John Robbins Quick Quote

I have been taking a bit of a break from blogging, but don’t want to ignore it entirely.   So here is an old comment from Dr. Robbins in response to one of Clark’s many critics that infested the old Yahoo groups “Clark discussion list”:

John says that he has written that we may know — that is, it is the writing — the Scripture — that gives us knowledge. He does not say that extra-Biblical knowledge — if there could be such a thing — is needed. He says the Scripture is sufficient. In that he agrees with Paul in 1 Timothy, 1 Corinthians, Colossians, etc. One who believes the Gospel, whether he is assured or not, can have the true belief that he is saved. When Clark spoke of deduction, I suppose he had in mind a syllogism such as the one I suggested earlier:

All who believe the Gospel are saved.
I believe the Gospel.
Therefore, I am saved.

Now the question is, Can we be mistaken about whether we believe the Gospel?  Yes, we can. Do you deny that? It is not possible that the proposition “All who believe the Gospel are saved” is false. That is a revealed truth. But we may deceive ourselves about what the Gospel is, and about our own state of mind. Christ says that many church leaders will appear before him on the last day, assured of their salvation, only to be thrown into Hell. That is, they believe, incorrectly, the proposition “I am saved” to be true. They are assured of eternal life, but they do not know they have it. Assurance is a state of mind, not a quality of propositions. Biblical assurance comes from believing the Word of God, as John says.

…There are many warnings in Scripture — take heed, lest you fall — that the Arminians have misused to teach that a person can lose his salvation, but which in my opinion bear on this very question of self-deception. If anyone wants to be assured of his salvation, he must stop looking at himself and look only at Christ. The error of those in Matthew 7 who are turned into Hell is that they cite their own accomplishments, not Christ’s.  – Robbins  (#406)

*See also “Justification and Judgement” by John Robbins.

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6 Comments on “John Robbins Quick Quote”

  1. Andrew Buckingham Says:

    Very well put:

    “If anyone wants to be assured of his salvation, he must stop looking at himself and look only at Christ. The error of those in Matthew 7 who are turned into Hell is that they cite their own accomplishments, not Christ’s.”

    Thank you for sharing this, Patrick.

    Regards,
    Andrew

  2. Hugh McCann Says:

    The gospel HAS to be understood as the death & resurrection of Christ to save his people (the elect) from their sins, death, & hell. Per 1 Co. 15:3f & Matt. 1:21.

    Without particular redemption in particular, and sovereign grace in general, there can be no assurance.

    “for OUR sins,” Paul says above.

  3. Gus g Says:

    I miss John so very much

    Gus

  4. justbybelief Says:

    I just listened to the ‘Justification and Judgment’ lecture by Robbins the other day–awesome explanation of Matthew 7 (http://www.trinitylectures.org/MP3/Justification_and_Judgment–A_Sermon_on_Matthew_7.21-23.mp3).

    It reminded me of the following hymn stanza: “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness. I dare not trust the sweetest frame but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.”

    And, from the Heidelberg Catechism: “What is your only hope in life and in death…”

    Eric


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