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Watering the Tulips
“And I am persuaded of this same thing, that He that hath begun this good work in you, will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” – Philippians 2:6
It is not arrogant for a child of God to believe that once they are saved they will always be saved. Our confidence is not in our abilities, but in God’s ability. As our previous lessons have outlined, God is the “Author and Finisher” of our salvation (Hebrews 12:2). He brought it about and He will perfect it. Paul’s confidence in our text verse is not that these would keep themselves. No…a thousand times no!! His confidence is that God, Who “hath begun this good work” in them would “perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Paul knew that God would preserve His saints (Psalms 145:20, Psalms 37:28).
Jesus is the Good Shepherd (John 10:11). He could be nothing else. He is God in the flesh. He is the Sovereign Lord. A human shepherd may very well be unable to make sure none of his sheep perish. However, Jesus is no mere human shepherd. As the Good Shepherd, He gave His life for His sheep (John 10:11). By sacrificing Himself for them, He gave “unto them eternal life and they shall never perish” (John 10:28). Child of God, Jesus did not attempt to put your sins away. He separated our sins from us as far as the East is from the West (Psalms 103:12). There is no possibility of our sins ever being placed back on our account. Praise the Lord, Jesus gave His life as a ransom for ours.
The writer of Hebrews taught that it was impossible to be saved again if one lost his salvation. He didn’t do this to show the possibility of losing one’s salvation. On the contrary, He taught this to show the impossibility of one ever losing his salvation. Hebrews 6:4-6 says, “For it is impossible for they which were once lightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, and have tasted of the good Word of God, and of the powers of the world to come, if they fall away should be renewed again by repentance: seeing they crucify again to themselves the Son of God and make a mock of Him.” The writer is not teaching that one can lose his salvation. He is proving the opposite. He is declaring that if it were possible for one to lose his salvation, he could never be saved again because Christ paid for his sins once. Most that believe one can be saved one day and lost the next have probably never considered this verse.
Child of God, be of good cheer. God has saved you from your fallen condition. He purposed to save you before the foundation of the world and sent His Son into this world to pay for your sins. He lovingly drew you to Christ as His Spirit empowered the Gospel. If this is true (and it absolutely is), He will most certainly keep you, as our text plainly teaches. Thank Him daily for beginning the work of salvation in you and be confident that He will complete it. Praises be to God for His sovereign grace!
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