31 March 2009

Words We take for Granted (Part 3)

For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Cor 5:21

What did Jesus come to do? I can tell you that He didn’t come to give you your best life now, or to give you some purpose in life. Jesus came to do this one thing - to please the Father. Look at how Paul starts this verse by saying “He (Father) made Him (Jesus) who knew no sin to be sin for us (You, me). How does that make you feel? How’s that for a purpose? I say that because we are (the entire whole world), by nature: deceitful, lovers of self, haters of God, blasphemers, prideful, disobedient, lustful, covetous, and just downright wicked. If you disagree with me, I suggest you read the first three chapters of the Book of Romans, because what I just explained about our natural state is written down clearly for all to see by the apostle Paul.
Once you have read those chapters, you will be amazed and humbled by the next word that is often taken for granted. It’s the word “imputation”. The Bible dictionary defines this word in this manner: the sin of Adam is imputed to all his descendants, i.e., it is reckoned as theirs, and they are dealt with therefore as guilty; the righteousness of Christ is imputed to them that believe in him, or so attributed to them as to be considered their own; and our sins are imputed to Christ, i.e., he assumed our “law-place,” undertook to answer the demands of justice for our sins. Through Christ Jesus coming to this earth and being the propitiation and our substitute, we (the saved, the born again, the regenerate) have Jesus Christ’s imputed righteousness upon us. When the God of all creation looks down from Heaven, He sees Mike Andrews as righteous; He sees holiness; He sees satisfaction. This is ONLY because of Jesus standing in front of me, because as Paul said “nothing good indwells in my flesh” and then he goes on to say “O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord...” Rom 7:24-25. I am still that same wretched sinner; the only difference is that I have been given the covering of Christ because of what He has done on the cross. He has placed His righteousness upon me. I say that because of what Paul says next “that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (Jesus)”.
We are declared righteous before a holy and perfect God! Doesn’t that just blow you away? But you say to yourself, ‘I read Romans and it says we are wicked’! I know, but this is what imputation has done for us. This is what this gift of sovereign grace has done for you and me if you have repented of your sins and put your faith in Christ Jesus ALONE and no one else. Jesus will only impute His righteousness on those who believe, you cannot be covered by righteousness through Mohammad, Buddha, Mary, or any other false god created by man. Any unconverted person, any person who denies that Jesus is Lord does not have His sovereign protection. They are still under the judgement that is yet to come, which ends in a place of separation from God, eternal torment, and burning with fire and brimstone. The only reason I can escape such a terrible place and the wrath of God is not because I am a good person, or I deserve Heaven. It is only JESUS and His imputed righteousness which stands and makes intercession for a sinner like me. The Bible says my High Priest intercedes on my behalf “My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” 1 John 2:1. This is my righteousness and this is your righteousness if you have humbled yourself before the foot of the cross through Jesus. This is necessary so that we can become a new creation, born again in the righteousness of God in Him - in Jesus my propitiation; my substitute; my imputed righteousness. It has pleased the Father to look at me as clean because of His Son’s love for me. Do you have Christ standing in front of you as your Advocate to the Father?

26 March 2009

Sound Doctrine; Sound Words

What Is Your Goal in Life?

What is the prize that we are all trying to pursue?That in all of the chaos, confusion, all of the numerous of options, and the complexity of contemporary Christianity. What is your goal in life? Is it to fulfill self, or is it to live for the glory of God? Eric Liddell a Scottish Athlete During the summer of 1924. The Olympics were hosted by the city of Paris. Liddell was a committed Christian and refused to race on Sunday, with the consequence that he was forced to withdraw from the 100 metres race, his best event. The schedule had been published several months earlier, and his decision was made well before the Games began. Liddell spent the intervening months training for the 400 meter, an event in which he had previously excelled. Even so, his success in the 400m was largely unexpected. The day of 400 meters race came, and as Liddell went to the starting blocks, an American masseur slipped a piece of paper in his hand with a quotation from 1 Samuel 2:30, "Those who honor me I will honor." Liddell ran with that piece of paper in his hand. He not only won the race but broke the existing world record with a time of 47.6 seconds. Everything in our Christian experience can be boiled down to this one great truth. We have been brought into fellowship through the redemptive work of Jesus Christ. Have you ever noticed the way a person walks quite often reveals his or her true character? See we as Christians are called to an exemplary walk in the bible. What does that mean? 4 things the Bible tells us how we are to walk with the Lord
1. We are told to live a life worthy of our calling
(Eph 4:1) I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called,

