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Obtaining Assurance of Salvation Through the Law of Liberty and New Birth

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on January 22, 2017

ppt-jpeg4Assurance 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.

Law and New Birth Chart Final

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.

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  1. John said, on January 22, 2017 at 11:23 AM

    Amen.

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  2. Martin said, on March 10, 2017 at 2:49 AM

    “Assurance of salvation comes from understanding the new birth >>AND<< knowing there is no law to judge you.”

    Paul,

    My last attempt to bring things into focus.

    I’m quoting below from the following short article: https://escapetoreality.org/2016/10/13/how-do-i-know-im-saved

    “Biblical faith is believing >>AND<< knowing:

    Peter said, “We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God” (John 6:69)

    John wrote so that you may “believe in the Son of God and know that you have eternal life” (1 John 5:13)

    Paul spoke of those “who believe and know the truth” (1 Tim 4:3)”

    The conjunction >>AND<< can be retained as long as the aspect of the verb “know” is intransitive (no direct object is required to follow). In the above three examples though the verb “know” is transitive, in each case, the noun phrase that follows is itself not required as it simply confirms the already established fact of “believe”. In our specific case that would be the equivalent of saying “…understanding the new birth >>AND<< knowing that you’re saved”. The right side of the conjunction is not required as “understanding the new birth / believing” is already established and therefore is sufficient for one’s assurance of salvation.

    However, adding “knowing there is no law to judge you” forces the verb to be a transitive one, with the implied burden of having to know something else in addition to simply believing. And as we both know, many of us kept overlooking for years the full impact of Romans 8:1-2, without losing our assurance of salvation.

    Of all people, Paul, surely you must see the grammatical benefit of simply stating:

    “Assurance of salvation comes from understanding the new birth / believing”.

    I know 😉

    Martin

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