“Blessed Assurance, Jesus is Mine, O what a foretaste of glory divine”1
We sing this old hymn from time to time, but I also wonder how many truly born-again Christians struggle with doubt when it comes to their salvation.
One of the things I love the most about the Doctrines of Grace is that it biblically asserts that any attainment of salvation, any price, and any means we have to God is dependent upon Him, not of ourselves, who can and will fail. Is there a greater security of a believer’s place in heaven that is greater than God Himself?
On the contrary, His word shows us that:
…we are unable to save ourselves so…He saves us. (Eph. 2:1)
…we are unable to choose Him…so He chooses us. (Romans 9:18)
…we are unrighteousness…so Christ provides the means to salvation (John 6:37-38)
…we are given ears to hear…so He calls us (Romans 8:30)
What He has ordained to save, died to save, and called to salvation, He will preserve to the glory of His Name.
So, we, as products of God’s grace, Christ’s work on the cross, and the Holy Spirit’s calling will surely persevere to the end, eternally saved.
Thus, the fifth and final point in the Doctrines of Grace: The Perseverance of the Saints.
“He that hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ (Phil. 1:6)
The word of God confirms this truth over and over:
“And this is the Father’s will, that of all He hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day” (John 6:39)
“I give unto my sheep eternal life, and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand” (John 10:28)
“There is now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1)
While we may fall, while we may have times of spiritual weakness or rebellion, the Holy Spirit within each true believer’s heart will continue to convict. The believer will come forth, and go forth again unto the ways of the Lord.
I love the words of W.J. Seaton – “The salvation that begins in the mind and purpose of God must end in the fulfilment of His unthwartable purpose that those ‘whom he did foreknow’ are eternally united with their Saviour.”2
Blessed Assurance Indeed!
1) “Blessed Assurance” Christian Hymn – Lyrics – Fanny Crosby, Music –Phoebe Knapp, 1873
2) Pamphlet “The Five Points of Calvinism”, © The Banner of Truth Trust 1970, Reprinted 2012 by VersaPress, Inc. P.22