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    This year I will be sharing brief excerpts from the articles, sermons, and books I am currently reading. My posts will not follow a regular schedule but will be published as I find well-written thoughts that should be of interest to maturing Christian readers. Whenever possible, I encourage you to go to the source and read the complete work of the author.

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KNOWING ASSURANCE

Samuel A CainExamine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. (2 Corinthians 13:5 ESV)

No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God. (John 3:9 ESV)

Do you have assurance of your salvation and know that you have truly been born again and will persevere as a Christian until the end of your life? This question is important because it concerns our eternal soul. Many possess a false understanding of salvation because at one time in their lives they made “a profession of faith,” were baptized, and then continued living the way they always had. John calls for a deeper analysis on our part:

And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him … (1 John 2:3-4 ESV) Continue reading

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