In closing his message titled The Christian’s Assurance of Salvation, Paul Washer contrasts the difference between a child of God, who receives the loving discipline of the Father, and the illigitimate (bastard) child who receives no discipline at all but continues in his waywardness. We see this truth addressed in Hebrews 12:3-11, paying close attention to verses 5-8:
…“My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,nor be weary when reproved by him. For the Lord disciplines the one he loves,and chastises every son whom he receives.” It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.
Contrary to the modern, watered-down false gospel propagated through evangelicalism today, God does not leave those He saves still enslaved in their sins. No, He sets them free, not only redeeming them and justifying them, but He changes them and molds them unto the likeness of Jesus Christ. Some may progress more slowly than others, but progress they will, for God does not fail to sanctify those He justifies. Why is this so? Because God saves us for His name sake, for His glory alone, and He will by no means fail to bring Himself glory through the salvation, sanctification, and glorification of His Elect.
Please take a listen and ask yourself, “am I a bastard child who loves the world and the things of the world, who lives in and loves a lifestyle of sin, who takes pleasure in unrighteousness, who is left alone to continue as I always have, still dead in my sins; or, am I a legitimate child of the Living God, who is purifying himself, whose mind is being renewed day by day, who is becoming holy as God is holy, who is surrendering increasingly to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, and who is bearing fruit in keeping with repentance, all by the grace of God alone for His glory alone?”
If you are not sure how to answer that question, you must examine yourself whether you truly be in the faith. I encourage you to begin reading the book of 1st John.
Following the additional resources below, you will find the 10-minute video excerpt referenced in this post. You can listen to The Christian’s Assurance of Salvation in full at SermonAudio.
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