The Bible says in Romans 8:37-38: “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Today’s God’s Great Salvation quote is from Lester Roloff. He said: “Jesus, as He was going up the hill, fell beneath the load. Loss of blood, breaking of heart, weary in body, blind from his own blood that came from a crown of thorns. And Jesus said, ‘I can’t make it any further.’ Yet He climbed on up to Calvary and stretched out his arms as he hung on the cross, and said, ‘Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.’ He went on when He couldn’t go on. He finished it when He couldn’t, but He did.”
Our topic today is titled Secure and Sure of It (Part 2) from the book, “So Great Salvation: What it Means to Believe in Jesus Christ” by Dr. Charles Ryrie.
BELIEVING IN ETERNAL SECURITY: THE POWER OF THE FATHER AND THE SON
What are some of the specific reasons for believing in security? Consider these five, which rest on the power and purpose of the Father and the Son to keep us.
First, God the Father has purposed to glorify all those whom He predestined and called. Predestined, called, justified, and glorified are all written in the same tense in this verse, indicating that the glorification of all believers is as certain as their predestination, calling, and justification. And remember, we are justified through faith in Jesus, not faith and commitment of life.
Second, although most would agree that God’s power is fully able to keep the believer secure, some argue that His power can be cut off if a person renounces his faith. But the Lord said that we are secure in His and the Father’s hand, and that guarantees that He will keep safe the one who has received the gift of eternal life. No one (including ourselves) is able to snatch us out of God’s hand. And remember, eternal life is a gift received through faith, not a reward for being willing to follow Christ.