Christian Certainty

green-pasturesThe Lord knew in His infinite wisdom that the through the ages before the Second Coming and the Millennial Reign, “there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies even denying the Master who brought them, . . . many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned; and in their greed they will exploit you with false words; their judgement from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.” (2Peter 2:1-3)

AND as the growing confusion and chaos consumes God’s Truth; believers with a saving faith (Romans 1:16 & Romans 4:1-25) would need to know the tenents on which God’s People can be certain.

Within Scripture we find glorious certainty of our faith!

1. Certainty of eternal life. “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.” 1John 5:13

2. Answered Prayer. “This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.” 1 John 5:14-17

3. Certainty of victory over sin and Satan. “We know that no one who is born of God sins; (only Christ is born of God, humanity is born of man) but He who was born of God keeps him (believers) and the evil one does not touch him. (1 John 5:18)

4. Certainty that we belong to God. “We know that we are of God, and that the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.” (1 John 5:19)

5. The greatest Certainty of all, the incarnation, guarantees the certainty of the rest. (J. MacArthur) “And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding so that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him, who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life. (1 John 5: 20) This is the doctrinal foundation, out of which comes love and obedience. — John MacArthur

6. Certainty of recognizing Truth. “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth, for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak, and He will disclose to you what is to come  . . . All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that He takes of Mine and will discloseit to you.” (John 16:13-15)

But let all who take refuge in You be glad,
Let them ever sing for joy;
And may You shelter them,
That those who love Your name may exult in You.
For it is You who blesses the righteous man, O Lord,
You surround him with favor as with a shield.
Psalm 5:11-12

7. So then, you will know them by their fruits. (Matthew 7:20)

8. The Holy Spirit teaches us. There is no need for any other ‘teacher’. “[Y]ou have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie” (1John 2:27)

 

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  1. [...] know all as we have OUR DOCTRINES! We agree with “. . . and the world hears them” as he states: Within Scripture we find glorious certainty of our faith! Yes! Then we just proof text all the scripture to support our position. God is no longer a mystery [...]

  2. A Big Mistake
    It is unfortunate that some people mistakenly believe that Muslims worship a different God than Jews and Christians, and that “Allah” is just the “god of the Arabs”. While word Allah is also used by Arabs Cristian . Last words of Jesus waere ” Ilahi Ilahi Lima sabaqtani” It means O my God O My God why left me”. Word Ilah is rood word of Allah. This myth, which has been propagated by the enemies of Islam, is completely false since the word “Allah” is simply the Arabic name for Almighty God. It is the same word for God which is used by Arabic-speaking Jews and Christians. However, it should be clarified that even though Muslims worship the same God as Jews and Christian, their concept of Him differs somewhat from the beliefs of other religions – mainly because it is based completely on Divine Revelation from God. For example, Muslims reject the Christian belief that God is a Trinity, not only because the Quran rejects it, but also because if this was God’s true nature, He would have clearly revealed it to Abraham, Noah, Jesus and all of the other prophets. Islam was religion of Abraham, Jackob, Isaq, Ishmael. (Peace and blessings of God upon all of them). Because Islam literally means path of submission to God Almighty.

    “Islam” is an Arabic word which means “submission to the will of God”. This word comes from the same root as the Arabic word “salam”, which means “peace”. As such, the religion of Islam teaches that in order to achieve true peace of mind and surety of heart, one must submit to God and live according to His Divinely revealed Law. The most important truth that God revealed to mankind is that there is nothing divine or worthy of being worshipped except for Almighty God, thus all human beings should submit to Him ; only worthy to be worshiped and worthy to be sought for help.

    • Does not Islam believe that Judas & not Jesus died on the cross? Also, do not believe in the Diety of Jesus?

  3. (1 Peter 2:1-3) Great verse. I looked it up; however, couldn’t find it. Then tried 2 Peter 2:1. That’s it!

    • Thanks, PJ! I’ve corrected the mistake.

      Blessings!

      • Cool!! :o)

  4. You are so welcome. Wonderful blog! I have to say it has a calming effect on me. Brings back what is really important in life! Jesus Christ!

  5. wasn’t most, if not all, of Jesus’ judgment passages directed not at those who didn’t know or were poor of spirit, but to those who thought they had it figured out? seems like you’re preaching Pharisee, not Jesus.

    • Dear Zero1ghost — Thank you for your visit and we welcome the discussion, would you please be more specific? Perhaps the piece of Scripture which initiates the question. Thank you, judy

      • sermon on the mount would be a good start, Matt 5:3 and following Matt 5:13. he blesses the crowd, which in a sense undermines the religions authority and belief of his day… namely that the scribes, pharisees, and religious leaders were the only ones blessed.

        did he not say “Go, your faith has saved you”?(Luke 7:50, Mark10:52 among others) he didn’t say, “Go your certainty has saved you.” the opposite of faith is certainty, not doubt. i know this keyboard is here, i am certain of it, i have no need of faith. i do have faith that you will receive these words with grace, but can’t be certain of that.

        • Perhaps these Scriptures will help your understanding of Christian Certainties —

          Numbers 32:23–“Be sure your sin will find you out.” That is a certainty.

          Psalm 19:7–“The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.”

          Proverbs 11:18–“To him that soweth righteousness, shall be a sure reward.”

          Job 34:12–“Surely God will not do wickedly.”

