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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 NIV) (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 about?? 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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