Grounds of Our Assurance are not within us

"Many sincere believers are too introspective. They look too exclusively within, so that their hope is graduated by the degree of evidence of regeneration which they find in their own experience. This, except in rare cases, can never lead to the assurance of hope. We may examine our hearts with all the microscopic care prescribed by President Edwards in his work on The Religious Affections, and never be satisfied that we have eliminated every ground of misgiving and doubt. The grounds of assurance are not so much within, as without us."

Charles Hodge, Systematic Theology (London, 1873), 3:107

HT: Tony Reinke

1 comment:

Sarah said...

This is a great quote too. I need to be on guard against the tendency of introspection that leads to a God-less view: unbelief and hopelessness.