by Dr. Charles Stanley
Monday July 3, 2006
Saved and Sure
In order to understand the concept of “saved and sure,” you must discover three certainties that describe God’s will for all people.
1. It is the Lord’s will that everyone be saved. God calls all men and women to Himself, but there must be a response to His invitation. As we answer His call to salvation, the Father makes us part of His everlasting family (Romans 10:9-13). If we fail to respond, however, then we will eternally remain outside of His redemption plan for mankind.
2. It is God’s will that everyone be saved by grace through faith. Ephesians 2:8-9 declares that our salvation is 100 percent thework of the Lord. It is His plan, His work, His gift. We have no responsibility whatsoever, other than simply receiving the free gift that He lays at our feet.
3. It is His will that everyone be saved by grace through faith and be sure of their salvation. Lack of certainty can absolutely destroy faith. If you are not sure that you are saved, then the Devil will use that seed of doubt to plague your spirit every time you feel you have done something unforgivable. In the Lord’s eyes, though, there is no such thing as “unforgivable.” He has already established the plan by which every one of us can join His eternal family, and He wants us to have confidence in our salvation.
John , 1 John , and Ephesians -14 and 2:4-7 all point to the completely certainty with which we can embrace our salvation. Is your faith at the whim of your feelings and circumstances, or is it firmly grounded in Scripture?
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