1 Kings 5 & 6
Can I Lose My Salvation?
Once Saved Always Saved?
Many debate the statement “once saved, always saved.” Perhaps it could be more accurately stated “if saved always saved.” I believe there are many people who think they have a right relationship with God because they go to the right church … or because they were brought up in a Christian home … or because they took the right sacraments … or were baptized as a baby … or, perhaps the most insidious, they are pretty good people. Salvation is based on the finished work of Jesus on the cross not anything we do. Ephesians 2.4-9 says:
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.
No One Can Snatch Us Out of His Hand!
But if we are truly saved by faith in the gospel, verses 27-30 in today’s reading should give us great confidence in God’s sovereign control of our eternal lives.
“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone 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 My Father’s hand. I and My Father are one.”
If we belong to God, no one, not the devil nor anyone else can take that away from us.
Today’s Other Readings:
1 Kings 5 & 6:
The Beauty of God and the Ugliness of Sin
Every time I read these passages I try to get my mind around what Solomon’s Temple must have been like! The love and care that went into every detail, the magnificence of it, the gold that was beaten into thin sheets and then gently hammered to fit over all the carved and embellished wood and stone so that everywhere you looked there was gold! The most beautiful things we build today with all our technology can’t match what it must have been like.
But, even with all the beauty and splendor, God was more interested in whether or not their lives reflected the beauty of God or the ugliness of sin. He warned Solomon that He would only dwell among them as long as they walked in His statutes and kept His commandments (6.11-13). He would eventually allow this magnificent temple to be burned and sacked because of their repeated sin and idolatry (2 Kings 25).
What beautiful things does He allow to be destroyed in our lives because of our unwillingness to love and obey Him? We often turn and blame Him when it’s actually a consequence of our rebellion.
He Reigns Forever
This psalm was probably part of David’s celebration when the Ark of the Covenant was brought back to Jerusalem, but it also looks forward to the day when Jesus will reign forever and all the world will worship Him.
Those Who Reward Good with Evil
Verse 13, “Whoever rewards evil for good, evil will not depart from his house.”
Romans 12.17 & 21 say, “Repay no one evil for evil” instead we are to “… overcome evil with good.” If we are not even to repay evil with evil, how much worse the judgment on someone who repays good with evil!
What About You? Questions to Ponder or Journal:
Have you truly put your faith and trust in Christ and Christ alone? Have you come to the place where you realize you are a sinner in desperate need of a Savior and that nothing you do warrants eternal life? Have you confessed you sin to Him and received His free gift of forgiveness and salvation?
Do you ever find yourself wondering . . . Is it actually possible to know, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that I am going to heaven?
If you say that my salvation is “eternally secure” and that I can never lose it, does that mean that I can commit any sin and still go to heaven?
How can an understanding of “eternal security” make a difference in my Christian life?
With the wisdom and skill of a man who has personally wrestled with these questions, internationally-known pastor and bestselling author Charles Stanley addresses the age-old issue of grace vs. works in this compassionate, straight-forward book.
With questions at the end of each chapter, Eternally Secure is an excellent choice for individual or group study.
“I know from experience that until you settle once and for all the question of whether or not you are eternally secure, joy will elude you. Therefore, it is my prayer that God will use this book in your life and that in the very near future you will be able to face life with the confidence that comes through knowing you are eternally secure.” Charles Stanley.
If there were a Guinness Book of World Records entry for ‘amount of times having prayed the sinner’s prayer,’ I’m pretty sure I’d be a top contender,” says pastor and author J. D. Greear. He struggled for many years to gain an assurance of salvation and eventually learned he was not alone. “Lack of assurance” is epidemic among evangelical Christians.
In Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart, J. D. shows that faulty ways of presenting the gospel are a leading source of the confusion. Our presentations may not be heretical, but they are sometimes misleading. The idea of “asking Jesus into your heart” or “giving your life to Jesus” often gives false assurance to those who are not saved—and keeps those who genuinely are saved from fully embracing that reality.
Greear unpacks the doctrine of assurance, showing that salvation is a posture we take to the promise of God in Christ, a posture that begins at a certain point and is maintained for the rest of our lives. He also answers the tough questions about assurance: What exactly is faith? What is repentance? Why are there so many warnings that seem to imply we can lose our salvation?
Such issues are handled with respect to the theological rigors they require, but Greear never loses his pastoral sensitivity or a communication technique that makes this message teachable to a wide audience from teens to adults.
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