Thursday, June 10, 2010

Can you know for sure?

I once wondered if I believed well enough and hard enough to be saved. And a friend showed me I John 5:13

1 John 5:12-13 (English Standard Version)
12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.

That You May Know
13I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life.

I said to her, "Oh, then, I know. And I know that I know. I just didn't know that I knew!" Meaning, if it's possible to know, then I know.

I shared that story while sitting in New Orleans, enjoying cafe' au lait and beignets at Cafe' du Monde. My friend's husband laughed and said, "O, foolish Galatian."

I love this passage from Galatians 3:

By Faith, or by Works of the Law?

O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified. 2Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith? 3Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? 4 Did you suffer so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain? 5Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith— 6just as Abraham "believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness"?

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