Of Perseverance of the Saints.
Chapter 17, Paragraph 1.
“… yet he is still the same and they shall be sure to be kept by the power of God unto Salvation, where they shall enjoy their purchased possession, they being engraved upon the palm of his hands, and their names having been written in the book of life from all Eternity.”
Why is it that those who are in Christ endure? Why do we persevere to the end?
We persevere because God does not change. “For I, the LORD, do not change;…” (Malachi 3:6). If God were as fickle as we were, we should have great reason to fear that we would not persevere to the end and be eternally saved. Thankfully, God is immutable. What He says, He will do. “God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent; has He said, and will He not do it?” (Numbers 23:17) And what is it that He says? “…these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.” (Romans 8:30)
We persevere because we are His, bought with a price. That price of His own Son, who suffered, bled and died for us. Who also rose and intercedes on our behalf. We will not be found defective and returned to our sinful state. Eternal salvation will be ours because it has been bought and paid for by Christ Himself.
We persevere because God has decreed it. He chose a people from eternity past to everlasting glory through Jesus Christ. His purpose is eternal and immutable. It is fixed.
God does not change. His purpose does not change. His steadfast love never ceases. If we are in Christ, our perseverance is assured.
Questions to Consider
Can anyone in Christ not receive eternal salvation?