2. We are to walk wisely
(Eph 5:15-16) Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.

3. We are to walk with respect
(1Thess 4:12) That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.

4. We are to walk in the Light
(1 John 1:7) But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

We must live by what we have attained (we have arrived to), stay in line, strive, press forward
spiritually and keep progressing in our sanctification. By a Proper fellowship with the Lord, by Following His Word with the utmost awe and reverence. John MacArthur says “at the foot of one the Swiss Alps is a marker honoring a man who fell to his death attempting the ascent. The marker gives his name and this brief note: “he died climbing.” The note of every Christian should be that they died climbing the upward path toward the prize of Christ likeness.”
The goal of Mike Andrews is a life to be like Christ in: All my service, All my relationships, All my praise, All my trials, and in all my love for the Gospel of Christ Jesus my LORD. Everything I do must spins off of being like Christ Jesus. If I’m being like Christ I will serve God in the way He served God. ".... a servant of ALL."

16 March 2009

Please Don't Go

While I was at work today something was burdening my heart and grieving my spirit. It was the issue of Hell! The Bible describes Hell as REAL and that it will be a literal place of: torment, everlasting punishment, everlasting fire, outer darkness, and worst of all separation from a holy God “these shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power” 2 Thess 1:9. When are we going to grow up, or take this issue seriously as Christians? When are we going speak to others about this terrible place that is reserved for Satan and his followers?
I say all this because at work today I found out that a co-worker had lost her daughter at the precious age of sixteen as a result of an accident the girl had with her horse. What’s even worse, from my understanding of her life, she was not a Christian. This was a young lady who was not saved by His gift of grace, which means this beautiful young girl who was full of life is now spending an eternity in the place I just described. Does that grieve you as it did me today? Does this literal place called Hell affect how you will face tomorrow in a world full of people who are only one foot away, one breath away, from the place that burns with fire and brimstone?
People - especially the doubters and the emerging churches - this place is very real. I would have to say this young girl (if she was not saved) right now feels that hell is a very real place to her. We as a Church don’t like to talk about these ‘uncomfortable’ things that the Bible explains because it’s not comforting to hear, or it might offend someone. Hell IS offensive and very real and yet all we want to do is encourage people and build them up in their self-righteousness. We only give one half of the story instead of proclaiming the whole counsel of God. If you are a person who does not tell people about this place of torment, you should be ashamed of yourself. All you are doing is loving them to Hell instead of loving them by showing them the Savior. Jesus Christ is the only person who can keep them from the place that has wailing and gnashing of teeth. “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear Him who can destroy both soul and body in hell” Matt 10:28.
The Bible says to “speak the truth in love” Eph 4:15. So my question is, why are we not obeying that command that Paul gave the believers in Ephesus? We must tell, proclaim, and scream from our rooftops, begging them not to go, pleading with them to listen, telling them that salvation is here and it’s available now to all who repent and put their trust in the Savior Jesus Christ, because life is but a vapour as James put it. Our hearts should grieve every time an unsaved person passes away into eternity, because if they are not saved and in the presence of His sovereign glory, then they are forever alone in the Lake of Fire that is burning for all eternity.
My heart is pleading with you; I love you too much NOT to tell you about a real place called Hell. The Bible says the Lord desires, wills, that none perish. That should be our heart cry as well - please don’t go there, come to the foot of the cross were you will find Jesus Christ the only One who can keep you from going to that awful place. “looking to Jesus, the Founder and Perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God” Heb 12:2. Please do it today – repent, turn from your wickedness, be forgiven, live your life for the glory of God - your soul depends on it.

