Monday, March 20, 2017

"Assurance"

Deuteronomy 28.66 Amplified Bible

“Your life shall hang in doubt before you; day and night you shall be worried, and have no assurance of your life.”


This text describes the man or woman without Christ. Each person must eventually stand before his or her Maker. On their deathbed, the unrepentant will worry about the hereafter. Their lives will someday “hang in doubt” and fear will plague their thoughts. Unbelievers have “no assurance of [eternal] life.”

Assurance of salvation is available to anyone who wants it...

“These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the
Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.
1st John 5.13 NASU

“But as many as received Him [Jesus Christ], to them He gave the right
to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.”
John 1.12 NASU

We may have assurance. We may know we have eternal life. It is apparently as easy as asking. Our home in heaven is secured by the simple act of believing “in the name of the Son of God” and simply receiving His gracious offer.

Undoubtedly, many will claim that, while they have doubts about Jesus, they do not suffer “day and night” with worry about their future with God. They have no assurance of eternal life and yet, they do not seem to care. The hereafter is of no present concern. Skeptics admit no need of Christianity. Their lives may appear full and happy. They presume heaven, if there is such a place, will take care of itself.

But the end of life, as with most other things in life, does not usually go as planned. Ultimately unbelievers “shall be worried.” Their eternal lives will “hang in doubt before” them. Lost souls will finally wish for but “have no assurance of… life.”

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The excellent illustration above is by cartoonist Lynch which I found on a cool, Berlin, Germany based site called "ToonPool... enjoy the world of cartoons" (http://www.toonpool.com/).

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