Read: I Corinthians 2:9-12
God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit… that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God (I Corinthians 2:10, 12).
WE NEED TO BE SURE
A Christian woman serving God as best she knew how came to her pastor and asked, “How can I be sure that I am among God’s elect?” The pastor replied, “I feel sure for myself but I cannot tell you that you can be sure.” This sincere Christian deserved a better answer than that from her spiritual guide.
God knows that we need to be sure of our standing before Him. When we are uncertain we are troubled and therefore easily swerved from our course. On the other hand certainty brings to us rest and stability. In a matter so vital as our entire sanctification we need to be sure. Since God’s requirements are specific and definite, we need to know that His requirements have been met and that our byes are pleasing to Him.
We not only long to know that we are sanctified but it is reasonable that we should be assured. We can stub our toes and know it. When we fall in love we know it. We can feel the stirring of carnality and know it. When our hearts are hungry for entire sanctification, we know it. Is it not therefore reasonable that when the Holy Spirit fills our hearts we should also know it?
God has never disappointed a deep human hunger. For thirst He has given water; for hearing He has provided music; for seeing He has filled the world with beauty; for spiritual hunger He has provided fellowship with himself. Our hungers are real. Are these hungers not intimations of God’s satisfactions?
I want the witness, Lord, That all I do is right, According to Thy will and Word, Well-pleasing in Thy sight.
— Wesley’ s Hymns