Blessed Assurance

Romans 8:33-39

[33] Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.
[34] Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
[35] Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
[36] As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
[37] Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
[38] For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
[39] Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Key verse: “Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.” Psalm 73:24

Introduction

At your age, most of you have probably not been involved with acquiring insurance for a house or vehicle or thought much about health or life insurance. However, most of you are probably aware that your parents or others have some or all of these types of insurance.  Insurance is purchased to give assurance that something lost will be replaced or compensated for in some way.

Definitions

The definitions of the insurance and assurance will provide a better understanding of the above. From the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary the definition of insurance is “coverage by contract whereby one party undertakes to indemnify or guarantee another against loss by a specified contingency or peril; a means of guaranteeing protection or safety.” Property insurance provides protection for replacement or compensation for lost or damaged property.  Health insurance provides assistance with medical costs associated with a covered illness or injury. Life insurance provides money to the beneficiaries of someone that has died. So insurance does not keep any of these things from happening to us; it just provides replacement or compensation if covered situations occur.

The same dictionary defines assurance as “the act or action of assuring as a pledge or guarantee; the state of being assured as security, being certain in the mind, or confidence of mind or manner; something thata inspires or tends to inspire confidence.”So assurance is being sure or confident of something.

The concept of insurance is used in this lesson to help give you an understanding of the uncertainty of things we face in life and at least one way man has devised to provide himself some assurance. However as you can see from the definitions insurance gives no assurance that loss or damage will not occur, it just provides for replacement or compensation for loss or damage.

Uncertainties of Life

No doubt, even at your age, if you look around you, you can see how uncertain life is. Many of you reading this lesson may have lost someone close to you, a grandparent, parent, brother, sister, some other relative or a friend. You perhaps have lost some item that had special meaning to you. You probably know someone that has lost a house due to a fire or storm damage or a vehicle in an accident.  Many times such things happen with little or no warning. The point is that the things you value in life and even your human life are uncertain. Even if you have insurance for things that are valuable to you, there are things that if lost cannot be replaced.

The Bible teaches how uncertain the human life is. “As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gon; and the place therof shall know it no more.” Psalms 103:15-16. And James 4:14 “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is you life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” These verses tell how uncertain and even at best how short life is . But the Bible also teaches how uncertain material possessions are and as are human relationships. Example after example is given in the Bible and can be observed in life of people (even nations) losing material wealth for various reasons.  There can be found also numerous examples of human relationships failing. Even relationships where people are comitted and faithful to others are broken when death occurs.

What is Sure?

With such uncertainty in life, where can a person look for assurance? Today’s lesson text from Romans provides the answer. A person can find assurance in Jesus Christ! First understand who Jesus provides assurance to; He provides assurance to “God’s elect.” “God’s elect” are the ones that have been saved by His grace. Next understand what the assurance is; this blessed assurance is that nothing can separate those that have been saved “from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

It is also important to understand that this scripture in Romans is not assuring saved people that they will not suffer loss and have hardships to endure in this life.  To the contrary, I believe these verses are telling that as hemans and the elect of God there are difficulities in life that God’s elect will face. However, the redeemed of God have the assurance of  one to go to for help when facing dificulty, one that will intercede on our behalf because we cannot be separated from His love. God provides strength through Christ to endure the hardships of life when the child of God looks to Him and seeks His help.

Where is you assurance?

The greatest and most blessed assurance we have from God is beyond this life. A saved person has the promise of eternal life with God in heaven. “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9.

Do you have this blessed assurance? If you do not, my prayer is that you would seek God until He gives it to you. If you do, then ask God to use you to share the story of this blessed assurance with others.

 

Published on November 30, 2009 at 9:33 pm  Leave a Comment  

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