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Blessed Assurance


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Blessèd assurance, Jesus is mine!
O what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.

—Fanny Crosby

I was sampling some music by a country musician I won’t name here, and came across a couple of religious albums he has produced. I’m always a bit cynical of these things, as I see celebrities sing hymns one minute and songs about adultery and drunkenness the next. But that’s a tangent for another day. As I was listening, I heard the song Blessed Assurance. It’s not a great song, but it’s not horrible, either.

The first verse, quoted above, is probably the best part of the song. It almost captures the essence of our salvation in beautiful language. Purchased of God, born of his Spirit, washed in his blood, we are heirs of salvation, and our blessed assurance of that salvation certainly is a foretaste of the divine glory of Heaven. (The remaining verses are pretty squishy.)

Yet I say it “almost captures the essence of our salvation” because, while Jesus is mine, that is not the fact upon which my assurance rests. My assurance of salvation is in the knowledge that I am his. There is nothing I have that I cannot lose, and that would include my salvation if it depended on me. But Jesus loses no one, and nothing can be taken from him. I was given to him by the Father, and I am assured that I will be kept and raised up on the last day. My salvation is guaranteed, not because he is mine, but because I am his.

Blessed assurance, I belong to Christ!



Posted 2007·12·10 by David Kjos
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5 Comments:


#1 || 07·12·12··07:33 || Kristina

Excellent point.


#2 || 07·12·12··18:18 || donsands

I like this hymn. But you add some fine thoughts.
Jesus loves us, (His children), way more than we love Him.
"All the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us." 2 Cor. 1:20
We are sealed by God! Who's gonna break that seal?


#3 || 07·12·12··20:58 || Ken Fields

I know who the country musician is ... because I have the CD!

I realize that wasn't the point of the post, but I must admit I actually enjoy the CD!


#4 || 07·12·12··21:01 || Ken Fields

Oh, yeah; I agree with your observations about the song, although Fanny Crosby would most likely share your theological leanings!


#5 || 07·12·12··22:00 || David

Ken,

I suppose that's a lesson to us to express our theology with clarity.

I know of at least two country musicians who have recorded Blessed Assurance. Coincidently, they both include some of the same lame songs, e.g. In the Garden and Softly and Tenderly, among others. Yuck. This one was Randy Travis, if you must know.


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