Assured by God: Living in the Fullness of God's Grace - by Parsons, Burk, ed.
New Jersey: P & R Publishing, 2007. 204 pp.
Reviewed by Andrea Hernandez, wife of TMS student, Kempiz Hernandez
In my journey of faith, perhaps because of disobedience or reliance on feelings rather than Godís Word, I have been tempted to doubt my salvation. I began to pray to the Lord for insight and direction in this area, not only to quiet my own heart, but also to help other believers who wrestle with the issue of assurance. The Lord graciously answered my prayer in many ways, one of which was reading the book Assured by God. The book is a collection of writings on the subject of the assurance of salvation by authors such as Al Mohler, Sinclair Ferguson, John MacArthur, and Jerry Bridges. They write with a pastoral desire to help believers better understand Godís promises and to help them live in the fullness and joy of Godís grace in their lives.
Second Peter 1:10 records the command to seek assurance of our salvation, not in morbid introspection, but in self examination that is focused on Christ, so that our hearts may be assured in Christ alone and by faith alone. This book corrects faulty, unbiblical thinking that prevents true peace by carefully explaining and applying familiar New Testament passages concerning our salvation. One such passage is Philippians 1:6 where we are encouraged to have confidence that, ďHe who began a good work in you will bring it to completion in the day of Christ.Ē This reminds us that our faith was initiated by God the Father. It was made possible by the Son and is now sustained by the power of the Holy Spirit. Salvation is not initiated at all by human choice, nor kept by any human effort. Our redemption is all of grace, and thus, all of the glory goes to God. Christ is at work in and through us, and it is His work, not our own, that is the entire ground of our acceptance with God. What freedom exists when we understand this!
The book also points out that this assurance of His saving grace should stimulate our hearts to faithful, God glorifying service to our King. May we continue to run the race with endurance, setting our minds on our awesome and mighty Savior and Lord and, in obedience to the instructions stated in Hebrews 12:2, looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith. As for me, I can now give praise to God for the peace He has accomplished in my heart with the precious and glorious reality of the assurance of Godís sustaining grace.