Encountered this tweet from @PastorMark (Mark Driscoll – founding pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Washington) on twitter Thursday and it really seemed simple yet profound so I thought I would share it here today with a short blog entry following.
The content of the tweet was as follows:
“As a Christian, can I lose my salvation?”
I didn’t save myself so I can’t unsave myself.
“Can Jesus lose a Christian?”
Let me add a couple of verses of supporting Scriptures in case you have questions.
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen Me, and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.” John 6:35-40 (NASB)
All people that the Father gives to Jesus will not be cast out. The will of God is that Jesus loses none the Father has given Him and that they be resurrected on the last day. Thank you Lord for this incredible promise!!!
Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe; the works that I do in My Father’s name, these testify of Me. But you do not believe because you are not of My sheep. My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” John 10:25-30 (NASB)
Jesus gives eternal life to His sheep and they will never perish and NO ONE will snatch His sheep out of the hand of Jesus. Not only that, but NO ONE is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. Both the Father and the Son are securely holding on to each and every one of us and finally …
IN Him (Christ Jesus), you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation–having also believed, you were sealed IN Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory. Ephesians 1:13-14 (NASB)
With your salvation, you are sealed IN Christ Jesus with the Holy Spirit of promise … as a pledge or guarantee of your inheritance with a view to your redemption, all to the praise of God’s glory.
Key point: The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit each play a role in insuring that we, as believers, will never lose our salvation.
Now that’s what I call assurance we can be confident in!