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Should we really have blessed assurance?

Whether or not a person could know with certainty that he or she was saved from divine judgment and divine wrath has been a controversial issue in the history of the church.

History Professor Michael Haykin
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The Holy Spirit brings assurance | photo: Sunyu on www.unsplash.com

The New Testament writers assume that it is part and parcel of the normal Christian experience (see, for example, 1 John 3:14). During the Middle Ages, however, Thomas Aquinas bracketed this experience as extraordinary, and argued that only a special revelation from God could give assurance.