Quantcast
The Eternal Security of the Born-Again Believer
AUTHOR: Hutson, Curtis
PUBLISHED ON: May 5, 2003
DOC SOURCE: CCN
PUBLISHED IN: Bible Studies

                                The Eternal Security
                              of the Born-Again Believer

                              Can I Lose My Salvation?

                                    By Curtis Hutson
                                (Starts on Page No. 9)

                            with excerpts from Arthur Pink
                      from his 3 volume set on the Gospel of John
                                          and
                                    from Millard Day
                      from his book called “basic bible doctrines”
                                          and
                                    from Hal Lindsey
                          from his book called “Combat Faith”

            All Scriptural quotes are taken from the New International Version
                Unless otherwise indicated at the beginning of the verse
                          Such as: (KJV)==> King James Version
                                    (NKJ)==> New King James Version
                                    (RSV)==> Revised Standard Version
                          Example: JOH 1:1
                                    (NKJ)

                  For a comprehensive, but very “easy to read” account
            of the “literal” Fall of Adam, which necessitated Christ’s Death,
              I strongly suggest reading the book by Hal Lindsey entitled
                            “The Liberation of Planet Earth”
                        which can be ordered at any book store,
                          or found in most Public Libraries.

          ** NOTE **  If Adam wasn’t real, than the Bible and Christ’s  death
          was  meaningless. Because Jesus claimed that the reason He  had  to
          come and die was to Undo that which was lost at the Fall.

          1Corinthians  15:45  So it is written:
                                “The first man Adam became a living being”;
                                the last Adam, a life-giving spirit.

                Matthew  18:11  “For the Son of Man has come
                (NKJ)          to save that which was lost.

                  Luke  19:10  “for the Son of Man has come
                  (NKJ)        to seek
                                and to save
                                that which was lost.”

                                                                   
                        Few other questions cause as many doubts
                        and  uncertainties among  Christians  as
                        the  misunderstood  issue  of  ETERNAL
                        SECURITY.    No  Christian  can  attain
                        spiritual  growth  until he  first  com-
                        pletely understands the answer to:
                                        Can I lose my salvation?                     
                   

                                  The Eternal Security
                              of the Born-Again Believer

          First of all, what is meant by the term “born again”?  Jesus  makes
          it clear in the gospel of John that it is imperative for this  “new
          birth”  to  take  place if one is ever to know  or  understand  the
          things of God.

          JOHN 3:3  Jesus answered and said to him,
            (NKJ)    “Most assuredly, I say to you,
                    unless one is born again,
                    he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

             
                              Importance of the New Birth

          It  is profoundly significant that the new birth formed  the  first
          subject of  the Savior’s teaching in this Gospel according to John.
          In  the first two chapters we learn of a number of things  He  did,
          but  here  in John 3 is the first discourse of Christ  recorded  by
          this  apostle.  It is not how man should live that  we  are  first
          instructed  by  Christ in this Gospel, but how men are  made  alive
          spiritually.

          Christ plainly intimated the supreme importance of the new birth by
          affirming that “unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom
          of  God” (v.3).  If then the kingdom of God cannot be seen until  a
          man is born again, the new birth is shown to be a matter of a vital
          moment for every descendant of Adam.  The full force of these first
          words  of  Christ to Nicodemus appears to be this: “Unless  one  is
          born again, he cannot come to know the things of God.”  Such  being
          the  case, the new birth is seen to be a thing of  profound  impor-
          tance.  A better translation for the words “born again”  would  be
          “born from above” as the process of baptism is done completely  and
          solely  as an act BY God in the believer THRU the Holy  Spirit.  A
          brief  discussion of baptism will follow  “The  Character  of  the
          New Birth ” as there are many varied beliefs on the subject.

                              The Character of the New Birth

          Heaven  is a prepared place for a prepared people. An  unregenerate
          man who has no relish at all for spiritual things, who is bored  by
          the  conversation of believers, who finds the Bible dull  and  dry,
          who  is  a stranger to the throne of grace, would  be  wretched  in
          heaven. Such a man could not spend eternity in the presence of God.
          Suppose a fish were taken out of the water, and laid upon a  salver
          of  gold; suppose further that the sweetest of  flowers  surrounded
          it, and that the air was filled with their fragrance; suppose, too,
          that the strains of most melodious music fell upon its ears,  would
          that  fish  be  happy and contented? Of course not.  And  why  not?
          Because it would be out of harmony with its environment; because it
          would  be lacking in capacity to appreciate its surroundings.  Thus
          would it be with an unregenerate soul in heaven. What is regenerate
          or  regeneration? It is the spiritual change wrought in man by  the
          Holy Spirit, by which he becomes the possessor of a new life.

          But what is the new birth? Precisely what is it that differentiates
          a  man  who is dead in sins from one who has passed from  death  to
          life as Jesus claims in John 5:24?

          JOH 5:24  “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes
          him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he  has
          crossed over from death to life.

          Upon  this  point there is much confusion and ignorance.  Tell  the
          average  person that he must be born again and he thinks  you  mean
          that he must reform, mend his manner of life, turn over a new leaf.
          But reformation concerns only the outer life. And the trouble  with
          man  is  within.  The  new birth,  then,  is  something  more  than
          reformation.

          Others suppose, and there are thousands who do so, that being  born
          again means becoming religious. Nicodemus was not only a  religious
          man,  he  was a preacher (Pharisee), and yet it was to  him  Christ
          said  “You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be  born
          again.'(John 3:7)

          There  are still others who believe that the new birth is a  change
          of heart. In the one who has been born again there is no change  of
          heart  though there is a change of life, both inward  and  outward.
          The  one who is born again now loves the things he once hated,  and
          he  hates  now the things he once loved; and, in  consequence,  his
          whole line of conduct is radically affected. But, nevertheless,  it
          remains  true  that his old heart (which is  “deceitful  above  all
          things  and desperately wicked”) remains in him, unchanged, to  the
          end of this life.

          JER 17:9  The heart is deceitful above all things,
            (KJV)    and desperately wicked: who can know it?

          The new birth is the impartation of the new nature. When I was born
          the first time I received from my parents their nature; so, when  I
          was  born again, I received from God His nature. The Spirit of  God
          begets  within us a spiritual nature. Every born again person  has,
          therefore,  two natures within him; one which is carnal, the  other
          which  is spiritual. These two natures are contrary the one to  the
          other  (Galatians 5:17; Romans 7:21-25; 8:1), and  in  consequence,
          there is an unceasing warfare going on within the Christian. It  is
          only  the grace of God which can subdue the old nature; and  it  is
          only the Word of God which can feed the new nature.

          GAL 5:17  For the sinful nature
                      desires what is contrary to the Spirit,
                      and the Spirit
                      what is contrary to the sinful nature.
                      They are in conflict with each other,
                      so that you do not do what you want.

          ROM 7:21  So I find this law at work:
                      When I want to do good,
                      evil is right there with me.

          ROM 7:22  For in my inner being I delight in God’s law;

          ROM 7:23  but I see another law at work
                      in the members of my body,
                      waging war against the law of my mind
                      and making me a prisoner of the law of sin
                      at work within my members.

          ROM 7:24  What a wretched man I am!
                      Who will rescue me from this body of death?

          ROM 7:25a  Thanks be to God–      ROM 8:1  Therefore, there  is
                      through Jesus Christ    now no condemnation for those
                      our Lord!              who are in Christ Jesus,

          BAPTISM…

          Baptism is for believers, it is not for the unsaved.
          Water baptism does not in any way add to our salvation, nor does it
          in  any  way  enter into it. We are saved by  faith  and  by  grace
          through  faith, and on the ground of the shed blood of Christ;  and
          this,  not only from our original sin, but from all sin,  and  from
          all our sins. The teaching that water baptism in any way atones for
          our  sins is unscriptural. The expression “Whoever believes and  is
          baptized  will be saved” (Mark 16:16) doubtless has to do with  the
          kingdom age rather than with the Church age.

          Note the following context in verses 16-18:

          MAR  16:16  Whoever believes and is baptized will  be  saved,  but
          whoever does not believe will be condemned.

          MAR 16:17  And these signs will accompany those who believe: In  my
          name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues;

          MAR 16:18  they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they
          drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will  place
          their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”

          These  signs  surely do not always follow faith in the  Lord  Jesus
          Christ  in  the present age. Some Bible teachers believe  they  are
          Kingdom-age signs.

