Three Things That Solidify Our Security of Salvation
Mike Crozier has provoked this though in me: “If you could lose your salvation, you would! And the sinful man that you are, you would have already lost it”. There is no joy in the idea that you can lose what God accomplished. Check out Romans 5:1-11 (ready resource below)
1) Our justification. Check out 5:1; “Have been justified”. Past tense. We have hope because our salvation, which is heaven, is in heaven and is certain.
2) The trials of life. Check out 5:3; “exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance”
Phonies wilt under trial. Tribulations are the proving ground of the true saint. The true saint perseveres. Saved people are changed people (ongoing change). They stumble, but they keep going, they continue. Proof! Check out 5:4; “proven character”. Proven genuine. Tough times yield experiential hope.
3) Doesn’t disappoint. Check out 5:5; “hope does not disappoint”… Our Hope will not shame us. God’s love poured out “in our hearts”. (Ecc. 3:11) It is not empty; rather it spreads to every corner. Known security, know He loves you. Like flying a kite, when you can’t see the kite, you know it is there because you can feel the tug.
Rom 5:6-11 Paul’s logic on God’s love. When you were powerless and ungodly, He loved you. He loved you as a pagan, how much more does He love you as His child?
Romans 5:1-11 1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; 4 and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; 5 and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
6 For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.