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This book is an excellent treatment of the assurance of salvation. MacArthur deals with both the objective realities of salvation that show it is secure, and the subjective experiences by which we enjoy assurance. The moment of conversion is often stressed in preaching and writing but perseverance is sorely neglected. Consider these passages:
As he spake these words, many believed on him. Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.
Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.
More could be said but this book is a good place to start. For a fuller study on saving faith, I recommend also The Gospel According to Jesus: What is Authentic Faith?