Sermons on Assurance
After giving a stern warning to God’s people in 6:1-8 the author now gives them encouragement in 6:9-12. Though he has spoken hard words to them, he believes that they have obtained salvation. What gives the author this assurance? Love for God expressed in love for the saints. He then exhorts them to pursue real assurance themselves showing that assurance of salvation is both possible and a duty.