“A dictionary for navigators on spiritual rough waters” chapter 34: ‘assure’ with authority

  1. tell someone something positively or confidently to dispel any doubts they may have.
  2. make (something) certain to happen.

If you assure someone of something, you need to be in the position (power) to make it happen. The word is often used with confident authority. without authority over the matter you cannot possibly assure others it will happen the way you say it will.

We can mean well when we assure someone of the good and avoidance of the bad. But unless we can make it happen or not happen, we are actually giving a false hope to the party to whom we are giving an assurance.

In human history, there are countless incidents of false assurances, especially over matters that involve intrinsic values. For example, in relationship human feelings and emotion change overtime. In matters of life and death too, no human can predict 100% accurately the actual outcome.

Yet, there is the existence of such a word, ‘assure’, despite the chance that it may bring disappointment of a failed promise.

So who is qualified to use this word freely? Who has the final say over what will happen? Yes, only One, God.

Jesus has the key

Matthew 5:18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.
John 3:5 Jesus replied, “I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit.
Matthew 18:3 and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.
John 5:25 “And I assure you that the time is coming, indeed it’s here now, when the dead will hear my voice—the voice of the Son of God. And those who listen will live.
Matthew 21:21 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done.
Matthew 17:20 So Jesus said to them, “…for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.
Matthew 18:18 “Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.
Matthew 19:28 Jesus replied, “I assure you that when the world is made new and the Son of Man sits upon his glorious throne, you who have been my followers will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. Luke 23:43 And Jesus replied, “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
Luke 18:28-30 New King James Version (NKJV) 28 Then Peter said, “See, we have left all[a] and followed You.”

29 So He said to them, Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or parents or brothers or wife or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, 30 who shall not receive many times more in this present time, and in the age to come eternal life.”

Footnotes:

  1. Luke 18:28 NU-Text reads our own.
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