Sunday Morning 3/4 – Romans 12:1-2
Commitment Driven By Mercies
Sunday Evening 3/4 – John 10:22-31
You Are Greatly Loved
Wednesday Evening 2/28 – 2 Kings 15:8-38
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?” -Romans 8:35
Legalism gives us a temporary feeling of security based on self, the gospel gives us assurance of our eternal security based on Christ. -Burk Parsons via Twitter
We believe in the eternal security of the saints. First, because they are Christ’s, and He will never lose the sheep which He has bought with His blood and received of His Father.
Next, because He gives them eternal life, and if it be eternal, well then, it is eternal, and there can be no end to hell, and heaven, and God. If spiritual life can die out, it is manifestly not eternal life, and that effectually shuts out the possibility of an end.
Observe, further, that the Lord expressly says, “They shall never perish.” As long as words have a meaning, this secures believers from perishing. The most obstinate unbelief cannot force this meaning out of this sentence.
Then, to make the matter complete, He declares that His people are in His hand, and He defies all their enemies to pluck them out of it. Surely it is a thing impossible even for the fiend of hell. We must be safe in the grasp of an almighty Savior. Be it ours to dismiss carnal fear as well as carnal confidence and rest peacefully in the hollow of the Redeemer’s hand.
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon, June 7 entry]
Wednesday Night Recap (6.3.09)
“Consequently, He is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” -Hebrews 7:25
-Ask any Christian, “Are you saved?” and their reply would be Yes.
-Ask, “Who saved you?” God in Christ.
-Ask, “Does He save everyone?” No.
-Ask, “Did He save you accidentally or did He do it on purpose?” God saves some people and He does it on purpose.
-It is the power of God that saves and keeps us. It is not the power of human choice or decision, or work or fleshly action that results in salvation. John 1:12-13
-It’s His purpose. 2 Timothy 1:9, Ephesians 1:9, Ephesians 1:1-11; What God does, He does for His glory.
-John 10:27-30. Eternal life is given. Eternal must always be. This life deposited in the believer is the life that has always existed and which is for all eternity. God’s Name and His glory is at stake.
-Romans 8:29 speaks of whom He foreknew…doesn’t talk about anything anybody did but He foreknows us, nothing outside of God that caused Him to love you. Who He foreknew, He predestinated (predetermined) to be conformed to His Son. Why conformed? That He might be firstborn (Christ is ultimately glorified)…called…justifcation…glorified. All for the glory of His Son. Philippians 2:9-11; Revelation 5:11-14
-We are completely dependant upon Him for our salvation. If dependant upon our works to live up to His standard, we have all sinned and come short of the glory of God. Where is boasting? Romans 3:27; Ephesians 2:9
-1 Corinthians 3:11 “for” links verse 11 with previous. Foundation was laid (Jesus Christ, Solid Rock not shifting sands_ and the responsibility of others to build upon it. Use materials worhty of the foundation. (relates to our service).
vs. 13- service will be tested in that day; 1 Corinthians 4:5 (fire=judgment) Only He can judge the motives; Rewards: 2 Timothy 4:8, James 1:12, Revelation 2:10, 1 Peter 5:4, Revelation 3:11, 1 Corinthians 9:25, 2 Corinthians 5:10, 1 Corinthians 3:8
-1 Corinthians 3:15- the fire shows the quality of work. Corinth had many problems
-1 Corinthians 6:11- sin in life, but saved. Not talking about loss of salvation, but loss of reward. One doesn’t gain salvation by good works nor does he lose it by bad works.
-Salvation is secure because of Who God is and not who we are. Jeremiah 31:3, Malachi 3:6
-He that hath begun a good work in you shall perform it unto the day of Christ Jesus.
P-Perserverance of the Saints
-If one could lose his salvation, no one could be saved. (Psalm 130:3)
-We have forgiveness of sins and the imputed righteousness of Christ, seen 34 times in Romans (Romans 4; 2 Corinthians 5:21)
-We are not righteous because we are declared righteous. We are righteous because we are righteous–because we have been made righteous in Christ.
-We are not under law but under grace!
-Assurance: has to do with the believer’s understanding and sense that he does indeed possess eternal life.
-Eternal Security: This doesn’t refer to one who just attends church or has changed his life in such a way that he conforms to Christian standards.
-Justified: Romans 8:29-30 The completion of one act necessitates the next. Sanctification is omitted because it would have to be after justification and sanctification cannot necessitate glorification. It is God’s work from start to finish. Romans 8:31-39. Who could condemn? Only God. But He is the One Who justifies. (John 6:37-39; John 10:27-29; John 17:6-7; Romans 11:29)
-False professions: Matthew 7:21-23 What believer would point to his owrks that he has done? We point to our Savior!
-1 John 5:11-12- past tense: “has given eternal life”
-Hebrews 10:14- perfected; forever; that are being sanctified (vs. 17-18- “no more sacrifice for sins because there are no more sins to be atoned for)
-Hebrews 13:5; 1 Peter 1:2-4
-Ephesians 1:13-14- A seal was used a symbol of ownership and security. For example, Pilate placed a seal on the tomb of Jesus. Only Pilate or someone greater than Pilate could legally break the seal. The Holy Spirit is seen as both the seal and the One who does the sealing. You are owned and kept by God. The only one who can break that seal is God or someone greater than God. The believer is sealed until the day of redemption.
-If someone believed they could lose their salvation by some sin, who are they depending upon for salvation?
-Does your salvation depend on you or on God? If on you, you will ever have assurance. (Romans 3:20, Philippians 1:6, 2 Timothy 1:12)
-Psalm 23- Security is not an issue here for the sheep (vs.1- total provision; vs. 2a- He controls and directs; vs. 2b- He provides rest and refreshment; vs. 3a- He maintains life; vs. 3b- straight paths; vs. 4- through the deep dark valleys, the staff protects and prods)