“Blessed Assurance” ( Romans 8: 31-33, MOUNCE ) by Carley Evans

The most straightforward and simple statement of Fanny J. Crosby’s “Blessed Assurance” is Paul’s statement to the church at Rome:

31 What (tis) then (oun) shall we say (legō) in response to (pros) these (houtos) things? If (ei ·ho) God (theos) is for (hyper) us (hēmeis,) who (tis) can be against (kata) us (hēmeis?) 32 He (pheidomai) who (hos) did (pheidomai) not (ou) spare (pheidomai·ho) his (idios) own Son (hyios,) but (alla) delivered (paradidōmi) him (autos) up (paradidōmi) for (hyper) us (hēmeis) all (pas,) how (pōs) will he (charizomai) not (ouchi) also (kai,) along with (syn) him (autos,) graciously give (charizomai) us (hēmeis ·ho) all (pas) things? 33 Who (tis) will bring a charge (enkaleō) against (kata) God’s (theos) elect (eklektos?) It is God (theos) who (ho) justifies (dikaioō).

And if there is any doubt, look at Paul’s delineation of “these things.” The things that he (and we) are responding to are:

1) The glorious freedom of the children of God

2) Our adoption into the family of God as His children

3) The Holy Spirit helping us in our weaknesses and interceding for us, knowing God’s will for us

4) God using all things together for our good, so that we are conformed to the image of our Creator

5) Finally our predestination, calling, justification and ultimate glorification

Therefore Paul says there is now no condemnation.

“Without Cost, Yet Utterly Priceless” (Isaiah 55: 8 – 9) by Carley Evans

God tells us that His thoughts are not like ours; His ways are also not like ours. His thoughts and ways are higher than ours just as the heaven is higher than the earth.

God calls us to Himself, saying, “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.” (Isaiah 55: 1 – 2) God Himself tells us that His water, His wine, His food, His milk is free — without cost, yet utterly priceless.

God desires to make “an everlasting covenant” with us. (Isaiah 55: 3) He wishes to show us compassion, pardon us abundantly, and glorify us. (Isaiah 55: 7, 5)

And, He promises that His Word — which proceeds from His own mouth — does not “return to Me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I send it.” (Isaiah 55: 11)

The Word is made flesh, and dwells among us. The Word “makes a Name for the Lord” and is “an everlasting sign that is not cut off.” (Isaiah 55: 13) The Word asks us to “seek the Lord while He may be found; [to] call upon Him while He is near.” The Word calls us to “return to the Lord, that He may have compassion.” (Isaiah 55: 7)

“Come, buy without money and without price… what is good… that your soul may live.” (Isaiah 55: 1, 2, 3)