, "And by this we KNOW that we have come to know Him, if we keep his commandments." I am sure John is talking about the Ten Commandments in the Old Testament as well as the commands of Jesus in the New Testament. If you will remember Jesus encapsulated the Ten Commandments into two commandments when He said in Mark 12:33, "And to love Him with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with your entire mind, and with all your strength. The second is this; you shall love your neighbor as yourself." How do you stack up with these two comman ...

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