Full Assurance is Not an Automatic Fruit of Conversion But It Is Duty to be Pursued by the Christian

Full assurance is not an automatic fruit of conversion, nor is it necessarily an immediate fruit.  The believer may be in a state of saving grace for a long time before attaining assurance.  But attaining it is not a remote possibility it is eminently attainable and surely desirable.  The assurance of salvation is an enormous benefit to the Christian, yet it is also to be pursued as  a duty.  The [Westminster] confession alludes to the apostolic injunction to make our election and calling sure.

Sproul, R.C.; Grace Unknown: The Heart of Reformed Theology; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; copyright 1997; p. 203

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