Thursday, July 07, 2011

July 7, 2011 … Certainty of Deliverance

Passage of the Day: Romans 5: 9 – 10 … 9 Since we have now been justified by His blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through Him! 10 For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to Him through the death of His Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through His life!

My Journal for Today: When it comes to our topic this month, i.e., the assurance of our salvation as Christians, the apologetics of the Apostle Paul in today’s passage is absolutely “error tight.” However, for it to have any weight at all for the Christians it was intended (Roman Christians, the Church, as well as you and me), one must first be a believer and declare that Christ’s finished work on the cross saved us by His atoning blood. And in believing in Christ’s resurrection and that He (as it says above in vs. 8) died for us while were yet sinners, we can (no, … we must) KNOW that we are now identified with Christ (i.e., justified). Therefore, we are adopted as children of God into His family. And as Paul went on to declare (see Rom. 8: 35 – 39), nothing can take that position (i.e., SAVED from God’s wrath) away from any believer who has received God’s saving grace, believing in Him as Lord and Savior. As we’d say today, “It’s a done deal!” (see Rom. 10: 9 – 13) to mirror what Jesus said on the cross when He declared, “It is finished!”

If one meditates on Paul’s argument in Romans 5: 19, we see that if Christ is willing to do His saving work on the cross when we were yet the vilest of sinners (see also Rom. 5: 8), how much more would He be willing, through His grace, to hold us safely in His hands for eternity, which we also read is declared by Jesus in John 6: 37. Therefore, belief in Christ as our mediator and redeemer should be – and is – our eternal security as Christians. Again I say, as Jesus Himself said from the cross, “It is finished!”

And though we’re just getting started this month, I hope, like yours truly, you are getting the picture of the truth and reality that our salvation is a completed and sealed reality if we are truly believers in Christ’s finished work on the cross. I know I’m repeating myself here; but it’s worthy of repetition; and it’s worthy for believers to get this settled now and forevermore!

My Prayer Today: You did it, Lord; and I am Yours … forever! Amen

1 comment:

Rudy A. Cope said...

One cannot help but consider that - within what we would consider traditional evangelical circles - there are doctrinal and theological points that pop up and cause considerable disagreement. But there is perhaps no doctrinal misunderstanding (at least I hope that's what it is) as unfortunate, as tragic and as vile as a doctrinal position that says "he was saved, but now he aint saved." As the beloved Dr. John Wilton says about the phrase "you were sealed", "that's an aorist tense in a passive voice." You didn't do it.