11 Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are. 12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.
The security of our salvation has its roots in the Lord Jesus’ keeping of His disciples. We see here that God gave Jesus the twelve. Jesus kept the twelve, trained them, led them, and held them. Their salvation was completely rooted in Christ. (Mention is made here of Judas as the son of perdition that the Scriptures might be fulfilled. Judas’ heart was never changed; he always lived with a love of money thus was never redeemed.) As we dwell upon this truth our hearts should sigh a great big sigh of relief for neither do we save ourselves nor do we keep ourselves saved. Our glorious Lord Jesus keeps all of us who are given to Him by the Father.
You see, my friends, salvation is all of God. The human element, as evidenced by the twelve, is simply an acceptance of the call. We are called by God, drawn by His love and the truth of His word. He gives us the faith to believe and we accepting all that He has done to save us are saved by Him. The technical term for this is a monergistic salvation. God does all of the saving. The beauty of this faith is that the One who saves also keeps. For if I had any part in being saved then I could also have a part in losing my salvation. But, since God is the author and the finisher of my salvation my eternal security is in Him and never in my ability to maintain it.
The entire New Testament bears out that the sole worker in saving souls from sin and death is God. Do not buy into a synergistic view of salvation that somehow you had to do something to merit God’s grace. For if you had do to anything to gain God’s grace it would no longer be grace. Just add one human work to grace and it no longer is grace. In that confusing scenario the next logical thought is that since you did something to gain your salvation then you must also be able to do something to lose your salvation. No, no, no, our eternal salvation from our sin into the glorious presence of the Holy God is the work of God and God alone.
“Hallelujah, what a Savior who can take a poor lost sinner lift him from the miry clay and set Him free. I will ever tell the story shouting glory, glory, glory! Hallelujah Jesus ransomed me.”
On Sunday we, as a church, delivered ten complete Thanksgiving dinners. Each dinner included a turkey, vegetable, potatoes, yams, pumpkin, dinner rolls, and a pumpkin pie with whip cream. (Thanks to Sharon and Bobbi for organizing all of this.) The recipients were identified through the Naperville Township office as people in the area who would be struggling this Thanksgiving. Our church families delivered these with great joy and a testimony of the love of the Lord Jesus. My thanks to all who participated in this wonderful outreach. Pray that God will receive the glory throughout this week as families rejoice in God’s love through us for them.
Tomorrow night will be our annual night of praise and thanksgiving. This praise service will be a time when you bring the messages. As you reflect on praise to God and chose the songs we sing the service goes in the direction the Holy Spirit leads it. All teens and children will be with us in the service.
Have a great day in the Lord,