Eternal Security

 

masterpiece“Do you believe that ‘once saved, always saved’ is true?” he asked me. Obviously the man was looking for an argument, his mind already mind up.  I smiled because like most clichés it was true on the surface but left much unsaid and misunderstood.  Some repeat that line like a mantra, excusing huge holes in their Christian life and personal devotion. Others scoff at it and live in perpetual fear that they are not ‘good enough for God.’  For those of you not in on the old debate, the question is about having trusted Christ as Savior, can a person lose their way, falling back into sin, and be alienated from the Lord?

My thought when questioned about that is why is it important? If we love God, we choose to live close to Him, we follow and obey the Spirit and the issue is non-existent, is it not?  I compare it to a married person asking, “How much do I have to love my spouse in order to stay married?” Marriage is not just a legal contract conditioned on fidelity. It is a covenant that is fed and nurtured, not because of obligation, but in devotion.

 John encourages me with this truth. “This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.”  (1 John 5:1-5, NIV)  If we claim to know Christ Jesus and responded to the invitation to faith, there will be observable evidence of an inward change. What is it? That love will show in our choices. We will obey our Father. Moreover, that devotion will not be something we sigh about, complain over, or look for a minimal compliance.  No, it will not be a heavy burden to live for Him, it will be our delight!  Why? Because our focus will not be on our ability to be holy, but on Him who is transforming us, inside out.

The Christian religion puts the focus on the goodness of the person.  Be good. Don’t sin. Go to church. Don’t … don’t … don’t! That is at the least an extremely immature way of understanding the way of Jesus and, at worst, it is a lie that robs the one attempting on his own to do what only God, the Holy Spirit, can do through faith and by grace of true peace and genuine salvation!  The Word tells us that God intervened, sent His Son to erase the blot of human disobedience. How do we get in on that promise? We believe and trust. “God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” (Ephesians 2:8-10, NLT)

That profound truth of amazing grace will inevitably change the way we live. Stop asking the question about whether you are ‘eternally secure.’ Instead focus on the majesty of the Gospel, shown us in Christ Jesus.

Here is a word from the Word, a real promise and an invitation for a Monday morning.  “So, then, if with Christ you’ve put all that pretentious and infantile religion behind you, why do you let yourselves be bullied by it? “Don’t touch this! Don’t taste that! Don’t go near this!” Do you think things that are here today and gone tomorrow are worth that kind of attention?”  (Colossians 2:20-22, The Message)  “If you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective. Your old life is dead. Your new life, which is your real life—even though invisible to spectators—is with Christ in God. He is your life.” (Colossians 3:1-4, The Message)

Don’t leave Jesus at your church, take Him with you to work today and let the whole world see His love in you, for you, and through you.

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This Is Amazing Grace

 Who breaks the power of sin and darkness
Whose love is mighty and so much stronger
The King of Glory the King above all kings 

Who shakes the whole earth with holy thunder
Who leaves us breathless in awe and wonder
The King of Glory the King above all kings

 This is amazing grace
This is unfailing love
That You would take my place
That You would bear my cross
You laid down Your life
That I would be set free
Oh Jesus I sing for all that You’ve done for me

 Who brings our chaos back into order
Who makes the orphan a son and daughter
The King of Glory the King of Glory 

Who rules the nations with truth and justice
Shines like the sun in all of its brilliance
The King of Glory the King above all kings

Jeremy Riddle | Josh Farro | Phil Wickham
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