Assurance and the Love of Jesus
Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and whoever loves the Father loves the child born of Him (1 John 5:1).
What would lead you to assurance of your salvation?
Do you believe that Jesus is the anointed of God? Is he so to you? Is he anointed as your prophet, priest, and king? Have you realized his anointing so as to put your trust in him? Do you receive Jesus as appointed of God to be the Mediator, the Propitiation for sin, the Savior of men? If so, you are born of God.
“How may I know this?” Suppose an angel were to tell you that you are born of God. Would that be a more sure testimony than the infallible Scripture? If you believe that Jesus is the Christ, you are born of God.
John has thus positively declared the truth, that you may know that you have eternal life. Can anything be more clear than this?
Do you love God? Do you love his Only-begotten Son? You can answer those two questions surely.
I knew a dear Christian woman who would sometimes say, “I know that I love Jesus; but my fear is that he does not love me.” Her doubt used to make me smile, for it never could have occurred to me. If I love him, I know it is because he first loved me. Love to God in us is always the work of God’s love toward us. Jesus loved us, and gave himself for us, and therefore we love him in return.
Do you love Jesus? Do you feel a delight in him? Is his name as music to your ear, and honey to your mouth? Do you love to hear him extolled?
If you do indeed love the Father and Christ who is begotten of him, know this is one of the things written “that ye may know that ye have eternal life.”
~ Charles Spurgeon