Devotional for Monday February 11th

Good Morning Everyone,

Our theme for this month: “Understanding Salvation”

Our Bible verse for today: “Truly I tell you, anyone who hears my word and believes in him who sent me has eternal life and will not come under judgment but has passed from death to life.” John 5:24 (CSB)

Our thought for today: “Your salvation is secure.

John 5:24 is another passage in the body of New Testament literature which teaches us about the permanence of salvation. Here we read Jesus assuring us that if you have made the decision to place your faith in Him for the forgiveness of your sins, then you have experienced that new birth He taught about in John 3:3. Such a person has been “born again”. They have passed from death to life and now will never come under judgment for their sins. And the interesting thing about being born is that once you have been born, you cannot be unborn. Once it happens it is a done deal.

John 3:16 is also a familiar verse for most Christians and it is a continuation of Jesus’ teaching about being born again. In John 3:3 He said that you must be born again. In John 3:16 He said that anyone who believes in Him shall not perish but has eternal life. But eternal life is not something that begins when you get to heaven, it begins the moment you place your faith in Christ. It begins in the moment of being “born again” and it lasts forever. Eternal life is by definition “eternal”, it is life that does not end.

At this point in our discussion of the security of the believer we haven’t even come close to covering all that the New Testament teaches about it, but I think we have covered enough to make the point.

To summarize what we have learned: God loves you with unconditional love that does not end. Despite your sin, His deepest desire is for you to spend eternity with Him in heaven. So He sent Jesus to earth to pay the penalty for your sins so that through faith in Him, your sins can be forgiven and it is therefore possible for you to go to heaven. Then God sent the Holy Spirit to convict you of your need to be forgiven, and to draw you to faith in Christ. All throughout your life the Spirit works quietly behind the scenes creating situations and opportunities for you to come to Christ.

So God has gone to extraordinary lengths to provide for your salvation; it is the deepest desire of His heart and He has worked very hard to bring it about. Therefore once He finally has you, there is no way He is going to let you go. You are His, and Satan cannot have you back. That’s what Jesus meant in John 10:29 when He said that no one will snatch His sheep out of His hand. Now that you are His, He will not give you up. That’s the assurance we have. Once saved, always saved.

Tomorrow we will begin our discussion about the second stage of the salvation process, and what salvation looks like in the life of the true disciple of Jesus.

God Bless,
Pastor Jim

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