One of the most interesting Bible stories is that of Abraham sacrificing his Son Isaac to God. Therein we read this amazing statement, “And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.” Genesis 22:10. No other deed of Abraham exceeded this one in faith. How did Abraham possess such faith?
Abraham’s faith came from the “assurance” which God gave him. In Hebrews chapter 11 (accurately called the Hall of Faith) the author memorialized Abraham’s faith. “Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead…” Hebrews 11:18-19. God assured Abraham that he would have seed (descendants) through Isaac so Abraham was confident that if he slew Isaac God would raise him from the dead to fulfill His plan.
Christianity is a “know so” faith based on the many assurances of God. John repeatedly affirmed our “know so” faith in his first letter. In that short letter John spoke twenty seven times of Christians “knowing” a certain truth. Each one of those twenty seven items of faith which Christians “know” brings assurance. The Bible is the greatest book of assurance.
I believe it is possible for any Christian to display Abraham-like faith. He and all Bible heroes were not extraordinary people – they were “assured” believers. They knew and allowed God’s Words of assurance fill them with the confidence to faithfully perform. Cannot any Christian do likewise?
Do you know that Christ’s resurrection was an act of assurance from God to all of the world? “Because he (God) hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.” Acts 17:31. Christ’s resurrection is God’s assurance that we all will be judged according to our faith in Jesus Christ.
What assurance is afforded Christians by Christ’s resurrection? Just this: “And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.” I John 2:28 When Jesus returns for His church Christians will stand before Him confidently because they knew God’s assurance, which was testified by Christ’s resurrection, and believed it.
Knowing God’s Word truly is our assurance. May we earnestly strive to know it and believe it wholeheartedly. If we do we will be assured as Abraham was and exhibit confidence in serving God. GOD HELP US!