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ASSURANCE OF SALVATION ON THE PURITAN HARD DRIVE
There are 513 Reformed resources under the category "Assurance" (of salvation) on the Puritan Hard Drive. A search for the word "assurance", using the Master Search index on the Puritan Hard Drive, brings up 17,654 results in 1,006 documents, all of which gives you the search term in the context of one line (under each book title) -- and when you click on any of these lines the Puritan Hard Drive opens the correct book, to the correct page, and highlights your search term.
FREE PURITAN AND REFORMED MP3s ON ASSURANCE OF SALVATION BY DR. JOEL BEEKE, JOHN OWEN, JONATHAN EDWARDS, THOMAS WATSON, CHARLES SPURGEON, GREG PRICE, et al.
Why Christians Lack Assurance by Dr. Joel Beeke (Free MP3)
Where Does Our Assurance Rest? by Dr. Joel Beeke (Free MP3)
Assured by the Spirit's Witness by Dr. Joel Beeke (Free MP3)
Assured by God's Love in Jesus by Dr. Joel Beeke (Free MP3)
The Importance and Lack of Assurance by Dr. Joel Beeke (Free MP3)
Perseverance and Assurance by Dr. Joel Beeke (Free MP3)
The Doctrine of Assurance by Dr. Joel Beeke (7 Free MP3s)
How Do I Know That I Know Christ? (1 John Series 5/27) Assurance of Salvation by Greg Price (Free MP3)
Assurance of Faith (Salvation) by John Knox, Charles Spurgeon, Jonathan Edwards, Thomas Watson, John Owen, Christopher Love, A.W. Pink, William Perkins, Sinclair Ferguson, Robert Murray McCheyne, J.C. Ryle, Iain Murray, Thomas Brooks, Loraine Boettner, John Murray, Dr. Steven Dilday, Richard Bennett, William Cunningham, David Dickson, Henry Scougal, W.J. Mencarow, Al Martin, John Newton, Thomas Ridgeley, Timothy Dwight, Augustus Toplady, Archibald Alexander, Jeff Pollard, Dr. Joel Beeke, et al. (95 MP3s at SWRB's Sermonaudio Site)
REFORMED BOOKS ON ASSURANCE OF SALVATION BY DR. JOEL BEEKE AND OTHERS
Quest for Full Assurance: Legacy of Calvin & His Successors by Dr. Joel Beeke (Book)
Assurance of Faith: Calvin, English Puritanism, and the Dutch Second Reformation (American University Studies. Series VII. Theology and Religion) by Dr. Joel Beeke (Book)
Books on Assurance of Salvation at Still Waters Revival Books (Digital Downloads, PDFs)
Books on Assurance of Faith at Reformation Heritage Books
Assurance (Category) at Still Waters Revival Books (PuritanDownload.com)
REFORMED ARTICLE: JOHN OWEN ON ASSURANCE BY DR. JOEL BEEKE
John Owen on Assurance by Dr. Joel Beeke (PDF)
OF ASSURANCE OF GRACE AND SALVATION IN THE ORIGINAL WESTMINSTER CONFESSION OF FAITH (CHAPTER 18, EMPHASES ADDED)
I. Although hypocrites and other unregenerate men may vainly deceive themselves with false hopes and carnal presumptions of being in the favor of God, and estate of salvation (which hope of theirs shall perish): yet such as truly believe in the Lord Jesus, and love Him in sincerity, endeavouring to walk in all good conscience before Him, may, in this life, be certainly assured that they are in the state of grace, and may rejoice in the hope of the glory of God, which hope shall never make them ashamed.
II. This certainty is not a bare conjectural and probable persuasion grounded upon a fallible hope; but an infallible assurance of faith founded upon the divine truth of the promises of salvation, the inward evidence of those graces unto which these promises are made, the testimony of the Spirit of adoption witnessing with our spirits that we are the children of God, which Spirit is the earnest of our inheritance, whereby we are sealed to the day of redemption.
III. This infallible assurance does not so belong to the essence of faith, but that a true believer may wait long, and conflict with many difficulties, before he be partaker of it:
yet, being enabled by the Spirit to know the things which are freely given him of God, he may, without extraordinary revelation in the right use of ordinary means, attain thereunto
. And therefore it is the duty of every one to give all diligence to make his calling and election sure, that thereby his heart may be enlarged in peace and joy in the Holy Ghost, in love and thankfulness to God, and in strength and cheerfulness in the duties of obedience, the proper fruits of this assurance; so far is it from inclining men to looseness.
IV. 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 wounds the conscience and grieves 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: yet are they never so 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; and by the which, in the mean time, they are supported from utter despair
ENGLISH COVENANTER MARTYR CHRISTOPHER LOVE TO HIS BELOVED WIFE (July 15th, 1651, from the Tower of London, the day before he was wrongly condemned to be executed)
"My Dearest Beloved,
"I am now going to my long home, yet I must write a word before I go hence and shall be seen no more. It is to beg thee to be comforted in my gain and not to be troubled in they loss.
Labour to suppress thy inward fears now that thou art under outward sorrows. As thy outward sufferings abound, let they consolations in Christ also abound. I know thou art a woman of a sorrowful spirit. My time is short; I have but a few words of counsel to give thee, and then I shall leave thee to God who careth for thee and thine.
1. While thou art under desertions, labour rather to strengthen and clear up the evidences for Heaven than question them.
2. Remember a faith of adherence or reliance on the Lord Jesus brings thee to Heaven, though thou want the faith of evidence or assurance.
3. Labour to find that (and more also) in God which thou hast lost in the creature.
4. Spend not thy days in heaviness for my death. If there were knowledge of things below or sorrow in heaven, I should grieve to think my beloved should mourn on earth.
