Can your faith in Christ bring you to full assurance of salvation
By: The John Ankerberg Show
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|Saved for Sure, Overcoming Doubt: How do you overcome those doubts, to be brought to the point where you say, “Yes, I know it’s okay. I’m going to Heaven.” For Doubters Only: There are still some people who have a tough time in having confidence in their salvation. What do those folks need to do? Dr. Erwin Lutzer’s personal testimony.
Copyright: 2003, Number of Programs: 4, Cat. No. YBS2
Keywords: Faith, Works, Blood of Christ, John 19:30
- Ankerberg: Erwin, in your book, you talk about the nitty-gritty problems that people have, the doubts that they have, and they would give gold to have these doubts answered. They want to have a sure, certain salvation with the Lord. Okay? Let’s start by describing some of these anxieties. If you go into Rome, you go into St. Peter’s and you look at the painting of the Last Judgment that Michelangelo did. If people can get the idea of what he was talking about – see yourself knowing that within an hour you’re going to die and you’re going to be in the Judgment, what would your face look like? In his painting, he captured the expressions of people who were facing the Last Judgment; and overall, there was just anxiety. There was fear. And a lot of folks that are even thinking about facing God, a holy God, a God that knows all about them, they have fear; they have uncertainty, even people that go to church, people that have made a profession of faith in Christ.
- Now, some folks have a false faith. Some folks have a true faith. We want to sort that out. But what would you say to comfort, to give promises from the Word of God that people can have a certain faith. It doesn’t depend on their performance. Start us off.
- Lutzer: Well, John, that of course, is the most important question that anyone could ever ask ultimately, is our relationship to God, add Heaven and judgment and all the rest. We are going to in this particular program sort out a false faith from a true one, because if we weren’t going to do that, I wouldn’t begin with this story. But let me tell you a story about a woman who used to teach Bible studies. And I believe that she had a genuine faith. I say that because most assuredly her husband believed that. The people that knew her believed that. But she would always go through times of doubt. While we were out at a camp, I was sitting on the back porch with her and her husband. I was looking over the lake and I was reminded of a story. Perhaps the story is true or isn’t true, but it has a tremendous point. A man was going across a frozen lake, but fearful that the ice was too thin. And so in order to make sure that he was spreading his weight, he actually was crawling on his hands and knees, hoping eventually to get across this lake. Well, the story goes that in the distance coming toward him he suddenly noticed a team of horses. He began to realize, if the ice is thick enough for the team of horses, why am I crawling on this lake? Why don’t I get up and jump and run on it and enjoy it? And the woman saw the point immediately because I said to her, “The ice beneath you as a true believer is just as thick as it is beneath me. We’re both depending on Christ.” And she said, “The only difference is, you’re enjoying it and I’m not.” And that’s true.
- And John, this leads us to a point that needs to be emphasized again and that is this, that if we have faith in the right object, namely Christ, it is better to believe in Christ alone with a trembling hand, so to speak, than it is to have a false faith with steady confidence.
- Ankerberg: Yes.
- Lutzer: You see, because if that man had been out on the lake and had had total confidence that he could run on it but it was only a half inch thick, he’d have gone under. Faith is only as good as the object in which it is placed, and that’s what we talking about here. How does one have a faith in Christ that is so satisfying that one is brought, as the Bible says, to the full assurance of faith? [Heb. 10:22] And I think that’s our topic.