PSALM 121:1-8; [A Song of degrees] I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. 2. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. 3. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. 4. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. 5. The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand. 6. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. 7. The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. 8. The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.
One must first understand WHAT is born of God, and what salvation really is. All who hold to a system of law-keeping or works for salvation have failed of grace, and therefore no security is affirmed for them. Only real believers are saved and have security. A distinction must be made between real and nominal believers. Peter was a real believer; Judas Iscariot was a nominal believer and never was saved.
I. THE PART OF MAN THAT IS SAVED AT THE NEW BIRTH.
A. The inner man (spirit) is born again in the new birth, and never sins again (I John 3:9). Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
B. It is a spiritual birth (John 3:6) That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. (II Corinthians 5:17) Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
C. It is a sanctification of the spirit (Hebrews 10:14) For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. How long is forever?
D. The inner man is sealed unto the day of the redemption of the body (Ephesians 4:30) And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. (Ephesians 1:13,14) In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. (Romans 8:23) And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
II. SALVATION IS FROM THE LORD AND NOT THE DEVIL.
God determines how far Satan can go (Job 1:12) And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD. If Satan can get one child of God, he can get all; therefore, IF he doesn’t get some, then they get to heaven by Satan’s mercy.
III. NOTICE SOME POSITIVE STATEMENTS OF SCRIPTURE THAT TEACH SECURITY.
A. Psalm 37:23,24: They shall not be utterly cast down.
B. Psalm 89:29-36: His seed shall endure forever.
C. Psalm 91:9-12: The Lord is their refuge and no evil shall befall.
D. Psalm 121:7: They are preserved from all evil.
E. Isaiah 54:17: Nothing formed against them shall prosper.
F. John 5:24: The child of God is passed from death unto life (present), and shall not come into condemnation (future).
G. John 6:37: He shall not be cast out by the Lord.
H. John 17:24: The prayer of Jesus secures them.
I. John 10:27,28: It is impossible for them to perish – none can pluck out.
J. Romans 8:28: All things work to their good.
K. Romans 8:35-39: Nothing can separate them from the love of God in Christ (Believers only are in Christ and have His love, II Corinthians 5:17).
L. Philippians 1:6: God will continue the good work begun in them.
M. Colossians 3:3: Their life is hid with Christ in God.
N. II Timothy 2:13: God cannot deny himself – to deny His child would be to deny Himself.
O. I Peter 1:3-5: They are kept by the power of God.
P. II Peter 1:4: They are partakers of the Divine nature.
Q. I John 5:4,5: They overcome the world.
R. I John 5:18: Satan cannot touch a child of God.
S. Jude 24,25: They are kept from falling, and shall be presented to God faultless.
T. Hebrews 7:25: God saves them to the uttermost.
U. Hebrews 6:4-6: If anyone could be lost after being saved, it would be impossible for him ever to be saved again.
There is only one plan of salvation. If one were to lose their salvation, they would have to be saved again by that same plan. To loss ones salvation and to be saved again, Christ would have to descend from heaven once more, die on the cross again, be buried and arise again the third day. This is the only way of salvation. The scriptural declaration is; Christ died once for all and by stating that we can lose our salvation says His work on the cross was incomplete and ineffective in securing a lost soul.
IV. THE SECURITY OF THE BELIEVER OFFERS HOPE TO MEN WHO WOULD BE HOPELESS OTHERWISE (HEBREWS 8:18-20).Technorati Tags: preserve, death, life, holy, spirit, God, Jesus, secure