Assurance Sermon Illustrations

Assurance Sermon Illustrations

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For We Know

"For I know whom I have believed" (II Tim. 1:12).
What wondrous blessings overflow,
When we can truly say, "I know"
I know in whom I have believed,
I know the One I have received,
I know His Blood avails for me,
I know that I was blind, but see,
I know that my Redeemer lives,
I know the gift He freely gives,
I know He'll keep me to the end,
I know He's my unfailing Friend,
I know He's coming in the sky,
I know the time is drawing nigh. — R E. Neighbour, D.D.

"I'm A Poor Sinner"

Charles H. Spurgeon used to tell years ago the story of a huckster. His name was Jack and he was one of the happiest men in London. He went about singing a little verse:

I'm a poor sinner, and nothing at all,
But Jesus Christ is my All in all.

Those who knew him were astonished at his constant composure. They had a world of doubts and fears, and so they asked him why he never doubted. "Well," said he, "I cannot doubt but what I am a poor sinner, and nothing at all, for I know that and feel it every day. And why should I doubt that Jesus Christ is my All in all? For He says He is." "Oh!" said his questioner, "I have my ups and downs." "I do not," says Jack; "I can never go up, for I'm a poor sinner, and nothing at all; and I cannot go down, for Jesus Christ is my All in all."

He wanted to join the church, and they said he must tell his experience. He said, "All my experience is that I am a poor sinner and nothing at all, and Jesus Christ is my All in all." "Well," they said, "when you come before the church meeting, the minister may ask you questions." "I can't help it," said Jack, "all I know I will tell you, and that is all I know—

I'm a poor sinner, and nothing at all,
But Jesus Christ is my All in all."

He was admitted into the church, and continued with the brethren, walking in holiness; but that was still all his experience, and you could not get him beyond it. "Why," said one brother, "I sometimes feel so full of grace, I feel so advanced in sanctification, that I begin to be very happy." "I never do," said Jack, "I am a poor sinner, and nothing at all." "But then," said the other, "I go down again and think I am not saved, because I am not sanctified as I used to be." Said Jack, "I never doubt my salvation, because Jesus Christ is my All in all, and He never alters." The old huckster knew the secret of the Gospel and of true Christian experience, which is "Not I, but Christ."—Selected.

Not The Shady Side

An old man who had lived a long life of fellowship with and service for his Lord was asked, "You are on the shady side of seventy, I suppose?" "No," he replied, "I am on the sunny side, for I am on the side nearest glory."—Sunday School Times.

The Greek word `Plerophoria', translated 'full assurance' occurs 4 times in the New Testament: 1 Thess. 1. 5 Full assurance of the gospel. Heb. 10. 22 Full assurance of faith. Col. 2. 2 Full assurance of understand ing. Heb. 6. 11 Full assurance of hope.

The need arises for a missionary to go to a city a few thousand miles from where he is, and to get there as quickly as possible. A friend sends him the fare to travel by plane, tells him what to do, how to book, and where to embark, and promises to meet him at the airport at the other end. That is good news, and his friend's letter gives him full assurance of it. Acting on instructions given, he purchases his ticket, takes the bus to the airport and boards the plane, believing that in due time he will reach his destination. That is full assurance of faith. He has never travelled by plane before, and knows little or nothing about the pilot, controls or route. Near him sits another passenger who has provided himself with a map of the route and knows a good deal about the plane. He is friendly, shares his map and binoculars with the missionary, and explains the details of the flight so simply that the missionary is able to take it in. That is full assurance of understanding. His friend tells him when they are approaching his destination and the plane is about to land. So the missionary passes the time, hopeful that soon they will be there, and his friend who paid his fare will be at the landing stage to meet him. That is full assurance of hope. This hypothetical narrative illustrates the 'full assurance' God's pilgrims may have on their journey homewards to Heaven.

Assurance of Unwavering Confidence

Michael Faraday, the distinguished scientist, was asked by some of his students as he neared death, 'What are your speculations now?' He immediately replied : 'Speculations I have none. I'm resting on certainties.' Then he repeated slowly and deliberately, 'For I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.' (2 Tim. 1. 12)

My bark is wafted to the strand
By breath divine,
And on its helm there rests a hand
Other than mine.

One who was known in storms to sail
I have on board;
Above the roaring of the gale
I hear my Lord.

Safe to the land! safe to the land!
The end is this,
And then with him go hand in hand
Far into bliss.—Gladden

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