Hearing Gives Faith, Faith Removes Doubt

Two weeks ago, in this space, we considered why we doubt our salvation. Why do we doubt when Scriptures clearly speak of God’s promises as being absolutely trustworthy?

Doubt is used both as a noun and verb— It’s a feeling of uncertainty or lack of conviction, unsureness, indecision, hesitancy, dubiousness, suspicion, hesitation, insecurity, uneasiness, apprehension; wavering, vacillation, irresolution, skepticism, distrust, incredulity, unbelief and etc.

The last word unbelief makes us shudder. The Jews were the unbelievers. Am I like them? Maybe I should pray that the Father would increase my faith? (See Luke 17:5) Why don’t I trust Jesus and our Father?

John in his little letter of 1 John speaks of God’s provision in continually cleansing us from sin. In chapter one it speaks of walking in the light and the blood of Jesus cleansing us of all sin. When we’re baptized into Christ, it’s for sin—past, present and future. I’ve heard preachers sneak the word past in front of the word sins when quoting Acts 2. No, we are brought into Christ where sin is not imputed to us. When we walk in faith we are continually cleansed! (See Romans 4)

In 1 John chapters 2 and 4 we are told that Jesus is the propitiation for our sins. We are also told that Jesus is our advocate when we sin. In 4:15 “whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.” If Jesus has propitiated (satisfied) God’s justice against sin, why do I doubt? Why don’t I claim this promise as my own? Why don’t I believe the Scriptures?

Here’s a profound truth. Are you ready for this verse? “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.” (1 John 5:13) I can know I’m saved and know I know it. When I know I’m saved, I’m different. I’m free.

Let’s stop doubting our salvation and begin praising our Lord for eternal life. It will revolutionize our worship, for we are His sons and daughters. Charles Bishop