Read Philippians 1:6
If you remember from yesterday, Paul begins to thank God for this church and he starts with joy in their partnership in the gospel.
But secondly, he expresses thanks for His hope in God’s preserving work in his life through what is commonly called eternal security or the perseverance of the saints.
Paul is emphatic. He’s confident! He is absolutely certain that what God started in us through our initial salvation, will be completed on that final day. In other words, God in His sovereign grace will keep us to the very end securely in His grip. We will not lose our salvation. We will not fall away if we are truly His!
Let’s discuss the doctrine of the perseverance of the saints because it is crucial for us to grasp this and it will most definitely increase our joy in the Lord.
Definition: Those whom God the Father has elected, and those for whom Jesus the Son has died, and those for whom the Spirit has given the new birth, can neither totally nor finally lose their salvation, but shall certainly persevere to the end and be eternally saved.
This doctrine does not mean that everyone who at one time PROFESSES faith will endure to the end, but only true believers who are POSSESSORS of faith. It also does NOT mean that true believers can’t fall into times of grievous sins or a season of disobedience. God will discipline His children and ensure they come back to Him. But ultimately and finally, a true regenerated believer can never lose his or her salvation.
Spend some time reading the following verses, which teach the doctrine of eternal security:
In the Greek, there is the use of the double negative with the word “never”. In essence, Jesus is saying it in the strongest way possible that true believers—His sheep—will never perish and no one will be able to snatch us out of His hand nor the Father’s hand.
Romans 8:35 – 39
1 Peter 1:3-5
These Scriptures teach us that God in His powerful grace will never let us fall from our salvation. But at the same time, we are called to persevere to the end. We are called to finish the race. We are called to end well.
The teaching of perseverance of the saints says that God by His grace will work in us to insure that we endure.
1 Corinthians 1:7-9
1 Thessalonians 5:23-24
This verse does not mean that we won’t stumble or commit sins. What it means is that God is powerful in His grace to make sure that we don’t stumble to the point of losing our salvation but that He will cause us to finish the race.
Charles Spurgeon said: “I do not believe we can preach the gospel, if we do not preach justification by faith, without works; nor unless we preach the sovereignty of God in His dispensation of grace; nor unless we exalt the electing, unchangeable, eternal, immutable, conquering love of Jehovah; nor do I think we can preach the gospel, unless we base it upon the special and particular redemption of His elect and chosen people which Christ wrought out upon the cross; nor can I comprehend a gospel which lets saints fall away after they are called, and suffers the children of God to be burned in the fires of damnation after having once believed in Jesus. Such a gospel I abhor.
“If ever it should come to pass,
That sheep of Christ might fall away,
My fickle, feeble soul, alas!
Would fall a thousand times a day
Spend some precious time today praising your great God for promising to keep you in His powerful grip to the end.
Dear Mighty God,
I am in the palm of your hand! NOTHING can separate me from your love in Christ Jesus! I am fail at times and sin against you but because of the blood of Christ and His righteousness given to me as a gift, I can never fall beyond your grace. I am eternally secure in your hands. I praise you for this wonderful gift. Help me to have the confidence that Paul had about your eternal security.
In Your Grip,