The word assurance is the “state of being assured; sureness; confidence; certainty.” “A positive declaration intended to give confidence; a promise.” Many are looking for this assurance but refuse to turn to God, the one where assurance comes from. Life insurance is a massive industry. One writer said “The insurance industry is well-represented in the latest Forbes Global 2000 list, which ranks 2,000 of the world’s largest public companies based on a composite score that accounts for each firm’s revenue, profit, assets, and market value. A total of 105 insurers made the 2022 rankings, with 11 securing spots in the top 100. The rest of the world’s top 20 insurance behemoths placed not lower than 220. Overall, these insurance giants boast a combined market value of almost $1.6 trillion and assets amounting to more than $11.2 trillion. Total revenue and profit reached almost $1.9 trillion and $140 billion, respectively.” Homes, property, vehicles, toys, money, lives and even body parts are insured to make sure they are protected and if something happens, replaced. Even with all the money paid out for insurance, it always does not go well and is often not an easy process. Not only is there life insurance but these companies have dabbled into life assurance. “Life assurance policies are designed to pay out when you die.” One company said “Our Life Insurance Plan is currently our only life insurance term product. If you think life assurance might be right for you, we also offer a whole of life plan: our Over 50 Life Insurance.” Another company said “Life assurance is a type of life insurance policy that lasts indefinitely as long as you keep making monthly payments. That means that a life assurance policy is guaranteed to pay out, whenever you pass away.” So really that is not life assurance but this is. Jesus said John 11:25 “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” If more Christians actually believed this, there would not be such a fear of death. People fear losing their stuff and their lives but do not fear God, the creator of everything. Matthew 10:28 “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” God is the only one who can give life assurance. To live in a state of being assured, we must stand on God’s word, the word of life. John 5:24 “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.” Deuteronomy 32:47 “They are not just idle words for you—they are your life. By them you will live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess.” We cannot call ourselves Christians or the church if we do not believe God at His word. Only total commitment to God’s word gives us life assurance.
The church has become very adept at using the bible to say what it wants it to say and at the same time very resistant to what God is actually saying. Even though throughout scripture we have been warned not to add to or subtract from God’s word, the church continues to reject that command, nor does the church fear the consequences of rebellion. Deuteronomy 4:1 “Now, Israel, hear the decrees and laws I am about to teach you. Follow them so that you may live and may go in and take possession of the land the Lord, the God of your ancestors, is giving you. 2 Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the Lord your God that I give you.” Revelation 22:18 “I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. 19 And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll.” Deuteronomy 4:26 “I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you this day that you will quickly perish from the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess. You will not live there long but will certainly be destroyed.” Revelation and Deuteronomy make it very clear what will happen if this warning is not heeded. Every group that calls themselves the church has done this. To see this, just look at the doctrinal beliefs of each group.
The church was supposed to learn from the Old Testament and the church was to continue doing as Jesus did but almost right away the church turned away and ignored God’s word and no longer took Him at His word. As Paul said Galatians 1:6 “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— 7 which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse! 9 As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse!” But since the church has turned away, the church is worshipping in vain and we can be assured that God will keep His word and the church will continue to feel His wrath until the church turns form its wicked ways. 1 Corinthians 15:2 “By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.” We were told Deuteronomy 31:18 “And I will certainly hide my face in that day because of all their wickedness in turning to other gods.” But today’s church does not see their rebellion as wickedness as they have taught there are many ways even though there is only one way. Other gospels are not other ways and is the same as turning to other gods.
When God says surely or certainly or I will or I tell you the truth, don’t think for a moment that God does not mean it. When God speaks, this is truth. We can be assured of that. Luke 1:18 “Zechariah asked the angel, “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.” 19 The angel said to him, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news. 20 And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their appointed time.” He told Solomon who disobeyed Him even after God said he would bless Him. 1 Kings 11:11 “Since this is your attitude and you have not kept my covenant and my decrees, which I commanded you, I will most certainly tear the kingdom away from you and give it to one of your subordinates.” That is exactly what happened. We know for certain that God will bless for obedience and punish for disobedience. The God of love that most churches today preach about is not the God of love from scripture. We also have the assurance God will punish our enemies.