Assurance Of Salvation or, Once Saved, Always Saved, is the gift, because man is corrupted and imperfect being, therefore cannot reach nor hold to perfection, except by the intervention of God.
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Can A Person Know For Sure That He is Saved
and Will Go To Heaven When He Dies?
(The Doctrine of Eternal Security)
By Cooper Abrams
1 John 5:13
Introduction: It is amazing and sad that so many churches deny the statement that "Once saved, always saved." The phrase is often called "Baptist heresy" by those false churches that teach that a person cannot know for sure if they are saved and if they are saved they may lose their salvation. The phrase states the biblical principle and truth that once a person, by faith believes and receives Jesus Christ as their Savior, they are eternally God's children and their salvation is assured. However, the fact that so many oppose this biblical truth, it shows that many do not really understand what the Bible says about salvation...........
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THE REFORMED WITNESS HOUR
"The Assurance of Salvation"
Rev. Carl Haak
October 4, 1998; No. 2909
Do you possess the assurance of salvation? Does that assurance grow to be a firm foundation for your entire life? If you do not have the assurance of personal salvation in Jesus Christ, why not? Is it because you, as a child of God, are slothful? Have you fallen into an inconsistent, sinful walk of life? Can you testify today to your own heart's satisfaction of the safety of your souls now and forever in Jesus Christ? Are you assured of pardon? Are you assured that you are one of His? Do you ask yourself these questions?
Assurance of personal salvation and belonging to Jesus Christ is not a fancy, it is not a feeling, and it is not the result of one's temperament. But it is the gift of the Holy Spirit. Assurance is the voice of a living faith in the believer testifying of personal pardon, confidence, of hope of eternal life, and the persuasion that I belong to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ. ...............
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From the site Zion Independent Baptist Church:
Assurance of Salvationhttp://www.zionindependentbaptist.com/assurance-of-salvation.html
I. Because of the words to describe.
A. Eternal Life (John 3:16; 10:26-29)
B. Everlasting Life (John 5:24; 6:44-47)
C. Full Assurance (Hebrews 6:11)
D. Strong Consolation; Hope; Sure and Stedfast (Hebrews 6:18-19)
II. Because of what we are.
A. Forgiven (Romans 4:7; 1 John 2:12)
B. Justified (Romans 5:1; Titus 3:7)
C. Risen with Christ (Romans 3:6)
D. Reconcile (Romans 5:10)
E. Saved (Ephesians 2:8-9; 2 Timothy 1:9)
F. Accepted in the Beloved (Ephesians 1:6)
G. Complete in Him (Colossians 2:10)
H. Fit for Heaven (Colossians 1:12)
I. Child of GOD forever (Galatians 4:4-7)
J. Sanctified in Christ (1 Corinthians 1:2; 1:30)
K. A New Creation (2 Corinthians 5:17)
L. Citizens of Heaven (Philippians 3:20)
M. Elect of God (1 Peter 1:2)
N. Born Again (1 Peter 1:23)
O. Sanctified Once for All (Hebrews 10:10)
P. Perfected Forever (Hebrews 10:14)
Q. Passed from Death unto Life (1 John 3:14)
III. Because of where we are.
A. In the Heavenlies (Ephesians 2:5-6)
B. Brought near to God (Ephesians 2:13)
C. In God's Family (Galatians 3:26)
D. Translated Already There Kingdom (Colossians 1:12-13)
IV. Because of what we have.
A. Peace with God (Romans 5:1)
B. Intercessor in Heaven (Romans 8:34)
C. Spiritual Blessings (Ephesians 1:3)
D. Sealing of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:12-14)
E. Access to God (Ephesians 2:18)
F. Eternal Glory (2 Timothy 2:10)
G. Everlasting Consolation (2 Thessalonians 2:16)
H. Eternal Redemption (Hebrews 9:12)
V. Because of what is past.
A. The Law of Sin and Death (Romans 8:2)
B. Death and Wrath (Romans 6:11)
C. No Condemnation (Romans 8:1)
VI. Because of His promises to us.
A. Never Perish (John 10:27-28)
B. Redemption of the Body (Romans 8:23-24)
C. Predestinated to be Conformed to the Image of Christ (Romans 8:28-29)
D. Shall Appear with Christ in Glory (Colossians 3:3-4)
E. Not Appointed to Wrath (1 Thessalonians 1:10; 5:9)
F. Incorruptible Inheritence (1 Peter 1:3-4)
G. He will Confirm Us to the end (1 Corinthians 1:8)
H. We Can Not be Separated from God's love (Romans 8:31-39)