Thursday, May 24, 2007

Bits & Pieces: Promised Security

"Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble; for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to you," (II Peter 1:10,11).

* The Holy Spirit makes it clear through the apostle Peter that God wants His children to be certain about their salvation. 'Calling' refers to God's effective application of salvation, while 'choosing' is His work of sovereignly selecting some sinners to be saved, while passing by all the rest.
An ever-maturing growth and development in godliness demonstrate that a believer is one of God's chosen.

* The apostle Peter speaks of two important evidences for the Christian that he will reach his eternal home. The first is an experiential finality, where we can make certain God's election by an inner witness of the Holy Spirit, and a godly lifestyle. The second is an eternal evidence, promised by God at the time of our death.

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