14 March 2009

Words We take for Granted (Part 2)

For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. Rom 5:10

You stand in a courtroom filled with an angry mob of people who are swearing, throwing things and spitting at you. A door opens and the room goes silent as the jury enters the room after spending some time looking over the evidence. The judge says “Has the jury reached a verdict?” the jury says “Yes, we have your honor. We the jury find you, Mike Andrews, guilty of the crimes committed against the traditions of our postmodern world.” The judge looks down at you in disgust and says, “Michael Andrews, I hereby sentence you to death for the crimes that you have committed against our traditions and our way of life”. You fall to the ground as tears stream down your face, devastated by the events that just took place as they take you back to your cell for the very last time. You begin pacing back and forth in your tiny cell because you know in a few hours you will breathe your last breath. The time arises and you are taken out to meet your executioners. The guards tie you to a pole so that you cannot flee or move out of the way of the bullets that are about leave the barrels of the guard’s guns. The lead guard in charge asks if you have any last requests. You try to speak but no words come out because you are so terrified about what is going to happen. The guard says “As you wish.” and gives the command for the guards to take aim at your tied, helpless, defenceless body. You are now looking down the barrel of the gun which is about to take your very last breath. But something extraordinary happens as a voice from the crowd yells out with a big voice “STOP! DO NOT HARM THIS MAN!” As the people turn to see the person making all this commotion, a man steps out from the crowd and walks toward the men with the rifles and says, “I am going to take this man’s place, because I want to”. What would be your first response be? You would probably think that this guy is one crazy lunatic who just escaped from the rubber room. So then, what would be your second response to this unprecedented act? Maybe dumbfounded as to why someone would ever put themselves in harm’s way for you or me. This is precisely what Jesus did on the cross at Calvary; He became our ultimate Substitute which is defined as “One person put in the place of another to answer the same purpose”. This is what Paul is saying in Rom 5:10 when he uses the phrase “through the death of His Son”. I can remember a friend of mine speaking to a group of men at the Houlton Jail in Maine. This is what he said which really hit home to me:“There is no way I would allow my son to take the place of punishment or death for your crimes, or worse yet, the sins that you have committed against a holy God”. When I listened that night to my friend, I was absolutely stunned by his blunt statement to these inmates. Why? Because he was absolutely right in saying what he did. I myself feel the same way. I would never allow my children to be given nor give my children to anyone for the purpose of taking the place of another so that they could live or go away free. Isn’t this exactly what Jesus did for us on the cross? Jesus became our substitute, because without His sacrifice, we would die in our sins. Even though this word cannot be found in the New Testament, this is yet another very important word that goes overlooked by so many Christians. It explains what Jesus meant when He said “for God so loved the world, He gave His only Begotten Son” or when Paul said “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, "CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON A TREE")”Gal 3:13. Albert Barnes said “It was by such substituted sorrows that we are saved; and He consented to die the most shameful and painful death, as if He were the vilest criminal, in order that the most guilty and vile of the human race might be saved”. So what would be your third response be? Would you respond with thanksgiving, praise, worship, love, and willingness to follow Him because He has allowed you to take that next breath? You probably think to yourself that this is the same as propitiation, the word I examined earlier. The answer would be NO! Why? Propitiation means to show favour, to show mercy. God still requires justice; God still requires a sacrifice; God still demands payment for sin. We are unable to complete that task because “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me” Psalm 51:5. We are all blemished, criminals, broken cisterns. The Bible says, “our righteousness is like filthy rages”, “all have sinned and come short”, “there is none righteous no not one”. We are accursed as Paul puts it which means devoted to destruction, to separate, shut off, detestable, separated from the faithful; cast out of the church; excommunicated. That is why when we read the Book of Romans we see His grace and love for fallen man “For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son.”
God required a sacrifice WITHOUT blemish or spot, and according to the Bible passage we have seen, we cannot fulfill those requirements. Jesus in all His glory said to the Father “I will go down and become like man and humble myself on the cross for them”. Jesus came to the courtroom and said to the judge “Put his sentence on Me because I love him”. Jesus became sin for us! Do we really understand what that really means? Jesus knew no sin, Jesus didn’t know how to sin, and Jesus was incapable of sin. The Bible says of Him "....WHO COMMITTED NO SIN, NOR WAS DECEIT FOUND IN HIS MOUTH; who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously; who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness by whose stripes you were healed” (1 Peter 2:22-24). We are healed through His death. We are healed and allowed to breathe another day because He came to be our substitute. The unblemished Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world came to save sinners like you and me! As Paul says at the end of verse 10 “having been reconciled (to call back into union and friendship the affections which have been alienated), we shall be saved by His life”. Our substitute (Jesus) was, and is, the only way to save our lives from that the wrath that is yet to come. For without Him I have already breathed my last breath.

