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The Source of Full Assurance
Michelle Yim  2018-08-07 21:03:46, 조회 : 122, 추천 : 37



                                                       Can I Be Sure I’m Saved?

The Source of Full Assurance

        Last week, we have continued to understand what is assurance. We learned that obtaining true assurance, is mandated to us. However, many Christians think that obtaining true assurance is impossible or considered a vice. However, this goes against what the Bible tells us to do. In fact, Apostle Paul tells us that we should diligently seek this. Sproul also suggests that we should ask the question, “Do I have assurance?” at some point in our lives. Today, we will conclude our chapter of “Can I Be Sure I’m Saved?” by looking at the source of full assurance.

        Anytime we mention a “born-again Christian” many people immediately associate this with someone who have “prayed a sinner’s prayer” or “made a decision of evangelistic sort.” However, a born-again Christian, is someone who has been changed by the Holy Spirit.

        In Ephesians 2, it shows us the before and after picture from being unregenerated to regenerated. It tells us that before we were regenerated, we followed, “the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience...fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind” (vv. 2-3). This is a description of someone that has not been reborn. However, after we are regenerated by the Holy Spirit, we are “no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God” (v. 19). What happens when we are regenerated? How is this the work of the Holy Spirit?

        One of the reasons why there are disputes about regeneration, is because of our misunderstanding of the original sin. While we all understand that we are corrupt beings, the degree of corruption varies. For example, some people believe that while they may be corrupt, there is still a small part of them that remains righteous. This small portion of righteousness, can dictate God’s offer of grace to us. However, nowhere in the Bible does it say this. In fact, in Romans 8:21 it says that we are “bondage to corruption.” In Ephesians 2:3 it tells us that we are “children of wrath.” There is not a small morsel that loves God and inclines towards the things of God. So then how can we figure out whether or not we are regenerated?

        One of the first ways we can figure out whether or not we are regenerated, is by asking ourselves, “Do I love Jesus perfectly?” Often times, this question would be met with the response, “No I don’t” Then you can ask yourself, “Do I love Him as much as I ought to?” If the answer to the first question is “no”, then often times the second question is “no.” Then you can ask yourself, “Do I love Jesus at all?” If you answer yes, then the Holy Spirit is dwelling in you, after all, you cannot love Jesus if the Holy Spirit is not with you. Sproul says, “God the Holy Spirit changes the disposition of our souls and the inclination of our hearts. Before regeneration, we are cold, hostile, or indifferent to the things of God, having no honest affection for Him, because we are in the flesh, and the flesh does not love the things of God.”

        The second way we can see if we are regenerated, is to observe whether or not any fruit of obedience has been produced. It is impossible to have the Holy Spirit in you and you refuse to produce this fruit. Some people call this being a “carnal Christian.” However, while the Bible does say that the Holy Spirit causes a change in our hearts and war wages, it never says that we remain unchanged and idle. Therefore, if a person is truly regenerated, he or she will bring forth some tangible evidence of obedience.
Another way we can see whether or not we are regenerated, is by looking at other things that the Holy Spirit brings forth. In 2 Corinthians 5:1-5 states,

“For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. 2 Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, 3 because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. 4 For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. 5 Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.”

        The term “guarantee” is often also used as “earnest.” Earnest comes from ancient Greek. Today, the only time earnest is used as a noun, is when it concerns real estate. For example, when we say he or she has “earnest money” this refers to those that are not playing around with the idea of buying a house. This means people that are serious and sincere about purchasing a home. Therefore, when the Spirit  regenerates us, He is not only changing our hearts and our souls, but “he becomes for us the earnest, or the guarantee of full and final payment.” He is the one that guarantees our salvation. If the Holy Spirit makes a “down payment” for you, then this is our basis of our assurance.

In Romans 8, we read,

“For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship.And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.”

        Whenever we look at our lives and hearts, the fruits, our changed lives, we must be sincere in the way we evaluate ourselves. The final way that we can assure our salvation, is the witness of the Holy Spirit as He will testify that we are the children of God.



Questions:

1)        What does Ephesians 2:2-3 tell us?
2)        Why is there so much dispute about being regenerated?
3)        What are some ways we can figure out whether or not we are regenerated?
4)        Explain the term “guarantee” otherwise known as “earnest” used in 2 Corinthians 5:1-5. What does this tell you?



임 바울
2. 왜 우리는 '거듭남"에 대한 많은 논란들을 갖고 있는가?

우리들이 태어날 때에 우리의 상태에 대해서 알지를 못하기 때문이다. 그래서 우리는 어떻게 거듭나는가에 대한 많은 논쟁을 벌이고 있다. 성경은 우리가 영적으로 죽은 존재라고 말한다. 선한 일을 전혀 할 수 없는 사람이라는 뜻이다. 그래서 죄의 노예가 되었다고 말을 한다. 거듭나기 전에 우리는 " 마귀"가 이끄는 대로 살았다. 그래서 우리는 진노를 받아야 하는 대상으로 성경은 말한다.

이것은 우리들로 하여금 영적인 것을 스스로 할 수 있는 능력이 전혀 없음을 말하고 있는 것이다. 이런 관점에서 " 거듭남"을 보자. 거듭날 때에 우리는 하나님의 나라에 간다고 요 3장은 말한다. 그렇다면 거듭남은 확실히 영적인 것에 해당하는 것이다. 그래서 거듭남은 우리 스스로 할 수 있는 일이 아니라는 것을 알게 된다.

이런 논리에 의해서 내려지는 결론은 " 하나님이 우리들을 거듭나게 해주셨야만 우리가 거듭나게 되고, 영적인 일들을 즉 믿음을 가지는 행위들을 할 수가 있는 것"이다.

따라서 이 땅에 태어났을 때에, 거듭나기 전의 우리의 상태에 대한 점검이 부족하기 때문에, 이런 논란이 꺼지지 않는 것이다.
2018-08-09
15:51:24

 


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41  Chapter One - Part Five - Money - Medium of Exchange or Mammon?    Abraham Yim 2018/09/18 25 95
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38  Chapter One - Part Two - Money-Medium of Exchange or Mammon?    Abraham Yim 2018/08/25 35 111
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36  Introduction - Doing Well and Doing Good  [1]  Abraham Yim 2018/08/07 35 133
35  Table of Contents & Purpose    Abraham Yim 2018/08/07 38 133
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33  Gaining True Assurance    Michelle Yim 2018/08/07 41 129
32  False Assurance    Michelle Yim 2018/08/07 27 89
31  Four Types of People    Michelle Yim 2018/08/07 51 100
30  The Struggle for Assurance    Michelle Yim 2018/08/07 37 95
29  Regeneration is Permanent    Michelle Yim 2018/07/03 30 146

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