Dominie Gilchrist’s Study: Blessed Assurance

Welcome to my study and my thoughts.

Though I gave my life to Jesus and his service in early manhood, I never tire of thanking Him for giving me his eternal gift of salvation. On earth, Jesus was both man and God, fully human and fully divine. When I recall his human striving to obey God’s will and suffer painful and humiliating death on the Cross to save me from being condemned to hell, I am awed and humbled. Never have I heard of courage and love so great as His. “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15: 13) And courage: to endure such torture, and worse, to feel forsaken by his own Father in Heaven, left alone to die. Truly, I am “bought with a price”

All human beings may receive the gift of eternal life by accepting Jesus as their Saviour.

First, we must admit that we are sinners. “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3: 23) The Bible tells us that sin is “knowing to do right and doing it not.” Who can say he has never been unjust, nor spoken ill of his neighbor?

“The wages of sin is death . . . .” (Romans 6: 23a) We shall all die in the physical body, but our spirits continue forever. What, then, is this “death’? It is condemnation, going to hell, separated forever from God, who is love and the giver of all good things.

“. . . . but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6: 23b) God “will have all men to be saved and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. (I Timothy 2: 4) “Through Jesus Christ” means that Jesus is “the one mediator between God and man . . . who gave himself a ransom for all . . . .”(I Timothy 2: 5-6) For all human beings, for all their sin, Jesus paid the penalty, so that we can be forgiven. To be saved, we must believe in this. Jesus himself said, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” (Mark 16: 16).

Belief requires faith. “By grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God; and not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2: 8-9) Grace is God’s favor, given to human beings even though we don’t deserve it. Faith doesn’t mean merely believing facts. There is more evidence for the facts of Jesus’s life, death, and resurrection than exists for one of the Greek philosophers! Faith means believing in Jesus Christ himself: that He is the Son of God, that He died (to pay the penalty for your sins), was buried, and rose from the dead. It means believing that Jesus has the power to forgive sin and, by his death and resurrection, save humans’ souls from hell. It means trusting Him, trusting every bit of our present and eternal life to Him.

Will you do it? Will you admit you are a sinner and can only escape condemnation by accepting the free gift of forgiveness and salvation? You can do it right now. Prayer is talking to God. Tell Him only the truth, because He knows your heart and mind. Pray to Him through the Lord Jesus that you are a sinner, and ask Him to forgive your sins. Thank Jesus for dying on the cross to purchase that forgiveness for you. Tell Him you receive Him as Saviour and Lord, giving your life to Him to control. Thank Him for forgiving your sins and giving you eternal life, and ask Him to make you the kind of person He wants you to be. If you mean what you’re praying, Jesus will come into your life. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (I John 1: 9)

May God bless you in your new life in Him.

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