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Thursday, August 30, 2012 | Comments (4)

We want to close this series on repentance and assurance by highlighting two sermons from John MacArthur. Both address the issue of assurance—from different perspectives.

As we’ve seen throughout this blog series, Scripture reveals that true repentance leads to lasting assurance. And assurance is not to be underestimated—it’s a taste of heaven here on earth. It’s a glimpse ahead to the joys and blessings that await us in eternity. And it’s a gift from the Lord—one that too many believers forfeit or reject.

Why then do so many Christians miss out on the benefits of assurance? A variety of factors can contribute to weak and failing confidence in salvation—underestimating God; overestimating sin; misunderstanding grace, mercy, and forgiveness; and lacking trust in the promises of God.

Nagging, overactive consciences can also cause Christians to doubt or question their assurance. John MacArthur addresses that issue directly in this short audio clip.

Listen to this 8-minute clip:

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That’s an excerpt from John’s sermon “Why Christians Lack Assurance.” And if you’ve ever struggled with confidence about your salvation—as most believers have from time to time—it’s a message you ought to listen to. It’s a warning to avoid the sinful patterns and spiritual immaturity that rob believers of their assurance.

You should also listen to John’s sermon called “Resting in the Assurance of Our Salvation.” In it, he explains the valuable and vital role of assurance in every believer’s life, and he extols the great blessings and benefits of confidently resting in the promises of the Lord.

We know both messages will be a comfort and an encouragement to you.

GTY Staff


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#1  Posted by Rudi Jensen  |  Sunday, September 02, 2012at 2:43 AM

...for mine names sake. (Matthew 10:22)

That is a Christian.

#2  Posted by Brigitte Du Berger  |  Sunday, September 02, 2012at 5:46 AM

In the sermon “Why Christians Lack Assurance”, Mr. Macarthur says:

"Do I have so much of sin in my life? Is there so much of the presence of the flesh in my life that I'm not really new? I'm not really changed? How do you know?

Oh, I think it's easy to know. Paul knew because he loved the Law of God and he hated the sin that he saw in him. Before you came to Christ you loved the sin and hated the Law of God. It's about an affection, isn't it? That's why Jonathan Edwards wrote so much about religious affections because they really are the mark of salvation. You once lived in sin and you relished it and you loved it. Now you desire deliverance from it. You once were self-confident and trusted in your own goodness, and now you judge yourself as a sinner before God. You once wanted nothing to do with God and you wanted to run away from His authority, or rebel against it. Now you want everything to do with Him, you desire Him, you desire to know Him and to yield to Him and to please Him. And that's the indication that you're new. You used to deny that you're a sinner, now you confess that you're a sinner. You used to have no interest in cleansing your heart, now you long to have it cleansed. You used to run from any attitude of penitence and now there is penitence in your heart upon any and every sin. And so it's that affection that runs toward the Law of God, toward God Himself, toward Christ."

Thank you Mr. Macarthur, that's exactly what I needed to hear. Glory be to our God who's full of mercy and love for his children.

#3  Posted by Brian E  |  Sunday, September 02, 2012at 7:00 PM

I didn't listen to the sermons yet. I sometimes like to read the comments straight away. Brigitte it must be said that is an excellent post. If you don't mind I am going to copy that to my blog that no one reads to encapsulate it in time.

Good synopsis and I really think it will make a good talking point with people. Thank you for your contribution here and God bless you richly in Jesus name!

#4  Posted by Josh Kittinger  |  Sunday, September 02, 2012at 7:43 PM

It is amazing that contemporary culture has so often depicted the Christian faith as a non-intellectual enterprise. It is a pursuit that you never master, there is always more to learn, and you never stop growing. Additionally, if you're like me, you often need to be reminded of very precious truths that you've forgotten. I know that it was not by accident that I tuned in to that 8 minute clip tonight. Thank you all so much for your ministry. May God continue to bless your work.