Perserverance of the Saints

Posted: February 3, 2009 in Uncategorized

Wayne Grudem asks, “how do we know that we shall continue to be Christians throughout our lives?” The Waynester answers his own question by stating, “the perseverance of the saints means that all those who are truly born again will be kept by God’s power and will persevere as Christians until the end of their lives, and that only those who persevere until the end have been truly born again.” 

How does he know that? Here are a couple of verses of Scripture to consider:

John 6:38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. 39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. 40 For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”

and

John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.

Now, if you think about it, this makes perfect sense.   After all, as we  have seen, the Bible asserts that salvation belongs to the Lord and you would think he would get it right! 

Of course, someone may object that the Bible also urges us to continue in the faith throughout our life.  If it is all His work then what’s that about?

The Great Grudester points to 1 Peter 1, which reads, in pertinent part:

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

Read carefully and you’ll see that God is the one who has caused us to be born again and guards our faith yet it is still tested.  Paradoxes…makes friends with them.

What about those who looked authentic but fell away? What can give a believer genuine assurance? Hit that tomorrow.

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