          The  Lord Jesus Christ fulfilled all righteousness for us  when  He
          died,  was buried, and rose from the dead. Baptism  symbolizes  all
          that, and when a believer submits himself for water baptism and  is
          buried under the water as a dead man and then is raised up again as
          in  resurrection,  he is proclaiming his faith in  Christ’s  death,
          burial,  and  resurrection as the means by which he is  saved.  So
          then, baptism is an outward expression by the believer to symbolize
          what has already actually taken place inwardly by the Holy Spirit.

          That  baptism meant death, to be followed by resurrection,  can  be
          seen from our Lord’s saying to James and John in Mark 10:38;

          MAR  10:38  “You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said.  “Can
          you  drink  the cup I drink or be baptized with the  baptism  I  am
          baptized with?”

          He also says in Luke 12:50;

          LUK 12:50  But I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am
          until it is completed!

          In Matthew, the Lord Jesus is baptized by John in the Jordan River;
          and when John would have prevented it, He said….

          MAT 3:15  Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us  to
          do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented.

          This  speaks of a symbol, a type, as the Lord Jesus  actually  ful-
          filled  all  righteousness for us when He died on  the  cross,  was
          buried,  and rose in resurrection; so water baptism symbolizes  all
          this, and it may be said that the sinner fulfills all righteousness
          when  he dies and is buried (is buried beneath the water),  and  is
          raised in resurrection (is raised up from beneath the water);  this
          is said by the apostle Paul in Romans 6:4-5….

          ROM  6:4  We were therefore buried with him through  baptism  into
          death  in  order  that, just as Christ was  raised  from  the  dead
          through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

          ROM 6:5  If we have been united with him like this in his death, we
          will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection.

          And also in Colossians 2:12….

          COL  2:12  having been buried with him in baptism and  raised  with
          him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the
          dead.

          I  believe  baptism by immersion would  more  accurately  symbolize
          (typify) His death, burial, and resurrection.
          As further proof, in Acts 8:38-39 Philip and eunuch “went down into
          the water” for baptism;

          ACT 8:38  And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both  Philip
          and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him.

          ACT  8:39  When they came up out of the water, the Spirit  of  the
          Lord  suddenly  took Philip away, and the eunuch did  not  see  him
          again, but went on his way rejoicing.

          John  baptized  in the Jordan River, where it speaks  of  the  Lord
          Jesus “coming up out of the water” (Mark 1:10);

          MAR  1:10  As Jesus was coming up out of the water, he  saw  heaven
          being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove.

          and  John  was  baptizing at Aenon near Salim,  because  there  was
          “much” water there (John 3:23). Why was “much” water to be desired,
          and  why  not baptize at one of the numerous and nearby  wells,  if
          sprinkling were to be used? The answer, it seems, is apparent.  But
          nonetheless,  any form of water baptism  is still  a  symbolization
          only. An outward expression of faith. I believe that all  children,
          before the age of reason, are covered by the blood of Christ. If it
          would  take a sinner, such as any of us are, to baptize a  baby  to
          save  him/her from God’s judgment (before the age of reason),  then
          it  would no longer be God’s grace alone, but God plus  our  works,
          which  is unscriptural (Ephesians 2:8-9). God does not need  us  to
          show Him how to be merciful.

          EPH 2:8    For it is by grace you have been saved,
                      through faith–
                      and this not from yourselves,
                      it is the gift of God–

          EPH 2:9    not by works,
                      so that no one can boast.

          JOH 3:23  And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim,
            (KJV)    because there was much water there:
                    and they came, and were baptized.

          JOH 3:23  Now John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim,
            (NIV)    because there was plenty of water,
                    and people were constantly coming to be baptized.

          That  water  baptism is in no way essential to salvation,  that  it
          does  not form one of the conditions which God requires the  sinner
          to meet, is clear from many considerations:

          1.>  If  baptism be necessary to salvation then no  one  was  saved
          before the days of John the Baptist, for the Old Testament will  be
          searched from beginning to end without finding a single mention  of
          “baptism”. Furthermore, if baptism is an indispensable prerequisite
          to the forgiveness of sins, then all who died from Abel to the time
          of Christ are eternally lost. But this is absurd. The Old Testament
          Scriptures plainly teach otherwise.

          2.>  If  baptism be necessary to salvation, then  every  professing
          believer  who  has  died during  this  present  dispensation  (this
          dispensation being the Church Age which is from Pentecost till  the
          Rapture) is eternally lost, if he died without being baptized.

          3>  If  baptism  be necessary to salvation, then  we  must  utterly
          ignore every passage in God’s Word which teaches that salvation  is
          by grace and not of works, that it is a free gift and not bought by
          anything the sinner does ==>>  (Ephesians 2:8,9; Ephesians 1:13,14;
          2Corinthians 1:21,22; Romans 3:23,24; 1Peter 1:3,4; 1Timothy 2:5.

          EPH 2:8    For it is by grace you have been saved,
                      through faith–
                      and this not from yourselves,
                      it is the gift of God–

          EPH 2:9    not by works, so that no one can boast.

          EPH 1:13  And you also were included in Christ
                      when you heard the word of truth,
                      the gospel of your salvation.
                      Having believed,
                      you were marked in him with a seal,
                      the promised Holy Spirit,

          EPH 1:14  who is a deposit
                      guaranteeing our inheritance
                      until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–
                      to the praise of his glory.

          2CO  1:21  Now it is God
                      who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ.
                      He anointed us,

          2CO 1:22  set his seal of ownership on us,
                      and put his Spirit in our hearts
                      as a deposit,
                      guaranteeing what is to come.

          ROM 3:23  for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

          ROM 3:24  and are justified freely by his grace
                      through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.

          1PE 1:3    Praise be to the God and Father
                      of our Lord Jesus Christ!
                      In his great mercy he has given us new birth
                      into a living hope
                      through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

          1PE 1:4    and into an inheritance
                      that can never perish,
                      spoil or fade–
                      kept in heaven for you,

          1TI 2:5    For there is one God
                      and one mediator between God and men,
                      the man Christ Jesus,

          4.> Finally, if baptism be essential to salvation, it is  extremely
          strange  that  the  apostle  Paul  should  have  written  to  the
          Corinthians “I am thankful that I did not baptize any of you except
          Crispus and Gaius” (1Corinthians 1:14).

          As  the  “True Church” is really made up of all “born  from  above”
          believers,  and  is  referred  to  in the Bible  as  “the  body  of
          Christ”, a brief discussion on “The Church” is also in order.

          ** NOTE **  The True Church has always been comprised of believers
                      from within all denominations.  Some denominations may
                      have unscriptural doctrines and beliefs, but God looks
                      into the heart of each individual, and knows those few
                      who have really placed their faith “in Christ”.  Upon
                      believing and trusting  in Christ’s  finished  work at
                      the cross  for all your sins  for all times,  God then
                      places His seal within you which is the Holy Spirit.

          To  Show that God knows His own, and that they are the  “few”,  and
          not  “the  many”  as some would teach is spoken  of  by  Christ  in
          John 10:14; Mat 22:14.

          JOHN  10:14  “I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep,
                        and am known by My own.

          MATTHEW 22:14  “For many are called, but few are chosen.”

          1SAMUEL  16:7  But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not  look  at  his
          appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have  refused
          him.  For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks  at  the
          outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”

          THE CHURCH…

          The word Church as used in the New Testament means a called-out  or
          assembled body of people. It has two applications:

          1.>    The  visible  or local church (1 Cor 1:2; Gal  1:2;  1  Tim
          3:15);  a  gathering of professed believers,  but  not  necessarily
          Christians, existing under various names, maintaining many  differ-
          ences in doctrine, and known to the world as “the church”.

          1CO  1:2  To the church of God in Corinth, to those  sanctified  in
          Christ  Jesus  and  called  to be holy,  together  with  all  those
          everywhere  who  call on the name of our Lord  Jesus  Christ–their
          Lord and ours:

          GAL 1:2  and all the brothers with me, To the churches in Galatia:

          1TI  3:15  if  I am delayed, you will know  how  people  ought  to
          conduct  themselves in God’s household, which is the church of  the
          living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth.

          2.>  The true Church; that company of people being gathered by  the
          Holy  Spirit  into  one Body, of which Christ is the  Head  (1  Cor
          12:12-13; Eph 1:22-23, which company includes only those born-again
          people  from  Pentecost to the first resurrection  (1  Cor  15:52),
          regardless  of nationality, whether Jew or Gentile (Col 3:11),  and
          seen in heaven as the Bride of the Lamb, forever reigning with  the
          King and forever sharing in His glory (Rev 19:7-8; 21:9).

