35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36 As it is written:
“ For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”
37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come,
39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
|How can we have continuing assurance? By believing God’s word. When you came to Christ you believed that Christ could save you. Now you must believe He has saved you. The danger is in thinking, “I did my part, but God hasn’t done His.” What does Romans 10:13 say? “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Have you in all sincerity call on Christ to save you? Then what does this verse say? When you call, Christ saves you. This one verse can be like a spiritual birth certificate for you.
Put it another way. If you were presented with an account which you knew you had already paid, what would you do? You would look for the receipt, the written proof that you had paid the account. Remember theBible is God’s written proof to you that you have been saved.
Then there is God’s witness within our hearts by the Holy Spirit. TheBible is God’s witness to us. The Holy Spirit is His witness within us. Romans 8:16 says, “The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.” He authenticates our new life. He does this in various ways. He helps us understand God’s Word. He applies it to our lives. For example, believers often are troubled about something they have done or been tempted to do. If they stop to think, they would realize that before they were saved, this problem never bothered them. Now that the Spirit is living within, He has spoken to them about it.
This leads on to the evidence of their life being changed. 2 Corinthians 5:17 is well known. “If anyone is in Christ, he/she is a new person.” For some people it is a dramatic change, for others it is progressive; regarding others notice the change. It can be seen in the change in our desires - we feel at home in a prayer meeting where we never would have thought of going before.
Our assurance comes from believing God’s Word, from the witness of the Spirit and the evidence of a changed life. Isn’t this enough?