Certitude of Certainty

For Lord’s Day, August 5, 2012

Dear Saints,

Tomorrow evening we celebrate the Lord’s Supper together. Following is another excerpt from Gordon J. Keddie’s book, The Lord’s Supper is a Celebration of Grace, to prepare your soul:

“A seal pledges the validity and certainty of the thing signified … the symbols of the Lord’s Supper — bread and wine — are pledges of the validity of Christ’s death as an atonement for sin and the certainty of his purpose of salvation for all who will believe in him.  They are, observes Herman Hoeksema, ‘as it were, the oath of God, which He will surely fulfil.'”

Those of you at last Wednesday’s teaching on The Revelation of John may remember that I quoted Gordon Clark from a lecture series, where he made the distinction between certainty and certitude.  Certainty being the absolute fact of reality, whether or not we are aware or convinced or assured of the fact.  Certitude is our being confident of the fact, and it can increase (The Revelation is to give us more certitude of the certainty of Christ’s victory and thus, in Him, ours).

The Lord’s Supper is meant to give you increasing certitude of the certainty of your salvation by virtue of your union in Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection.  To know that His sacrifice was accepted as perfectly (and solely) valid on your behalf by the Father to be reconciled and at peace with Him.  May you grow in your assurance by being assured of the fact of your salvation in Christ as you partake of the bread and wine, beloved.

Semper Reformanda,

Pastor Grant