          1CO 12:12  The body is a unit, though it is made up of many  parts;
          and  though  all its parts are many, they form one body. So  it  is
          with Christ.

          1CO  12:13  For  we  were all baptized  by  one  Spirit  into  one
          body–whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free–and we were all  given
          the one Spirit to drink.

          EPH  1:22  And God placed all things under his feet  and  appointed
          him to be head over everything for the church,

          EPH  1:23  which is his body, the fullness of him who fills  every-
          thing in every way.

          1CO  15:52  in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye,  at  the  last
          trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imper-
          ishable, and we will be changed.

          COL  3:11  Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or  uncircum-
          cised,  barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all,  and
          is in all.

          REV  19:7  Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory!  For  the
          wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.

          REV  19:8  Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her  to  wear.”
          (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints.)

          REV  21:9  One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full  of
          the seven last plagues came and said to me, “Come, I will show  you
          the bride, the wife of the Lamb.”

                                The Eternal Security
                            of the Born-Again Believer

                                    By Curtis Hutson

          Nearly  everywhere I go I find people troubled because they do  not
          know  that they are secure. They think that because of their  sins,
          their negligence, their failing to endure to the end, or some other
          reason, they may lose their salvation.

          Those  who think they are saved now but could lose their  salvation
          later have one of two problems:

          First,  they are trusting to some degree in their good works
                  to save them; or
          Second, they do not understand that by trusting Jesus Christ
                  as Savior their destiny is in the hands of God.

          Perhaps  they  have taken the word of someone whom they  trust.  Or
          they  have not studied the Bible carefully and do not realize  that
          God  has determined that all who believe “in Him” HAVE  everlasting
          life and will go to Heaven when they die.

          The  first group, those who believe that leading a  poor  Christian
          life will result in the loss of their salvation, actually needs  to
          have  the plan of salvation made clear to them. Somehow  they  have
          not completely understood that Jesus Christ fully paid for all  our
          sins  when He died on the cross and that our conduct or good  works
          have nothing to do with salvation.

          Of course, we ought to live good; and God has ways of dealing  with
          disobedient children. But we are saved by trusting Jesus Christ  as
          Savior.  John 3:36 says,  “Whoever believes in the Son has  eternal
          life,  but  whoever rejects the Son will not see  life,  for  God’s
          wrath  remains  on him.”  It is a clear cut problem  of  “grace  or
          works.” Ephesians 2:8,9 makes it plain;

          EPH 2:8    For it is by grace you have been saved,
                      through faith–
                      and this not from yourselves,
                      it is the gift of God–

          EPH 2:9    not by works,
                      so that no one can boast.

          The Second group needs to study carefully what the Bible says about
          the security of the believer. With that in mind, let me share  with
          you several thoughts.

          I.  GOD PROMISED AND GOD
                PRODUCED ETERNAL LIFE

          John 3:14-16 says:

          JOH 3:14  Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert,
                      so the Son of Man must be lifted up,

          JOH 3:15  that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.

          JOH 3:16  “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and
                      only Son, that whoever believes in him
                      shall not perish but have eternal life.

          Again, in Titus 1, verse 2, we read:

          TIT 1:2    a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life,
                      which God,
                      who does not lie,
                      promised before the beginning of time,

          First John 2:25 says,

          1JO 2:25  And this is what he promised us–
                      even eternal life.

          Now  when  God  promises something, He is bound  by  His  honor  to
          produce. If He did not produce what He promised, He would sacrifice
          His honor and integrity. But what God promised He produced.

          The Bible says in I John 5:10,11:

          1JO 5:10  Anyone who believes in the Son of God
                      has this testimony in his heart.
                      Anyone who does not believe God
                      has made him out to be a liar,
                      because he has not believed
                      the testimony God has given about his Son.

          1JO 5:11  And this is the testimony:
                      God has given us eternal life,
                      and this life is in his Son.

          John 10:27-29 says:

          JOH 10:27  My sheep listen to my voice;
                      I know them, and they follow me.

          JOH 10:28  I give them eternal life,
                      and they shall never perish;
                      no one can snatch them out of my hand.

          JOH 10:29  My Father, who has given them to me,
                      is greater than all;
                      no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.

          And we read in Romans 6:23:

          ROM 6:23  For the wages of sin is death,
                      but the gift of God is eternal life
                      in Christ Jesus our Lord.

          God promised and God produced eternal life for the believer.

          II.  THE BELIEVER HAS EXACTLY
                    WHAT GOD PROMISED
                      AND PRODUCED

          Many  Scriptures  make it unmistakably plain that the  man  who  is
          trusting Jesus Christ as Savior has eternal life. John 5:24 says,

          JOH 5:24  Truly, truly, I say to you,
            (RSV)    he who hears my word
                      and believes him who sent me,
                      has eternal life;
                      he does not come into judgment,
                      but has passed from death to life.

          Notice  the Bible does not say, “He that believes on the  Son  will
          have….” It says, “has”. That is present tense. That means the man
          who  is  trusting  Jesus  Christ  completely  for  salvation  has
          everlasting  life now. It is not something that God  promised  him,
          provided he meets certain additional conditions. It is something he
          has the moment he believes on Christ.

          But  notice  that Jesus goes a little further than saying  we  have
          everlasting  life.  He makes it doubly sure in John  5:24,  “Truly,
          truly, I say to you, he who hears my word and believes him who sent
          me,  has  eternal  life; he does not come into  judgment,  but  has
          passed from death to life.”

          In  addition to saying that the believer has everlasting  life  the
          moment  he believes, Jesus adds the promise that he shall not  come
          into  condemnation; that is, the sentence of sin will never be  put
          on the believer again.

          The condemned criminal is the man who has been arrested, tried  and
          had  sentence  passed  upon him. He is under the  sentence.  He  is
          condemned.  The sentence for sin is death. Romans 6:23  says,  “The
          wages of sin is death. . . .” That death is described in the  Bible
          as the second death, the lake of fire. Revelation 20:14: “Death and
          Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.”

          ROM 6:23  For the wages of sin is death,
                      but the gift of God is eternal life
                      in Christ Jesus our Lord.

          REV 20:14  Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire.
            (NKJ)    This is the second death.

          But now Jesus says the man who believes on Christ not only has  had
          the  sentence lifted, he is not condemned; but He further  promises
          that  “he shall not come into condemnation. . . .”  (or  judgment).
          The sentence of sin will never again be placed on the believer.

          He  goes even further in John 5:24 and says, “. . .but  has  passed
          from  death  to life”. Not that he is going to pass from  death  to
          life.  The  man who believes on the Lord Jesus Christ  has  already
          passed from death to life. John 3:36 says,

          JOH 3:36  “He who believes in the Son
            (NKJ)    has everlasting life;
                      and he who does not believe the Son
                      shall not see life,
                      but the wrath of God abides on him.”

          Here again you have the word “has”. This is present tense. The  man
          who believes on the Son has everlasting life now. Everlasting  life
          is not something God promises in the future, but it is the  present
          possession of every believer.

          Now  the  words  “everlasting” and “eternal” do not  mean  a  short
          duration. They do not mean life for a day, a week, a month, a year,
          nor  even a hundred years. But they mean life for all time and  all
          eternity.

          The  word “everlasting” in John 5:24 and John 3:36 which  describes
          the  life of the believer is the same word “everlasting” in  Romans
          16:26  that describes the duration of God, “. . .according  to  the
          commandment of the everlasting God”. If God Himself is everlasting,
          then the life of the believer is everlasting.

          ROM 16:25  Now to Him who is able to establish you
            (NKJ)    according to my gospel
                      and the preaching of Jesus Christ,
                      according to the revelation of the mystery
                      which was kept secret since the world began

          ROM 16:26  But now has been made manifest,
            (NKJ)    and by the prophetic Scriptures
                      has been made known to all nations,
                      according to the commandment of the everlasting God,
                      for obedience to the faith–

          More  than  forty-five  times  the  terms  “eternal  life”  and
          “everlasting  life”  are  used in the Bible. If  the  believer  has
          anything,  he has everlasting life; for that is precisely what  God
          promised and God produced.

          III.  GOD NOT ONLY GIVES
                    ETERNAL LIFE,
                  BUT PROMISES THAT
                    THE BELIEVER
                  WILL NEVER PERISH

          John 10:28 says,

          JOH 10:28  “And I give them eternal life,
            (NKJ)    and they shall never perish;
                      neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.

