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The assurance of believers is based upon the certain knowledge of God revealed in creation and his mighty acts in history, upon the certainty of his promises, the vindication and resurrection of Christ and the inward testimony and outward demonstration of the power of the Holy Spirit.

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Assurance is based upon the certain knowledge of God

Assurance comes from knowing God through creation

Romans 1:19–20 NIV
since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
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Assurance comes from knowing God through his mighty acts

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Assurance is based upon the certainty of God’s word

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Assurance because of God’s oath

Hebrews 6:17 NIV
Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath.
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Assurance because of God’s promise

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Assurance is based upon God’s vindication of his Son

Assurance because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ

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Assurance because of the miracles of Jesus Christ

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Assurance comes through the work of the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit assures believers by enabling outward demonstrations of God’s power

Hebrews 2:4 NIV
God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.
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The Holy Spirit assures believers by giving inward conviction

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The Holy Spirit assures believers by sealing God’s promise

Ephesians 1:13–14 NIV
And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.
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Assurance based upon the testimony of God’s people

Assurance because of the testimony of eye-witnesses

2 Peter 1:16–19 NIV
For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. He received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain. We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.
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Assurance because of the testimony of the apostles

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Assurance is based upon godly living

1 John 2:3–5 NIV
We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him:
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Not continuing in sin:

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love for fellow believers; love for God the Father and God the Son
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