Monday, March 11, 2013

Eternal Security: Holding On or Eternally Held

Many people are not sure whether a saved person can be lost again or whether once saved they are eternally saved. And as long as one is unsettled on this very important truth, doubts and fears are bound to hinder that soul's peace and happiness. 

In place of truth, man's enemy, Satan presents wrong teachings, doubts and reasoning's. In the garden of Eden he raised doubts, saying "Has God said" (Gen. 3:1)? The Holy Spirit encourages simple faith, a prayer and simple belief in the Word of God. 

Happiness comes by accepting a plain statement of scripture which one can understand, and by not allowing it to be overshadowed by a passage that is difficult to understand. 

The Lord gave Peter a lesson on security. "So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 

The Lord of Heaven and earth walked on the sea as on dry land (Mtt. 14:25). Calmly too, He slept in the ship with winds howling around and waves dashing over and filling the vessel, yet instantly at His word they sank to rest, and "there was a great calm" (Mk. 4:37-41). 

The overseeing of our lives and our eternal safety are int he hands of the Lord, our Savior and everlasting friend. He would impart confidence to the weakest and feeblest believer. We are with Him and He with us in the ship and storm (Gen. 28:15). His safety is ours. The One who controls winds and waves, armies of heaven and earth, is Jesus who died to make us His own, who lives to keep His own, and who shall come to claim His own. What security! (See Romans 5:10, 8:34, 2 Cor. 1:10). 

Peter "walked on the water to go to Jesus." To reach his Master was his one object and goal. His eye on Christ, he walked on the rough waves, "but when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid." Why did he look at boisterous winds while his Master was within sight? Fear instead of fearlessness is always the result of turning our eyes from Christ. Although there are moments of danger and our hearts grow cold, yet His ever watchful eye and never failing eye is fixed on every real disciple and His grasps of power rescues from the peril. Peter's terrified cry brought immediate and effectual help. 

The Savior's love and power are equal to every demand made upon Him. Helplessness and self distrust are golden keys to unlock the treasures of grace. If the need is great, the resource is infinite, for we have a great God and Savior to count on. The sinking Peter did not secure his safety by "holding on", but Jesus "stretched forth His hand and caught him." 

Since we are so apt to turn our eyes from Jesus, we may have to learn His faithfulness by our fears and doubts. "If we are unfaithful, He remains faithful" (2 Tim. 2:13, see Is. 49:15-16, 1 Cor. 1:8-9). 

If getting to heaven depended on our "holding on", do you think one redeemed person would enter the mansions of glory? Certainly not. No flesh shall glory in its faithfulness. What presumption! "Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh (Gal. 3:3)? How much better is the language of faith: "being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ" (Phil. 1:6). From Start to finish, "Salvation is of the Lord" (Jonah 2:9).

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