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Assurance of Salvation
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1. Biblical Framework

“Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Heb. 11:1). This classic NT definition covers the whole field of the Christian striving for assurance of salvation. Faith as the response to salvation, as its appropriation, is not something that we see or have. It is a pilgrimage (Phil. 3:12). It is unthinkable without the element of the “not yet” (see 1 Cor. 13:12). It is not skeptical vacillation, however, or a nom…

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Lochman, Jan Milič and Marquardt, Manfred, “Assurance of Salvation”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 20 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_A659>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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