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“Let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith” (Hebrews 10:22). “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1).
On the way back from our trip to Newport, RI earlier this month we stopped by Mountain Grove Cemetery in Bridgeport, Connecticut to see the tombstone of Fanny Crosby. We had stopped by to see her tombstone in 2008 and decided to do so again. Fanny lived with her half sister in Bridgeport during her last years on earth, and after a six month illness she died on February 12, 1915.
Most all of our readers have sung a song written by Fanny Crosby. She wrote more than 8,000 poems and a good number are still sung today (if your church sings music over 5 years old, that is). She didn’t like the acclaim so she resorted to using pen names to write many of them. Perhaps Fanny Crosby’s most well-known hymn is “Blessed Assurance” with the lyrics written on her tombstone. This hymn was sung at the service we attended for Veda Shibilo, our former church secretary, in New England that prompted our trip to New England in the first place.
Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.”
Blessed assurance can be a testimony we all share as we especially consider:
* The provisions of God in our past,
* The presence of God in our present and
* The promises of God in our future.
A reflection on these truths indeed leads to blessed assurance!
- The blessed assurance of our salvation, which is the main focus of the hymn
- The blessed assurance that God is in control; as so many have fears and concerns about the COVID-19 we must remember this and keep it before us
- The blessed assurance that God will always be with us
In today’s text from the book of Hebrews we read a wonderful phrase, “full assurance of faith”. What a great blessing this full assurance is. “Assurance, which is not a commonly used word apart from theology, comes from the word ‘assure’ which in turn comes from the word, ‘sure’. It speaks of the certainty of our salvation ‘with no doubt as to our acceptance when coming to God by the blood of Christ'” (Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary). Clarke’s commentary states, “Being fully persuaded that God will accept us for the sake of His Son, and that the sacrificial death of Christ gives us full authority to expect every blessing we need.”
There is certainly a sound Biblical basis for Fanny Crosby’s song. It’s one of the greatest blessings of life to have a full assurance of faith. May the Lord fill your heart with His blessed assurance today regardless of what you are going through.
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily prayer: Father, as heirs of Your salvation, we have been purchased with the sacrificial blood of Your precious Son, Jesus. He gave His all that we might be saved from the eternal consequences of sin and have our names written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. We have the blessed assurance that we are redeemed from sin and saved for eternity in heaven. Thank You for such wondrous love and abundant provision on our behalf. Amen.
“When Fanny traveled, it was usually by train; and she was fiercely independent, insisting on traveling alone, despite her blindness, until she was up in her eighties. Fanny lived in the rundown tenements of lower Manhattan so she’d be nearer her beloved Rescue Missions where she worked with the homeless and addicted.” (Robert J. Morgan “Then Sings my Soul”)
“Blessed Assurance” Video CityAlight (Different song, great message)
Here’s a fun quiz for those familiar with hymns. How many hymn titles or phrases from hymns can you find in this poem by Greg Asimakoupoulos?