Assurance

“But ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God”

Rom. 8:15,16

“The Lord has not revealed the names of the elect saved, but He has revealed the name of the elect Savior.”

John ‘Rabbi’ Duncan

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Order of Contents

Articles
Book
Historical
Quotes

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Articles

1600’s

Davenant, John – Question 3, ‘True Believers can be Sure of their Own Salvation’  in The Determinations, or Resolutions of Certain Theological Questions, Publicly Discussed in the University of Cambridge  trans. Josiah Allport  (1634; 1846), pp. 226-34  bound at the end of John Davenant, A Treatise on Justification, or the Disputatio de Justitia...  trans. Josiah Allport  (1631; London, 1846), vol. 2

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Book 

Berkhof, Louis – The Assurance of Faith: the Firm Foundation of the Christian Hope  Buy  86 pp.

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Historical

Cunningham, William – The Reformers & the Doctrine of Assurance  1862, p. 111, 47 pp.  from his Reformers and the Theology of the Reformation

Beeke, Joel –

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Quotes

Samuel Rutherford

A Free Disputation Against Pretended Liberty of Conscience…  (1649), ch. 1, p. 14

“For Dr. [Tobias] Crispe and the Libertines [Antinomians] of New England, whose doctrine subverts the faith, say, there can be no marks of saving grace from whence we can draw either comfort or peace, ‘be it universal obedience, sincerity, love to the Brethren, but it may be in hypocrites, in a Jew following the righteousness of the law, Rom. 10:1, and renouncing Christ.’

Surely if works of saving grace speak no other thing than hypocrites and devils may have, then:

First, holy walking is no ground of comfort and a good conscience has no more to yield David, Job, Hezekiah, Paul, the apostles and martyrs when they suffer for Christ and his truth, and are in heavy afflictions and chains than it can yield to the vilest of men.

2. A man, a Christian shall never find any grounds of certainty of his adoption in anything, save in the hidden decrees of election and reprobation, and if some immediate testimony of a Spirit, which may be [a] great doubt to many who walk as many Antinomians do, according to the flesh.

3.  All their rejoicing in simplicity and godly sincerity, 2 Cor. 1:12, is empty fancies and delusions, for they rejoice in that in which hypocrites and reprobates may have as deep a share as they.  But that there is also some immediate testimony of the Spirit, though never separated from the fruits of the Spirit, I hope to prove elsewhere.”

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An old Scottish pastor, John Brown of Haddington (†1787), speaking to a dear, older Christian lady on her death bed.

Robert Mackenzie, John Brown of Haddington (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1918), pp. 101-2

‘Janet,’ he asked, ‘what would you say if, after all He has done for you, God should let you drop into hell?’  ‘Even as He likes,’ came the answer, ‘if He does, He’ll lose more than I’ll do.’ 

[Meaning: She would lose her eternal soul, but He would lose his faithfulness and veracity]

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John ‘Rabbi’ Duncan

“Assurance is a grace, and like every other grace is sovereign.”

“Assurance is attainable.  God does not call to what is in its own nature impossible.”

“We need a more forward-moving Christianity, with more of the plerophoria [fulness of faith] in it; which is not ‘in full assurance of faith’, but ‘in the full sail of faith’ — bearing right on with the wind; all canvas up.”

“Without holiness no man shall see the Lord — that principle you have to do with for evidence of your saintship, but the evidences will not do for the battle, you must go to the foundation [which is Christ].”

“Ah! confound not faith with assurance: confound not turning to God with what comes upon return to God, and comes more and more upon return to and close walking with God.”

“When the doctrine of assurance being necessarily contained in faith, so as to be essential to it, gets into a church, in the second generation it gets habituated to the use of the highest appropriating language by dead, carnal men.”

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“Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises… and beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.  For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ…  Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:”

2 Pet. 1:4-10

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