07 March 2009

Words We take for Granted (Part1)

“And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world” 1 John 2:2

I read an e-mail recently that I had received from the President of the FEBC, and it really made me think about how easily we overlook the importance of certain words used in scripture. For example: propitiation, substitution, imputation, reconciliation, sovereignty, election, grace, humility, forgiveness and baptism, just to name a few. I would like to take the time to address each subject with humility and grace with the help of our Lord because it’s only through Him that we find wisdom. So let’s go to the scriptures to find the answer to these very important words.
Propitiation, do we really understand the implication and meaning of this word? What is John saying? He is saying that without Jesus we are one breath away from facing the wrath of a holy God; all because of this word propitiation. The word is translated from the Greek (hilasterion), meaning "that which expiates or propitiates" or "the gift which procures propitiation". “To make peace; to appease one offended and render him favourable”, the Vines dictionary defines it in this way: “It is God who is "propitiated" by the vindication of His holy and righteous character, whereby, through the provision He has made in the vicarious and expiatory sacrifice of Christ, He has so dealt with sin that He can show mercy to the believing sinner in the removal of his guilt and the remission of his sins. God must punish sin because He hates sin. Someone has to die! In the Old Testament, the high priest had to bring a sacrifice to the Tabernacle for the atonement of sins for the nation of Israel once a year. This required the high priest (a Levite) to go into the holy of holies and perform this ritual before God, many examples can be found in the book of Leviticus (e.g. Lev 16:14-19). We have to understand that in the Old Testament times this was only a temporary fix until the Messiah came, because Jesus Christ is “the propitiation” as John says. He is the propitiation “for the whole world”. The sacrifice that Aaron made was only for the Israelites, no one else. Jesus is the only sacrifice the Father will accept on our behalf. Remember what it says in Isaiah, that it “pleased Yahweh to crush Him” (Isa 53). Jesus is my and He is your propitiation. Not one created thing or person was or is good enough to appease the wrath of God when it comes to the issue of sin. The New Testament says that Jesus was sacrificed according to the will of God, “For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins. Therefore, when He came into the world, He said: "SACRIFICE AND OFFERING YOU DID NOT DESIRE, BUT A BODY YOU HAVE PREPARED FOR ME. IN BURNT OFFERINGS AND SACRIFICES FOR SIN YOU HAD NO PLEASURE. THEN I SAID, 'BEHOLD, I HAVE COME IN THE VOLUME OF THE BOOK IT IS WRITTEN OF ME TO DO YOUR WILL, O GOD.” (Heb 10:4-7). Jesus Christ came to this earth to perform one task and that was to render me favourable before a holy and just God.
Think about it for a moment. The Bible declares that we are wicked; condemned; lost; lovers of self; haters of God; depraved; insolent; accursed. The Bible says we deserve death; judgement; eternal punishment; the wrath of God (Rom 3; Jer 17:9; Rev 16:1). This is why this word “propitiation” is so important not only for believers, but also for those who have not heard the good news. You don’t have to face the wrath of God if you have repented and put your faith in Jesus for what He has done on the cross for you! We know this because the Hebrew writer goes on to say “we have been sanctified (set apart) through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But this Man (Jesus), after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, (Heb 10:9-12). Jesus has completed, fulfilled and borne the wrath for all humanity by becoming our propitiation.