          When you look up the word “never” which occurs in John 10:28 in the
          Strong’s  Concordance, you find that it comes from  four  different
          Greek  words, which spelled in English letters are OUME,  EIS,  HO,
          and  AION. Looking up each of these words in turn in  the  Strong’s
          Concordance  you find that OUME (#3364) means, “not at all,  by  no
          means,  in  no  case,  never”. EIS  (#1519)  means,  “place,  time,
          purpose”.  HO (#3588) means “male, female, or (even) neuter”.  AION
          (#165) means, “perpetually, eternally”.

          Put  the  meanings of all these root words together; and  you  find
          that  when Christ said “never” here in this verse, it carries  with
          it  very powerful assurance–more than one word “never”  ordinarily
          carries with it in our minds.

          Looking at John 10:28 with this additional light we could write  it
          this way and give it the emphasis Christ did when He spoke it: “And
          I  give them eternal life and they shall NOT AT ALL, BY ANY  MEANS,
          IN  ANY CASE, IN ANY PLACE, AT ANY TIME, FOR ANY  PURPOSE,  WHETHER
          THEY ARE MALE OR FEMALE, PERPETUALLY AND ETERNALLY, ever perish…”

          IV.  BELIEVERS ARE KEPT BY GOD,
                THEY DO NOT KEEP THEMSELVES

          The Bible makes it plain again and again that the believer is  kept
          by God. If we had to keep ourselves, I would admit that we could be
          lost  again and probably would be. In one of Spurgeon’s sermons  he
          said, “If it should ever come to pass that sheep of God could  fall
          away,  alas my fickle, feeble soul would fall ten thousand times  a
          day”.

          No,  we  cannot  keep  ourselves. Thank God, we  are  kept  by  God
          Himself! In II Timothy 1:12 Paul said,

          2TI 1:12  That is why I am suffering as I am.
                      Yet I am not ashamed,
                      because I know whom I have believed,
                      and am convinced that he is able to guard
                      what I have entrusted to him for that day.

          Here  the  apostle actually says, “I am convinced {that  is,  I  am
          thoroughly convinced} that he is able to guard what I have entrust-
          ed to him…”

          It  is  my  business  to trust Jesus Christ as Savior.  It  is  His
          business to keep me. First Peter 1:3-5 says:

          1PE 1:3    Praise be to the God and Father
                      of our Lord Jesus Christ!
                      In his great mercy
                      he has given us new birth
                      into a living hope
                      through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

          1PE 1:4    To an inheritance incorruptible
            (NKJ)    and undefiled
                      and that does not fade away,
                      reserved in heaven for you,

          1PE 1:5    Who are kept by the power of God
            (NKJ)    through faith
                      for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

          In these verses we are told that the inheritance is reserved for us
          and  we are reserved or kept for the inheritance. The  Bible  says,
          “To  an inheritance incorruptible….” That means that it will  not
          corrupt, will not decay. It will last. It will be there when we get
          there.  Peter  continues,  “To  an  inheritance  incorruptible  and
          undefiled, that does not fade away….”

          There  have been occasions on earth when men have received a  great
          inheritance;  but when the lawyers, the courts and the  state  were
          finished, the majority of the inheritance had faded away. But  here
          the  Bible  says  our inheritance “does not  fade  away”.  Then  he
          continues: “…reserved in heaven for you”. It is reserved. No  one
          can  take  it.  It is yours if you have  trusted  Jesus  Christ  as
          Savior.
          But not only is the inheritance reserved in Heaven for you; but the
          Bible  says,  “Who are kept by the power of God through  faith  for
          salvation….”  The  word  “salvation”  here  denotes  our  final
          redemption,  when we are saved from the very presence of sin,  that
          is,  when  Jesus Christ comes for us and we see Him  and  are  made
          exactly like Him. (see First John 3:2 below)

          1JO 3:2    Dear friends, now we are children of God,
                      and what we will be has not yet been made known.
                      But we know that when he appears,
                      we shall be like him,
                      for we shall see him as he is.

          No, the believer does not and could not keep himself. He is kept by
          God. John 10:28-30 says,

          JOH 10:28  I give them eternal life,
                      and they shall never perish;
                      no one can snatch them out of my hand.

                      JOH 10:28  And I give unto them eternal life;
                        (KJV)    and they shall never perish,     
                                  neither shall any man             
                                  pluck them out of my hand.       
                   

          JOH 10:29  My Father, who has given them to me,
                      is greater than all;
                      no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.

          JOH 10:30  I and the Father are one.”

          The believer is in the hand of God. And the Bible says that no  man
          can pluck him out of God’s hand.

          Several  years ago I was discussing eternal security  with  another
          preacher.  In  the course of the conversation I  read  John  10:28,
          “…no man can pluck them out of my hand”.

          The preacher interrupted and said, “Yes. But the Bible does not say
          that we cannot get out of His hand”.

          I  responded, “You do not build doctrine on what the Bible  doesn’t
          say. Rather, you build it on what the Bible does say”. I continued,
          “The Bible says, “no man can pluck them out of my hand”. You are  a
          man, aren’t you?”

          “Why, yes”, he said.

          “In that case, you could not pluck yourself out of His hand  either
          because the Bible says `any man'”.

          John 6:39 says,

          JOH 6:39  And this is the will of him who sent me,
                      that I shall lose none of all that he has given me,
                      but raise them up at the last day.

          It is God’s will that no saved person will ever be lost. He says He
          will  “lose none”. And since we are at least something, this  means
          that we can never be lost again.

          Colossians 3:3-4 says,

          COL 3:3    For you died,
                      and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.

          COL 3:4    When Christ,
                      who is your life,
                      appears,
                      then you also will appear with him in glory.

          According  to these verses, the believer is under double  lock  and
          key.

          I  heard an old preacher illustrate this verse by saying,  “Suppose
          you  had three barrels–a big barrel, a medium-sized barrel, and  a
          little  barrel.  You take the little barrel, and put  it  into  the
          medium-sized barrel, then put the medium-sized barrel into the  big
          barrel. Then in order to get to the little barrel you would have to
          tear open the big barrel and the medium-sized barrel”. He continued
          by  saying,  “God  is the big barrel,  Jesus  is  the  medium-sized
          barrel,  and I’m the little barrel. My life is hid with  Christ  in
          God”.  And he shouted, “Before the Devil could get to me, he  would
          have  to tear away the big barrel and the medium-sized barrel.  And
          before he could ever do that, I would have already slipped away  to
          Glory!”

          V.  JESUS IS THE SAVIOR

          He is referred to as “Savior” at least twenty-four times in the New
          Testament. Titus 2:13 says,

          TIT 2:13  while we wait for the blessed hope–
                      the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior,
                      Jesus Christ,

          Now  what is a savior? Suppose you are drowning. There you  are  in
          the middle of the ocean. Suppose someone threw you a book  entitled
          Three  Easy  Lessons  on How to Swim. Would he  be  a  savior?  No.
          Perhaps you could call him an educator, but you could not call  him
          a savior.

          Suppose  another  man  came by , got out of  his  boat,  jumped  in
          alongside  you and demonstrated various swimming  strokes,  showing
          you  exactly how to swim. Would he be a savior? Of course  not.  He
          might  be a good example, and give a good demonstration, but he  is
          not a savior.

          What  if he lifted you into his boat, dried you off, gave  you  dry
          clothing, fed you, took you within ten miles of the shore, and then
          threw  you  out  again  into  the ocean?  Would  he  be  a  savior?
          Absolutely not!

          A savior is one who takes you safely all the way to the shore. When
          God  says He gives you eternal life and He will never cast you  out
          or lose you, He means it, because He is a true Savior.

          If  you do not trust Christ as your Savior, if you do not put  your
          case  in  His hands and fully depend on Him to get you  to  Heaven,
          then you will not go. John 3:36 says,

          JOH 3:36  Whoever believes in the Son
                      has eternal life,
                      but whoever rejects the Son will not see life,
                      for God’s wrath remains on him.”

