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].

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Some Thoughts on Assurance

Please check this article on assurance out. It is a short read. You'll see both Ryrie's and MacArthur's views here.

http://www.fuller.edu/ministry/berean/assuranc.htm

Mark

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5 Comments:

Blogger jazzycat said...

Mark,
Ryrie seems to totally believe in justification by unaided human decision that is powerless to produce any sanctification.

MacArthur is a bit confusing. He seems to advocate grace inspired justification and sanctification and also a justification and sanctification produced by human decision apart from grace. I believe he misses the mark on his view of the rich young ruler.

I do believe MacArthur is right about the fruit of the Spirit being a good measure of assurance. Certainly Ryrie as does FGT leave the door wide open for false assurance.

What are your thoughts?

June 03, 2008 9:23 AM

 
Blogger mark pierson said...

Wayne, when an unregenerate person comes to the table all he/she brings with them is adultry,fornication, uncleaness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkeness, revelries, and the like. A comprehensive list, to be sure. But, nothing Godward, nothing. Hense when one experiences the New Birth, those fruit of the Spirit, the love for God's word, the desire to edify His people, all things that were alien to the unregenerate person's nature or make-up, the presence of these things are sure signs of regeneration, their not having been there before. It is God Who quickens the dead, there being no sign that the dead initiate the process.

June 03, 2008 10:57 AM

 
Blogger Baptist Girl said...

Amen Mark,
We have a brand new heart and a heart that seekeths to please God. I hope all is well with you. Hi Jazz! *S*

Cristina

June 06, 2008 7:36 AM

 
Blogger Even So... said...

I think 1 John gives us several marks of assurance, and when we miss those marks we are staying in sin, and....

June 06, 2008 12:43 PM

 
Blogger Even So... said...

Sin is "missing the mark" and the faith that brings justification also gets tested and passes...this is why Paul and James both use Genesis 15:6 about this, one about an event before Isaac was born, one after...

June 06, 2008 12:45 PM

 

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