5. Lie under a soul-searching ministry. I know thou art not a spongy hearer, sucking in foul water as well as fair. God hath given thee a good understanding, to be able to discern things that differ. As the mouth tastes meat, they ear trieth words.
6. Be conversant in Christian meetings and much in the exercises of mortification, in fasting and prayers, yet have respect to the weakness of they body and they present condition.
7. Have a care of thyself and babes. God will take care of thee and them. I can write no more; farewell my dear, farewell, farewell.
My dear, I bid thee to be satisfied. My heart is greatly comforted in God. I can quietly submit to the good pleasure of His will, and I hope thou dost so also. I am delivered by the determinate counsel of God; the will of the Lord be done.
Read for thy comfort when I am dead and gone, Jeremiah 49:11 and the beginning of 12; Isaiah 9:6-8; Psalm 5:6 and 146:9; 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 and Hebrews 12:6-7
These are the last words written by thy dying yet comforted husband.
HERMAN WITSIUS ON ASSURANCE
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"There is a great difference [between a temporary, presumptuous faith, and a true saving faith] in THE APPLICATION OF THE PROMISES OF THE GOSPEL.
A presumptuous faith does not proceed in the right method
: it rashly imagines that the salvation promised in the Gospel belongs to itself; and this hasty conclusion is built either upon no foundation at all, or upon a false one. Sometimes the presumptuous, without any self-examination or diligent inquiry into their own character, which they avoid as too irksome and inconvenient an exercise, -- foolishly flatter themselves, -- arrogantly lay claim to the grace of our Lord, and sleep on securely, indulging this delusive dream, neither inquiring nor disposed to inquire what ground they have for this imagination. Sometimes they lay as a foundation for their confidence, either a preposterous notion respecting the general mercy of God, and some easy method of salvation which they discover in the Gospel-covenant; or an opinion of the sufficiency of their own holiness, because they are not so extremely vicious as the most daring profligates; or their external communion with the Church and attendance on the public worship; or the security of their sleeping conscience, and the soothing fancies of their own dreams, which they regard as the peace of God, and the consolations of the Holy Spirit.
By these and the like vanities of their own imagination, they deceive themselves; as if these were sufficient marks of grace. But true believers, impressed with a deep sense of their own wretchedness, panting after the grace of the Lord Jesus, and laying hold upon it with a trembling humility, dare not, however, boast of it as already their own, till after diligent investigation they have discovered certain and infallible evidences of grace in themselves.
With profound humility, with a kind of sacred dread, and with a sincere self-denial, they approach to lay hold on the grace of Christ: nor do they conclude that they have obtained it, till they have inquired carefully, first into the marks of grace, and, then, into their own hearts.It is otherwise with the presumptuous in both these respects; for they rashly seize that which is not offered to them in any such order
, (since God doth not offer security and joy to sinners, before their mind is affected with sorrow for the sins which they have committed, and roused to a due solicitude regarding salvation;) and, then, they rashly boast of having attained grace, although they cannot make good their pretensions to a participation of the grace of God, by any one satisfactory proof."
- Herman Witsius, Dissertations on the Apostles' Creed
, emphases added, excerpted from http://www.truecovenanter.com/gospel/howie_footnote_on_marrow.html
. CHARLES SPURGEON ON RELYING ONLY ON THE GRACE AND POWER OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
"In seasons of severe trial, the Christian has nothing on earth that he can trust to, and is therefore compelled to cast himself on his God alone. When his vessel is on its beam-ends, and no human deliverance can avail, he must simply and entirely trust himself to the providence and care of God.
Happy storm that wrecks a man on such a rock as this! O blessed hurricane that drives the soul to God and God alone!
There is no getting at our God sometimes because of the multitude of our friends; but when a man is so poor, so friendless, so helpless that he has nowhere else to turn, he flies into his Father's arms, and is blessedly clasped therein!
When he is burdened with troubles so pressing and so peculiar, that he cannot tell them to any but his God, he may be thankful for them; for he will learn more of his Lord then than at any other time
.Oh, tempest-tossed believer, it is a happy trouble that drives thee to thy Father! Now that thou hast only thy God to trust to, see that thou puttest thy full confidence in him. Dishonour not thy Lord and Master by unworthy doubts and fears; but be strong in faith, giving glory to God. Show the world that thy God is worth ten thousand worlds to thee.
Show rich men how rich thou art in thy poverty when the Lord God is thy helper. Show the strong man how strong thou art in thy weakness when underneath thee are the everlasting arms. Now is the time for feats of faith and valiant exploits. Be strong and very courageous, and the Lord thy God shall certainly, as surely as he built the heavens and the earth, glorify himself in thy weakness, and magnify his might in the midst of thy distress
. The grandeur of the arch of heaven would be spoiled if the sky were supported by a single visible column, and your faith would lose its glory if it rested on anything discernible by the carnal eye
. May the Holy Spirit give you to rest in Jesus·"
- Charles Spurgeon
, "Morning, August 31" in Morning and Evening
, as cited in "THE GOD OF ALL COMFORT" in the Free Grace Broadcaster, issue 194 (PDF),
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How Jesus Matures Our Faith by Dr. Joel Beeke (free MP3)
Spectacular preaching on God's absolute sovereignty! Jesus matured the faith of the Syrophenician woman whose daughter was vexed with a devil by:
I. Apparent Silence
II. Apparent Rejection
III. Apparent Insult
In this sermon you will learn why God brings hardships, trials, sickness, suffering, poverty, and pain into your life. It also explains how faith and prayer intersect with everything God brings into your life, especially God's most perplexing acts of providence. The only drawback is the birthday analogy, given the pagan nature of "birthday keeping" (see: http://www.sermonaudio.com/new_details3.asp?ID=18841).
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