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Full Assurance

For our 5-year anniversary, I took my wife on a foreign vacation to Cyprus, a small eastern Mediterranean island that was a stopover for the Apostle Paul’s missionary expeditions. I’m a cheapskate, so I was willing to consider all options for the lowest price. Until I realized the budget itineraries used ex-Communist-owned Aeroflot Airlines, a company known for its terrible safety record.

Because I value our lives, I wanted the full assurance that the plane was fly-worthy. Without that full assurance, I wasn’t taking the flight no matter how cheap it was! Scripture tells us we can have full assurance, and we must have full assurance of our salvation. Not 99 percent, but 100 percent. How do we know if we’ve been saved? In 2 Peter 1:5-8, Peter tells the church that Biblical virtues—an increasing desire to know Christ, a perservering faith and an increasingly passionate pursuit of holiness—can be reliable indicators of salvation.

We need full assurance because the stakes are high. Wrong, and you will have a very painful eternity to regret it. When we’re not 100 percent sure, our human nature looks to back out or bunker down for dear life. Without full assurance, Jesus knows we can’t fly on the wings of the Holy Spirit.

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