Of Perseverance of the Saints.
Chapter 17, Paragraph 2.
“…the oath of God, the abiding of his Spirit and the seed of God within them,…”
1 John 3:9
God does not lie. He does not intentionally craft words so that He can be misconstrued. He does not flatter anyone. He does not promise something and fail to deliver it. When God promises to save His people, He swears by Himself that it will happen. The unchanging, infinite, eternal, almighty God gives His oath that His unchanging, infallible promise will be executed. It will be done, and it shall be done by the One who has the will and power to do it. Thus God alone is the one who ensures the perseverance of the elect.
The oath of God is enough for the believer to rest confidently that we shall receive eternal life. Yet it is not God’s word alone that gives us this hope. Not only has He said we will receive an inheritance of eternal life, but He actively works to accomplish this salvation. The Father elects us, the Son redeems us and intercedes for us, and the Holy Spirit dwells in us. Through the work of the Spirit we are sanctified and produce good works, conforming us more and more to the image of Christ.
We can have perfect confidence that those who are in Christ will persevere to the end. God’s word is as unchanging as He is; He will never go back on it. The Holy Spirit abides with those born of God, and will never leave them nor forsake them. With such persons of the Trinity working toward the same end, the elect’s eternal salvation is assured.
Questions to Consider
- How does knowing that all three persons of the trinity ensure your perseverance affect your life right now?