Now That's An Amazing Grip!
On the heels of describing Himself as the Good Shepherd, Jesus was asked if He was the Messiah. He responded, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand. I and the Father are one” (John 10:27-30 ESV emphasis mine)
There is a lot going on in John 10 but I want to point out that Jesus not only stresses His relationship (hearing, knowing, following) with those who belong to Him, He says they are secure. They are His and no one will take them away. Not only that, they also belong to the Father and no one will take them out of His hand. Isn’t that an encouraging promise! It gets better.
In his letter to the Ephesians, the Apostle Paul begins by talking about the rich blessings of the believer in Christ. He says, “In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory” (Ephesians1:13-14 emphasis mine).
Wow! The security of the believer is based on the work of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. This is such a great comfort. If I could somehow secure my salvation, I could also lose it. The great news is that the God-head has secured my salvation and it is truly secure forever and ever. That’s a loving and secure grip! An Amazing Grip!
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