Blessed Assurance {Part II}

BeautifulinitsTime-EclecticAffinityBeing saved is not based on our feeble feelings, but rather, it is a Blessed Assurance (Ephesians 2:8) for those who believe in the Son of God, Christ Jesus (John 3:16). Nevertheless, for one reason or the other, so many professing Christians hold to the notion that Salvation can be lost, which in all is truly NOT Biblical.

“The Scriptures teach that our salvation is a past, present, and future salvation. We have been saved, and we shall be saved. We were changed into new creations when we were saved, we are being changed through a process of sanctification, and we shall be changed at the resurrection.” – Dr. Michael Youssef

In other words, this means the gift of Salvation is Triple locked by:

  1. God the Son, (Lock 1): Jesus said in John 10:28, “I give them eternal life and they shall never perish. No one can snatch them out of My hand.
  2. God the Father, (Lock 2): Jesus said in John 10:29, “My Father who has given them to me is greater than all, no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand
  3. The Holy Spirit, (Lock 3): Later on, Jesus said in John 14;16, “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, who will be with you  forever”

For this reasons is why the Great Apostle Paul can say in Romans 8:38-39:

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord”

“My God! My God! Why have you forsaken me!” – Probably the most surprising word Jesus ever said has revealed in the Bible. Jesus was abandoned completely in his most desperate moment. That moment of separation from the Father was something that has never ever happened since eternity. Jesus not only carried our sins on the cross, but He became sin, cursed, and died in darkness, but to defeat death, so that we may receive the Light that frees us from darkness and truly live an everlasting life forevermore.

God’s Grace is all at Christ’s expense. Jesus the Nazarene, the very image of the living God,  paid it all. He chose the cross and chose to wear the crown of thorns as part of the ransom to set us free from the stains of sin that once separated us from God.

What does Grace means once we are saved? Once we become the children of God by adoption? Do we continue in sin so we experience more Grace? NO! NOT AT ALL! (Romans 6:15)

Under Grace we have the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, convict us, brings us to repentance, changes us, indwells us, and gives us the power over sin. Jesus said (at the Sermon on the Mount) that under law, the act of adultery is a sin, under Grace the thought of lusting is a sin. Under law, the act of killing is a sin, under Grace deep hatred towards someone is a sin. Grace is higher and purer not slimier.  “The grace that does not change my life will not save my soul” – Charles Spurgeon. No one becomes Holy by accident.

God’s moral law are the reflection of God’s character and therefore they are changeless and they are eternal, and that it is why it is nonsense to say because we are saved by Grace that the 10 commandments are therefore irrelevant, that is totally falsehood!

How would we know Grace if we have not realised we are law breakers? The law is necessary just like the cross, to remind us that we are sinful people so to drive us deeper into the heart of the only One who can forgive our sins.

To be sure! We can never be saved by keeping the 10 commandments because we can’t! Because if that is the basis of Salvation NO ONE would make it. But only when we come to the one who fulfilled all the commandment are we saved by Grace.

Why did God even give us the 10 commandments when he knew that no one can ever keep all of them, all of the time perfectly? Why did He give them to us?

Here is the reason: He gave us the 10 commandments as a light. A light that shines into a messy room which is every one of our hearts to show us how dirty the room is and the only one that scan sweep the room clean is Jesus, because when God became incarnated, He kept all of the commandment all of the time perfectly. And that is why Jesus is the only one that can be acceptable to God the Father.

When Jesus said I came NOT to abolish the law but to fulfil them, He was saying they are important and they are important for a reason.  When God gave Moses the 10 commandments, Jesus was the author of it and that is why only He is the authenticator of the law. Symbolically, the law being the shadow is the diminution of the Light (Christ). Here’s the analogy:

  • Aaron was the very first high priest in the old covenant, but he could not compare with the great high priest in the new covenant
  • Aaron entered into an earthly tabernacle, but Christ entered into and Heavenly Tabernacle
  • Aaron entered into the Holy of Holies once a year, but Christ entered once and for all
  • Aaron entered behind the veil, but Christ ripped the veil in two
  • Aaron offered many sacrifices, but Jesus offered only one sacrifice
  • Aaron sacrificed for his own sin as well as the sin of the people, but Christ offered Himself as the sacrifice for the sins of others
  • Aaron offered the blood of bulls, but Christ offered is own blood
  • Aaron was a temporary high priest, but Christ is the permanent high priest.
  • Aaron was fallible, but Christ is infallible
  • Aaron was changeable, but Christ is unchangeable
  • Aaron’s sacrifices were imperfect, but the one sacrifice of Christ is perfect.
  • The tabernacle had a door; Christ is the door
  • The tabernacle has an alter; Christ is our altar
  • The tabernacle had lamps; Christ is the light of the world now and for eternity
  • The tabernacle had bread that had to be replenished; Christ is the bread of life both now and forever

Only the righteousness that Jesus Christ inputs in us is the righteousness that is acceptable to God the Father. And He looks at us and says I see you as righteous because Jesus’s blood has covered you, covered all your sins. That is the only righteousness that exceeds that of the Pharisees and the scribes and the teachers of the law. (Matthew 5:20).

Christ Jesus, during His earthly life, healed the sick, released the demon possessed, fed the hungry, clothed the naked, raised the dead and welcomed all those who turned to Him, just as He still welcomes all who come to Him this very day. But yet, He was rejected by the religious leaders, ignored by the local politicians, persecuted by the high priests, hunted down by thePharisees and ultimately crucified by the romans.

Nevertheless, even greater Justice for Christ Jesus is yet to come when He comes back:

  • Not as the One who was humiliated, but as the One who will be the Supreme Judge
  • Not as the One who was insulted and slapped across the face, but as the God of Power and Might
  • Not as the One who helplessly hanged on a cross, but as the One who will stand on the crest of the earth
  • Not as the One who was dragged before Pontius Pilate and Herod, but as the One who will rule with an iron sceptre
  • Not as the One who is the Lamb of God, but as the Lion of Judah who is going to put all His enemies as His footstool.

God did not write our name in the book of life in pencil. He does not erase our name every time we sin, then writes it back in when we repent. When God writes our name in the book of life, He writes it in the precious blood of Jesus. There is no ink that is more permanent and indelible than the blood of our Saviour, Christ Jesus.

“I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life.”1 John 5:13