Monday, December 1, 2014

Once for all time...

Therefore he is able, once and forever, to save those who come to God through him. He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf.  Hebrews 7:25

We have been in a study entitled "Loving it, leaving it, losing it". Today I want to conclude the "loving it" portion of it. I have used the Word to offer proofs of our eternally secure relationship with God. I've shared five proofs so far and today I want to share proof six and seven. 
Let's proceed with some marvelous good news.

The Word of God reveals something special about our relationship with the Father. We aren't just born again when we receive Him. We are also adopted into the family of God. 

So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering. Romans 8:15-17

We've been adopted. We've been made sons of God. We are in God's family. Most Christians rejoice that we aren't slaves but sons of God. However, if somebody blows it they immediately wish to put their sonship on the line. I believe Jesus Himself revealed great truth in His parable of the prodigal son, (read this account in Luke 15:11-32). 

The prodigal left his father's house. He seemed to want the father's possessions just not his presence. In the midst of wild living he squandered all he had. What picture do we see of the father while this is taking place? He hasn't disowned his son. He is still his son. When the son returned wanting to become a slave, the father loved him, and restored him to his position as a son in the father's house. So it is with our Father God. No matter how deceived or rebellious a Christian is they are still God's children. 

So proof number six is that we are adopted into God's family. Once a son we are always a son. Some may say well we can renounce our sonship. We will be dealing with this more in the next article but suffice it to say this, in the natural you can change your name. You can move away, and even change your appearance. Yet you will always be a member by birth of your family. So it is with God. You will always be His child if you have received Him.

As for our final proof let's look at Hebrews 9.

With his own blood—not the blood of goats and calves—he entered the Most Holy Place once for all time and secured our redemption forever. Hebrews 9:12

By His blood we are redeemed forever. His blood has made us clean forever. We are pure in His sight. This is the final proof. We are cleansed by His precious blood. By His cleansing blood we are redeemed forever. 

The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven. Hebrews 1:3

Proof enough, He has made us clean and pure by His blood. Notice this is not just our past. He said sins plural. All sins. He has cleansed us and forgiven us past and present and future. We are forever secure in Him. Knowing we are cleansed and pure transforms our hearts desires. We pursue Him not lustful passions. Again, this is motivation for devotion to God. 

In review here is the seven proofs of our eternal security:
It is God's will that none who come to Jesus will be lost.
Jesus revealed this plan of salvation as a secure hope. None that come will he cast out.
We are forever secure in our Father's hand and no one can take us out of His hands.
We have the Spirit of God indwelling us as a guarantee of our eternal redemption.
He forever makes intercession for us.
We are adopted into the Family of God never to be abandoned. 
His blood has secured our eternal redemption. We are washed and cleansed by that same blood. 

I pray this portion of study has blessed you and encouraged you. I pray His loving hands comfort and guide you into success and victory this week. 

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