The subject of election, or predestination, raises many questions in people’s minds. In this book the author tries to answer many of those questions from the Scriptures. The first chapter introduces the importance of the subject, noting the biblical witness to God’s electing love and the search for assurance in the insecurity of contemporary life.
Why was the teaching of justification so important to John Calvin? For Calvin, justification and sanctification are both found in Christ and are inseparable. Justification allows for assurance of salvation, and includes the continual forgiveness of sins. The gift of justification is our only hope in facing judgment day.
John 10 presents Christ as the Shepherd. This article shows that Christians are assured of their salvation because the Father has given the sheep to the Son, and the Son gave His life for the sheep. Also, the Father and Son are one, so no one can snatch you away from the Father's hand. This is our assurance.
The gospel is vanishing in God's church. Preaching and teaching has become shallower and lacks an urgent call to repentance. Nonchalant attitudes lead to false assurance of salvation. Pastors must remember that their contribution to the church either builds or breaks her. Recovering the gospel is essential to building the church of God.
Looking at the epistle of John, this article identifies four indicators that provide assurance that one is a Christian: accepting God's remedy against sin, devotion to God and His glory, pursuing holiness, and being part of God's people, the church. These four things are signs that one is a Christian.