Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Blog Post 4-Eternal Security

Day 4-Eternal Security

Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and anointed us is God, who also sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a pledge. -2 Corinthians 1:21-22

I don't feel exactly qualified to tackle this topic, but since I agreed to discuss the 30 most talked about topics this month I will. Eternal security is a hard one for me and I feel like it shouldn't be.

At the very core of who I am I believe the only way to get to Heaven is through Jesus Christ and the acceptance of His death on the cross to bring salvation to you if you receive it. I don't believe there's another way. I think all other roads lead straight to Hell. Period. So, I'm pretty confident that's a good foundation.

I just have trouble when the feelings and the facts gets swirled around in daily life to the point that uncertainty reigns over all! About a million cliche's come to mind and I can't stand cliche's so I'm not going to use any of them. I think once we've accepted Jesus the angels rejoice, our names appear in the book of life and the blueprints for our mansions go to the printer. Okay, maybe there aren't blueprints :)

I think we have to find our confidence in Christ for our salvation and for everything else. I also think it's not entirely bad to question our salvation once in awhile. We need to go back to the basics of our faith. I am on a mad dash back to the beginning in my time with the Lord lately and it has been amazing. Salvation, prayer, etc. Loving it. I make things way too hard and way too complicated. It always has been and it always will be about our relationship with Him.

I think we can question lots of things to death and totally miss the point. For sure spend time letting the Spirit speak assurance to your heart. For sure go back to the beginning and remember the establishment of your faith and where the Lord has brought you from there. For sure take notice of the fruit you are bearing and the signs of a true believer that you should be displaying.

But then, when you know that you've accepted Him. When you know that you are living for Him the best you know how. When you know that you know there's no other way to the Father except through Jesus His son-then let it go. Live for Him, anticipate Heaven, and be sure that you are being earthly good to the Kingdom.

And trust that you are sealed by the Father, loved by the Son, and led by the Spirit.

1 comment:

Jim (or Missy :-) said...

"I also think it's not entirely bad to question our salvation once in awhile."

Amen. And further, to question one's salvation is not to doubt Jesus, the sufficiency of His sacrifice, or the truth of God's word as some would have us believe. To question one's salvation is merely a spiritual exercise prompted by a fresh encounter with one's residual depravity.

Most importantly, God the Holy Spirit, through Paul the Apostle, agrees with you:
Therefore...continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling..." - Phil. 2:12

Great blog, Brenda, and a terrific post here. I'm with ya. I know that John 10:28-29 is true: "I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand."

I believe we are called to rest in the truth of John 10:28-29 even while we're undertaking the rigorous self-examination prescribed in Phil. 2:12.