Obtaining Assurance of Salvation Through the Law of Liberty and New Birth
Assurance of salvation comes from understanding the new birth and knowing there is no law to judge you. It must be understood that the new birth is a literal spiritual rebirth. Protestantism is fraught with doubt of salvation because its orthodoxy calls for no assurance as a driving force behind sanctification. Protestant orthodoxy redefines the new birth as a legal declaration rather than a literal new birth. The new birth and righteousness (justification) cannot be separated; so, if justification is a mere legal declaration as confessed by Protestant creeds, so is the new birth.
Literal new birth changes the relationship of the law to the believer. There are only two kinds of people in the world: those under law and those under grace. Those under the law are under its condemnation; those under grace are under God’s loving help described by the same law and executed by the law’s application to wise living. A primary proof of new birth is a love for God’s truth. Prior to salvation we were obviously indifferent to God’s truth. The following chart shows forth the Bible’s dual perspective on the law.
Always remember there is no law to condemn you; it died with the old you. Always think of God as your literal Father, and pray to Him accordingly as one speaking to a literal Father. Seek God’s forgiveness for failure to love Him and others per the law’s wisdom, but not as one under the law’s condemnation.
Lastly, strive to love rather than focusing on not sinning. Technically, where there is no law of condemnation there is no condemning sin. However, a lack of love grieves the Spirit who has sealed us until the redemption of our mortal bodies.
Do this and think this way and assurance of salvation will be your experience.