Saved and Assured
How are we assured of salvation?
Can a believer in Jesus Christ be unchanged, unfruitful, and stagnant? No. That is a contradiction of terms. We are saved by grace alone, through faith alone in Christ alone. But we evidence this salvation by spiritual fruit and by practicing the qualities like self-control, steadfastness, godliness, brotherly affection, and love.
For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:9-11
For more reflections on this passage, see the corresponding reading in my book Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days.
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