Spurgeon used to tell the story of an uneducated, aged woman who was a humble, simple follower of Christ. A skeptical neighbor enjoyed poking fun at her, especially at the assurance she displayed regarding her own salvation.
“How do you know that?” he asked.
“God tells me so a hundred times,” she answered.
Then, she quoted one promise after another, especially from John’s first Letter, the Epistle of Christian assurance, where the phrase, “we know,’ is used fourteen times in just five short chapters.
The question was then presented to her,
“Suppose God doesn’t keep His Word?”
Quickly, she answered,
“His loss would be greater than mine. I would lose my soul. He would lose His honor!”
God declared in Psalm 89:35, concerning His promises,
“Once I have sworn by My holiness; I will not lie to David.”
Barnes wrote, “That is, once for all – a single oath – an oath taken by Me – makes it certain. To swear by His ‘holiness’ is to pledge His own holy nature; to make it as certain as that He is holy; to stake the whole question of His holiness on that. That is, If this should not be accomplished, – if He should fail in this, – it would prove that He is not a holy God. The meaning is, He would be found faithful to His promise.”
“It is not to be imagined that He who has helped us in six troubles will leave us in the seventh. God does nothing by halves, and He will never cease to help us until we cease to need.”
Pastor David Arnold
Gulf Coast Worship Center