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Assured by God: Living in the Fullness of God's Grace Hardcover – September 1, 2006
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"The key to fruitfulness . . . is to have a life that is founded solidly on the assurance of one's salvation in Christ. The unsure Christian is the Christian who lacks stability in his or her faith. The unsure Christian is tossed to and fro with every wind of doctrine. The unsure Christian is easy prey for the assault of Satan, who does everything in his malevolent power to undermine the Christian's confidence of salvation in Christ. A Christian who lacks such confidence can easily become trapped in insecurity and may lack the boldness to venture out into the domain of a fallen world, armed with the whole armor of God. . . . It is my prayer that those who read this volume will have those vacillating doubts that weaken their profession removed once and for all, so that they may be fully equipped to be fruit bearers in the vineyard of Christ." --R. C. Sproul, from the foreword
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The authors cover a range of areas, but they all weave their chapters together to form one wonderful picture of a God who has planned out every step of our salvation, and who has "granted to us his precious and very great promises" (2 Peter 1:4) for us to trust in and believe so that we might have hope! This is an encouraging book for any believer, so that they can understand how secure their salvation is, and yet also not be presumptive - as John MacArthur writes in his chapter: "Still, self-examination is a necessary and biblical aspect of gaining assurance. It is the process by which we evaluate the quality of our own faith, and the fruit of repentance is the evidence we must seek. This is especially crucial in the contemporary evangelical environment.Read more ›
Philip Graham Ryken surveys from eternity to eternity in a rich exposition of Ephesians 1. Salvation is God's "will", "purpose" (v 9) and "plan" (v 10) - we should not make that sovereign will, purpose and plan subject to, or dependent upon, man. Assurance stems from the threefold divine work: that what the Father has decreed in eternity past (predestination) and that what the Son has accomplished (redemption) and that the Holy Spirit effectually seals "every spiritual blessing in Christ" (Eph 1:3) to each and every believer, thereby applying redemption. 'But whatever words we use to describe it, the point is that our salvation from sin depends on a gracious co-operation within the Godhead.' p 38
'God's participation in history depends on His purpose in eternity. The Bible could hardly be stronger on this point: "being predestined according to the purpose [Gk: prothesis] of Him who works all things according to the counsel [Gk: boule] of His will [Gk: thelema]" (Eph 1:11). In this verse, three different Greek words are used to describe God's plan: thelema simply refers to God's will in general; prothesis means God's purpose, especially His foreordained purpose; and boule refers to God's deliberate counsel.Read more ›