Faith , again , is not the assurance that Jesus died for me . I sometimes feel myself a little at variance with that verse -- " Just as I am -- without one plea But that thy blood was shed for me . " It is eminently suitable for a child of God , but I am not so sure as to its being the precise way for putting the matter for a sinner . I do not believe in Jesus because I am persuaded that his blood was shed for me , but rather I discover that his blood was shed especially for me from the fact that I have been led to believe in him . I fear me there are thousands of people who believe that Jesus died for them , who are not born of God , but rather are hardened in their sin by their groundless hopes of mercy . There is no particular efficacy in a man's assuming that Christ has died for him ; for it is a mere truism , if it be true as some teach , that Jesus died for everybody. On such a theory every believer in a universal atonement would necessarily be born of God , which is very far from being the case . When the Holy Spirit leads us to rely upon the Lord Jesus , then the truth that God gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in him might be saved , is opened up to our souls , and we see that for us who are believers , Jesus died with the special intent that we should be saved . For the Holy Spirit to assure us that Jesus shed his blood for us in particular is one thing , but merely to conclude that Jesus died for us on the notion that he died for everybody is as far as the east is from the west , from being real faith in Jesus Christ . Neither is it faith for me to be confident that I am saved , for it may be the case that I am not saved , and it can never be faith to believe a lie . Many have concluded rashly that they were saved when they were still in the gall of bitterness . That was not the exhibition of confidence in Christ but the exhibition of a base presumption destructive to the last degree . To come back to where we started from , faith , in a word , is reliance upon Jesus Christ . Whether the Redeemer died in special and particular for me or not , is not the question to be raised in the first place ; I find that he came into the world to save sinners under that general character I come to him , I find that whosoever trusteth him shall be saved , I therefore trust him , and having done so , I learn from from his word that I am the object of his special love , and that I am born of God .