On the Assurance of Faith (Toplady)

The Westminster Confession of Faith says that true believers may have the assurance of their salvation shaken, diminished, and suspended in various ways. "Yet they are never utterly destitute of that seed of God, and life of faith, that love of Christ and the brothers..." (WCF 18.4). For example, many of the Psalms wrestle with …

The Comfort in God’s Decrees (Mastricht)

Ephesians 1:11 is where Paul talks about predestination and "the one purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to the counsel of his will..." (NET). This is a deep and rich phrase to say the least. It has to do with God's eternal purpose and his will, two theology topics that lead to discussions …

The Word and Assurance (Bavinck)​

 Here's a nice section on faith, the Spirit, the Word, and the Christian's assurance of salvation.  It's found in volume one of Bavinck's Reformed Ethics:  (Note: if you want to know why the language is somewhat choppy, see below.) "The Holy Spirit... brings us to that point; first, through the Word by making the major premise …

New Evidence of Your Depravity? (Packer)

 Many of us know the words of Paul in Romans 8 quite well, including verses 33-34: "Who will bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies.  Who is the one who will condemn? Christ is the one who died (and more than that, he was raised), who is at the right hand …

Am I A Christian? Doubts and Grace (Brooks)

 One normal but difficult part of the Christian life is when doubts arise and a person wonders whether he or she is truly a Christian.  When Christians struggle with sin, lack strong feelings for the things of God, or find it difficult to pray and read Scripture, doubts creep up.  "Am I really a Christian?" …

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