Monday, March 11, 2013

Eternal Security: My Sheep...Shall Never Perish

As sheep, our security is the responsibility of our Shepherd (1 Pet. 2:25). Of each saved sheep it is written, "And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing" (Lk. 15:5). The struggles of the sheep would not be to keep on, but to get off. We are not saved by our "holding on", for sheep have no hands to hold on by. Now all the Lord's sheep are borne along the shoulders of the rejoicing Shepherd, and thus all are equally saved. The Shepherd will take care that not one shall slip off His shoulders. When danger is past, the journey ended, and home reached (v6), the Shepherd's note of joy is this: "I have found My sheep which was lost." Thus the eternal safety of every sheep is the blessed Lord's own personal responsibility and care. 

"My Sheep" whether they are white, black or brown, dirty or blemished, inclined at times to stray or nibble at wrong food, yet they are His redeemed sheep having a nature which distinguishes them from goats, pigs or dogs. 

"They follow Me", sometimes they follow "a far off" until He in His faithful grace restores them. The Shepherd says, "I know them." The weaknesses, fears and temptations of each one of the purchased flock are perfectly known to Him! Yes, "The Lord knows them that are His" (2 Tim. 2:19). He comprehend all perfectly, and in the absolute knowledge of each one's name, character, and ways, He declares, "I give unto them eternal life." 

"The gift of God is eternal life" (Rom. 6:23). How can eternal life be anything else but eternal? It can not be lost, forfeited, or sinned away, for "the gifts and calling of God are without repentance" (Rom. 11:29). Eternal life once given is an everlasting gift. He who gave has pledged His word not to recall it. A Christian, when he sins, doe not forfeit the life he has, but he mars the enjoyment of it. The life is God's free gift; it is unfettered by conditions and never withdrawn. 

"Has everlasting life" is the Lord's repeated declaration to all who believe on His name (Jn. 3:15, 16, 36, 5:24). And this "life is hid with Christ in God" (Col. 3:3). How then can it be lost? It is not in our hands to keep or to lose. Our "life is in His Son" (1 Jn. 5:11). "These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God" (1 Jn. 5:13). 

"They shall never perish" this brief statement of four words is a mine of gold. The word never in the Greek language is the strongest, double- emphatic word possible. It's stronger than saying, "never never" in English. He declares the sheep shall never perish, knowing well their continual proneness to wander and their timidity and weakness tot he slightest apparent danger. Never the less in John 5:24, He, who endured the judgement of God for them, assures them that they shall never come into judgement. 

"Neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand" how safe the sheep are! No enemy can reach them in His hand. Nor is it the good sheep alone which are grasped by and held in the secure hand of the omnipotent Savior, all the sheep are equally maintained by divine power; all are equally safe. He will hold me fast. "My Father, which gave them Me is greater than all" (v29). Believers are the Father's gift to the Son, and this very fact in itself insures the resurrection of every one given tot he Son (Jn. 6:37, 39, 40, 17:24). 

"No man is able to pluck them out of My Father's hand." We are in the hand of the Son (v28), and in the hand of the Father (v29). "Kept by the power of God" (1 Peter 1:5). Our eternal security is in other and more powerful hands than our own. Then comes the climax to this marvelous statement about our present and eternal safety: "I am My Father are One" (v30). One in divine nature and one in purpose to keep the blood bought sheep (Acts 20:28, Mtt. 16:18).

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