Assurance Of Salvation 3John 7:38: He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
I have noticed that these rivers of living water seem to flow out of physically sick Christians as well as out of physically healthy Christians. It also seems that they sometimes flow out of new Christians as well as out of mature Christians. Often they flow out of the physically weak Christians more perfectly than out of the strong ones.2 Corinthians 12:9: And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Whatever kind of Christians we are otherwise, when we are faithful, God*s rivers of living water will flow out of us. I believe one part of the rivers of living water is something called virtue. I have always thought the word virtue meant goodness. According to Strong*s Concordance, when the Bible refers to the virtue of men it means manliness or excellence such as in 2 Peter 1:5.2 Peter 1:5: And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
But virtue means something else when the Bible uses the word in connection with Jesus.Luke 8:46: And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me.
When used in the Bible about Jesus, the Greek word for virtue is dunamis. It is the word from which we get the word dynamite. It means force, miraculous power, might, power, strength and a few other things. When we have Christ in our hearts, His kind of virtue (miraculous power) can flow out of us too.
Unbelievers and many Christians believe that the Christian life is too hard. Everything unbelievers do is in their own power. No wonder the Christian life looks hard to them. But if Christians pay attention to the Bible and to what God does in their lives, they will learn that His power works His will in and through them.
Philippians 2:12-13: Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
It helps us have great assurance that we are saved when we see God working in us and through us and doing things that we ourselves could absolutely not do. When we interfere with His working in us, we won*t have very much assurance.
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