Again, do we really understand what John is proclaiming in that small epistle? As I read verse 2 of 1 John, I see my shame, my death, and my sin. But most important of all, I see my new life placed upon the Son of God. Put in simpler terms, Jesus said ‘I will die for Mike Andrews even though he is a hater of God and a sinner who deserves death, but I, God of all creation, will have favour and mercy on him. But not only him; I will be the propitiation for Hitler, every Muslim, every false cult, every atheist, Prime Minister Harper, President Obama, Julie, Rachel, Victoria, Zachariah; I will be the whole world’s propitiation because I love them and I came to drink their cup of wrath. I do this because I know my Father requires Me to do that for them.’ John the Baptist said "Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! (John 1:29). Jesus takes away our sin punishment. Jesus is the only way to be reconciled back to the Father, and he has accomplished this by being the propitiation for the whole world.
Now doesn’t that word begin to mean something to you when you look at it a little deeper? But remember, there are two sides to every coin. On the other side of the coin there is still the wrath of God abiding on those who surpress the truth and those who deny Jesus is Lord. What I mean is, yes Jesus is the propitiation for the whole world but He is not the Savior to everyone. There are, and will be many people who will still face the wrath of an almighty God because they don’t believe in who Jesus was and why He came. We read John 3:16 and say “what a loving Savior we have”, but we forget to read the verses that follow, because they say “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned (destined, damned), already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” (John 3:17-19).
Does that concern you? Because it concerns me deeply that many: seniors, adults, young children are still going to fall under the wrath of God. Paul Washer says they will be like “a wax figurine in front of a blast furnace”. All because they chose not to believe, or worse yet, they do not want Jesus to be their substitution because they don’t care about their own sin. This should make our hearts grieve for the lost and have even more of a desire to share the good news of the Gospel; because many will follow the broad road of destruction; many will fall into a ditch. Many will say “did we not... in your name..?”, and He (Jesus) will say “depart from Me, you workers of iniquity”. ‘Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe,’ as the hymn writer put it. Jesus has become the substitute for you and me. So next time you read scripture and you come across the word propitiation, stop and ponder what this word means, what Jesus Christ has done for you, and what He can still do for those who don’t care about that word or the Savior. Maybe, just maybe, this will motivate you to share your faith with someone else today, because He has unselfishly faced the fire and wrath on your behalf to satisfy the debt you owe.

04 March 2009

Can I Know for Certain?

