I wish to encourage you with the realisation of our security in Jesus Christ. As surely as Christ died for your sin and rose victorious from the grave, your belief in the glorified Christ triggers the Fathers many facets of salvation. For us, we realise experientially the permanency of Christ’s security as we persevere in our faith, walking in obedience, and resting in Christ’s sufficiency.
Let’s consider a few of God’s irrevocable accomplishments that we enjoy in Christ. Think of the love He has for the world that motivated Him to give his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life (Jn 3:16), unending, irreversible life, without the possibility of cancelation. As Jesus affirmed with authoritative certainty in John 6:37, “All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out”. Jesus continues to detail the Father’s sovereign conclusiveness in John 6:40, “For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”
The certainty of our security has absolutely nothing to do with our ability to keep ourselves saved, or even to keep ourselves within God’s grace. Rather, we are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins (Rom 3:24-25). We enjoy the hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began (Tit 1:2). Realise that Holy God, who is incapable of lying or changing, has been seeing us as saved, sanctified, resurrected and glorified in Christ from before He even created time itself.
The apsotle Paul, being fully persuaded of our eternal security, wrote to the Ephesian believers saying that “In him (Christ) you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory (Eph 1:13-14). Such is the sufficiency of Christ’s redemptive work, that the Holy Spirit’s permanent indwelling is in a very real sense an unbreakable seal, guaranteeing God’s ownership of the repentant sinner. Therefore, even on those occasions when “we are faithless, he remains faithful – for he cannot deny himself” (2Ti 2:13).
The arch enemy of our God wants to convince you that Christ’s death is not sufficient to keep you saved when you stumble, he’s WRONG. There will be people in your life who will sow the seeds of doubt, questionings, and of fear – they are in WRONG. They may even attempt to mis-quote or mis-represent God’s Word in an attempt to dislodge your faith in Christ – they are in ERROR.
Instead of listening to the voices of misconception, doubt and error, lets listen ONLY to the God of Scripture. Lets praise God for our unshakable security in Christ. This will disolve fear, highten your joy of salvation, and escalate your hope in Christ’s return. It will deepen your faith, accelerate your expressions of mercy, and ignite your desire to share Christ with those lost in sin. Let’s speak well of the Saviour today for He alone is worthy!