Was the Fourth Gospel written by John the Apostle, or a mysterious figure known as John the Elder? And was this text penned before the fall of Jerusalem in 70 A.D., or some time later? Is there a conservative trend in the world of New Testament scholarship? On this edition of the program, Shane Rosenthal talks with D.A. Carson about these questions and more as we continue our year-long exploration of the Gospel of John.
“If you believe something that isn’t true, then your faith isn’t commendable because you’re sincere. Your faith is worthless unless the object of that faith is valid. This is an admirable misapprehension. Something that is warm and fuzzy, and therefore, to be admired. It is something on which you’re building your life falsely. In the New Testament, you increase faith not by yelling, “Believe! Believe! Believe! Believe!” but by articulating, defending, and proclaiming the truth.”
–D. A. Carson
Term to Learn
“Assurance of Salvation”
Q. 80 Can true believers be infallibly assured that they are in the estate of grace, and that they shall persevere therein unto salvation?
A. Such as truly believe in Christ, and endeavor to walk in all good conscience before him, may, without extraordinary revelation, by faith grounded upon the truth of God’s promises, and by the Spirit enabling them to discern in themselves those graces to which the promises of life are made, and bearing witness with their spirits that they are the children of God, be infallibly assured that they are in the estate of grace, and shall persevere therein unto salvation.
Q. 81 Are all true believers at all times assured of their present being in the estate of grace, and that they shall be saved?
A. Assurance of grace and salvation not being of the essence of faith, true believers may wait long before they obtain it; and, after the enjoyment thereof, may have it weakened and intermitted, through manifold distempers, sins, temptations, and desertions; yet are they never left without such a presence and support of the Spirit of God as keeps them from sinking into utter despair.
(Taken from the Westminster Larger Catechism Questions 80-81)