Saved!

When I began this weekly devotional, I would write it in Word, then paste it into my e-mail client. These days I just compose it in Gmail. In an earlier version, if I left without saving my work, the work would be lost, and I would have to try to remember what I had written and do it over. I constantly worried about whether it was saved. I now have the updated version, and it is continually saving the copy as I’m writing. If leave the program to do something else, when I return it is still there. It is comforting to know my document is saved without any extra effort from me..

I could compare this to our salvation as believers in the Lord Jesus. When we come to Him, confessing our sin, and place our faith in Him, He says “Saved”. When we wander off the path, he says “Saved”. When we return to him, still he says, “Saved.” Nothing further is required of us. In other words, the person who has genuinely taken Jesus Christ as his Savior cannot lose his or her salvation.

I am convinced of this because of what I read in the teaching of the New Testament. Jesus, speaking of those who believe in Him, says this: “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand” (John 10:28-29).

Also, the apostle John, in his first letter, wrote this: “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life” (1 John 5:13).
 
I believe also, that the true Christian will not use this knowledge as a license to sin. Our belief in eternal security allows us to persevere as we run the race, that is, to live the Christian life in every situation, whether it be easy or hard. As the song says, “Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.”
Saved!
Pastor Jerry
 
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2 responses to this post.

  1. If I may, I’d like to ask you a question? If a person who was faithful to God, served God, and loved Him, then renounces God and turns to witchcraft or to another religion such as Hinduism, what would you say about that person? Would you say that they are still saved even though they have renounced Christ? Or would you say they were never really saved?

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    • It is my understanding of scripture that if a person goes from claiming faith in Christ to actually rejecting his claim on their life, that they were probably not saved. They would be among those to whom Christ will say, “I never knew you.” (Matthew 7:21-23).
      Blessings,
      Pastor Jerry

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