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   For some days I felt I didn't live on earth. The experience I had was indeed so intense that the devil would come back making me wonder if what had happened  was real or was just an emotional overwhelming often happening to people like me. Well, thank God, it was real and this was proven by such a sharp change in my character and life that, besides the inside witness of the Spirit that nothing could make me call in question, my family, the church, my schoolmates, all that new me before could easily notice. A lot of things I loved before, not necessarily bad in themselves, now I had no use at all for. The question now wasn't if I was allowed to do something, but rather what God wanted me to do as a Christian and child of His. The difference is great, and quite a test to prove whether regeneration has taken place or not. I would be often asked to go with friends or do something and it was natural for me to refuse, if I thought God wouldn't approve of it. My friends then, greatly wondering, would ask: "What's the matter with you? You're not the same. What's happened?" And with boldness I would give my testimony. 
   The assurance of salvation is both "objective" and "subjective". The objective comes by believing the Scripture. So much is said there about salvation by faith on the Lord Jesus Christ. When this faith in the word is genuine then the Holy Spirit, Who regenerates the believer, indwells him and gives him what we call "subjective" assurance. The former is man's part, the latter God's. Believe and you will be saved. Of course, no doubt, all is by grace. Man without divine assistance can neither realize his condition, nor feel the need of repentance and trusting Christ for salvation. This being given, for the conversion of a sinner all the praise goes to God. When one professes Christ as one's Savior we do not congratulate him, but say "praise the Lord, God bless you" etc. There is certainly man's part, too, but the work is wholly God's, and to Him we give all the glory. God offers and man must accept the offer. And this also is of God!
   There's a point here that needs further emphasis and clarification, so there would be no misunderstanding. Emotional experience might differ from person to person. And there are those that all indications testify to the fact of their having been saved, that didn't feel anything when they trusted Christ as their Savior nor do they remember when exactly that took place. For God's sake, let us not fall into the trap of making salvation either conditional on or proven by what and how one feels. The word of God leaves no doubt on this. "Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God" (Rom.10:17). Paul had seen a lot, heard a lot, felt a lot, but never based on all that the assurance of his salvation. Only on faith in Christ. He said: "I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him agaist that day" (2 Tim. 1:12b). Amen. 

 
 
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