          On the other hand, if you do trust Christ as your Savior, Him  only
          and  nothing  or no one else (not angels, saints,  visions,  etc.),
          then  you will go to Heaven, because He is a Savior. [VISIONS  WILL
          BE  DISCUSSED ON THE LAST PAGES OF THIS ARTICLE==>PAGE  29].  First
          Timothy chapter 2:verse 5 makes it emphatically clear that there is
          no  one in heaven or earth that can bridge the gap between God  and
          man except Christ and Christ alone. Below is that verse and just  a
          few more out of many as an example:

              1TIMOTHY 2:5    For there is one God
                              and one mediator between God and men,
                              the man Christ Jesus,

                JOHN 14:6    Jesus answered,
                              “I am the way and the truth and the life.
                              No one comes to the Father except through me.

                ACTS 4:12    Salvation is found in no one else,
                              for there is no other name under heaven
                              given to men by which we must be saved.”

              ISAIAH 43:11    I, even I, am the LORD,
                              and apart from me there is no savior.

          PHILIPPIANS 2:9    Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
                              and gave him the name that is above every name,

          PHILIPPIANS 2:10  that at the name of Jesus
                              every knee should bow,
                              in heaven and on earth
                              and under the earth,

              MATTHEW 11:6  Blessed is the man
                              who does not fall away on account of me.”

            REVELATION 19:9  Then the angel said to me,
                              “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are invited
                              to the wedding supper of the Lamb!'”
                              And he added,
                              “These are the true words of God.”

          REVELATION 19:10  At this I fell at his feet to worship him.
                              But he said to me, “Do not do it!
                              I am a fellow servant
                              with you and with your brothers
                              who hold to the testimony of Jesus.
                              Worship God!
                              For the testimony of Jesus
                              is the spirit of prophecy.”
            REVELATION 22:8  I, John,
                              am the one who heard and saw these things.
                              And when I had heard and seen them,
                              I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel
                              who had been showing them to me.

            REVELATION 22:9  But he said to me,
                              “Do not do it!
                              I am a fellow servant
                              with you and with your brothers the prophets
                              and of all who keep the words of this book.
                              Worship God!”

          Jesus Christ is not one who teaches you how to save yourself; He is
          the one who saves you. Luke 19:10 says,

          LUK 19:10  For the Son of Man
                      came to seek and to save what was lost.”

          There is not a verse in the Bible that teaches that God places  the
          believer  in a position to be saved provided he does other  things.
          No. No. The Bible says He saves the believer. Romans 10:13 says,

          ROM 10:13  for, “Everyone
                      who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

          Eternal security is not a totally separate doctrine from salvation.
          If you are not saved forever, then you are not saved at all.

          VI.  JESUS DIED FOR
                  ALL OUR SINS

          Many  of those who believe that you can lose your  salvation  think
          that you lose it for some sin you commit after you are saved.

          Several years ago I had an experience that I don’t believe I  shall
          ever  forget.  It  was Thursday night, and I was  out  sharing  the
          “gospel message”, which is the “good news” of the payment for  sins
          (in full)  through faith in the finished work at the cross by Jesus
          Christ,  and  accredited  to  us  by  God’s  grace  as  stated  in
          Ephesians 2:8-9.

          EPH 2:8    For it is by grace you have been saved,
                      through faith–
                      and this not from yourselves,
                      it is the gift of God–

          EPH 2:9    not by works,
                      so that no one can boast.

          I had been asked to make a visit at a certain address.

          When  I knocked on the door, I was greeted by a friendly  gentleman
          in a business suit. When I went inside, I saw that there were  four
          other men present.

          I had been there only a few minutes when one of the men said:  “Oh,
          you’re one of those that believe once saved, always saved. You  are
          wrong about that”. I knew then that the men were preachers and that
          I had been invited to the home simply to argue eternal security.

          I said, “Now, men, I do not use the expression `once saved,  always
          saved’. But I do believe in the eternal security of the  born-again
          believer,  that is, the man who has trusted Jesus Christ as  Savior
          is secure. He can never lose his salvation”.

          “Oh”, they argued, “yes he could”. I quoted a number of verses, and
          they quoted verses back to me.

          After  sometime I asked, “Well, if a man could be lost after he  is
          saved, what would he have to do to be lost?”

          Immediately one of them responded, “Don’t go back to sinning”.  And
          the others agreed.

          I  said,  “All right. You are saying that if a man goes  back  into
          sinning after he is saved, then he is lost”.

          “Yes. That is right”, was their quick reply.

          “All right. Answer several questions for me. First, you did  invite
          me here tonight to argue about eternal security, didn’t you?”

          “Yes. That’s right”.

          “You knew that Thursday night is the night that I always go out  to
          share the gospel message, didn’t you?”

          “Yes, we did”.

          “Don’t you think it would be a good thing if you had let me go  out
          and  share the gospel tonight instead of inviting me here  for  the
          sake  of arguing about eternal security?” They agreed it  would.  I
          continued,  “You men are preachers. Don’t you think it  would  have
          been good if you had gone sharing the gospel instead of setting  up
          this meeting with me?” They agreed it would have been good.

          I opened my Bible to James 4:17 and read, “Anyone, then, who  knows
          the  good he ought to do and doesn’t do it,____”. And I asked  them
          to  read  the last word. They stuttered a moment and  quoted  other
          verses.  I  said, “no. No. I want you to tell me  what  James  4:17
          says, `Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and  doesn’t
          do it,____’. What?” Finally one of them said, “Sins”.

          JAM 4:17  Anyone, then,
                      who knows the good he ought to do
                      and doesn’t do it, sins.

          “Then  according to this verse, you are sinning right now.  Because
          you  know it would have been good if you had gone out  sharing  the
          gospel message, and if you had allowed me to go ahead with my soul-
          winning  visits  tonight.  According  to this  verse  you  are  all
          sinning; and according to your teaching, you are all lost”.

          “Oh, no”, they said, “No”.

          “But you have admitted that you are sinning”.

          “Oh, we know it. But”, said one of them, “we have not sinned enough
          yet”.

          I  smiled and said, “Take this Bible and show me where  it  teaches
          how  much sin you have to commit to be lost”. Of course they  could
          not find such a verse.

          The  truth  of the matter is, Jesus Christ died for all  our  sins.
          First Peter 2:24 says,

          1PE 2:24  He himself
                      bore our sins in his body on the tree,
                      so that we might die to sins
                      and live for righteousness;
                      by his wounds you have been healed.

          Isaiah 53:6 says,

          ISA 53:6  We all,
                      like sheep, have gone astray,
                      each of us has turned to his own way;
                      and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

          And Second Corinthians 5:21 says,

          2CO 5:21  God made him who had no sin
                      to be sin for us,
                      so that in him
                      we might become the righteousness of God.

          Every  sin that I have ever committed or ever will commit was  laid
          on Jesus two thousand years ago, and He died on the cross to pay my
          sin debt and to suffer for my sins.

          I  told  a lady that once, and she said, “I can understand  how  He
          died  for my past sins, but I cannot understand how He died for  my
          future sins that I have not even committed yet”.

          I  smiled  and said, “Lady, when Jesus Christ died, all  your  sins
          were future. You were not even born yet”.

          For  an  example,  if you were standing in the  street  watching  a
          parade pass by, you would first see the beginning, then that  which
          was  coming closest to you, and then finally the end. But,  if  you
          were  in  a  helicopter flying overhead, you could  see  the  whole
          parade from beginning to end at the same time. That is how God sees
          your  whole life and all of your sins. All at once. Even  the  ones
          you  haven’t committed yet. When you place your faith in  Jesus  as
          your Savior, God has already seen (back in 33 A.D.) your life go by
          like a parade, He took your whole life and the sin and guilt of  it
          and put it all on Jesus Christ.

          “I guess you are right”, she said.

          I said, “I know I am right, unless you are a very old lady”.

          She laughed and said, “Well, I am not that old”.

          God Almighty dealt with me as a sinner two thousand years ago  when
          He  poured His wrath out on Jesus Christ, as Jesus bore my sins  in
          His own body on the tree.

          After  you trust Jesus Christ as Savior, God will never again  deal
          with you as a sinner. All His dealing from that point on will be as
          with a son.

          VII.      GOD CHASTISES
                  THE BELIEVER WHO SINS

          Look at Hebrews 12:6-8:

          HEB 12:6  because the Lord disciplines those he loves,
                      and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son.”

          HEB 12:7  Endure hardship as discipline;
                      God is treating you as sons.
                      For what son is not disciplined by his father?

          HEB 12:8  If you are not disciplined
                      (and everyone undergoes discipline),
                      then you are illegitimate children and not true sons.

          Notice  in  these  verses the words “son” and  “sons”.  Notice  the
          expression,  “God is treating you as sons”. If you wonder why  some
          people  seem to get away with murder unpunished. Remember that  God
          doesn’t discipline those that are not His.

