This morning I awoke with a hymn ringing in my head:

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine;
Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of his Spirit, washed in His blood.
          This is my story, this is my song,

          Praising my Savior all the day long.
          This is my story, this is my song,
          Praising my Savior all the day long.

Today, let’s dissect this song and see what message it may tell.

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine.

Really? Jesus is yours? Jesus is with you? How do you know? Can you state, without any doubt that Jesus is with you? Can you be absolutely certain? How can you be certain?

Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!

Do you really have a taste of this divine glory? If so, what is it like? What does it taste like, feel like, act like? Can you describe it to someone else? Could you relate to me what this ‘glory divine’ really is? I’d like to know.

Heir of salvation, purchase of God.

How do you know you are an Heir of salvation? How do you know you have been purchased by God? What do you base this knowledge on? What proofs could you provide if asked these questions by a judge?

Born of his Spirit, washed in His blood.

What does Born of his Spirit mean? Could you explain that to me, or someone who does not understand the Bible? Could you use non-Christian terms to explain this to another person? Washed in His blood? That sounds yucky. Really? Do I have to be ‘washed’ in blood? Who’s blood? If you say it is the blood of Jesus, where can I find that blood? He died a couple of centuries ago, so how does it work to be washed in His blood?

Then comes the chorus:
          This is my story, this is my song,
          Praising my Savior all the day long.
          This is my story, this is my song,
          Praising my Savior all the day long.

What exactly is the story? Unless I know it well or completely, how can it be my song?

My question today would be that we often sing hymns without a complete understanding of the meanings of each line. Do we only sing the hymns because they are part of the Worship Service? If that’s the case, then why sing them at all? Shouldn’t the significance of each line in the song have meaning or importance in your life, in my life?

I can’t speak for you, only for my own life. Jesus is very real to me. I know, without a shadow of doubt that He saved me. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may KNOW that you have eternal life (1 John 5:13 NIV).

Personally, I have NEVER doubted my salvation. I KNOW Jesus saved me. He has purchased me by shedding His blood. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, (Eph. 1:7 NIV).

The above song uses a phrase, Jesus is mine.

That is very true, but it is necessary to understand the full impact of that statement.

It does NOT mean that Jesus is mine to do as I please. You do NOT have Christ to do for things for yourself, to call on Him when you get into problems, or ask Him to get you out of a scrape that you got yourself into.

Rather, it means that Jesus is mine, and I belong to Him.

In your Christian life, you surrender all to him. You do not belong to yourself, you belong to Christ. And you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s (1 Cor. 3:23 NKJV). This means that a believer must give up ‘self’, commit to wholly following the Lord, and submission to all that He asks.

If you can say that Jesus is mine, can you honestly say that you completely belong to Him?

If I were a betting person, I’d wager that you do not.

Next question, ‘Do you want to fully belong to Him?’

Again, if I were a betting person, I’d wager that (Fill in the blank.)

Blessed Assurance