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Assurance of Justification

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Everything we have is founded on “position and “condition.” Our position in the Lord Jesus is who we are; our condition on the earth is what we are. Assurance of justification is established on our position in the Lord Jesus Christ, and is an imputation not an impartation. Our condition is that we are sinners, for the “old man” yet abides within (Rom 7:17, 20). Thus, we are to be careful not to base our justification on condition, but position—in the Lord Jesus; and this is why we are so “weighted” with “sin” (Heb 12:1), we are looking at ourselves and not Him. The equation is, position over condition, which equals innocent in the Lord’s justification. Everything that we are in Him must be imputed and therefore cannot be imparted, for God will not, yea, cannot mix the good with the bad.

Yes, we still possess the old man, the sin nature, but in spite of all this we are guiltless and will ever be so in the Lord Jesus; and do not think one can go in and out of this truth because it must always be justification and never anything else! Maintaining justification is established when we consider what God has done and said, and is never based on feelings, but His Word! The discouragements we encounter are the very food of our strength in His school of learning! Just know that all is for testing and learning, and nothing is to be refused.

When we stand on the promises of His Word it makes a difference in our lives, but eventually we begin to look at ourselves and take our eyes and minds off Christ—and it’s back to self-deliverance. Then gradually we don’t look or feel much saved, and then everything seems to be going out of sync, and our assurance is again on the block of wondering.

We eventually start to see what is going on and we realize it is because we are centered on our condition, which reminds us of what we are and not who (or Whose we are). We may begin to wonder why the failures and even maybe doubt our salvation, and that, while the Lord is with us.

In the Lord’s time our thoughts are brought back to our position, which never really falters, because God has taken all into account and has found us lacking. But be of good cheer, for his “acceptance” (Eph 1:6) takes everything into consideration, and He knows there is nothing that you would want to do to displease Him—because He “works” this in you (Phl 2:13).

“And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance forever” (Isa 32:17).

Don’t get hung up on your condition!


Note: This article is inspired by the book “The Green Letters” by Miles J Stanford, published by Zondervan.





MJS devotional excerpt for Aug 5

“Let my circumstances be what they may, if I can see them ordered for me unfailingly by One in whom infinite wisdom, power, and goodness combine, and whose love toward me I am assured of, my restlessness is gone, my will subjected to that other Will in which I can but acquiesce and delight.” --Frederick William Grant (1834-1902)
 
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Beloved one, assurance of justification must be SOUGHT BY FAITH, not by position or condition as you said.

For this is what we have heard:

“What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness of faith;

but Israel, pursuing the law of righteousness, has not attained to the law of righteousness.
Why? Because they did not SEEK IT BY FAITH, but as it were, by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumbling stone.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭9:30-32‬ ‭NKJV‬‬
Beloved ones, we, Gentiles together with the Jews who have not stumbled, have attained the righteousness of faith because we have SOUGHT GOD’s RIGHTEOUSNESS BY FAITH.

As spiritual Israelites, let us return to the Lord our God, if we have stumbled because of our iniquities;
Let us take words that Christ have spoken with us, And return to the Lord. Say to Him, “Take away all iniquity; Receive us graciously, For we will offer the sacrifices of our lips.
Beloved ones, let us seek God’s righteousness by faith, that is in Christ Jesus our Lord and we shall not stumble.

To God the Father be all glory and thanksgiving through Christ. Amen
 
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Beloved one, assurance of justification must be SOUGHT BY FAITH, not by position or condition as you said.
Yes, faith in Christ position of justification, righteousness, holiness and sanctification, without which none of these attributes can be ours in our condition of sin and must be imputed. For the attributes of God are incommunicable to man with the sin nature (old man), hence "through faith" is the only remedy (Eph 2:8).

God bless, and God be blessed!
 
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Beloved one, the attributes of God are not incommunicable, as you perceived.
If the attributes of God are not communicable, there is no need for God who is wise to speak but He have spoken in this last day through His Son.

About the old man, that you are concerned about, you should consider this, that we heard apostle Paul have spoken:

“For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace. What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not! Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭6:14-17‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Selah
 
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Beloved one, the attributes of God are not incommunicable, as you perceived.
If the attributes of God are not communicable, there is no need for God who is wise to speak but He have spoken in this last day through His Son.

About the old man, that you are concerned about, you should consider this, that we heard apostle Paul have spoken:

“For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace. What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not! Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭6:14-17‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Selah
What is meant by "communicable" is to impart or give as a possession. Only the Trinity can possess these things, but man can be recipients of their divinity by believing God has "declared" us so, which is enough until we are rid of the old man; for sin and divinity cannot be admixed. This makes all the same in God's eyes, as His love has no partiality. His kind of love does not function according to the quality of His object; but according to His nature (Agape).
 
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All born-again believers on earth are growing into the man they already are in Christ in Heaven.
 
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