I couldn’t decide how best to address this chapter so I opened the King James Study Bible for better understanding. I read all of the footnotes to the chapter but was taken by this highlighted treatment of verse 13. If there’s anything we need right now, it is surely this:
“Assurance 5:13. The Scriptures clearly teach that it is possible to know whether you are saved or unsaved. The assurance of the believer is not based on feeling, (though the Christian may ‘feel’ saved) but on the principles of God’s Word. We can know we are saved because Christ is in our hearts (Col. 1:27; 1John 5:12). Because of the witness of the Word of God (vv 10, 11), because of answered prayer (John 14:14; 1John 5:14, 15), because of our understanding of Scriptures (v. 20), because we keep His commandments (2Cor 5:17; 1John 5:18), because we love the brethren (3:14), and because we have the inner witness of the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:16).
Illustration: Paul claimed to have this inner confidence and was fully persuaded concerning the keeping power of God in salvation (2Tim 1:12).
Application: Because of this assurance, the believer need not be ashamed of Christ, even when he finds himself in difficult circumstances. (2Tim 1:12)”
Assurance. We need it and because of Jesus, we have it. Thank you, heavenly Father. Thank you, Jesus. Amen.