Sunday School Lesson 928 Assurance

LESSON 8: ASSURANCE

Eternal Security of the Believer speaks only of the true believer. The scriptures are clear that not all who claim (Profess) salvation Possess salvation. There are those who make a profession of faith in Christ but do not possess Eternal Life for various reasons. Jesus said in Matthew 7:22-23 that he “never knew” them. That means they were never truly saved. Matthew 7:20 says that by “their fruit you will know them”. There may be those who say they have faith (James 2:14). There may be wolves in sheep’s clothing (Matthew 7:15); there may be tares (weeds) among the wheat (Matthew 13:24-30); wells without water (2 Peter 2:17) and those who “were not of us” (1 John 2:19). The distinction between the false professors and backslidden believers can often only be judged by God. (Matthew 13:27-30, 37-40)

However it may sometimes be discerned by their fruit; (Matthew 7:15-21), their heresies (2 John 1:7-9), their hatred (1 John 3:14), their abandonment of the faith (1 John 2:19), their total return to their sin (2 Peter 2:22) , or their lack of chastening (punishment) for sin (Hebrews 12:8).

Genuine believers will not finally and fully apostatize from the faith (I Jn 2;19), but they may sin so as to be worthy of chastening even to the point of physical death (1 Corinthians 5:5; 11:30; 1 John 5:16).

Preservation is the act of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit in completing the work of salvation in all true believers. Salvation is wholly and solely by grace through faith from start to finish. (Pass out slips of paper with the references on them to the students to look up and take turns reading.) Write on chalk board or marker board the underlined words.

GOD’S PRESERVATION OF THE SOUL OF THE SAVED (Explain the verses)

1. Finished work of God: Galatians 3:3 says, ”Are ye so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?”

2. Promise of Preservation: 2 Timoyhy 4:18 “And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. Preservation is the work of God.

3. Perfection :on our own is impossible: Since God’s standard is perfection (Matthew 5:48), if we had to be good enough to keep our salvation, it would only take one sin for us to be lost (James 2:10). If this were true, no one would ever make it to heaven, because all of us sin (I Jn 2:19) We are “perfect” in God’s sight because of “imputation”; him giving us Christ’s righteousness.

4. Predestination: we cannot be unknown of the father after once being known. The Father predestines that all whom he did foreknow [that they would accept Christ] will ultimately be conformed to the image of his Son.” Rom 8:29. We are predestined or chosen or elected according to the foreknowledge of God I Peter 1:2. Because he knows whether we will choose him with our free will, he cannot then unknown us. Again it’s only those who were truly saved that he would “know“.

5. Positionally: “And you hath he quickened [made alive] who were dead in trespasses and sins… and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” Eph 2:1 This happens at salvation.

6. Reconciliation: by his death and his life: For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled we shall be saved by his life”. Rom 5:10

7. Accusations are false: Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth” Romans 8:33 Jehovah Tsidkenu = Jesus our Righteousness

8.Our Advocate: 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. Rom 8:34. Jesus is pleading our cause in heaven. If we are sensitive to what God expects he will work the good work in us.

9. God uses chastisement on his children. Hebrews 12:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

10. Eternal life starts at salvation and we can know then that we have it: “He that … believeth on him… hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life“. John 5:24

11. Jesus would not lose any. “And this is the Father’s will… that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing… and I will raise him up at the last day.” John 6:39

12. Forever: means forever: …“And they shall never perish“ - John 10:28

13. Jesus’ prayer: “Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me.” John 17:11

His life: … “Because I live, ye shall live also” John 14:19

14. Indwelling of Holy Spirit: … he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever. John 14:16

15. Physical death : would come first: “ If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy: for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.” 1 Corinthians 3:17

16.The sealing: “And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. [the rapture] Ephesians 4:30

17. The earnest :of the Spirit [down payment]: … “Ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of Promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession…” Ephesians 1:13-14

18. Grace= no works; works = no Grace: Romans 11:6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work. : And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly: and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.”

19. The Spirit: The Spirit itself beareth with our spirit, that we are the children of God. Romans 8:16

20. Regeneration: We are new creatures in Christ, he’s always working on us; “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

Common causes of doubting your salvation:

1.Failure to confess and forsake sin.

2. Failure to grow spiritually.

3. Not walking in the spirit; in so much as you know to do. 1 John 4:13; Romans 3:15

4. Failure to forgive others Matthew 6:12,14,15

5. Failure to fully understand grace and security of salvation.

6. Failure to love others; 1 John 3:18-20

7. Failure to remember the details of our salvation.

8. Failure to publicly confess Christ.

9. Failure to understand at our initial decision.

10. Failure to understand that Christians still sin.

11. Assuming there will be a dramatic salvation for all.

12. Comparing yourself to others.

13. Failure to be faithful to a group of Christians.

14. Not learning to trust God to live the Christian life.

15. Failure to examine their salvation with scripture.

Questions to ask yourself

1. Have I believed on Christ’s death for covering for my sins? Romans 5:8

2. Have I received the witness of the Holy Spirit? 1 John 4:13.

3. Am I convicted and chastened when I sin? 1 John 5:10, Hebrews 12:5-11

4. Am I different from before when I wasn’t saved?

5. Do I love Christ, Christians, Christ’s church; the Bible; lost souls, hate sin and worldliness?

6. Do I walk in the commands of Christ?

Simple steps to assurance

1. Nail down original decision, if you can’t remember then make the decision again.

2. Confess and forsake any known sin.

3. Memorize scriptures on assurance.

4. Learn to walk in fullness of the Spirit.

5. Become active in good works.

6. Get serious about church and growing spiritually.

7. Get serious about your prayer life.

8. Shift trusting in self to trusting in Christ.

Art supplies: Dog on a sled page (2-8), crayons, white or silver glitter.

Art project: Dog on a sled, color the page how you would like. Glue white or silver glitter on the snow. Write the memory verse on the bottom of the page.