Assurance Of Salvation: The Insights Of Anthony Burgess -- By: Joel R. Beeke
PRJ 6:2 (July 2014) p. 171
Assurance Of Salvation: The Insights Of Anthony Burgess
Anthony Burgess (d.
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Paul commands us, “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” (2 Cor. 13:5).
It is a responsibility of great importance for the people of God to be assured that there is a true and saving work of grace in them, so as
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to distinguish them from hypocrites. There are certain signs of grace by which a man may discern what he is.
This involves a practical and experiential knowledge, which is much more than mere head knowledge. There is a great difference between hearing that honey is sweet, and tasting it. This is what the Bible often means by “knowing” something—experiential knowledge, not mere knowledge in the brain.
We need a practical, experiential, and well-tested knowledge of our spiritual condition. That is clear for several reasons. First, Christ our Savior pressed this point upon those who heard His sermons. Consider His parables on the sower and the soils (Matt. 13:1-9, 18-23), the ten virgins (Matt. 25:1-13), and the two builders (Matt. 7:24-27). Second, it is easy to make a mistake on this matter, given our tendency to deceive ourselves and have false confidence (Rom. 2:17). Third, it is very dangerous...
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