Ephesians 3:12, “In whom (Jesus Christ) we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.”
Once we are engrafted into Christ Jesus by faith, our hearts are filled with His love. His love for us and our responding love for Him affects not only our minds but also our wills. As the catechism expresses it, “also an assured confidence, which the Holy Ghost works by the gospel in my heart, that not only to others, but to me also, remission of sin, everlasting righteousness and salvation are freely given by God, merely of grace, only for the sake of Christ’s merits.” We are convicted of our personal salvation.
All Christians have conviction of the truth (knowledge), they also possess conviction or assurance of personal salvation. We must not say that it is possible to possess true faith without this conviction. It is inherent in the work of salvation, from a heart filled with God’s love we are able to receive our own salvation as a wonder of grace and possess with certainly that we are saved.
Notice with me why we are sure of our own personal salvation.
Not because I am good enough for God and He ought to accept me into His covenant because of who I am or how I have lived. If we truly have the work of grace in our hearts, our sins always cause burden and shame. Even our good works are not reason for acceptance by God because these works are still stained with sin and never grounds for our acceptance.
Neither are we sure because we have accepted Jesus as our Savior, as if an act of our will makes all the difference with God. If you are in touch with your own spiritual condition, even now as a child of God, you know that your will still vacillates between wanting God and wanting the pleasure of sin. If we look at our own inner desires, we lose all assurance.
Rather, our assurance is via looking to Jesus by the Holy Spirit. We focus on who we are IN and THROUGH Jesus Christ our Savior. He has made us righteous, the grounds for our forgiveness of sin. He has made us holy, the proof of our union with Christ.
I encourage you not to look to yourself, but to Jesus for your full assurance of salvation. In Him we have boldness and can approach God with confidence.
Kortering, Jason L.
Rev Jason Kortering (Wife: Jeannette)
Ordained: September 1960
Pastorates: Hull, IA - 1960; Hope, Walker, MI - 1966; Hull, IA - 1970; Hope, Redlands, CA - 1976; Loveland, CO - 1979; Grandville, MI - 1984; Minister-on-Loan (Hope PRC, Walker, MI), Singapore - 1992
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