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How to be secure?

Assurance. Security. Confidence.  These are words that most Christians desire in their relationship with God.  We want to be confident that we really are God’s children. We desire to have the confidence that we are a part of God’s elect.  We want to know that we have eternal life.

In this way, we are not much different from the earliest Christians.  They also wanted assurance. In the book of 2 Peter, Peter provides this type of confidence.  He tells readers that they can make their election sure.  He gives them a promise that they will never stumble.  How?

By adding what our commonly called the Christian graces.  Peter writes:

Make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.

Adding these graces requires effort.  It requires intentional diligence on our part.  In fact we never fully obtain any of these characteristics, but we should always be increasing in them.   The result of following these is that we will be fruitful and productive.

Being fruitful and productive makes our calling sure.  Those who are God’s children bear fruit for God.  Therefore, we show ourselves, and the world, that we are truly God’s whenever we are fruitful. And we are fruitful, according to Peter, when we are increasing in our Christian graces.

So if you want assurance, if you want confidence, if you want to be secure,  then follow the advice of Peter.

Add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.

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  1. If anyone is seeking assurance that they are a child of God, truely a three part – body, soul AND SPIRIT – person, having obtained the promise of eternal life in the presence of God Almighty and His wonderful son the Lord Jesus Christ then do what it says in Phil 4:9.
    Study the book of Acts and the letters of Paul to find out what they did. Then you do it. Read Philippians 4:9 and follow its admonition if you want the God of peace to be with you.
    If you believe that Jesus gave the Apostle Peter “the keys to the kingdom” then one of those keys is in II Peter 3:15-16.
    There you find God (by way of Peter) telling people, “…account the longsuffering of our Lord salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him has written unto you;
    v.:16 – as also in all his epistles, spealking in them of these things; etc….” If you want Peter’s (God’s) opinion about where to go for information about salvation (being a whole person) there you go. He accepts you where you’re at, but the peace will come as you line up with the Word.
    You may need help learning how to understand those letters so you can act according to God’s expectations and get the blessings. Ask God to help you meet someone who can help you. If there are things they don’t understand or won’t lead you to someone with understanding … keep looking. It’s all available.

  2. Lamar Strickland

    April 10, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Your pulpit occupant is forced by his guru seminary-Boss, in all mainline churches, to tell the congregation what you must believe in order to be saved. Since man chose to run God’s church in this manner, the Baptist experienced change from God-does-the-choosing to you-do-the-choosing, in 1925; the Presbyterians did the same thing in 1929; the Episcopal church followed suit around 1938. “Man” did this to maintain better control over church polity and Filthy Lucre. Of course, the Holy Word states conclusively, over and over again, and very plainly that God chose His Elect before the Foundation of the World, surnamed them and wrote their names in His Book of Life. Also, God makes the husband responsible for maintaining this Truth! All pulpit occupants, without exception, refuse to obey this command and Christian families are facing obsolescence because, of all things, the action of God’s church. I have to ask: Does this mean that the Church is defaming the Holy Spirit and His power to regenerate the hearts of Chosen Elect? Along with that: Please note that this whole Truth, this action of sovereignty in choosing, by God, does not change any statement made anywhere in the Bible. It merely makes all related statements more complete and more thoroughly understood. God, here, adds the necessary touch, the ultimate key that makes the Gospel Story not only easily understood, but prevents, repels, and condemns any possible variation in what exactly to believe for Salvation to happen. Go on: Try it out, to see for yourself. Everything, I mean everything, becomes elemental!
    All of my Love, Lamar Email Address: lamarstrickland@att.net

  3. Wesley

    April 10, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Lamar,

    I’m not sure how to respond to this nonsense. I’m not forced by anyone on what I’m supposed to preach.

    The Bible does declare that God foreordained the elect before the foundation of the world, but that is different from what you are arguing. The question that you are not asking, or answering, is how? How did God foreordain? You seem to say it was God choosing each individuals. Scripture indicates that God calls and chooses by the Gospel. Those who obey the gospel become God’s elect and this has been God’s plan from the beginning.

    And you never dealt with what Peter actually said. He is the one who said make your calling and election sure.

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