Jesus displays many truths of Eternal Security for the genuine believer in John's Gospel chapter 10:27-30. Assurance: (means) The work of God which guarantee's that the gift of salvation, once received is possessed FOREVER and cannot be lost.. Its a Firm persuasion; full confidence or trust; freedom from doubt; certain expectation; the utmost certainty.“... Let us draw near with full assurance...” (Heb 10). Why is that so hard to take or understand this doctrine of truth? I work with a man back home who believed in the sovereignty of God with one hand, and with the other he would say their is no such thing as eternal security for the believer. Where does a person go from such a high view of God to such a low view of God. My only guess is a lack of Bible knowledge and understanding. I am hear today to tell you! that my friend and all those who doubt eternal security that they have been deceived by their own understanding. The Bible says: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; (Prov 3:5). I’m not hear to hurt anyone or to say I’m better then them or make them doubt their salvation. But we must speak the truth in love and encourage our doubting brothers and sisters in the Lord, because we love them and want them to have the same blessings that we have
Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, (Col 3:9). A persons growth and understanding of Scripture is more important to me than anything thing,
and it should be for you!Here are 4 things to remember about your salvation
1. The Sheep find Rest in the Shepherd who has the Power to Keep You (v29)
He is sovereign over your life why? because He has the power to save you. Now to Him who is able to keep (on guard, preserves, watches) you from stumbling, And to present you faultless Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, Jude 24. Our assurance lies in His sovereign plan for our lives
a. He is able to save you “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” (Eph 2:8-9)
b. He is able to deliver you “who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself”. (Phil 3:21)
c. He is able to present you faultless as we have just seen in the book of Jude.
d. He will present you blameless because of Jesus Christ and His finishing work on the cross..
2. The Sheep find Rest in the Shepherd's Voice (v27)
Does your salvation bring comfort to your heart, knowing that Jesus has conquered the grave?
My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
(Psalms 73:26)
What do you mean? Are His promises enough to give you assurance, Jesus seems to think so. Look what he says (v27). Does the Word of God bring joy to your heart? Does it give you a sense of peace and rest? Jesus said My sheep hear my voice? How do we hear His voice? Answer: Through the Word of God “Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path”. (Ps 119:105). Job said he treasured His Words more than food “I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth More than my necessary food.” (Job 23:12). We hear His voice because its authoritative think about for a moment. I can remember as young boy, my father would call out to me with authority and I would always come right away. Why? Because He is my father and he rules over me. The Good Shepherd is the same He rules over His children because His voice is authoritative. The Bible says "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. (Matt 28:18). Apostle Peter said “who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and powers having been made subject to Him.” (1 Peter 3:22). His voice speaks of peace and rest and with authority and the sheep hear and follow Him...
3. The Sheep find Rest in the Shepherds Protection (v28)
Pluck them - In the original (means) to rob; to seize and bear away as a robber does his prey.
Jesus holds them so secure and so certainly that no one can surprise Him as a robber does,
or overcome Him by force. Not one person can remove anything from the Hands of the Almighty God, Creator of the Universe. Jesus even goes to say “....My hand” - The hand is that by which we hold or secure an object. It means that Jesus has them safely in His own care and keeping.
So what is Jesus saying. I think Paul says it the best turn to (Rom 8:38-39) For I am persuaded (confidence, assurance) that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Why do we have this confidence that Paul speaks of? How can we be as sure as Paul did when he wrote his letters? Its called the true Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. It has everything to do with the One that keeps Paul and us The HOLY SPIRIT, In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, (Eph 1:13). You are sealed by God not man. God sealed us; we did not seal ourselves. You are permanently sealed by His everlasting promise of grace
4. The Sheep find Rest in the True Shepherd (v30)
Both the Father and the Son are committed to protecting and preserving the sheep. Why? Because they are one in the same essence. A holy God came to this earth to display His love for sinners such as us and His name is Jesus Christ the way the truth and the life. The Great Shepherd. The one who David was speaking about in his psalm, turn to Psalm 23.
a) The Believer KNOWS He is Sovereign
b) The Believer KNOWS His voice and they follow
c) The Believer KNOWS He goes before His sheep
d) The Believer KNOWS to walk with confidence
e) The Believer KNOWS the Father loves them
f) The Believer KNOWS where to find rest safe In the Arms of the Father
Don't ever let anyone tell you that you cannot have assurance, because the Bible gives rest for those who put their faith and trust in the Good Shepherd. Thomas Watson said "When God calls a man, He does not repent of it. God does not, as many friends do, love one day, and hate another; or as princes, who make their subjects favourites, and afterwards throw them into prison. This is the blessedness of a saint; his condition admits of no alteration. God's call is founded upon His decree, and His decree is immutable. Acts of grace cannot be reversed. God blots out His people's sins, but not their names." That's why He is the Great Shepherd who we follow by faith. The Great Shepherd where we find our salvation and rest (assurance) forever (all eternity)Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.' Isa 41:10. Do you believe that?To Him be the glory!