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Beware of presuming you are saved

Acts of grace cannot be reversed

Genuine assurance will make two Heavens

False Assurance





Beware of presuming you are saved

Beware, I pray thee, of presuming that thou art saved. If thy heart be renewed, if thou shalt hate the things that thou didst once love, and love the things that thou didst once hate; if thou hast really repented; if there be a thorough change of mind in thee; if thou be born again, then hast thou reason to rejoice: but if there be no vital change, no inward godliness; if there be no love to God, no prayer, no work of the Holy Spirit, then thy saying "I am saved" is but thine own assertion, and it may delude, but it will not deliver thee.

- Charles Haddon Spurgeon

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Acts of grace cannot be reversed

When God calls a man, He does not repent of it. God does not, as many friends do, love one day, and hate another; or as princes, who make their subjects favorites, and afterwards throw them into prison. This is the blessedness of a saint; his condition admits of no alteration. God's call is founded upon His decree, and His decree is immutable. Acts of grace cannot be reversed. God blots out His people's sins, but not their names.

- Thomas Watson


Genuine assurance will make two Heavens

Genuine holiness will yield you a heaven hereafter; but genuine assurance will yield you a heaven here. He who has holiness and knows it, shall have two heavens --a heaven of joy, comfort, peace, contentment, and assurance here--and a heaven of happiness and blessedness hereafter.

Genuine assurance will be a spring of joy and comfort in you. It will make heavy afflictions light, long afflictions short, and bitter afflictions sweet. It will make you frequent, fervent, constant, and abundant in the work of the Lord. It will strengthen your faith, raise your hope, inflame your love, increase your patience, and brighten your zeal. It will make every mercy sweet, every duty sweet, every ordinance sweet, and every providence sweet. It will rid you of all your sinful fears and cares. It will give you ease under every burden, and make death more desirable than life. It will make you more strong to resist temptation, more victorious over opposition, and more silent in every difficult condition.

Genuine assurance will turn . . .
  every winter night into a summer's day,
  every cross into a crown, and
  every wilderness into a paradise.

Genuine assurance will be . . .
  a sword to defend you,
  a staff to support you,
  a cordial to strengthen you,
  a medicine to heal you, and
  a star to lead you.

Well, remember this--next to a man's being saved, it is the greatest mercy in this world--to know that he is saved.

Thomas Brooks, The Crown and Glory of Christianity,
 or, HOLINESS, the Only Way to Happiness, 1662


False Assurance

"Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven." Matthew 7:21

The New Testament gives very high standards for discerning the true Christian life, and it also issues many warnings to avoid self-deception concerning salvation (see Matt. 25).

One of the causes of self-deception is a wrong understanding of the doctrine of assurance. Many people become self-deceived by well-meaning Christian witnesses who tell them that to be saved, they simply have to make a decision for Christ and then, based on that prayer of decision, never doubt their salvation again.

Sadly, such evangelistic workers are attempting to certify someone's salvation apart from the convicting work of the Holy Spirit and the future evidence of spiritual fruit accompanied by obedience to the Word (John8:31). Only God can give a person real assurance of salvation, by the Spirit working through His Word (see Rom. 8:14-16).

John MacArthur, Truth for Today, August 22



"I am the light of the world" John 8:12