Do you know that you know?
"30 And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: 31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name."
"13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God."
Today's professing church, those who gladly give themselves to Jesus Christ and his Word, ...
... who are united to him by faith and bound together as church leadership and members, as fathers, mothers, single folk, and the elderly and young children, want to walk the talk. They mean it from the core of the inner fiber: that Jesus Christ, who is Lord and Savior, summons us to 24/7, 365 for living unto his glory.
- No excuses.
- No what-ifs.
- No tomorrow's.
- No if-it-feels-good.
Acting on this resourceful living in Christ, putting it into practice, requires knowing that you know. The Apostle John writes, "...that ye may know..." It is knowing eternal life is yours.
It is not thinking that you know. It is not hoping that you know. It is not catching yourself to bolster yourself about what you know ("Oh, there I go again...worried...doubting... having a pity party. I should know better.")
What cultivates assurance of salvation?
What cements knowing that you know? The character of God. He is good. He is faithful. He is truth. He is unchanging. He is near. He is working.
He has fulfilled his promise: Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, the Almighty in human flesh, came to be our saving representative.
He has provided security: "...that believing ye might have life through his name." Note that, through his name. Christ is our hope. Christ is our security. Christ is our anchor. Like the favorite hymn, "Jesus paid it all."
Take our God and Father, who guides and provides, right at his Word. He gave us his precious promises spelling out his faithfulness. He never, ever fails. Never. For his word, written for our surety, never fails. He wrote down exactly what he wanted for telling us who Jesus is and what he did. Is your trust and confidence is Jesus Christ? In him, we walk the talk.