The Assurance Of Salvation

WHITE PAPER ON The Assurance of Salvation BY Kenneth M. Axelson

While the title of this White Paper is Assurance of Salvation, Scripture presents many components to your spiritual condition, all of which are contributors to assuring you of where you will spend eternity, and I intend to cover the essentials.  Soteriology is the nomenclature (term) for the doctrine of salvation (how one is saved).  Many live pondering what lies ahead of them, perhaps one of mankind’s greatest questions.  What awaits you when you step through death’s door to the world beyond?  Scripture does not conceal the details about the two potential eternal dispositions.  Scripture states repeatedly that souls are eternal, and death is the portal your soul either passes through from its physical abode, to a spiritual state with the Lord Jesus Christ in a righteous environment void of sin, or separated from Him eternally in a place of unimaginable torment.  Souls in both dispositions are exclusively spirit, yet the Rich Man of Luke 16:19-31 without a body thirsted, felt pain and hunger when he died and found himself in a deplorable plight, where his bad choices in life haunted him!  This passage is often classified as a parable, but Lazarus by name transforms it into a true story, and those to whom Jesus spoke likely knew both characters.  The Author of the Hebrew letter indicates life is a spiritual training course, and I would remind you that you remain only one heartbeat removed from your final exam…

And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

Hebrews 9:27 (KJV)

The Rich Man of Luke 16 flunked his final exam!  The passage text suggests the Rich Man knew what he should have done with Lazarus when he sat at his gate, but chose to disregard it.  I wonder if the Lord placed a ‘Lazarus’ at ‘your gate’ you may be disregarding?  This is Scriptural fact, not supposition, and the Lord Jesus Christ clarified the consequences…

(13)  Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth