Many believers are not sure about their destiny.

Contrary to popular belief, the assurance of salvation is not achieved by a psychic experience of some kind. Nor is it reserved for a Christian elite. 

It is attained only by a steady increase in confidence in God's word, a deep appreciation of his promises and a corresponding life of holiness

The promises are enshrined in what is called 'The Covenant of Grace'. Long before the universe was made, God promised to give his Son a people for his inheritance and he, for his part, would come into the world to redeem them. Jesus, in his prayer to his Father, referred to them as 'the people whom you gave me out of the world' (John 17: 6). He is still interceding for them in heaven. They are known as God's elect - people out of every tribe and nation on earth. 

Many believers regard the Old Testament merely as ancient history. For them, Abraham is the father of the Jews and nothing more. But it was with Abraham that the Covenant of Grace was first established. God made promises to him that apply to every true Christian. The apostle Paul tells us that it is the people who believe God's promises who are the true children of Abraham. Natural descent counts for nothing.

This is why Abraham is our father, as Paul points out (Galatians 3: 29). We trust in God's word just like Abraham did. It is the mark of God's chosen people.

The assured believer also experiences what is called the inner witness of the Spirit. It is the Spirit of God confirming our conviction that we are members of his family. As a result, we find it so natural to call God our Father (Romans 8: 15, 16).

Indeed, the indwelling Holy Spirit of God is the guarantee of our inheritance in heaven (Ephesians 1: 13, 14).

Those who neglect worship, prayer, fellowship and regular Bible reading do not attain assurance of salvation. Strange as it may seem, it is God's precious gift to those who strive to be at their best for God. 

My book, 'How Can I Be Sure?' will answer many of your questions. But if you feel insecure, I am eager to help you whether you have read my book or not. 

Review by Grace Publications, New Zealand

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