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Faith, Election and the Believer's Assurance

ByGeorge GiffordC. Matthew McMahon

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In this Scriptural exhortation and teaching on 2 Peter 1:1-11, Gifford explains election by first attaching the importance of real faith and fruitful works to the life of the Christian. There is no greater question asked among those doubtful of their salvation than how to gain real assurance. Gifford biblically demonstrates the importance of a fruitful life of virtue in the first three chapters. Then, he describes how those primary principles of true biblical faith are set in the context of election. This in turn provides the Christian with a mountain of assurance. But, how will they now know that “such an entrance shall be ministered unto” them in the Kingdom of heaven? They know it through the truth of the word, as it pertains to the work and merit of Christ, and subsequently, through the visible and sure fruits of righteousness that the Spirit works in them throughout their whole life. The work of Christ applied to the soul of a true believer will exemplify the fruits of righteousness by the Spirit. They will be discernably seen in their life, and this in turn will become the Spirit’s motion of assurance in them. In following the Apostle Peter’s outline in his epistle, Gifford methodically shows the need for holiness, and how the true believer, who is fruitful, can and should then set his heart, soul and mind on the electing power of God in Christ for assurance. For God has not only “called believers” to be elected, but, he “hath called us unto glory and virtue.” If there is no virtue, there will be no glory. All this ties into Gifford’s systematic elucidation of these most precious and important biblical truths of faith, election and assurance. This work is not a scan or facsimile, has been carefully transcribed by hand being made easy to read in modern English, and has an active table of contents for electronic versions.


Publication Date
Aug 25, 2020
Religion & Spirituality
All Rights Reserved - Standard Copyright License
By (author): George Gifford, By (author): C. Matthew McMahon, Edited by: Therese B. McMahon


Interior Color
Black & White
US Trade (6 x 9 in / 152 x 229 mm)

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