Where would we be if Christ’s work lasted for a few years? Where would we be if one day our Father disowned us because He could once more remember our sin?
In John 10:27-30, Jesus says “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. I and My Father are one.”
Eternal salvation: the great promise of God. Is there any greater hope than to know that our sins are buried deeper than the sea, and never to be found? Can there be better news than to know the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ stands forever?
Our Savior really has done a great thing, but His work is not finished. The cross is not the final touch to the Father’s master plan. Yes, it is the greatest display of the Father’s love, but by no means is it the end of the Father’s love. His will is more than a prayer of forgiveness and repentance for all who would believe in Jesus.
In 1649, a document known as the Westminster Confession of Faith was completed. And in the seventeenth chapter it states this regarding eternal salvation:
“They, whom God hath accepted in His Beloved, effectually called, and sanctified by His Spirit, can neither totally nor finally fall away from the state of grace, but shall certainly persevere therein to the end, and be eternally saved.”
In other words, the security of our salvation is dependent on the fact that God enables us to persevere. It is not Biblical to say that anyone who confesses some commitment to Christ should have no fear of hell. Rather, it is a persevering commitment to Christ that is the assurance of our eternal salvation. For that reason this doctrine is called the Perseverance of the Saints.
This is how the plan continues on. Through our obedience in faith, the Father continues the work of love our Savior started. And no one can fathom the depths of God’s love.
A little about me:
My name is Emmanuel Pottipadu. Don’t worry about trying to pronounce my last name. Most people call me Manny or Eman. I am a junior at Mizzou studying Information Technology. One of my main passions is leading worship at Christian Fellowship Church and at cfLIVE. I am also an outgoing dork…yeah
P.S. Feel free to comment and share your thoughts; in fact, I encourage it! The purpose of this blog is to spark conversations and think about the things of God. I pray you enjoy a God-filled day!