Growth and Assurance

by admin ~ January 30th, 2016. Filed under: Brandenburg, gospel.

The Apostle Peter writes in 2 Peter 1:5, “And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge.”  At the end of a section of commands or imperatives, he uses four verses, vv. 8-11, to say that the people who are adding are the ones who are making their calling and election sure, that is, they are getting assurance of salvation.  Why?  People who are saved will grow, which is why 2 Peter ends with the command to grow, 3:18, “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.”  It’s essentially what Peter started with – add to your faith – or grow.  Are you adding to your faith?  Are you growing?  People, I think, want assurance of salvation.  They would like to be sure about their salvation, but the way you get that is not by someone telling you that you have it, but by growing.  Things that are alive will grow and reproduce.  You should be concerned if you are not growing and reproducing spiritually.  In the end, if you are not saved, because you really do not believe, that is the worst possible outcome for your life. The worst.  I don’t want that.  I would like to give you a guarantee.  Salvation itself is guaranteed for believers.  That’s not the question. The question is, “Do you believe?”  If you do, you will add to that faith and keep growing.  That is a believer.  In general, I think you do believe, but let’s be sure.

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