Assurance of Salvation
Sabbath School Lesson 2018 Quarter 2 Lesson 4 Wednesday
What is the assurance of salvation? Why do people seek it?
Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. Hebrews 2:14,15
The entire world is held captive by fear of death, and thus all humans long for freedom from this fear—which is the assurance of salvation, i.e. we won’t die.
How do we experience this assurance? Those who have a legal definition get assurance from believing in legal solutions—the penalty has been paid, from some legal transaction—which moves the assurance away from trusting a person with your life, to trusting in a system of rules. Why? Because they really don’t trust God—they need theological constructs to protect them from God:
- Covered by robe of righteousness
- Washed in blood
- Jesus, Mary, saints to plead in our behalf etc.
But genuine assurance comes from a personal relationship with someone who you trust—in this case God, who you are sure will heal and save you when you trust Him!
With this in mind let’s examine some of the Bible verses the lesson points us to:
- He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation.” Psalms 91:15,16
Where is the assurance—in a relationship with God!
- The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD. 32 And everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved; for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be deliverance, as the LORD has said, among the survivors whom the LORD calls. Joel 2:31,32
Where is the assurance—in calling upon God, in trusting Him—to do what? Deliver, from what?
- I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. John 10:28
Where is the assurance? In a relationship!
- And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. 1st John 5:11-13
Where is the assurance?
Did you notice, no assurance comes from a legal process—all assurance comes from knowing and trusting God!