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Simple questions - "Am I really that secure?", the second part

Grace-teaching for the week of April 9-15, 2018

Simple questions — “Am I really that secure?” the second part

by Gene Mitchell

This lesson is the second part, or the continuation of what we saw last time we were together (If you want to look at that lesson, here is the PDF of it). This week, let’s start by looking at this great verse from Paul in Col 2:2 — “that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ”.

I pray that, by these lessons, you’re being encouraged by allowing God to infuse you with the full assurance of understanding in knowing your secured position in Christ!

reasons for the confusion

I want to give you 3 main reasons why people have a problem with eternal security. One reason is because he REALLY doesn’t understand the New Covenant (Which covenant, is an entirely different kind of agreement than what is seen and read about in the Old Testament — the new agreement being based on Jesus’ blood, as the old agreement was based on the blood of animals! There is no similarity at all between the 2 covenants — except, of course, having the same God).

Another reason one may have a problem with eternal security is because he REALLY doesn’t understand the new birth (That it’s completely God’s work that He wrought in you through Christ — your spirit has been “incorruptibly” Redeemed and reborn from His “life-seed”).

Another reason one may have a problem with eternal security is what I call “religion”man-made answers and solutions to spiritual questions and problems, which teachings — which are passed down from one generation to the next (This is called “tradition”).

There are other reasons why people seem to struggle with eternal security, but I want us to only focus on these 3 reasons and see what Peter said about this in 1 Pet 1:18-19 — “(18) knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, (19) but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.” Hidden in these 2 verses are the 3 things that I just mentioned about why people have a problem with the issue of eternal security. I want you to see that as people struggle in understanding it now, they had a hard time with it then.

without further ado

Now let’s continue looking at these amazing verses that tell you of your eternal position as God’s beloved child.

*** 1 Cor 1:8-9“who will also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Question — Who called us into the fellowship of His son Jesus?

Answer — God did!

Question — Who will keep us strong to the end, so that we will be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ?

Answer — God does!

Question — Who can we count on in being faithful, even when, at times, we aren’t?

Answer — We can completely count on God being faithful in doing this tremendous work inside us!

Question — Who did Paul say this to?

Answer — The most screwed-up, flesh-liberal church that we have in the New Testament (Which church — the church at Corinth — sadly, is a good example of so many believers in the world)!

See you may not be the model of faithfulness, but He who called you is! He is always faithful to you! And the amazing reality of this is that the more we grow in the reality of His continued faithfulness to us, the more that we’ll be faithful we become to Him!

Your salvation is a matter of God’s faithfulness to you, not your faithfulness to Him!

Some synonyms of the word “faithfulness” are words like, “steadfastness”, “devotion”, “loyalty” and “reliable”. And this is exactly what God is to you (Normally when we hear those words, we’re talking about our performance to Him, not His performance to us!) And He doesn’t waver in it, dependent on your performance to Him, but He’s continual in it towards you because of His UNconditional love — even in your darkest hour!

I know that there is a fancy teaching that differentiates between “RELATIONSHIP” and “FELLOWSHIP”, that says that when the believer falls into sin, he loses his fellowship with the Lord but not his relationship with Him. There are 2 Greek words for that kind of teaching — HOGWASH and BALONEY! Those 2 words — relationship and fellowship — are from the same word. Actually the word “relationship” doesn’t even appear in the New Testament letters, like the word “fellowship” does (Except in the more modern translations of the Bible, where the more “unmodern” translations use the word “fellowship”).

*** 2 Cor 1:21-22“Now He who establishes us … in Christ … and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.” There’s an old saying that says, “the proof of the pudding is in the eating”. Well, the indwelling Spirit is “the proof of the pudding” that we can certainly eat of His goodness forever! We can’t really trust man’s guarantees to us because of their limitations, but we can certainly trust God’s guarantee to us because He’s unlimited! Look at what Paul said right before v.21 — “For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.”

Question — What promises is Paul referring to?

Answer — Promises of being established, anointed and sealed!

Moreover, His promises turn into guarantees! He guarantees you of being established, anointed and sealed! Only our God could make these kind of assurances to us!

Look at what else Paul said about this in Eph 1:13-14 — “In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.” Look at it again, “until the redemption of the purchased possession”! That means until the return of Jesus, or your passing away from this life unto the next! Are you as excited about this as I am?!

Look at another similar verse from Paul in 2 Cor 5:5 — “Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.” All 3 of these verses — 2 Cor 1:22; Eph 1:14 and here — have the English word “guarantee”, which is the Greek word “arrabon”. The word literally means one making a DOWN PAYMENT on something that he has purchased. If you make a down payment on something, you pay only a percentage of the total cost when you buy it, but it’s yours and you can take it home. If it was on layaway, you’d have to leave it at the store until it’s paid off. But God’s Spirit inside you is your guarantee that your purchased by Him!

Another amazing reality is seen in Heb 7:22, where Jesus is also your guarantee from heaven! And that Greek word for “guarantee” in that verse is different than the other 3 verses, for it literally means that Jesus is your personal “Sponsor” — He’s your heavenly Sponsor who guarantees you that everything that you believe Him for will come to pass in your life! Now that’s good news!

the final words for the week

I really want to take my time in answering this question — “How secure am I?” There’s a saying that goes, “Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater”. This is what many believers have done by not fully understanding the traditional teaching, “Once saved, always saved”. This is not what these lessons on eternal security is — it’s not traditional teaching, but Biblical teachings of grace. Because like anything that’s spot on, it can either be taken out of context, or it can be taken to an extreme. I hope that you see from my lessons here, the grace which people like Paul, Peter, John and Jesus, has brought out to us in assuring our future in Christ.

Next time that we come together, we’ll look at some more verses that assure us of our eternal security in Christ. Please stay tuned for more simplicity that’s in Christ!

*** Here's the PDF of this teaching, HERE ***     -    13120 Three Rivers Road Apt 3004  Gulfport, MS 39503 - 678-922-9306  


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