THE SCHOOL & FAMILY CATECHIST
by Rev. William Smith
The Westminster Shorter Catechism – Question 36.
Q. 36 What are the benefits which, in this life, do accompany or flow from justification, adoption, and sanctification?
A. The benefits which , in this life, do accompany or flow from justification, adoption, and sanctification, are assurance of God’s love, peace of conscience, joy in the Holy Ghost, increase of grace, and perseverance therein to the end.
Benefits. –Advantages, privileges, blessings.
Assurance of God’s love. –A sure or certain knowledge, that God delights, or takes pleasure in us, and that it is his will to do us good.
Conscience. –That faculty in the soul of man, which approves or disapproves of any action, according as it is good or bad.
Peace of conscience. –A holy tranquility, or calmness of mind, arising from an assurance of God’s love.
Joy in the Holy Ghost. –A holy gladness, wrought in us by the Spirit of God, arising from the assurance that God is our God, and will be our everlasting portion.
Increase of Grace. –Growing in holiness, or becoming strong in the habit, and abounding in the exercise, of grace.
Perseverance therein. –A constant continuance in the practice of all the duties of a holy life.
The benefits here mentioned, as, even in this life, accompanying, or flowing from, justification, adoption, and sanctification, are five in number :
- The assurance of God’s love. –Isa. xxxii. 17. The effect of righteousness, (shall be) assurance for ever.
- Peace of conscience. –Rom. v. 1. Being justified by faith, we have peace with God, through our Lord Jesus Christ.
- Joy in the Holy Ghost. -Rom xiv. 17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink, but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
- Increase of grace. –Prov. iv. 18. The path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.
- Perseverance in grace to the end. –1 Pet. i. 5. Who are kept, by the power of God, through faith unto salvation, ready to be revealed in the last time.