How can we be assured of our salvation?


Some helpful thoughts from Jonathan Edwards:

“It is not God’s design that men should obtain assurance in any other way,
than by mortifying corruption, and increasing in grace, and obtaining the lively exercises of it.—And although self-examination be a duty of great use and importance, and by no means to be neglected; yet it is not the principal means, by which the saints do get satisfaction of their good estate. Assurance is not to be obtained so much by self-examination, as by action. The Apostle Paul sought assurance chiefly this way, even by “forgetting the things that were behind, and reaching forth unto those things that were before, pressing towards the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus; if by any means he might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.” And it was by this means chiefly that he obtained assurance: 1 Cor. 9:26, “I therefore so run, not as uncertainly.” He obtained assurance of winning the prize, more by running, than by considering.”

Key thought: “Assurance is not to be obtained so much by self-examination, as by action.”

3 Responses to How can we be assured of our salvation?

  1. A brief but useful quotation from J Edwards. Thanks for the encuragement.

  2. Lee says:

    Great quote! It fits right in with our “Epic Battle” conference from this past weekend – i.e., the Owen-fest :-)

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