Verse of the Day

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Secure my Eternality

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Greeted today by a person who was shocked because I believe in eternal security.  This from a previous conversation held weeks ago; tells me I can’t find Scripture to support it.  Off the cuff, before my morning coffee, I replied that Scripture couldn't be found against it… that person agreed, but still told me that it’s not possible because the Bible doesn’t say either way.  As I am still working on being instant in and out of season, my mind started churning on the fact that the Bible does indeed talk about our eternal security in HIM.

The answer is ... I can't secure my eternality ... but God can.

"I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus." Philippians 1:6
From my perspective, I find that the inference of this type of question is the issue with [man's] religion ...  the use of the pronoun,  "  I  "  

None of what is freely offered [salvation] is based upon me ... my ONLY action is my response to the call.

And why is it that people can't accept the words from Jesus' own mouth about who the Bible, both old and new, says about the person of Jesus?

He said to them, How unwise and slow you are to believe in your hearts all that the prophets have spoken!  Didn’t the Messiah have to suffer these things and enter into His glory?”  Then beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He interpreted for them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures. Luke 24:25-27 (HCSB)
Would people still have the same types of questions even if Jesus gave the interpretation?  Would I?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Satan our Accuser; Christ our Advocate

  • The conquered enemy [satan] hates the presence of God, yet he is willing to appear there, to accuse the people of God.
  • Let us take heed that we give him no cause to accuse us; and that, when we have sinned, we go before the Lord, condemn ourselves, and commit our cause to Christ as our Advocate.

Matthew Henry, Matthew Henry Concise Bible Commentary, WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: "Chapter 12".

  • The real means of the dragon's overthrow was the atoning work of Christ; his people share that victory as they confess their faith in the gospel and bear witness to it through their word and deeds.
D. A. Carson et al., New Bible Commentary: 21st century edition, (Leicester, England: Inter-Varsity Press, 1994), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 1442.

  • But at Christ's coming as our Redeemer, he fell from heaven, especially when Christ suffered, rose again, and ascended to heaven. When Christ appeared before God as our Advocate, Satan, the accusing adversary, could no longer appear before God against us, but was cast out judicially (Rom 8:33, 34).
Robert Jamieson, A.R. Fausset, David Brown, A Commentary: Critical, Experimental, and Practical on the Old and New Testaments, (Toledo, OH: Jerome B. Names & Co., 1884), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: "Chapter 12".