What I Believe About “Calvinism” (6/6)

Here is my best shot at capturing your attention for this blog: If you are saved and on your way to Heaven today, how do you know you will be tomorrow, or a month from now, or a year from now? How can you be sure that you will not turn away from Jesus tomorrow for some unknown reason?

I could ask those questions like this: Is it true that “once saved, always saved”? If you are saved today, will you be saved tomorrow? Or will you walk away from the salvation you have?

Those are big questions aren’t they? Is there anything more important than knowing today whether or not you will be believing in Jesus tomorrow? Interestingly, the way to answer the question of whether or not you will be believing in Jesus tomorrow is by answering whether or not you are believing in Jesus today. That means no future guess-work for you.

The Bible answers these questions head on. God has not left us in the dark, not even close. These are not questions He is ‘OK’ leaving unanswered in your mind. I would liken God’s desire to comfort you about your future to a loving dad’s desire to assure his adopted child that he isn’t going to send him back to the orphanage…ever.

If you remember, I have tried to argue from the Scriptures that Jesus got you into your Christianity. You didn’t save yourself. If you are a Christian, the Father chose you, the Son died for you, and the Spirit awakened you to repent and believe in Jesus. Your salvation is entirely God’s work. You didn’t do it and you didn’t help God do it.

Now, what I want to argue is that just as Jesus initially saved you, he is going to finally save you. What I mean by that is “once saved, always saved.” If you are in Jesus now, you are safe and sound, forever.

Enter the Scriptures.

John 10:28-29 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.

Jesus says that those who come to him presently have eternal life. He promises that they will never perish. Those who are saved can rest assured they will never be un-saved, or perish. Why is that? Because “no one will snatch them out of [Jesus’] hand.” And no one can “snatch them out of the Father’s hand” who is “greater than all”.

Safe and sound, forever.

Philippians 1:6 “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”

1 Thessalonians 5:23 Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Jude 1:24 “Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy,”

Philippians 1:6 says that the One who began the good work of salvation will bring it to completion. This is key in understanding this whole idea of “once saved, always saved.” When we believe in Jesus we are justified, or made righteous before God, forgiven of sin, and given eternal life. But we have yet to enter into the finality of our salvation, in glorified bodies, free from the presence of all sin in eternal bliss with Jesus. So, the Bible explains that we are saved, being saved, and will be saved. Phil. 1:6, therefore, is a promise that if we are saved now, we will be tomorrow and will be in eternity.
Safe and sound, forever.
1 Thessalonians and Jude both proclaim the truth of the keeping power of God. He keeps us blameless and keeps us from stumbling in order to present us blameless before him. These Scriptures tell us God is able to keep us safe, and they promise that God will keep us safe in Christ.
Safe and sound, forever.
Do you see the trend that in order to be assured of your future, you just need to be assured of your present. Do you know that you are in Christ today? Do you know that God has begun the good work of salvation in you, that you are repenting to and believing in Jesus for forgiveness today? If so, rest assured that He who began that good work will carry it to completion by keeping you safe and sound in his hands, forever. 
A few more Scriptures?
Ephesians 1:13-14 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.
According to Ephesians, when we believe in Jesus we are filled with the Holy Spirit. Ephesians then comments on what this means. Paul says the Holy Spirit is a “guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it”. While we already have the Spirit and are justified, we do not yet possess the finality of our salvation mentioned above. However, having the Spirit today is a guarantee that we will absolutely one day enter into eternal glory with Jesus.
Romans 8:30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.
We are justified through faith in Jesus. If you believe in Jesus, you have been justified. And here in Rom. 8:30 Paul says that all those that are justified are glorified. Glorification is about the finality of our salvation. Thus it seems what Paul is saying is that from “…God’s standpoint the work is as good as done. He will complete it as planned.” (Reformation Study Bible, see “Show resources”).
Safe and sound, forever.
So go ahead. Celebrate with hope that Jesus is keeping you and will keep you! When you wander, He will keep you. When you stumble, He will pick you up. I’ve heard it said there is more grace in him than sin in you. Go take a nap. Rest easy. If you are in Christ today, you are safe and sound, forever.
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