LOOKING TO PRAISE AND WORSHIP JESUS THE CHRIST, THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD. 18 No man has ever seen God at any time; the only unique Son, or the only begotten God, Who is in the bosom [in the intimate presence] of the Father, He has declared Him [He has revealed Him and brought Him out where He can be seen; He has interpreted Him and He has made Him known].

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Yet More of Spurgeon On Assurance

" Has Jesus saved me? I dare not speak with any hesitation here; I KNOW He has. His Word is true, therefore I AM saved. My evidence that I am saved does not lie in the fact that I preach, or that I do this or that. All my hope lies in this, that Jesus Christ came to save sinners. I am a sinner, I trust Him, then he came to save me, and I am saved; I live habitually in the enjoyment of this blessed fact, and it is long since I have doubted the truth of it, for I have His own Word to sustain my faith."

Taken from C.H.Spurgeon Autobiography: Volume 1 "The Early Years" pages 93-94

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Blogger mark pierson said...

Spurgeon echo's my convictions here. I know that I am a sinner, hopeless and helpless without Him.

March 26, 2008 6:34 AM

 
Blogger Baptist Girl said...

Mark,
Amen! I believe God gives us that assurance.

Don't you just love Spurgeon. I am now reading "The Down-Grade Controversy" by Spurgeon, a dear friend online that is a Professor at a Christian School said that every Christian should read this and as I read it, I can see why. God has used this dear man mightily.

Cristina

March 26, 2008 6:46 AM

 
Blogger mark pierson said...

Cristina,

Between court dates for my son, and Medicade application for my dad, my vacation time is getting chewed up. To bad. It would have been nice if the Lush's and the Pierson's could have met this Summer, say, at Niagara Falls. o well, maybe next year, the Lord willing.

Mark

March 26, 2008 7:27 AM

 
Blogger mark pierson said...

Getting back to the post:

I see an apple tree. He never questions whether he is an apple tree. He just lives his life and bears apples as a result.

Am I suggesting that we are passive in our sanctification? No. We are to obey Christ's commands - His LAW, if you will. We are to be transformed by the renewing of our minds - studying and meditating on His word. We are to avail ourselves of His graces - participating in the body of Christ, partaking of His ordinances, communion and baptism. We are to sit under the exposition of His word, and commune with Him in our daily experience.

Bottom line though - we SHALL bear fruit.

March 26, 2008 7:47 AM

 
Blogger Maalie said...

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March 26, 2008 9:06 AM

 
Blogger jazzycat said...

Mark,
Good post and good comments. God quickens the sinner to respond in faith and be justified and the quickened sinner is so changed that he will bear fruit out of his new nature.

The blood bought disciple of Christ cannot help but notice his changed heart and be assured.

March 26, 2008 9:32 AM

 
Blogger jazzycat said...

Maalie,
I am the one that deleted you on this thread.........
I have left a comment for you over at
Jazzy Cat 2 where you left comments several days ago and have not been back.

My last comment on my most recent post there concerns your arrogant disregard for blog etiquette and common decency.

March 26, 2008 9:50 AM

 
Blogger Penless Thoughts said...

I have never doubted my salvation. I may break "fellowship" with the Lord but never "relationship". This is borne out to me in such vividness with our own son. He has, and does, break fellowship with us but he is forever our son!!!!! That "relationship" is never broken and neither is our love for him, even in the periods of broken "fellowship".
Susan

March 26, 2008 9:52 AM

 
Blogger donsands said...

"Jesus came to save sinners".

Amen.

" ..He has chosen us in Christ before the foundation of the world, ... In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace; ... In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things after the counsel of His will". Eph. 1:4,7,11

What a God and Savior!

March 26, 2008 11:57 AM

 
Blogger mark pierson said...

Susan,

Amen! I'm as sure of my salvation now as I was 35 years ago, when I first received Christ.

Don,

I too was first in a charismatic church. Yep, they taught that I could lose my salvation. My own study of scripture prevented me from buying into that lie though. I've since left that church.

Mark

March 26, 2008 12:57 PM

 
Blogger donsands said...

"My own study of scripture prevented me from buying into that lie though."

Me too. I would go to church, and listen to the teaching of these good people. Then I would come home, and at night study Galatians with Chuck Swindoll on the radio.

Galatains is what showed me that God saves and keeps, and it's grace alone, Otherwise Christ died in vain.

But, "Jesus came to seek and save sinners". he was determined to save His sheep, and He would lay down His life for this purpose. And it wasn't making salvation possible, but permanent. Jesus cried, "It is Finished!" And it was. He saved His people from their sins. Matt 1:21

March 26, 2008 2:50 PM

 
Blogger Baptist Girl said...

Mark,
Maybe one of these days we can get together. This summer I can not take time off because I do not get paid for it and our daughter Danielle's wedding is coming up, so we need to save all we can... I can't get over the cost!!Maybe next year indeed!

Cristina

March 26, 2008 10:54 PM

 
Blogger Daniel said...

Spurgeon got it - that's for sure.

Happy 600th post btw.

March 27, 2008 10:16 AM

 
Blogger mark pierson said...

"Happy 600th post btw."


Of which I've written about 10. Usually when I write the sitemeter company emails me telling me that sitemeters weren't designed to report such low numbers. That's why y'all are onboard. Now, how about some posts from you. :^)

March 27, 2008 10:39 AM

 
Blogger Even So... said...

Spurgeon was right, of course...

March 27, 2008 12:02 PM

 
Blogger Daniel said...

Mark - I would love to post, but I have been rather busy of late - my own blog is on life support as it is. lol.

March 27, 2008 12:06 PM

 
Blogger Wandring Star said...

"I dare not speak with any hesitation here; I KNOW He has".

Similarly, I KNOW that if I see a white cat (especially if it approaches from the left) it will bring me BAD LUCK. I KNOW this is true, it happened again to me just the other day. My bad luck continued until I saw a black cat approaching from the right. It cancelled out the effect of the white cat and things got regular again.

March 28, 2008 6:44 AM

 
Blogger Baptist Girl said...

Wonderingstar,

Superstition is based on the ignorant faith of an object having magical powers. Another word for superstition is idolatry. The Bible does not support the idea of things occurring by chance, but nothing is done outside of what God works through His plan (Acts 4:28, Ephesians 1:10). Scripture condemns those who practice astrology (Deuteronomy 4:19), magic, divination and sorcery (2 Kings 21:6, Isaiah 2:6). Idolatry is also forbidden, and no one who practices it will enter the Kingdom of God (Revelation 21:27). We should get our faith not from objects or rituals that are mere folklore, but from the one true God who gives eternal life. “Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. For in him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power” (Colossians 2:8-10).

March 28, 2008 7:01 AM

 
Blogger mark pierson said...

Cristina ROCKS!!!

March 28, 2008 7:28 AM

 

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