          From  the  moment you trust Jesus Christ as your Savior,  God  will
          never again deal with you as a sinner. From that moment on He  will
          deal  with you as a son. And the Bible plainly says,  “He  punishes
          everyone  he  accepts as a son”. If the believer sins after  he  is
          saved,  God  will  chastise  him.  Discipline  is not the  same  as
          “getting even” with you for your sins. God disciplines to bring you
          back  in line for the purpose of stopping you from losing  rewards.
          Even though you cannot lose that salvation that God has given  you,
          you  can and do earn and lose rewards for the things that we do  in
          this life…as believers’. (See First Corinthians 3:11-15 below)

          1CO 3:11  For no one can lay any foundation
                      other than the one already laid,
                      which is Jesus Christ.

          1CO 3:12  If any man builds on this foundation
                      using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw,

          1CO 3:13  his work will be shown for what it is,
                      because the Day will bring it to light.
                      It will be revealed with fire,
                      and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work.

          1CO 3:14  If what he has built survives,
                      he will receive his reward.

          1CO 3:15  If it is burned up,
                      he will suffer loss;
                      he himself will be saved,
                      but only as one escaping through the flames.

          Notice in verse 15 it says that even if all your rewards are burned
          up  through  God’s  testing of the quality and  sincerity  of  your
          works,  you  will still be saved and enjoy eternal  life  with  Him
          forever.  We are not told what rewards God offers, but we  do  know
          that the least in heaven will be totally happy and peaceful.

          Notice  just  a  few  example verses to show  just  some  of  God’s
          promises for our futures.

          REV 21:1  Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth,
                      for the first heaven
                      and the first earth had passed away,
                      and there was no longer any sea.

          REV 21:2  I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem,
                      coming down out of heaven from God,
                      prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.

          REV 21:3  And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,
                      “Now the dwelling of God is with men,
                      and he will live with them.
                      They will be his people,
                      and God himself will be with them and be their God.

          REV 21:4  He will wipe every tear from their eyes.
          ********  There will be no more death
                      or mourning
                      or crying
                      or pain,
                      for the old order of things has passed away.”

          REV 21:5  He who was seated on the throne said,
                      “I am making everything new!”
                      Then he said,
                      “Write this down,
                      for these words are trustworthy and true.”

          JOH 14:27  Peace I leave with you;
                      my peace I give you.
                      I do not give to you as the world gives.
                      Do not let your hearts be troubled
                      and do not be afraid.

          JOH 14:1  “Do not let your hearts be troubled.
                      Trust in God;
                      trust also in me.

          JOH 14:2  In my Father’s house are many rooms;
                      if it were not so,
                      I would have told you.
                      I am going there to prepare a place for you.

          JOH 14:3  And if I go and prepare a place for you,
                      I will come back and take you to be with me
                      that you also may be where I am.

          Let me give you an illustration of discipline.

          Suppose  I  say to my son, Now, Son, Don’t play ball in  the  front
          yard. Your may break the big window in the front of the house”.  If
          you  do,  and you break the window, you will be  grounded  for  two
          weeks.

          While  I am away, my son disobeys me, plays ball in the front  yard
          and  breaks the window. When I get home I ask, “Son, did you  break
          that window?”

          “Yes, Dad, I did”.

          “All right. Did I tell you that you would be grounded for two weeks
          if you broke the window?”
          “Yes, Dad, you did”.

          “Then I will have to do what I told you”.

          Does  the two week grounding pay for the window? Absolutely not.  I
          don’t care how much time he’s confined to the house, it will  never
          pay  for the window. When I finish chastising him, I will  have  to
          reach  into  my  pocket, take out the money, and  pay  the  man  to
          replace the window. I chastised my boy, but I paid for the window.

          If  the  believer  sins after he is saved, God  will  chastise  him
          (bring  him into the divine woodshed). But the chastisement is  not
          payment for sin. Jesus Christ paid for our sins two thousand  years
          ago when He died on the cross.

          There is no end to hypothetical questions. I’ve been asked over and
          over again, “But what if…?” “What if…?” A man asked me one day,
          “What  if a man gets out into open, known sin, and then on the  way
          home runs his car into a telephone pole and is killed before he has
          time  to  confess his sin and get right with God?” Do you  mean  to
          tell  me that man is saved?” I said, “Yes, if he had trusted  Jesus
          Christ as his Savior, he is saved. He may have gone to Heaven  with
          a red face, but he was saved”. I must say what the Bible says,

          JOHN 3:36  Whoever believes in the Son
                      has eternal life,
                      but whoever rejects the Son
                      will not see life,
                      for God’s wrath remains on him.”

          According  to  Roman law, when a person was put in prison  and  the
          certificate  of debt was nailed to the door, it would remain  there
          until  the  sentence  was carried out. Then they  would  take  this
          certificate and write across it the word meaning “it is  finished”.
          They would roll it up, give it to the prisoner, and he could  never
          be punished for those crimes again.

          Did you know that was one of the last things Jesus shouted from the
          cross?

          Just before He bowed His head and said, “Father, into Your hands  I
          commit  my  spirit”, He gave a cry of victory. He called  from  the
          cross  “It is finished”. The Greek word for this  is  “tetelestai”,
          meaning  “paid  in  full”. There is no  contradiction  between  the
          account of Luke 23:46 and John 19:30. The last words Jesus  uttered
          were “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit”, but just moments
          before  He shouted the victory over the “sin Issue” saying, “It  is
          finished”.

          LUK 23:46  Jesus called out with a loud voice,
                      “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”
                      When he had said this, he breathed his last.

          JOH 19:30  So when Jesus had received the sour wine,
            (NKJ)    He said,
                      “It is finished!”
                      And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.

          Jesus  took our certificate of debt and wrote across it in His  own
          blood,  “Paid  in full”. We can never be tried for our  sins  again
          after we receive the pardon. It’s settled forever in heaven by  the
          blood of the only begotten Son of God.
          That’s why it says in Colossians 2:14,

          COL 2:14  having canceled the written code,
                      with its regulations,
                      that was against us
                      and that stood opposed to us;
                      he took it away,
                      nailing it to the cross.

          Do  you know for a fact where you stand with God for  all  eternity
          right now?  Perhaps you are having trouble accepting these  things.
          If  you are, guess who is helping you think that way?  Satan  never
          sleeps.

          1PE 5:8    Be self-controlled and alert.
                      Your enemy the devil
                      prowls around like a roaring lion
                      looking for someone to devour.

          1PE 5:9    Resist him,
                      standing firm in the faith,
                      because you know that your brothers throughout the world
                      are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

          The  most  important  thing to realize is that you  don’t  have  to
          believe everything to become a member of God’s forever family.  All
          you need is faith enough to call out to God in your heart and thank
          Him that Jesus Christ died for your inability to measure up to  His
          perfect  standards. Receive God’s free pardon, and forgiveness  for
          sin,  and thank Him for it. Tell Jesus Christ that you want Him  to
          come into your life right now and begin to make it pleasing to God.

          If you did this, on the authority of God’s Word, I assure you  that
          you have eternal life right now.
          *******************************************************************

          If  you think that all of this is great news for your eternal  life
          in the future, but what does it mean for right here and now in this
          life?  Jesus never said that this life wouldn’t have trials. On the
          contrary,  He  said that being identified to  Him  would  guarantee
          trials.  The  closer  you get to God the  more  Satan  will  throw
          pitfalls your way.

          JOH 16:33  “I have told you these things,
                      so that in me you may have peace.
                      In this world you will have trouble.
                      But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

          Trials will come, but by depending on the Holy Spirit within you to
          handle them through you, the peace you can have through the  trials
          will  be  all that you need to stand up to them. And, at  the  same
          time, you will even experience a great inner peace and joy that can
          be  outwardly seen, felt, expressed, and desired by all  those  who
          are  witnessing  your trials. Those who don’t know  Jesus  will  be
          shocked  at  how  you  are  bearing  up  in  otherwise  impossible
          situations. This is your opportunity to share with them the  reason
          for you peace “through Christ”.

