Good Things: Part Four

We have been looking at the good things that are ours in Christ Jesus to encourage our faith and strengthen our confident sharing of the gospel of Jesus Christ with lost sinners.  In Good Things: Part Two I touched on the glorious good news that we can never lose our salvation.  I would like to look at this precious blessedness more in-depth in this post.

The teaching from the Scriptures that God’s children are saved for eternity and by definition cannot lose their salvation is a source of great comfort and encouragement to the hearts of believers in Christ as they sojourn through this earth awaiting the time that they will be forever with their beloved Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  There are many Scripture passages that teach this great truth.  A good place to start is the book of Hebrews.

5 So also Christ did not glorify Himself to become High Priest, but it was He who said to Him:  “You are My Son, today I have begotten You.”  6 As He also says in another place:  “You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek.”  7 who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear, 8 though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.  9 And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him, 10 called by God as High Priest “according to the Order of Melchizedek,”  Hebrews 5:5-10

 Jesus Christ was appointed by God the Father from before the foundation of the world to be the propitiation for our sins and is the source of eternal salvation for all those who repent of their sins and believe in Him.  By His electing grace, God blesses us with obedient faith so we become His children and we are His forever!

1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To the pilgrims of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, 2 elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ:  Grace to you and peace be multiplied.  3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.  6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, 8 whom having not seen you love.  Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible full of glory, 9 receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls.  1 Peter 1:1-9

God saves us and keeps us through His beloved Son, by our faith in Him.  Even as we traverse through numerous trials and troubles, our faith holds true and sure, by God’s glorious grace and we are assured of our eternal salvation.  The trials prove our faith as we hold fast to our love for Jesus Christ, knowing that when we do see Him in glory we will be blessed beyond measure.  We rejoice with joy inexpressible because of this salvation that is eternal.  Praise God for sending His Son to die in our place taking the punishment we deserve and then rising from the dead proving that He is God the Son, the Messiah and Savior of our souls.

17 And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear; 18 knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.  20 He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you 21 who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.  1 Peter 1:17-21

 Being redeemed by the precious blood of Jesus Christ should motivate us to live holy lives pleasing to Him.  His redemption is efficacious for our holy living unlike religion which only confirms sinners in their wickedness.  His manifestation is for us who believe in Him; He was ordained before the foundation of the world to be our Savior and Lord.  We believe in God who raised Him from the dead and our hope of eternal life is sure, because God has promised by an oath, and He is not a man that He should lie.

16 For men indeed swear by the greater, and an oath for confirmation is for them an end of all dispute.  17 Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath, 18 that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us.  19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, 20 where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.  Hebrews 6:16-20

1 Paul, a bondservant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect and acknowledgement of the truth which accords with godliness, 2 in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began, 3 but has in due time manifested His word through preaching, which was committed to me according to the commandment of God our Savior; 4 To Titus, a true son in our common faith; Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior.  Titus 1:1-4

  The certainty of our salvation, of our eternal life, is completely dependent upon the character and power of God our Savior in the life of the sinner.  This promise of salvation is sure and steadfast because of Jesus Christ our Savior, who is our High priest forever.  Being Himself perfected forever He is able to perfect forever those who come to Him.

26 For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens; 27 who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the people’s, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself.  28 For the law appoints as high priests men who have weakness, but the word of the oath, which came after the law, appoints the Son who has been perfected forever.  Hebrews 7:26-28  

1 But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is not of this creation.  12 Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood he entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. 

 10 By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.  11 And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.  12 But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, 13 from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool.  14 For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.  Hebrews 10:10-13 

Jesus Christ offered Himself one time for sins so that we could be reconciled to God our Father and so have eternal life.  His all-powerful work of atonement on our behalf is efficacious because of Who He is and because of the nature of His sacrifice, unlike the service accompanying the law which perfected nobody.  The eternal Son of God bore our sins in His body on the cross taking the punishment we deserve, shedding His blood for us, and then rising again from the dead to ever live and intercede for us through His High Priestly office.  We have eternal life because Jesus Christ did what no other could do; He took our punishment and appeased the wrath of God for us for all eternity by His onetime sacrifice.  Our loving heavenly Father has done all that is necessary for our salvation through His Son and we are eternally reconciled to Him.  Praise God for His mercy and grace given to us through His Son Jesus Christ, that we can know and be with Him forever, the promise of God, eternal life through faith in His Son Jesus Christ.

3 “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”  John 17:3

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