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Confession of Faith
Chapter 18: Of the Assurance of Grace and Salvation

4. True believers may have the assurance of their salvation divers ways shaken, diminished, and intermitted; as, by negligence in preserving of it, by falling into some special sin which woundeth the conscience and grieveth the Spirit; by some sudden or vehement temptation, by God's withdrawing the light of his countenance, and suffering even such as fear him to walk in darkness and to have no light:1 yet are they never utterly destitute of that seed of God, and life of faith, that love of Christ and the brethren, that sincerity of heart, and conscience of duty, out of which, by the operation of the Spirit, this assurance may, in due time, be revived;2 and by the which, in the meantime, they are supported from utter despair.3

  1. Song of Solomon 5:2-3

    I slept, but my heart was awake.
    A sound! My beloved is knocking.
    “Open to me, my sister, my love,
    my dove, my perfect one,
    for my head is wet with dew,
    my locks with the drops of the night.”
    I had put off my garment;
    how could I put it on?
    I had bathed my feet;
    how could I soil them?

    Song of Solomon 5:6

    I opened to my beloved,
    but my beloved had turned and gone.
    My soul failed me when he spoke.
    I sought him, but found him not;
    I called him, but he gave no answer.

    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 51:14

    Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God,
    O God of my salvation,
    and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness.

    Ephesians 4:30-31

    And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.

    Psalm 77:1-10

    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.”

    Matthew 26:69-72

    Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. And a servant girl came up to him and said, “You also were with Jesus the Galilean.” But he denied it before them all, saying, “I do not know what you mean.” And when he went out to the entrance, another servant girl saw him, and she said to the bystanders, “This man was with Jesus of Nazareth.” And again he denied it with an oath: “I do not know the man.”

    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 88

    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.
    I am counted among those who go down to the pit;
    I am a man who has no strength,
    like one set loose among the dead,
    like the slain that lie in the grave,
    like those whom you remember no more,
    for they are cut off from your hand.
    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

    You have caused my companions to shun me;
    you have made me a horror to them.
    I am shut in so that I cannot escape;
    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
    Is your steadfast love declared in the grave,
    or your faithfulness in Abaddon?
    Are your wonders known in the darkness,
    or your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?

    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.
    Your wrath has swept over me;
    your dreadful assaults destroy me.
    They surround me like a flood all day long;
    they close in on me together.
    You have caused my beloved and my friend to shun me;
    my companions have become darkness.

    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. (ESV)

  2. 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.

    Luke 22:32

    but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.”

    Job 13:15

    Though he slay me, I will hope in him;
    yet I will argue my ways to his face.

    Psalm 73:15

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

    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.

    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. (ESV)

  3. Micah 7:7-9

    But as for me, I will look to the Lord;
    I will wait for the God of my salvation;
    my God will hear me.

    Rejoice not over me, O my enemy;
    when I fall, I shall rise;
    when I sit in darkness,
    the Lord will be a light to me.
    I will bear the indignation of the Lord
    because I have sinned against him,
    until he pleads my cause
    and executes judgment for me.
    He will bring me out to the light;
    I shall look upon his vindication.

    Jeremiah 32:40

    I will make with them an everlasting covenant, that I will not turn away from doing good to them. And I will put the fear of me in their hearts, that they may not turn from me.

    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.

    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?

    Psalm 88

    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.
    I am counted among those who go down to the pit;
    I am a man who has no strength,
    like one set loose among the dead,
    like the slain that lie in the grave,
    like those whom you remember no more,
    for they are cut off from your hand.
    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

    You have caused my companions to shun me;
    you have made me a horror to them.
    I am shut in so that I cannot escape;
    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
    Is your steadfast love declared in the grave,
    or your faithfulness in Abaddon?
    Are your wonders known in the darkness,
    or your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?

    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.
    Your wrath has swept over me;
    your dreadful assaults destroy me.
    They surround me like a flood all day long;
    they close in on me together.
    You have caused my beloved and my friend to shun me;
    my companions have become darkness. (ESV)


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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.