Assurance (1)!

The way, the truth and the life!
The way, the truth and the life!

The Arminian system of doctrine teaches that a true believer can apostatise and finally perish. They say that the Bible’s exhortations to the believer to persevere, to be faithful, warning them against such apostasy is proof that there is a real danger of falling away. But the claim is a false one. The warnings and exhortations to faithfulness in Scripture are there because the believer has still a remaining corruption within, the motions of sin are yet there in their members. The powers of darkness, the world, constantly tempt them to sin. So there is room for warning and exhortation, lest they fall to temptation. In fact these warnings prove that God keeps and preserves his saints in the world, by his Spirit, and through his word, those very warnings and exhortations. God’s grace doesn’t destroy man’s rational and moral nature. That God infallibly preserves his people doesn’t make them passive objects in God’s hand. They don’t cruise to heaven on a silver cloud. On the contrary they are told to “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God that worketh in you to will and to do his good pleasure” (Philippians 2:12-13). They have a battle to fight, the battle of faith. But in the midst that battle, some defeats, stumblings, backslidings, God never abandons them altogether. But causes them to repent and return to way of covenant obedience. They are preserved in the power of God. No one can pluck them out of his hand, no one!

(© James R Hamilton)
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