Assurance Forever

Read Isaiah 32:17 – And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and peace for ever.

 

Many Christians struggle with the matter of eternal security. I’ve written a previous blog on the matter, but under the understanding that you can never hear too much truth, I wanted to speak on it again today. Isaiah, in this chapter, speaks of a coming king who will rule in righteousness. In the literal sense, he may have been speaking of Hezekiah, or perhaps Josiah. But in a true sense, he was looking past Israel’s kings and looking to a King who one day will rule in true righteousness. But we know as Christians, that He should be ruling in our lives now. Then he speaks of God pouring out His Spirit upon His people. When you were saved, God poured out His Spirit upon you. You got all of the Holy Spirit that you will ever have. The reason that some people seem to be more Spirit filled is not that they have more of the Holy Spirit, but is because they are more yielded to the Spirit that all of us have.

Then, in verse 17, he speaks of the work and the effect of righteousness. Of course, we know that the work of righteousness is peace. Through His righteousness, we have peace with God. Our relationship with Him has been restored through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. Paul says in Romans 5:1, Therefore, being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. The word “peace” has a sense of movement to it. God has peace toward us. Not because of any righteousness we have, but because of His righteousness. Then Isaiah give us the effect or the result of God’s righteousness – quietness and assurance for ever.

The word quietness means just what we would think it means, to be quiet, undisturbed, calm. The word assurance, likewise means what we would assume, security, safety, confidence. Not because of what we have done, but because of what God has done. We can have quietness and assurance of our salvation. For how long? For ever.