Text: “And I give unto them Eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man (including ourselves) pluck them out of My hand. My Father, which gave them Me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of His hand. I and My Father are ONE.”
Good morning, Eternally secure Christian! Christ Jesus, the Son of the Living Lord God, has purchased our souls by the shedding of His own sinless and precious Blood on that cruel Cross at
Calvary. Having finished this great work of Redemption
for us - ‘…nothing…’ can pluck us from His hand! Hallelujah!
We are Eternally secure in Christ Jesus!
What a Saviour!
It never ceases to amaze me the depth of opposition I receive - as a Bible Teacher and Evangelist - when I forthrightly declare the doctrine of the Eternal Security of the Christian Believer. (I.e. we are Eternally secure in our Salvation in Christ Jesus. Once saved, we cannot be ‘lost again‘!)
“Oh yes, so you are one of those ‘once saved, always saved’ preachers?”, I am contemptuously asked. So I immediately refine this premise with my own fully persuaded belief below:
Once saved, we are Eternally saved - IF we are truly saved!
We must meet the conditions of God, before we can confidently claim the promises of God - revealed as they are in His written Word.
“For all the promises of God in Him (Christ Jesus) are yea, and in Him amen, unto the glory of God by us.” (2 Corinthians 1:20)
In other words, IF we can say, 'Yea', for definite that we are ‘…in Him (Christ Jesus)…’; then all the promises of God are ‘…'Amen’ (So be it unto you), for us.
Therefore, IF we are fully persuaded that we are born again, Spiritually regenerated; ‘…new creatures in Christ…’ - then we can first prove that we are by a consistent walk with Him.
Every Christian sins every day! There are no sinless Christians! This is REALITY teaching.
“If we say that we have no sin (written by the apostle John, a Christian, to fellow Christian believers!), we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8)
However, WHEN we Christians sin (not IF), we immediately know we have sinned, because God the Spirit lives within us and is immediately grieved.
We not only know we have sinned, but in quick time sincerely seek God’s forgiveness for our sin, confess our sin to Him and, by faith, we receive His promised forgiveness and progressive cleansing from daily sins.
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His Word is not in us.”
(1 John 1:9-10)
(1 John 1:9-10)
This process above is generally referred to as Progressive Sanctification.
In our Standing in Christ: past, present and future sins are already forgiven. (1 John 1:7)
In our daily State - as we walk as ‘…pilgrims through this barren land…’: we sin daily, and need to be cleansed from such sin by open confession of sin to God, and a refilling of God the Spirit in our hearts. (Isaiah 59:1-2)
This is the reason why Paul, in the inspiration of God the Holy Spirit, exhorts us to “…Work out your own Salvation with fear and trembling…’; and ‘Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates (rejected of God).’ (Philippians 2:12 (2 Corinthians 13:5)
IF we are truly saved, then we must prove the fact of our Salvation to ourselves DAILY. IF we are proven faithful, then we are truly saved.
Once saved, we are Eternally saved - IF we are truly saved! And IF we are truly saved, then we are Eternally saved by Christ Jesus.
Christ has taught us that He gives us ‘…Eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any (the ‘man’ is in italics) pluck them out of My hand.”
Therefore, the moment we truly receive Christ Jesus as our own and personal Saviour, by grace, through faith in His Holy Sacrifice at Calvary’s Cross - we have Eternal life from that very moment; Eternal life is Eternal, now, it is not some future event.
Rejoice, then, true Spiritually regenerate Christian! Our Saviour, Christ Jesus, the Son of the Living Lord God, is an Eternal Saviour! Hallelujah!
Thought: Once saved, we are always saved, IF truly saved by Christ!