Sep 182008
 

When I was a Jehovah’s Witness, I viewed those who were assured of their salvation as being very presumptuous. Looking back now, that only makes sense because I did not have the testimony of the Holy Spirit. At that time, I did not think that the words of Romans 8:16 applied to me since I was not one of the 144,000anointed”.

Romans 8:16 – “The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God,”

Of course, at that time, I was right that those words did not apply to me, but it was not because I was not one of the 144,000 anointed Jehovah’s Witnesses, but that is another story. The point here is that assurance of salvation is one of the core differences between Jehovah’s Witnesses and Christians. Jehovah’s Witnesses do not have it, Christians do. Why is this important? Reading the following quote from “This We Believe” really brought it home for me. Hopefully it will for you too.

The Holy Spirit assures us that God is our Father and loves us. God has poured out his love into our hearts. (Rom. 5:5) Romans 8:15-16 says that when we cry “Abba, Father,” the Holy Spirit is witnessing to our spirit that we are God’s children. Few experiences can provide more power in our lives than to have the assurance of salvation.

Think of what it could do for us:

We would be joyous in our service for God, but not driven in our works, or mistaken in the notion that our works would save us.

We would be delivered from frantic preoccupation with taking our spiritual temperature minute by minute.

We would be free and spontaneous in our witness, exercising patience, and understanding as well as speaking with conviction and challenge.

We would not get overwrought with our friends about future security, for we would be assured of our present relationship with Christ – who loves us with an immeasurable love. – This We Believe, pp 201,202

(Originally published Oct 18, 2008 on blog.docbob.org)

  3 Responses to “What Assurance of Salvation Does For Us”

  1. I can’t tell you how many times I heard that “Probably you may be saved in the day of Jehovah’s wrath” verse (can’t remember where it is… Jeremiah? Nope, there is is, Zeph 2:3. WT Library is good for something). And that’s the weirdest thing, to think that the NT wasn’t written for us, being of the “non-anointed” class. I wonder how many Witnesses know/believe that?

  2. I don’t know how many JWs think much about how much of the NT is written for the “anointed” and not for them. Now that I’ve been away from the org for a while, the whole concept (along with so many others) seems pretty weird to me.

  3. I have to admit, in reflection that I never felt important or safe and now I think I know why. We, the other sheep, were always secondary, almost like secondary citizens. And yet without the other sheep the organiztion of JWs would not be where it is today. The financial success, the enormous number growth and vast holdings were primarily accomplished by the other sheep.
    I will be thinking more about this, and praying to Jehovah for enlightenment.