How Do You Know? Ursinus On Assurance

5. Objection: “But what if you fall from the grace of Christ? For you may sin and become weak, because it is a long and difficult road to heaven.”

Answer: “Christ has not only merited and conferred his benefits on me but he also continually preserves me in them and grants me perseverance that I may neither become weak nor fall from his grace.”

6. Objection: “But what if his grace does not extend to you and you are not one of the elect?

Answer: “But I know that grace does extend to me and that I am Christ’s because the Holy Spirit bears witness with my spirit that I am a child of God and because I have true faith because the promise is general, extending to all who believe.”

7. Objection: “But what if you do not have true faith?”

Answer: “I know that I have true faith from the effects thereof because I have a conscience at peace with God and an earnest desire and will to believe and obey the Lord.”

8. Objection: “But your faith is weak and your sanctification is imperfect.”

Answer: “It is nevertheless true and sincere and I have the blessed assurance that ‘to him that has shall be given’ (Luke 19:26) and ‘Lord, I believe, help my unbelief’ (Mark 9:24).
Zacharius UrsinusCommentary on the Heidelberg Catechism 86.


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