          Isaiah 53:4–“Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows.”

          Isaiah 55:3–“Incline your ear, and come unto me; hear, and your soul shall live, and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.” This passage is speaking about the sure mercies of God.

          John 6:69–“We believe and are sure that thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” The deity of Christ is sure.

          John 16:30–“Now are we sure that thou [Christ] knowest all things.”

          John 17:8–Jesus said, “I have given unto them [the disciples] the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee.”

          Romans 2:2–“We are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth.” You can be sure God will judge righteously.

          Romans 4:16–“It is of faith, that it might be by grace, to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed.” The promise of salvation is sure.

          2 Timothy 2:19–“The foundation of God standeth sure.”

          Hebrews 6:19–“Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast.” Christ is that sure anchor in the soul of man.

          2 Peter 1:19–“We have also a more sure word of prophecy.” Scripture is that more sure word.

          Revelation 22:20–Jesus said, “Surely I come quickly.”

          These are just some of the things Christians can be sure of. They are just a sampling of what is said in Scripture that is a certainty. Christians deal in absolute certainties.

          • i think we agree that we can be certain of all of those things. thank you for clarifying. but faith inherently has an element of uncertainty in it. where does that play out for you?

            as it is said “It rains on the wicked and righteous alike…” so i have faith in the completion and renewal of all things despite the evidence pointing otherwise (global wars, famine, poverty, etc). i’m uncertain these things will be completed in my lifetime, but i’m certain God will complete them in God’s time. make any sense?

            • I disagree with your premise that “faith inherently has an element of uncertainty in it”, therefore, it doesn’t play out for me at all.

              An old, beloved Sunday School teacher used to say, “Faith is taking God at His Word.”

              Since my faith is a gift from God, I can rest assured that what God has given is sufficient. I am certain of that!

              When Jesus warned that false teachers would come, I trust him. I am certain that false teachers are in the visible church today. It is the purpose of this blog to expose those false teachers by comparing their teachings to the Truth of Scripture.

              It’s that simple, zero1ghost.

            • No, you do not make any sense to me. I have complete certainty of my faith in the Triune God of the Scriptures.

              Just for fun I looked in the dictionary — and still I have complete certainty — I am sorry that you do not but perhaps it is best that you do not have certainty in what you believe . . . and perhaps eventually you will accept Truth which will bring the certainty for which you search.

              faith (fth)
              n.
              1. Confident belief in the truth, value, or trustworthiness of a person, idea, or thing.
              2. Belief that does not rest on logical proof or material evidence. See Synonyms at belief, trust.
              3. Loyalty to a person or thing; allegiance: keeping faith with one’s supporters.
              4. often Faith Christianity The theological virtue defined as secure belief in God and a trusting acceptance of God’s will.
              5. The body of dogma of a religion: the Muslim faith.
              6. A set of principles or beliefs.

  6. and there we have it. you believe in the Triune God of the Scriptures. i believe in the living Triune God of reality as revealed in the scriptures. you have a god in the box, an idol. i am struggling to deal with reality and the witness of scripture, they don’t always so neatly line up. best of luck in your endeavors.

    • “i am struggling to deal with reality and the witness of scripture,…”

      I am truly sorry to hear that, zero1ghost. I will pray for the Lord to open your eyes to His glorious Truth.

      • so you don’t struggle to bring the Gospel into the world? must be why churches are declining and the world is in the state it’s in. we have people dedicating their lives in picking out false teachers and judging others instead of freeing the capitives, bringing Good News, healing the sick, loving kindness, and walking humbly with God. instead we have the leaven of the Pharisees here.

        • zero1ghost,

          You are creating a Straw man; your logic is flawed. People tend to do that when they can no longer support their positions with logical and Scriptural support.

          If you would like to continue to comment on the topic of Christian Certainty, which is the topic of this blog page, you are welcome to do so. However, if you continue to level false accusations and ad hominem attacks your comments will be deleted.

          Thank you,
          Yvonne

          • i may indeed be creating a strawman. when one says they are certain, i automatically question, esp. when the main thrust of the site is to “uncover false teachers” that strikes me as children of the light bickering and not knowing how to deal with one another (Luke 16:8) nor following the idea that ‘whoever is not against us is for us.’ i am reading the sin of pride here. am i wrong?

    • So if Scripture and ‘reality’ “don’t always line up” who gets first place in your life? If it is you — that is idolatry.

      I have a God as only He describes Himself in Scripture. Humbly, I submit that I do not wish to rely on my ‘reality’ for Salvation or Sanctification.

      • then you have a dead and boxed God. an idol, even though it’s scripture. ironic. have you heard of the Wesleyan Quadrilateral?

        • What Scripture does Weslyan to base this ideology? Just his thoughts? Why do I need tradition, reason, and experience to add to what God has said about Himself in Scripture? You are the idolator — to think you can bring anything of value to what God has already accomplished? Certainly raises your tradition, your reason, and your experience equal to or surpassing God.

          Again, it is very clear why you are uncertain about faith.

          • haha, no, it’s Wesley. and you have confirmed that i was not making a strawman. i wish you well.

  7. Certainty is the ultimate end result of our faith. If you believe and live your life (practice our faith) based on a relationship with Jesus, eternal life of glory, and peace is certain. HOPE for all believers in all situations of life. Read Romans 8


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