Last week we talked extensively about what it means for God to do the greater thing in saving us, and the assurance we should have as a result. If God can do the greater thing of saving us, the lesser thing of keeping us is well within his ability. This week we will deal with assurance to a deeper degree. Indeed, this week we will deal with assurance to the deepest degree. I have said for many weeks that the central actor in this passage is God, that the point and purpose of this and every passage of Scripture is God. This week we will anchor our salvation in the glorious truth that Jesus is the author and the perfecter of our faith, who endured the cross and is seated at the right hand of God the Father on our behalf.
The central focus of this passage is this: The assurance of my salvation is not based upon who I am nor upon what I have done. Rather, the assurance of my salvation is based upon who Jesus is, what he has done and what he is doing.
Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.
(Romans 8:33-34 ESV)