Crumbs
August 13, 2020
254. Week of Ninth Sunday after Trinity - Monday
Confidence founded on God's Word and promise.
          I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus, our Lord.   Romans 8:38,39
          Mark well how confident the Apostle Paul was of possessing the grace and love of God and of obtaining eternal salvation! His was a confidence that excluded all doubt whatsoever. So unshakeable was his confidence that many expositors of Scripture think he must have had a special revelation. But just see what he said! Does he speak only of himself? Does he not say "us"? Does he, therefore, not speak of all Christians? Certainly, he does. Every Christian may and must be just as sure of the forgiveness of his sins and of eternal salvation as St. Paul was. Every Christian, I say. I am not speaking of unbelievers. And what must such confidence be founded on? On God's Word and promise. God says that for Christ's sake He daily and richly forgives all your sins to you: you know that God says so. Does God lie? That is impossible. Hence you may and must be altogether sure of the forgiveness of your sins. And where there is forgiveness of sins, there is also life and salvation. Hence you may and must be altogether sure of your salvation. But, you say, what if I fall from faith? Indeed if you fall from faith, you are lost. But God has promised and assured you that He will keep you in true faith. "You are kept by the power of God through faith to salvation," says the Holy Spirit. (1 Pet. 1:5) Read once more what the Holy Spirit has inspired Paul to write in the text above. So you must be altogether sure, my dear Christian, that God will preserve your faith. Such confidence, alas! is often clouded within us by the diffidence of our flesh. But always consider again the Word and promise of God. Then this confidence will again and again burst forth like a light; you will always regain the assurance of the forgiveness of your sins and of your salvation.
          PRAYER: - My God! It is certain that for Christ's sake You forgive my sins and save me. For You say it and promise it. Therefore, give to me, I beseech You, Your Holy Spirit, that I may have full assurance of the same. Help me to have regard to nothing else than solely to Your sure Word and promise. And comfort me and fill my soul with joy over this blessed assurance, so that I may gladly walk in newness of life. Amen

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