          1PE 3:15  But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord.
                      Always be prepared to give an answer
                      to everyone who asks you to give the reason
                      for the hope that you have.
                      But do this with gentleness and respect,

          One  more point to make. God used the apostle Paul to  write  about
          two-thirds  of the New Testament. Paul took the gospel  message  to
          the  outer limits of the Roman empire. Then, went back and took  up
          collections  from all of the churches that he had started  to  help
          bail  out  the  “one” church in Jerusalem  that  the  other  eleven
          apostles  were  trying  to keep together. You would  think  that  a
          person so used by God would have a happy and peaceful life.  Listen
          to Paul’s own words on his experiences.

          2CO 11:24  Five times
                      I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one.

          2CO 11:25  Three times I was beaten with rods,
                      once I was stoned,
                      three times I was shipwrecked,
                      I spent a night and a day in the open sea,

          2CO 11:26  I have been constantly on the move.
                      I have been in danger from rivers,
                      in danger from bandits,
                      in danger from my own countrymen,
                      in danger from Gentiles;
                      in danger in the city,
                      in danger in the country,
                      in danger at sea; and
                      in danger from false brothers.

          2CO 11:27  I have labored and toiled
                      and have often gone without sleep;
                      I have known hunger and thirst
                      and have often gone without food;
                      I have been cold and naked.

          2CO 11:28  Besides everything else,
                      I face daily the pressure
                      of my concern for all the churches.

          Now  what  was Paul’s response to all of this? Listen  to  his  own
          words again:

          ROM 8:18  I consider that our present sufferings
                      are not worth comparing
                      with the glory that will be revealed in us.

          2CO 4:16  Therefore we do not lose heart.
                      Though outwardly we are wasting away,
                      yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.

          2CO 4:17  For our light and momentary troubles
                      are achieving for us an eternal glory
                      that far outweighs them all.

          2CO 4:18  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen,
                      but on what is unseen.
                      For what is seen is temporary,
                      but what is unseen is eternal.

          PHI 4:11b  for I have learned to be content
                      whatever the circumstances.

          PHI 4:12  I know what it is to be in need,
                      and I know what it is to have plenty.
                      I have learned the secret of being content
                      in any and every situation,
                      whether well fed or hungry,
                      whether living in plenty or in want.

          PHI 4:13  I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

          1TH 5:18  give thanks in all circumstances,
                      for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

          Notice  that  Paul is clearly given supernatural help  to  bear  up
          under these circumstances, and also take notice at his enthusiastic
          and  positive  attitude.  Further notice that Paul  says  in  First
          Thessalonians  5:18 to “give thanks in `all  circumstances'”.  Not
          just the good times, but both the good and bad. He doesn’t leave us
          hanging as to the reason why. He states in Romans 8:28 as follows:

          ROM 8:28  And we know that in all things
                      God works for the good of those who love him,
                      who have been called according to his purpose.

          ROM 8:28  And we know that all things
            (NKJ)    work together for good
                      to those who love God,
                      to those who are the called according to His purpose.

          When you first place your faith in Jesus Christ, and Him alone plus
          nothing, for the full and final payment for your sins God does  two
          things.

          First,  He places the Holy Spirit within you as a down payment,
                  seal, and guarantee of your eternal inheritance with Him.
                  (Ephesians 1:13-14; Second Corinthians 1:21-22)

          Second, You become one of the “called” which is spoken of
                  in Romans 8:28.

          EPH 1:13  And you also were included in Christ
                      when you heard the word of truth,
                      the gospel of your salvation.
                      Having believed,
                      you were marked in him
                      with a seal,
                      the promised Holy Spirit,

          EPH 1:14  who is a deposit
                      guaranteeing our inheritance
                      until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–
                      to the praise of his glory.

          2CO 1:21  Now it is God
                      who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ.
                      He anointed us,

          2CO 1:22  set his seal of ownership on us,
                      and put his Spirit in our hearts
                      as a deposit,
                      guaranteeing what is to come.

                          ETERNAL THINGS THAT ARE NOT SEEN

                              Brief excerpts by Hal Lindsey
                              from his book “Combat Faith”

          The  details  of  our coming eternal life with God  are  not  fully
          revealed.  Apparently we just wouldn’t be able to take it  all  in.
          But enough is revealed to challenge and encourage our faith through
          the  darkest and most difficult moments of this life.  Once  again,
          the  LORD  makes  us this beautiful promise  in  First  Corinthians
          Chapter 2: verses 9 and 10.

          1CO 2:9    However, as it is written:
                      “No eye has seen,
                      no ear has heard,
                      no mind has conceived
                      what God has prepared for those who love him”–

          1CO 2:10  but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit.
                      The Spirit searches all things,
                      even the deep things of God.

                              OUR NEW BODIES

          Though this body is wearing out, and we sometimes groan with aging,
          pain, and injuries, we are going to get a new one that is  perfect,
          eternal,  and  just like Jesus’ resurrected body. He  is  going  to
          instantaneously transform these temporal bodies into a new form.

          It  appears that our new bodies will be able to travel  by  thought
          and  walk  through  solid  materials. They  will  never  wear  out,
          experience  sickness, pain, aging, or corruption. We don’t have  to
          eat, but we can if we choose to–and not get fat!

          Our bodies will reflect the glory of God. They will be designed for
          the spiritual nature and sphere, and will be suitable for the  very
          presence  of  God. Though greatly beautified, we will  be  able  to
          recognize  each other. Jesus Christ is referred to in the bible  as
          the “second Adam” or “last Adam” as shown below.

          1CO 15:45  So it is written:
                      “The first man Adam became a living being”;
                      the last Adam, a life-giving spirit.

          1CO 15:46  The spiritual did not come first,
                      but the natural,
                      and after that the spiritual.

          1CO 15:47  The first man was of the dust of the earth,
                      the second man from heaven.

          1CO 15:49  And just as we have borne the likeness
                      of the earthly man,
                      so shall we bear the likeness
                      of the man from heaven.

          PHI 3:20  But our citizenship is in heaven.
                      And we eagerly await a Savior from there,
                      the Lord Jesus Christ,

          PHI 3:21  who,
                      by the power that enables him to bring everything
                      under his control,
                      will transform our lowly bodies
                      so that they will be like his glorious body.

          1JO 3:2    Dear friends,
                      now we are children of God,
                      and what we will be has not yet been made known.
                      But we know that when he appears,
                      we shall be like him,
                      for we shall see him as he is.

          LUK 24:36  While they were still talking about this,
                      Jesus himself stood among them and said to them,
                      “Peace be with you.”

          LUK 24:37  They were startled and frightened,
                      thinking they saw a ghost.

          LUK 24:38  He said to them,
                      “Why are you troubled,
                      and why do doubts rise in your minds?

          LUK 24:39  Look at my hands and my feet.
                      It is I myself!
                      Touch me and see;
                      a ghost does not have flesh and bones,
                      as you see I have.”

          LUK 24:40  When he had said this,
                      he showed them his hands and feet.

          LUK 24:41  And while they still did not believe it
                      because of joy and amazement,
                      he asked them,
                      “Do you have anything here to eat?”

          LUK 24:42  They gave him a piece of broiled fish,

          LUK 24:43  and he took it and ate it in their presence.

                          OUR NEW DWELLING PLACE

          The center of God’s new universe will be the New Jerusalem. It will
          be  a city of dazzling beauty made of every kind of precious  stone
          and metal. God Himself will dwell there and the light of His  glory
          will eliminate night and darkness forever. (Revelation 21 and 22)

          The  Lord  Jesus’  throne will also be there, and  those  who  have
          persevered in trials will sit upon His throne with Him.

          REV 3:21  To him who overcomes,
                      I will give the right to sit with me on my throne,
                      just as I overcame
                      and sat down with my Father on his throne.

          Verse  21 in chapter 3 of Revelation says, “to him who  overcomes”.
          What does it mean to be an overcomer?  First John 5:5 tells us:

          1JO 5:5    Who is it that overcomes the world?
                      Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.

          There  will be no more curse upon the earth or the heavens.  Nature
          will  be  returned to its original pre-sin perfection.  I  love  to
          visit  and  gaze upon certain places like  Switzerland,  where  the
          mountains, rivers, and forests are so naturally beautiful. But just
          think, if some of these places are so pretty now, what will they be
          without a curse on them?

          Although our principal dwelling place will be the New Jerusalem, we
          will apparently be able to observe the rest of the universe,  since
          we will be kings and priests with Christ over all God’s domain.

          1PE 2:5    you also,
                      like living stones,
                      are being built into a spiritual house
                      to be a holy priesthood,
                      offering spiritual sacrifices
                      acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

          1PE 2:9    But you are a chosen people,
                      a royal priesthood,
                      a holy nation,
                      a people belonging to God,
                      that you may declare the praises of him
                      who called you out of darkness
                      into his wonderful light.

