Saints without assurance??? There are an alarming number of those in Christ, saints, who are not sure where they are going when they die. There are many who are not confident of where they are going. Maybe their focus is too much on things that will keep you out of heaven instead of pursuing diligently the behavior that will welcome you in. We should have a confident expectation of glory. 2 Pet 1:3-11. We have been granted to be partakers of the divine nature. Pursue godliness diligently and add all of these qualities and, verse 11, an entrance in the eternal kingdom will be abundantly supplied to you. You won’t just make it by the skin of your teeth, the doors will be flung wide open for you. There is a great difference between a confident expectation of glory and an overconfidence that justifies any behavior we desire to take part in. Heb 10:35-39. Do not throw away your confidence which has a great reward. When you’ve done the will of God you may know that you will receive what was promised. Observations: 1. Eternal life abides in those who believe in the name of the Son of God. 1 John 3:11. Your belief matters, your walk matters and your attitudes toward others matter, those three themes are mentioned repeatedly in 1 John. We know that we have passed out of death into life, we KNOW, because we love the brethren.
2. Confidence in prayer flows out of that. Perhaps our lack of confidence in prayer results from a lack of confidence in where we are going.
3. The walk of faith must persist. No we will not be perfect. 1 John 2:1-2, 1:7. But provisions have been made by Jesus to cover our sins. Phil 1:6, He who began a good work in you will complete it in the day of Christ. 1 Pet 5:10
4. We are saved by hope, Rom 8:24. Hope is a confident expectation. We hope with perseverance.
5. God will lead you in the everlasting way Psalm 139:23,24. Phil 3:7ff. We may not have the confidence we should because we don’t always love as we should, or because we find we were wrong about something we’ve believed in the Bible, or we’re not always thankful, or we don’t always do things without grumbling and disputing - even Paul said he wasn’t there yet. But look back to 1 Pet - if these qualities are yours, and are increasing, you press on. So keep pressing on for the prize of the upward call of God.