Tuesday, August 29, 2006
THE PERSEVERANCE OF THE THE SAINTS
When God calls a man, He does not repent of it. God does not, as many friends do, love one day, and hate another; or as princes, who make their subjects favourites, and afterwards throw them into prison. This is the blessedness of a saint; his condition admits of no alteration. God's call is founded on His decree, and His decree is immutable. Acts of grace cannot be reversed. God blots out his people's sins, but not their names THOMAS WATSON
I hear so many people say that they believe that we can loss our salvation. How can that be when the bible clearly teaches that we are His forever by His Power, He will never abandon one His own. He gives us the grace and perservance to continue on in our walk. It is not to say we will not sin, because we know we will, but the difference is that the Holy Spirit will convict us of our sin and we will repent. God is faithful to keep us till we join Him in Glory. Eternal Security is embedded in the doctrines of Perseverance.
It is a promise of God to keep us and mold us into His image.
Eph.1 13-14 13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possession—to the praise of his glory.
When you look at the words “sealed” and “pledge” it is telling us, as believers if we are endwelled with the Holy Spirit that His promise of salvation is that if a believer is indwelt by the Holy Spirit then the promise of salvation is permanant!
Romans 8:3o Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
The problem some folks have is that if believers believe that they are saved and will never lose their salvation, that gives them the right to continuelly sin, which some see as "Free Grace". Well that is not so! As soon s you become a believer, you are a new creature.
2 Corinthians 5: 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
I think sometimes some think those that believe in the Perseverance of the Saints don't care about Sanctifaction only Justification, that is so untrue. Perseverance teaches that we are comform to the image of Christ. When we become a christian, the Holy Spirit within us grieves when we sin. Our desire will be to please God. It is not works we are doing but the Holy Spirit guiding our spirit to do good.
John 6:40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.
John 10:27-28 27 "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. 28 "And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.
This my favorite promise verse concerning Perseverance
Romans 8:38-39 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Nothing, I mean nothing is going to take ot of the hands of Jesus, we are sealed and preparing for delivery. His love is eternal as is our life with Him. There is nothing that will seprate us from His love.
Here is another great verse that speaks about how much Jesus loves us.
Matthew 18:12-14 12 "What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying? 13 "And if he should find it, assuredly, I say to you, he rejoices more over that sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray. 14 "Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.
Wow, is that not love. I pray that those that believe you can loose your salvation that they come to the "Saving" knowledge of Christ...I really don't know what to say about their salvation because if they do not believe that Jesus can keep them, how many times are they saved? My bible teaches you are only saved once..once and for all.
John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
Php 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform until the day of Jesus Christ
And again another wonderful quote by C.S. Spurgeon. Ca you imagine sitting in the "Metropolitan Tabernacle" listening to him preach. What a blessing that must have been to those that were blessed to see the Lord work in Him!!
"Nay, where the Lord begins he will complete; and if he puts his right hand to any work, he will not stay until the work is done, whether it be to smite Pharaoh with plagues, and at last to drown his chivalry in the Red Sea, or to lead his people through the wilderness like sheep, and bring them in the end into the land that floweth with milk and honey. In nothing doth Jehovah turn from his intent. “Hath he said, and shall he not do it? hath he purposed it, and shall it not come to pass?” He is God and changeth not, and therefore the sons of Jacob are not consumed. There is a world of argument in the quiet words Which the apostle uses. He is confident, knowing what he does of the character of God, that he which hath begun a good work in his saints will perform it until the day of Christ."
Keep, keeping on Brothers and Sister, Heavena and Glory awaits us!!