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									Salvation Security?

This is a passage that Pastor Al Somers taught as an
anchor and to reaffirm the understanding of the
security of salvation. He pointed out the two fisted grip
of the Father and Son on each of his sheep and said
that if no one could snatch me from there, why would I
think I could wriggle out myself?

It Worked for me!

But now, this is what the Lord says—
he who created you, Jacob,
he who formed you, Israel:
"Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When
you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;k
the flames will not set you ablaze.
For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour;
 (Isaiah 43:1-3 NIV)

Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm
in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on
us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit,
guaranteeing what is to come. (2 Corinthians 1:21, 22

(Philippians 1:6) He who began a good work in you
will carry it on to completion

Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the
Spirit, which is the word of God. (Ephesians 6:17 NIV)

I am glad that my eternal salvation, the eternal
salvation available to all who will believe, is FOR me
but not BY me. Jesus explains clearly that we who
have trusted in Him for salvation not only know the
voice of our Saviour but also are kept securely by the
Almighty, unfailing Heavenly Father.

We can know we are saved and can rest secure in
His salvation. Because it is the perfect and all-
powerful God Who saves us, keeps us, secures us for
eternal life and the joys of heaven. We cannot lose
salvation because we have not attained it ourselves.
Salvation is God's to give, and "no man can pluck
[me] out of my Father's hand."
John 10 27:28

Have you ever just stopped for a moment to realise
just how much Jesus loves us? Not only did He come
into this world to save us from sin and death, He is
also the God that sustains. He is the God who
protects us and grasps us in His mighty hands.
In John chapter 10 Jesus is in Jerusalem for the feast
of Dedication when the Jewish officials in the temple
begin to question Him. They said:

"So the Jews gathered around him and said to him,
'How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the
Christ, tell us plainly." (John 10:24 ESV)

Jesus responds by clearly stating that He is God, that
He and the Father are one.

" I and the Father are one." (John 10:24, 30 ESV)

But the passage that sticks out to me the most is
found in verses 25-29:

"Jesus answered them, 'I told you, and you do not
believe. The works that I do in my Father's name bear
witness about me, but you do not believe because
you are not part of my flock. My sheep hear my voice,
and I know them, and they follow me. I give them
eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will
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 the Father's hand." (John
10:25-29 ESV)

Jesus is saying that those of us who have been
saved, chosen by God to be His people, not only have
a perfect relationship with God, but we also have the
amazing promise that "no one will ever snatch them
out of my hand." isn't that amazingly peaceful to think

The God of the universe, the creator of ants and
hydrogen and music and colour, not only loves me but
He also will never let me go! In a world where
everything is temporal and fleeting, Jesus is constant.
In the midst of being surrounded by broken
relationships and severed friendships...for those of us
who are in Christ Jesus, our
relationship/salvation/redemption will never end. He
always has us. He will never let us go! It is not about
US holding tightly to Him, as its all about Him clinging
mightily to us!

When we are going through difficult times, pain & hurt
we need to remember that our Saviour will NEVER
LET US GO......

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