A Completed Project

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Watering the Tulips

01/18/2012

““…being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” - Philippians 1:6

There are, perhaps, no more comforting words in the entire Bible to one trusting in Jesus as his Savior. Would eternal life really be “eternal” if God didn’t complete the work He began in us? The apostle was here inspired to encourage us that the Lord Himself will complete what He started. Though we often start projects and leave off before finishing them, God does no such thing. If you are a child of God, you are His “project” and you will be completed. Your glorification is so sure that God actually speaks of it as if it has already occurred (Romans 8:30)!
What a blessed truth to know that “He preserves the souls of His saints” (Psalms 97:10). What if this “preserving” depended on our faithfulness? Anyone with the Spirit of God dwelling inside him realizes that we often are unfaithful. We can see children of God all through the Bible that had unfaithful moments. If our preserving was dependant on our faithfulness, none of us would be “completed”. Lest anyone misunderstand, we surely should strive to be faithful. We are ordained to good works (Ephesians 2:10). However, God Himself preserves us. If He did not, we would fall.
The work of Jesus was to give eternal life to His sheep (John 10:28). By doing this, He ensured that they would “never perish” (John 10:28). We have not yet received our glorified bodies. We are still battling the flesh and sin. However, we can be confident along with the apostle Paul that God will surely complete the work that He has started in us. Jesus’ sheep will “never perish”!
Paul’s confidence was not in himself. He said, “I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day” (2 Timothy 1:12). Paul trusted that Jesus paid all of his sin debt and he also trusted that He would keep Paul’s faith in Christ from wavering. Believers may, perhaps, doubt themselves (and they should). However, believers do not doubt the ability of Jesus. Believers understand that there is one Way to God and Jesus is that Way (John 14:6). God even preserves this faith!
“For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, no things present nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39). Praises be to God that we cannot be separated from that covenant love which He has loved us with since before the world began (Jeremiah 31:3). We are secure in His hand (John 10:29).
Child of God, perhaps you have never completely embraced the doctrine of eternal security. You will search the Scripture far and wide to find any of God’s children that ever lost their salvation. There isn’t one Biblical example of such…because God completes the work that He began. Don’t look at this truth as a license to sin, because it’s not. In fact, if you are looking for the freedom to sin, you need to examine whether you are really in the faith. The doctrine of eternal security is an encouragement to serve Him!! Thank God today that He is presently preserving you! Thank Him now that He will complete that which He started.


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