5/2 The Eternal Security of the Believer

‘He who has begun a good work in you will complete it..’ Philippians 1:6 

Simply put, when God starts something He finishes it! There are no open-ended promises on His part. The question is, how? The answer is:

‘In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.  Ephesians 1:13-14

After a person comes to Christ, they are sealed with the Holy Spirit, that leads us in the direction God wants us to go, all the while being our personal guarantee of salvation and eternal life with Jesus, the very source of our salvation.

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.       Ephesians 4:30

The word “grieve” means to “feel grief because of”. Once we’ve been sealed by God, there is no longer a need to feel grief over being the new you and not the old you.  For more on this particular section of today’s lesson and griving the spirit I strongly encourage you to read the following two full sections of Ephesians chapter four, they describe how God feels when we greive over our past life because of the change that the spirit has made in us, read by clicking HERE. When we become Christians there is simply no reason to miss our sinful life, but our past life, in all its ugliness does become evident as Paul tells us here:

Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.  Galatians 5:19-21

Paul’s words make it pretty clear that a person who has found salvation in Christ cannot live in the ways of the world, specifically the ones he listed in those three verses. To make a mistake, is human, but to have known Christ and reverted to those as a full-time lifestyle, as he is clearly warning against, is to essentially smack God in the face after He has given you the most precious gift imaginable. And since we have now gone through the “acts of the flesh”, it seems only fitting to go through our next list from Paul, the “fruit of the spirit”.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23

Nobody would criticize this list. And these are all FREE when we accept Jesus and live a life that is pleasing to Him. Also, the parable from Jesus, about the unforgiving servant comes to mind. Click HERE for that passage. Now let’s get back into what Jesus did for us.

For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will
be made righteous.  Romans 5:19

One man, Adam, may have been to blame for sin coming into our world, but one man is to thank, praise, worship, and love for bringing salvation to the world, Jesus Christ.

Look unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2

Simply put, Jesus paid the debt of our sin off once and for all on the cross. Notice that he “despised the shame”. Jesus the man, hated the shame that dying on a cross brought Him, but more importantly, He did it lovingly, and compassionately for us, where we could make the obvious choice to live with Him in eternity and not perish.

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

 IT WAS PAID IN FULL. So how could we become in debt to God again if it was paid in full? YOU CANT.

And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. John 10:28-29

Below I’ve listed a few more verses that you can look up on the same topics we have discussed in this page just simply click the verses and a new window pops up.

Romans 8:31-39     8:34-35    8:38-39

Before I close this, I want to share something with you all. The piece you just finished reading was not written by me, or anyone else who has published on Inspired Ministries in the past. I had a hand in the editing but these were the sermon notes from my brother in Christ, Keith H. Keith is a few years younger than I am, and just finding his way in ministry. These particular sermon notes were from his first sermon a week ago, that was conducted in a homeless shelter in his home state. I’ve had the privilege of posting this, and sharing it with all of you. I have also had the privilege of hearing about how my brother works with kids day in and day out and does his best to interject Christ into their lives, when the world would inject the opposite. Also, the privilege of serving with him in the prayer ministry I was a part of recently, and he still is. You can email prayer request anytime day or night to weliftyouup@gmail.com and they will do for you, exactly what the email address says. While I know he is probably going to fuss with me over writing this closing part here, and he would be the last to request any acknowledgement for carrying the torch of Jesus Christ, or receive any thanks. I would like to thank God for the servant’s and teacher’s heart he has given my brother and the guidance to do the works he does in the name of the Lord.

With that all said,

Stay blessed,

Chris

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One Response to “5/2 The Eternal Security of the Believer”

  1. hope Says:

    AMEN BROTHER KEITH & CHRIS….GOD IS GOOD!!!

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