How Can I Be Sure I Won’t Fall Away?

Episode 443 Show Notes 

From the Show

Do you know what the anchor of your soul is? It isn’t my good works. It’s not the subjective feelings that I have that I belong to Jesus. It’s Jesus and his promise. That’s what anchors our soul. It is the promise of the gospel that is unshakable.

—Adriel Sanchez

Questions in this Episode

1. Based on Isaiah 54:5, I’ve heard people say, we are “married to Christ” or that Jesus is my “husband.” Is this accurate to say? We, the church, are the bride of Christ, but am I also married to Christ? 

2. I had a question about just how many apostles there are. It seems clear, in passages like revelation 21 that there are 12 apostles, but in sections such as Acts 14, verse 14, we hear Paul and Barnabas are apostles too, but they're not counted among the 12. So I was wondering how we reconcile those two different sets of numbers. 

3. Recently, I have been learning a lot about doctrines, like election, that I wasn’t aware of before, and I’m having difficulty understanding. I hear a lot of people talk about how there are professing Christians who aren’t true Christians, and how they are self-deceived. If so many people are self-deceived, how can anyone ever be certain of salvation? If a person can go years in the faith and then fall away, how do I know I will persevere? What am I missing that the confident Christian possesses? I am really uncertain of my salvation and feeling hopeless. 

Resources

The Future of Everything: Essential Truths About the End Times by William Boekestein

The Gospel-Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World by Michael Horton

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