On March 21, 2015 at 12:23 a.m. 911 received a call to report a fire. In Brooklyn, New York a deadly inferno engulfed a home where a mother and her eight children lived. From the smoke and blaze was heard the cry “Mommy, Mommy, help me!”
The dead, who all suffered a combination of burns and smoke inhalation, were ages 5, 6, 8, 10, 11, 12, and 16 years old.
It took firefighters just three minutes and 25 seconds to reach the home, where flames met them at the front door. “It was too late,” he said. Firefighters carried out the children, their soot- and ash-covered clothes in tatters, and placed their limp bodies onto stretchers and into ambulances.
There are no assurances in this world. From the time of conception, difficulties can come. Divorce, child abuse, alcoholism, grief, and poverty are everywhere affecting lives. We invest our time in “things” hopeful we will attain satisfaction or happiness. Yet, there are no assurances that we will achieve the goal.
Christian Believers are assured of the unfailing love of God and of their relationship with him as Father, the salvation and eternal life which he offers and the sure hope of one day sharing his glory.
1 John 5:13 (ESV)
13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life.
The promises of God are steadfast.
Believers are assured of God’s unfailing love.
Isaiah 54:10 (ESV) — 10 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.
Believers are assured of acceptance by God.
Romans 5:1 (ESV) — 1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Romans 15:7 (ESV) — 7 Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.
Believers are assured of adoption as God’s children.
1 John 3:1–2 (ESV) — 1 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2 Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.
John 1:12–13 (ESV) — 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
Believers are assured of God’s presence.
Deuteronomy 31:8 (ESV) — 8 It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”
Isaiah 41:10 (ESV) — 10 fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
John 14:18 (ESV) — 18 “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.
Believers are assured of access to God.
Ephesians 3:12 (ESV) — 12 in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him.
Ephesians 2:8 (ESV) — 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,
Hebrews 4:16 (ESV) — 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Believers are assured of forgiveness.
1 John 1:9 (ESV) — 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
2 Chronicles 7:14 (ESV) — 14 if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
Isaiah 43:25 (ESV) — 25 “I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.
Jeremiah 31:34 (ESV) — 34 And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”
Acts 2:38 (ESV) — 38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 3:19 (ESV) — 19 Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out,
Colossians 2:13–14 (ESV) — 13 And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, 14 by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.
Believers are assured of eternal life.
John 3:15–16 (ESV) — 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. 16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
1 John 5:11–13 (ESV) — 11 And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. 13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life.
John 11:25–26 (ESV) — 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
1 John 5:20 (ESV) — 20 And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.
We are all, sinners and need a Savior to die for us. Jesus Christ is the Savior. In Him is the fullest and most beautiful manifestation of the glory of God. He purchased our undeserved and everlasting pleasure, and he becomes for us our all-deserving, everlasting Treasure.
Life is wasted if we do not understand the glory of the cross, cherish it for the treasure that it is, and cleave to it as the highest price of every pleasure and the deepest comfort in every pain.
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