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In Touch 11-11-04

  • 2004 Nov 11

In Touch Daily Devotional
by Dr. Charles Stanley

Thursday November 11, 2004
Reasons for Believing in Eternal Security
Ephesians 2:8-9

There are many warnings in Scripture against carelessly or indifferently letting our lives drift away from God and His plan. However, there is no warning in the Bible about losing our salvation once we belong to Christ - there are only admonitions about believers losing their reward. The Scriptures give us several reasons why we are eternally secure in Christ:

Reason #1 - Divine Election. God views our whole lifespan in one glance. Because He can see the beginning and the end; He knows that those He has chosen (Ephesians 1:4) will definitely be in heaven with Him. This election has nothing to do with us (2 Timothy 1:8-9); it is all of God, who has predestined us to be with Him for eternity. (Romans 8:29-30)

Reason #2 - Christ's Work of Redemption. On the cross, Jesus declared His work was finished. Then in heaven, He sat down on the throne (Hebrews 1:3) and began His work of intercession (Hebrews 7:25) because His redemptive plan was complete. No other sacrifice was needed. (Hebrews 10:10)

Reason #3 - Salvation by Grace Alone. Neither our conduct nor our character determines our eternal position; only our acceptance of God's grace through Christ Jesus does. Grace is the goodness and kindness of God without regard to our worth or value and in spite of what we deserve. (Ephesians 2:8-9) As God's workmanship (Philippians 2:12-13), we do nothing to earn salvation, and we do nothing to keep it (Titus 3:5). The gift is freely given to us forever.

Eternally secure - it is a done deal.

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