During the darkest moments of our lives—when it feels we’re taking more delight in sin instead of Christ—where should we turn for the assurance of our salvation? All believers struggle with this at times. Even John Calvin said he could not “imagine any certainty that is not tinged with doubt, or any assurance that is not assailed by some anxiety.”
Peter pleaded “I believe; help my unbelief!” How can we know we’re truly a believer and not a self-deluded hypocrite? Some say “just look to your baptism” others “look to your fruit.”
The problem with “just look to your baptism” is we all know of people who have been baptized and later renounced the faith. Adolph Hitler was baptized! Would one offer him assurance of his salvation?
The problem with “look to your fruit” is that we’re more likely to struggle with our assurance when we’ve been cold to the things of God. During the bleakest moments of our lives, it can seem we have no legitimate fruit to point to. We also observe in our daily life that even unbelievers can excel in outward virtue.
To find true assurance of salvation, we must know upon what our salvation depends. As Reformed Christians we know the bedrock of our justification is faith alone in Christ’s finished work. But what is true faith? Read more»
Anthony Charles | “Assurance of Salvation in Reformed Theology” | December 4, 2021
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