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January 16, 2014, 10:52 AM

Eternal Security


 

“Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, And to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to God our Savior, Who alone is wise, Be glory and majesty, dominion and power,  both now and forever. Amen” Jude 24-25

 

The entire doctrine of eternal security, that is, once you are saved you are always saved, is built around the words to Him who is able. (v.24)  Dear friend, that is the bottom line.  That statement is the key to the door of eternal security.  Our God is not only an awesome God, He is an able God.  He is able to do anything.  That means that God has not failed, God cannot fail, and God will not fail.

Now knowing that God is able, tells me something about salvation.  It is our responsibility to be saved, but it is not our responsibility to stay saved.  Now if that confuses you let me put it to you this way:  Once you are saved, getting to heaven is not your responsibility.  It is your response to His ability.  If I am able to keep my son Joshua from walking off of a cliff, and I just stand by and watch him walk off the edge of that cliff anyway, and fall to his death, then in reality it is not his fault that he fell, it is mine.  Likewise, if God can keep me from falling, but I fall anyway, then it is not really my fault that I fell, it is God’s fault.  But this verse tells me that I cannot fall.  Because if God could keep me from falling, but let me fall anyway, then either He made a mistake or He didn’t care.  But I tell you, God is too wise to make a mistake, and He is too loving to be unkind. 

The God who can keep is the God who does keep. Jude had no doubt about the ability of God. 

You notice that God’s ability is not something that is confined to the yesterdays of life, or Jude would have said, to Him who was able.

You will also notice that God’s ability is not something destined for the tomorrow’s of life, for Jude would have said, to Him who shall be able. He said at this very moment God is able. 

When I go all the way back to the book of genesis and I begin to make my way through both the old and New Testament, I see evidence after evidence, and proof after proof that God is able:

- The creation of the world tells me that God is able.

- The parting of the Red Sea tells me that God is able.

- The walls of Jericho tell me that God is able. 

- The killing of Goliath tells me that God is able.

- The fiery furnace and the lion’s den tells me that God is able.

- The virgin birth tells me that God is able.

- The feeding of the five thousand tells me that God is able.

- The healing of the blind, deaf, mute, and lame tells me that God is able.

But more than any of these things, or all of these things, the empty tomb tells me that God is able.       

 

When you understand that you have faith in a God who is able to do anything, and will do anything necessary to keep you from falling, you have no need to ever doubt your eternal security again.


Have questions about your eternal sercurity, you can email our me at pastor@fbcgholson.org.

 

All for Jesus,

Bro. James
 

 

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