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Queen Victoria’s Question

After a service at St Paul’s Cathedral, Queen Victoria asked a clergyman whether a person could be sure and certain that they had eternal life here and now. The minister replied: ‘Your majesty, such assurance is not possible’.

When this conversation was published in the Court News it caused a lot of discussion and some concern. Finally John Townsend, a humble minister in a remote English village wrote to the Queen and drew her attention to some scripture passages which showed that a true believer can be certain of eternal life.

In due course the Queen answered him with a letter of her own which said:

I have carefully and prayerfully read the portions of scripture referred to. I now believe in the finished work of Christ for me and trust by God’s grace to meet you in the Home of which He said ‘I go to prepare a place for you’. Victoria

After the Queen’s important discovery she used to carry around a little booklet to give to others. It was called Safety, Certainty and Enjoyment.

The assurance of salvation is the birthright of every Christian. Sadly there are some, like the clergyman at St Paul’s, who feel that such a claim is presumption. But it is actually taking God at his word – a privilege not a presumption. Verse after verse in the New Testament assures us that those who sincerely put their trust in Christ as Saviour and Lord are in his keeping for all time.

Here are some of the many great passages in God’s word John 14:1-6, 1 John 5:10-13, John 3:36, Eph 2:8-10, 1 Peter 3:18, 1 Peter 1:3-9, John 3:16, Romans 3:21-23.

Why not plan to read them in your quiet times this week.

Prayer: Our Lord Jesus we gladly reaffirm our confidence in your many promises to us that we are yours forever and that, because you paid the debt of our sin, we now belong to you. We thank you for your offer of forgiveness and the gift of eternal life.