Assurance of salvation is not just a theoretical, academic issue but preeminently one of life and practice.
The following quotes are from the opening chapters:
“The question regarding certainty of faith is not only scientific, theological, but also of practical, religious importance. It is of concern not only to the theologian but also to the layman. It belongs not only in the study, but also in the living room. It is not just a theoretical, academic issue but preeminently one of life and practice.”
“The assurance of salvation is not something you can inherit; no one is born with it. Neither is it the fruit of human effort nor a reward for duties conscientiously performed. We seek it in vain in the treasures of this earth, in life’s joys, in the praise of the masses, in the fame of scholarship, in the acclaim of the arts, or in anything here below. In order to live comforted and die happily, we need certainty about the invisible and eternal things above. We must know what we are and where we are going. We must know that our personhood is more than a ripple in the ocean, that the moral battle stands far above the natural order, and that the highest and purest ideals of the soul are not illusion but reality.”