I always love attending church services with a blended worship set. It is here that we can start by singing a great song, like this one by Dallas Holm with such lyrics as:
I have a hope, that will never fade away
He’s alive in me, Living day to day
I have a hope, and my hope has a name
Prince of Peace, And the Lord of love
Jesus Christ, the Son of God
King of hope, He will always be.
His great name holds my destiny.
Then, we can shift into one of my favorite hymns, like Blessed Assurance:
Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
O what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.
You can keep singing if you want, but the worship songs will need to lead into the lesson at some point! These songs each teach us about today’s gift of salvation: Assurance. We can know that we know that we know that Jesus Christ died, was buried, and rose again for our salvation. Through faith in Jesus Christ, I know that I am saved!
Please read Psalm 51:7.
David is not wishy washy here. He doesn’t ask God for something, and then walk away from his prayer wondering if God will answer; He knows. “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.” Not, “I might be clean” or “it might be enough to make me slightly more gray than the pure black that I am now.” I will be clean; I will be more purely white than a fresh snowfall. Do you feel his confidence?
God does not want us to wonder about our salvation. That is why He hasn’t left it in our hands. Once we are saved, we are always saved. That is a crucial tenet of our theology. If you did nothing to save yourself, but it was all a work of Christ, then why do you think you could do something to lose your salvation? Did you work so hard to become righteous enough to be saved, and now you are worried that this sin will somehow disqualify you from salvation? Of course not! You were never qualified for salvation!
God saved you purely out of His grace and mercy. God is the one who sent His Son to die for you, while you were still a sinner. If God saved you as a sinner, “He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 1:8 NIV), no matter what you do! There is nothing we can do to make God love us any less, to make God any less merciful and gracious. Therefore, there is nothing we can do to lose our salvation.
This is blessed assurance! I am saved, and I will always be saved! I have a hope that will never fade away, no matter what. God has washed me and purged me. I am clean, and I will always be clean. Praise God for this gift of assurance!
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