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Q 81. Are all true believers at all times assured of their present being in the estate of grace, and that they shall be saved?

A. Assurance of grace and salvation not being of the essence of faith,1 true believers may wait long before they obtain it;2 and, after the enjoyment thereof, may have it weakened and intermitted, through manifold distempers, sins, temptations, and desertions;3 yet are they never left without such a presence and support of the Spirit of God as keeps them from sinking into utter despair.4

  1. Ephesians 1:13

    In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, (ESV)

  2. Isaiah 50:10

    Who among you fears the Lord
    and obeys the voice of his servant?
    Let him who walks in darkness
    and has no light
    trust in the name of the Lord
    and rely on his God.

    Psalm 88:1-3

    88:1 O Lord, God of my salvation;
    I cry out day and night before you.
    Let my prayer come before you;
    incline your ear to my cry!

    For my soul is full of troubles,
    and my life draws near to Sheol.

    Psalm 88:6-7

    You have put me in the depths of the pit,
    in the regions dark and deep.
    Your wrath lies heavy upon me,
    and you overwhelm me with all your waves. Selah

    Psalm 88:9-10

    my eye grows dim through sorrow.
    Every day I call upon you, O Lord;
    I spread out my hands to you.
    Do you work wonders for the dead?
    Do the departed rise up to praise you? Selah

    Psalm 88:13-15

    But I, O Lord, cry to you;
    in the morning my prayer comes before you.
    O Lord, why do you cast my soul away?
    Why do you hide your face from me?
    Afflicted and close to death from my youth up,
    I suffer your terrors; I am helpless. (ESV)

  3. Psalm 77:1-12

    77:1 I cry aloud to God,
    aloud to God, and he will hear me.
    In the day of my trouble I seek the Lord;
    in the night my hand is stretched out without wearying;
    my soul refuses to be comforted.
    When I remember God, I moan;
    when I meditate, my spirit faints. Selah

    You hold my eyelids open;
    I am so troubled that I cannot speak.
    I consider the days of old,
    the years long ago.
    I said, “Let me remember my song in the night;
    let me meditate in my heart.”
    Then my spirit made a diligent search:
    “Will the Lord spurn forever,
    and never again be favorable?
    Has his steadfast love forever ceased?
    Are his promises at an end for all time?
    Has God forgotten to be gracious?
    Has he in anger shut up his compassion?” Selah

    Then I said, “I will appeal to this,
    to the years of the right hand of the Most High.”

    I will remember the deeds of the Lord;
    yes, I will remember your wonders of old.
    I will ponder all your work,
    and meditate on your mighty deeds.

    Psalm 51:8

    Let me hear joy and gladness;
    let the bones that you have broken rejoice.

    Psalm 51:12

    Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
    and uphold me with a willing spirit.

    Psalm 31:22

    I had said in my alarm,
    “I am cut off from your sight.”
    But you heard the voice of my pleas for mercy
    when I cried to you for help.

    Psalm 22:1

    22:1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
    Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?

    Ephesians 4:30

    And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

    Luke 22:31-34

    “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” Peter said to him, “Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death.” Jesus said, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster will not crow this day, until you deny three times that you know me.” (ESV)

  4. 1 John 3:9

    No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God.

    Psalm 73:15

    If I had said, “I will speak thus,”
    I would have betrayed the generation of your children.

    Psalm 73:23

    Nevertheless, I am continually with you;
    you hold my right hand.

    Isaiah 54:7-10

    For a brief moment I deserted you,
    but with great compassion I will gather you.
    In overflowing anger for a moment
    I hid my face from you,
    but with everlasting love I will have compassion on you,”
    says the Lord, your Redeemer.

    “This is like the days of Noah to me:
    as I swore that the waters of Noah
    should no more go over the earth,
    so I have sworn that I will not be angry with you,
    and will not rebuke you.
    For the mountains may depart
    and the hills be removed,
    but my steadfast love shall not depart from you,
    and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,”
    says the Lord, who has compassion on you.

    1 Peter 4:12-14

    Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. (ESV)


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Copyright © Tim Hopper. Based on Calendar of Readings in the Westminster Standards by Dr. Joey Pipa. Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. · ·