          REV 1:6    and has made us to be a kingdom and priests
                      to serve his God and Father–
                      to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.

          REV 5:9    And they sang a new song:
                      “You are worthy to take the scroll
                      and to open its seals,
                      because you were slain,
                      and with your blood
                      you purchased men for God
                      from every tribe
                      and language
                      and people
                      and nation.

          REV 5:10  You have made them
                      to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God,
                      and they will reign on the earth.”

                                    VISIONS
                              FROM GOD OR FROM SATAN?

          Most people believe that all miracles and visions are supernatural.
          In  this they are correct.  However, most people also believe  that
          all  miracles,  visions, or apparitions are from God.  Some  people
          have  seen visions, or apparitions, which have given prophecies  of
          the  future that came true.  Alas, because they came true  it  gave
          those visions a so-called credibility.  So that what ever else  the
          visions said must have truth, and must be from God.

          The  Bible says that Satan is also allowed to perform miracles  for
          the purpose of deception to test your faith.  “Trials” and  “Tests”
          allowed by God are not to show God how much faith you have, but  to
          show you how real your faith is.  The Bible says this about that:

          DEU 13:1  If a prophet,
                      or one who foretells by dreams,
                      appears among you
                      and announces to you a miraculous sign or wonder,

          DEU 13:2  and if the sign or wonder
                      of which he has spoken takes place,
                      and he says, “Let us follow other gods”
                      (gods you have not known)
                      “and let us worship them,”

          DEU 13:3  you must not listen
                      to the words of that prophet or dreamer.
                      The LORD your God is testing you
                      to find out whether you love him
                      with all your heart
                      and with all your soul.

          DEU 13:4  It is the LORD your God you must follow,
                      and him you must revere.
                      Keep his commands and obey him;
                      serve him and hold fast to him.

          Notice  in verse 2 that there is no distinction  between  following
          (or  praying to) other gods, or following (or praying to)  visions,
          saints,  or anybody else other than God Himself. To pray to  anyone
          (or  thing) is to “deify” that thing or person.  That according  to
          God is blasphemy.

          EXO 34:14  Do not worship any other god,
                      for the LORD,
                      whose name is Jealous,
                      is a jealous God.

          EXO 20:23  Do not make any gods to be alongside me;
                      do not make for yourselves
                      gods of silver
                      or gods of gold.

          DEU 4:15b  Therefore watch yourselves very carefully,

          DEU 4:16    so that you do not become corrupt
                      and make for yourselves an idol,
                      an image of any shape,
                      whether formed like a man or a woman,

          DEU 4:19    And when you look up to the sky
                      and see the sun,
                      the moon and the stars–
                      all the heavenly array–
                      do not be enticed into bowing down to them
                      and worshiping things
                      the LORD your God has apportioned
                      to all the nations under heaven.

          The apostle Paul compared two of the churches that he founded. Both
          of the churches were good churches, but he said that the church  in
          Berea  was more noble than the church in Thessalonia.  The  reason
          was  because  they  would not just listen, but  would  examine  the
          scriptures themselves to see if what Paul was saying was  accurate.
          ACCURACY OF THE WORD OF GOD WILL ALWAYS STAND UP TO CRITICISM!

          ACTS 17:11  Now the Bereans
                      were of more noble character than the Thessalonians,
                      for they received the message with great eagerness
                      and examined the Scriptures every day
                      to see if what Paul said was true.

          God gives us no other way with which to judge supernatural  things,
          except through testing it to His “written Word”. If it  contradicts
          what  His  word says, then you should immediately dismiss  it.  The
          apostle Paul and the prophet Isaiah put it this way:

          1TH 5:21  Test everything.
                      Hold on to the good.

          ISA 8:19  When men tell you to consult mediums and spiritists,
                      who whisper and mutter,
                      should not a people inquire of their God?
                      Why consult the dead on behalf of the living?

          ISA 8:20  To the law and to the testimony!
                      If they do not speak according to this word,
                      they have no light of dawn.

          The  “law” and “testimony” in verse 20 are “the scriptures”.  Jesus
          makes it very clear:

          LUK 16:31  “He said to him,
                      ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets,
                      they will not be convinced
                      even if someone rises from the dead.'”

          MAT 24:35  Heaven and earth will pass away,
                      but my words will never pass away.

          Moses  wrote  the first five books of the bible ,and  the  Prophets
          wrote  the  rest. And we know that they are accurate  according  to
          both the apostles Peter and Paul.

          2PE 1:20  Above all,
                      you must understand
                      that no prophecy of Scripture
                      came about by the prophet’s own interpretation.

          2PE 1:21  For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man,
                      but men spoke from God
                      as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
          2PE 3:15  Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation,
                      just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you
                      with the wisdom that God gave him.

          2PE 3:16  He writes the same way in all his letters,
                      speaking in them of these matters.
                      His letters contain some things
                      that are hard to understand,
                      which ignorant and unstable people distort,
                      as they do the other Scriptures,
                      to their own destruction.

          Notice that Peter refers to Paul’s letters as Scriptures!  And now,
          we  will  finish this article with a few  “Scriptures  from  Paul”,
          Peter, Jesus, John, Solomon in the Proverbs, and Revelations.

          ROM 15:4  For everything that was written in the past
                      was written to teach us,
                      so that through endurance
                      and the encouragement of the Scriptures
                      we might have hope.

          1TI 4:13  Until I come,
                      devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture,
                      to preaching and to teaching.

          2TI 3:16  All Scripture is given by inspiration of God,
            (NKJ)    and is profitable
                      for doctrine,
                      for reproof,
                      for correction,
                      for instruction in righteousness,

          2TI 4:2    Preach the Word;
                      be prepared in season and out of season;
                      correct,
                      rebuke and encourage–
                      with great patience and careful instruction.

          2TI 4:3    For the time will come
                      when men will not put up with sound doctrine.
                      Instead, to suit their own desires,
                      they will gather around them a great number of teachers
                      to say what their itching ears want to hear.

          1TI 4:1    The Spirit clearly says that in later times
                      some will abandon the faith
                      and follow deceiving spirits
                      and things taught by demons.

          1TI 4:2    Such teachings come through hypocritical liars,
                      whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron.

          1TI 4:3    They forbid people to marry
                      and order them to abstain from certain foods,
                      which God created to be received with thanksgiving
                      by those who believe and who know the truth.

          2PE 2:1    But there were also false prophets among the people,
                      just as there will be false teachers among you.
                      They will secretly introduce destructive heresies,
                      even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them–
                      bringing swift destruction on themselves.

          2PE 2:2    Many will follow their shameful ways
                      and will bring the way of truth into disrepute.

          2PE 2:3    In their greed these teachers will exploit you
                      with stories they have made up.
                      Their condemnation has long been hanging over them,
                      and their destruction has not been sleeping.

          LUK 11:52  “Woe to you experts in the law,
                      because you have taken away the key to knowledge.
                      You yourselves have not entered,
                      and you have hindered those who were entering.”

          JOH 5:39  You diligently study the Scriptures
                      because you think that by them you possess eternal life.
                      These are the Scriptures that testify about me,

          JOH 5:40  yet you refuse to come to me to have life.

          JOH 10:9a  I am the gate;
                      whoever enters through me will be saved.

          JOH 10:10b I have come that they may have life,
                      and have it to the full.

          MAT 7:13  “Enter through the narrow gate.
                      For wide is the gate
                      and broad is the road that leads to destruction,
                      and many enter through it.

          MAT 7:14  But small is the gate
                      and narrow the road that leads to life,
                      and only a few find it.

          MAT 22:14  “For many are invited, but few are chosen.”

          ROM 10:17  Consequently,
                      faith comes from hearing the message,
                      and the message is heard through the word of Christ.

          PRO 30:5  “Every word of God is flawless;
                      he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.

          PRO 30:6  Do not add to his words,
                      or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.

          REV 22:18  I warn everyone
                      who hears the words of the prophecy of this book:
                      If anyone adds anything to them,
                      God will add to him the plagues described in this book.

          REV 22:19  And if anyone
                      takes words away from this book of prophecy,
                      God will take away from him
                      his share in the tree of life and in the holy city,
                      which are described in this book.

Doc Viewed 17062 times

How useful was this post?

Click on a star to rate it!

Average rating / 5. Vote count:

No votes so far! Be the first to rate this post.