Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Why We are Secure in Christ

We have been baptized into Christ Jesus, and united with Him in His death, and then certainly in His resurrection.  Romans 6:3-6

We have become partakers (koinonos--joint sharers, partners) of the divine nature.  II Peter 1:4

We have an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, and, which is reserved in heaven for us.  I Peter 1:4

We are protected by the power of God for a salvation which will be revealed (fully brought to light, fully manifested) when Christ returns.  I Peter 1:5

Because we are in Christ, there is no longer, forever, any condemnation on us.  Romans 8:1, Psalm 34:22

When we sin we have an Advocate who stands before the Father on our behalf, who always lives to make intercession for us and plead our cause before God against all of the cries of the accuser.  This Advocate was also the one who made propiation (satisfaction of the wrath and penalty) for our sins through His own death in our stead, and thus He saves forever those who come to Him in repentance and faith.  I John 2:1-2, Psalm 119:154, Hebrews 7:25, Romans 5:6-8, Romans 8:33-34, Revelation 12:10

It is Christ Himself who has laid hold of us for salvation, never to let us go.  Philippians 3:12, John 10:28-30

Nothing created...no circumstance, no power, no angel, nothing yet to come, nor ruler can separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 8:35-39

The Father would not dishonor the sacrifice of the Son by letting one for whom the Son paid the penalty of the Father's wrath, not make it into heaven and be raised up on the last day.  John 6:37-40

God has sealed our salvation by the Holy Spirit, who is also His pledge (down payment, escrow) of our inheritance which is reserved for us in heaven.  Ephesians 1:13-14, 4:30, II Corinthians 1:21-22

What God has started, the work of His salvation in us, He will complete.  Philippians 1:6

All of the promises of our salvation are made sure and complete in Christ.  I Corinthians 1:20

So, my friends, rejoice in the security and therefore the surety of your salvation.  Let us offer up a prayer of thanksgiving and praise to our great God, and His great Son our Lord and Savior, for the greatness of this salvation, His making it available to us, His making its accomplishment in us fool-proof, and the confidence this gives us in our relationship with Him.  What a wonderful God! What a beautiful truth!

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