A sense of confidence, security or certainty, especially concerning one’s salvation.
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Assurance. Certainty or confidence about one’s beliefs or actions. The “assurance of hope” (Heb 6:11) and the “assurance of faith” (Heb 10:22; 11:1) are mentioned as qualities of wholeness that lead believers to responsible living. Paul spoke of an “assured understanding” of the gospel of Christ, which
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Assurance [Heb. ’āman (Dt. 28:66); Gk. pístis, plērophoría, hypóstasis (He. 11:1)]; AV, NEB, also SUBSTANCE (He. 11:1); NEB also SECURITY; ASSURED [Heb. [’emeṯ] (Jer. 14:13); Gk. plērophoría (Col. 2:2), plēróō (4:12)]; AV also COMPLETE (Col. 4:12); NEB LASTING, CONVICTION. These words are
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
ASSURANCE Certainty or confidence about one’s beliefs or actions. The “assurance of hope” (Heb 6:11) and the “assurance of faith” (Heb 10:22; 11:1) are mentioned as qualities of wholeness that lead believers to responsible living. Paul spoke of an “assured understanding” of the gospel of Christ, which
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
assurance, as a theological concept, a sense of certainty regarding God and God’s utter trustworthiness. The concept is developed most explicitly in Christian theology and with reference to nt texts. For example, the Letter to the Hebrews speaks of “the full assurance of hope” to be realized through
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
ASSURANCE. The realization by redeemed people that they are truly saved. Eternal security is the work of God which guarantees salvation forever, while assurance is the realization of this fact by the individual. The Gr. word usually translated “assurance” is plērophoria (Rom 4:12; Col 2:2; 1 Thess 1:5;
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
ASSURANCE. 1. Grounds for certainty (a pledge, token or proof). 2. The state of certainty. Both Testaments depict faith as a state of assurance founded upon divinely given assurances.Sense 1 is found in Acts 17:31, where Paul says that by raising Jesus God has ‘given assurance to all men’ (pistis, objectively
Dictionary of the Later New Testament & Its Developments
AssuranceAssurance is a concept that is not encompassed by a single word in the Greek NT. It falls within the same semantic domain as faith, hope, peace, confidence, boldness, firmness, certainty, knowledge and courage (cf. Louw and Nida). So instead of offering a word study, this article defines the
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
ASSURANCE. A term brought into theology from the Scriptures, sometimes used broadly by theologians as referring to certitude respecting the validity of Christian revelation; most commonly employed to denote the firm persuasion of one’s own salvation. The latter must of course include the former. In experience
Encyclopedia of the Reformed Faith
Assurance of Salvation
Assurance of SalvationOne of the great benefits of the Reformation was the recovery of the doctrine of the Christian believer’s assurance of eternal security in Christ.The developed Roman Catholic system opposed this doctrine. (1) It taught that the blood of Jesus availed only for the purging of sins
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
AssuranceThe resurrection of Jesus (Acts 17:31) is the “assurance” (Gr. pistis, generally rendered “faith”) or pledge God has given that his revelation is true and worthy of acceptance. The “full assurance [Gr. plerophoria, ‘full bearing’] of faith” (Heb. 10:22) is a fulness of faith in God which leaves
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Assuranceassurance, the theological concept of certainty and persuasion communicated in the gospel to the eyes of faith about God and God’s utter trustworthiness as the faithful Promiser. Implying neither personal tranquility nor robust confidence, neither blanket security nor rosy optimism, this assurance
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
ASSURANCE — the state of being assured; freedom from doubt and uncertainty. As a theological concept, assurance is one of the richest doctrines of the Bible. It refers to the believers’ full confidence and conviction that the penalty of their sins has been paid and that heaven has been secured as their
Key passages
Jn 3:16

For in this way God loved the world, so that he gave his one and only Son, in order that everyone who believes in him will not perish, but will have eternal life.

Ro 8:31–39

What then shall we say about these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Indeed, he who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all, how will he not also, together with him, freely give us all things? Who will bring charges against God’s elect? God is the …

Col 2:1–10

For I want you to know how great a struggle I have on behalf of you, and those in Laodicea, and all those who have not seen my face in person, so that their hearts may be encouraged, united in love and into all the wealth of the full assurance of insight into the knowledge …

2 Ti 1:12

for which reason also I suffer these things. But I am not ashamed, because I know in whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted until that day.

Heb 10:19–23

Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence for the entrance into the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way which he inaugurated for us through the curtain, that is, his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, …

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