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Eternal Security

Greetings:

 

May the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with you

(2 Thessalonians 3:16).

 

Concerning Eternal Security: if you believe the truth of Jesus Christ, you have not only been included in Christ, but you also have been sealed with the Holy Spirit who is the guarantee of your inheritance among God’s people. We are His prized possession (Ephesians 1:13,14; 4:30; 2 Corinthians 1:21-22). We are children of promise, born of the Spirit (Galatians 4:28-29; John 3:5-8).

 

Jesus Christ declares that no one who belongs to Him shall perish; no one can snatch them out of His mighty hand. He also declares, “My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out My Father’s hand. I and the Father are One.” They are in agreement concerning this matter (John 10:27-30).  Not even you can remove you from His mighty hand!  Our Father will not allow any one to remove us from His hand.  He didn’t rescue us in order to lose us again!

 

If you’re born again, you can’t get any closer to God than you are; He lives in You (John 14:20)! Don’t you know that? Don’t you hear Him bearing witness with your spirit that you are a child of God (Romans 8:16)?  If not, you need to born again; you need a heart conversion; you need to ask Jesus to forgive you your sins and ask Him to come into your life (John 3:5-8). At that point, the Spirit of adoption will come into your heart (Romans 8:15; Ephesians 1:5-8; 1John 3:1).

 

It is so important to understand the difference between being born again and simply believing in the gospel message. Believing the gospel message can simply be a mental agreement that the message about Jesus Christ is true, but being born again is a heart conversion.  With your mind you can agree to the truth of Jesus Christ, yet your heart can be closed to Jesus Christ.  When you are born again, you have invited Jesus Christ to come into your heart, you have a new spirit and the Spirit of Christ lives in you (John 3:5-8).  The Spirit of the Lord comes into our hearts not our minds.  “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you?  You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body”  (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). 

 

Concerning sin: what happens when a born again Christian sins?  Thank God, the person does not lose his salvation because Jesus Christ is the Once For All Atoning Sacrifice for ALL of our sins – past, present, and future sins (Hebrews 1:3; 10:12).  “He forgave us ALL our sins, having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; He took it away, nailing it to the cross” (Colossians 2:13,14).  Thank God! “Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people” (Hebrews 9:28). “He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world” (1 John 2:2).  It’s true: Once Saved; Always Saved!  Is this true?  Of course it is!

 

Let there be no doubt, God did not save us to lose us.  You can be sure, the Holy Spirit does not flee when we sin.  Be assured, He convicts us of sin so that we will confess our sins and be cleansed of unrighteousness (1 John 1:8,9).  If you say you don’t sin, you make God out a liar (1 John 1:10).  So it is not a matter of getting saved and getting your life right.  Instead, it’s a matter of allowing the Spirit of God opportunity to do His work in us.  Let’s not insult the Spirit of grace (Hebrews 10:26-31; 4:14-16).

 

Again, what happens when the Christian sins?  You don’t lose your secure position in Christ, but your relationship with God is broken.  It’s like wandering children.  You love the kids, but if they choose to wander off into a sinful life style, the relationship is broken.  They do not want to be around you, as much as you love the kids, they want nothing to do with what you stand for. They are trapped.  The devil has taken them captive to do his will (2 Timothy 2:26). 

 

Also, because they are focused on living a sinful life, they certainly are not focused on those things that will earn them rewards at the Judgment seat of Christ.  Remember, at the Judgment seat of Christ, we are not judged for sins, our sins were judged at the Cross. Instead, we are judged for our works in order to receive rewards (1 Corinthians 3:10-15; Hebrews 9:28). 

 

Definitely, when sin is in control of a Christian, they are not longing for the soon return of Jesus so they loose the Crown of Righteousness (2 Timothy 4:8).  And sin will keep them from sharing the gospel message and getting people saved, so they loose the Crown of Rejoicing (1 Thessalonians 2:19,20).  Sin will certainly disqualify them for the Incorruptible Crown that those who maintain mastery over their sinful nature will receive (1 Corinthians 9:25). And they certainly will not be willing be martyrs for Christ and so loose the Crown of Life (Revelation 2:10).  Of course, if they were called to be shepherds of God’s people but they choose to live a sinful life, they won’t be willing to care for God’s people and so loose the Crown of Glory (1 Peter 5:2-4).  So we see that sin will rob people of eternal rewards.

 

The ramifications of sin are great, there is no doubt about it, especially in this life. Even though a born again Christian does not loose his/her position in Christ, they do loose the opportunity to enjoy fellowship with our heavenly Father.  He is holy and so sin separates the sinner from close relationship with Him, how sad.  Just like an estranged child, the benefits of a close relationship are not there. How very sad!   And they reap the consequences of their sins (Galatians 6:7-9). 

 

From my own experience, I’ve learned that when my attitudes and actions are contrary to the Word of God, I sense a distance between the Lord and me.  Because sin dulls spiritual senses, it usually takes time for me to recognize the separation.  But once the word of God wakes me up to that fact (Hebrews 4:12-13), and I confess my sins according to 1 John 1:8,9, immediately I sense the closeness restored. 

 

Thank God, redemption is a life long process (Romans 5:9,10) that does not require us to live a perfect life, simply a yielded life, quick to confess our sins and receive forgiveness and cleansing.  Far too many Christians do not realize the fact that God makes it easy enjoy a life pleasing to Him. “Clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and DO NOT THINK ABOUT how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature” (Romans 13:14). Also, Romans 5:17 “For if, by the trespass of the one man [Adam], death reigned through that one man, HOW MUCH MORE will those who receive: God’s abundant provision of grace and God’s GIFT of righteousness (Romans 3:22) REIGN in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.”

 

In conclusion: “Avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife. And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition” (2 Timothy 2:23-25).  Listen to this guy, Rev. David knows what he’s talking about!

 

Peace be to all of you who are in Christ, Rev. David, overseer. Here's a great songhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsEkw-KGdZE

An Invitation: If you haven’t accepted God’s free gift of eternal life, but you would like to, simply pray this prayer: “Jesus Christ, I believe you are the Son of God and that you died on the cross for my sins.  I admit that I’m a sinner, please forgive my sins and come into my life; I want to be born again.  Please show me how real you are. Also baptize me with your Holy Spirit. Thank you for accepting me.”

If you’re still a skeptic: “God, if this is true, please help me understand so that I can accept the gift of New Birth you purchased for me."


 



 

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