None of Our Misery Is Meaningless

2 Corinthians 4:16-18
16 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day.
17 For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison,
18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

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God States His Self-Revelation

Romans 1:18-22
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,
19 ¶ because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them.
20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,
21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
22 Professing to be wise, they became fools,

Everyone knows God exists.

Deuteronomy 18:18,19
18 ‘I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him.
19 ‘And it shall be that whoever will not hear My words, which He speaks in My name, I will require it of him.

Everyone who hears the words of Jesus, knows Christ is God.

1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

People who don’t want God in their life, suppress what God has made known to them about himself.

Trusting God Rather than Trusting Mankind

Jeremiah 17:5 Thus says the LORD: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man And makes flesh his strength, Whose heart departs from the LORD.” – Therefore every Christian should be a young earth creationist.

Isaiah 66:2 For all those things My hand has made, And all those things exist,” Says the LORD. “But on this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, And who trembles at My word.

Proverbs 3:5,6
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.

Psalm 118:8 It is better to trust in the LORD Than to put confidence in man.
Psalm 118:9 It is better to trust in the LORD Than to put confidence in princes.

Ps 146:3 Do not put your trust in princes, Nor in a son of man, in whom there is no help.

Once Saved Always Saved

In this post I will show that the doctrine of Eternal Security is true, and an integral part of salvation through faith alone.

In Romans 8:29,30 Paul teaches:

29 ¶ For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.
30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.

Paul says that those who are justified (through faith alone in Christ alone), God “also glorified.” He speaks of the believer’s glorification in the past tense, because as far as God is concerned, for those who are justified through faith in Christ, their glorification is already accomplished.

Further, those who truly believe in Christ will not live lives of continuous, unrepentant sin, as Paul teaches in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11:

9 ¶ Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites,
10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.
11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.

So we see that the eternal security of the believer is a fact of Scripture. But how does this relate to salvation through faith alone? If people were saved by faith, but then had to keep commandments in order to stay saved/keep their salvation, then salvation would be by faith and works. But eternal security means that once a person truly believes in Jesus, no sin they commit can cause them to lose their salvation. Thus salvation is purely by faith, and not by works at all. And so the doctrine of Eternal Security is integral to a proper understanding of salvation by faith alone.

If you are interested in learning more about the eternal security of the believer and the truth of salvation through faith alone, I highly recommend Chosen But Free: A Balanced View of God’s Sovereignty and Free Will.

Learning to Share

Jeremy was flying down West Mountain on his skis. The problem was, he had no idea how he’s gotten to the mountain, or up the lift, or onto this trail. The last thing he remembered was lying down on his bed for a nap.
Fortunately, Jeremy was a good skier, and this was a beginner trail. He quickly got his balance, and made it safely down the mountain. Thinking this might be a dream, he headed for the lodge, and saw his Miata in the parking lot. But where were his keys? He felt his pockets and found the keys in his right front pocket. He knew this wasn’t a dream, and he was confused and scared. What was he doing here? How had he gotten here? Continue reading