Monday, June 20, 2011

Eternal Security...a Marvelous Experience

“But now, thus says the LORD, who created you, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel; Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;” –Isaiah 43:1-3a

There is eternal security for the believer. But this is not just a doctrine we believe, it is a truth that we experience day by day. The truth of our salvation is that God has redeemed us from the slave market of sin. We have been bought with a price, and now we belong to the Lord our God. He owns us. Here in Isaiah, we see this truth in a very real way.

We are owned by the Lord because He created and formed us. So in a sense, we belong to him simply because we are His creation. Not only that, God has redeemed us. He has bought us back. He paid the price. Not only that, God has called us by name. To be specifically known by God is a remarkable thing. There are billions of people on the planet; and God still knows your name.

This God—your Creator, your Redeemer—says ‘Fear not.’ There is no need for the believer to fear anything in life. Indeed, whatever you go through—no matter how high the flood waters, no matter how strong the river current, no matter how big the fire, no matter how hot the flames, God will be with you. Indeed, eternal security is not just a doctrine we believe, but it is a truth we experience day by day. “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” –Romans 8:28

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