Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | March 29, 2019

“For the LORD loves justice And does not forsake His godly ones; They are preserved forever” – “Your lovingkindness and Your truth will continually preserve me.” – “Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.”

Today’s devotion comes from Luke 21:5-24.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+21&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“18 Yet not a hair of your head will perish.  19 By your endurance you will gain your lives.”  Luke 21:18-19.

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Verse 18 emphasizes God and His preservation of His saints.  Verse 19 emphasizes the saints and their perseverance.

The Canons of Dordt label this doctrine of grace “Perseverance of the Saints” (including some others in identifying the last point of the Five Points of Calvinism summarized by the acronym “TULIP”).  But, others including myself contend that a better description of this truth is “Preservation of the Saints”.

Consider the following articles from the Canons of Dordt in the section titled FIFTH HEAD OF DOCTRINE Of the Perseverance of the Saints.

Article 3.  By reason of these remains of indwelling sin, and the temptations of sin and of the world, those who are converted could not persevere in a state of grace, if left to their own strength.  But God is faithful, who having conferred grace, mercifully confirms, and powerfully preserves them herein, even to the end.

Thus, the reason why the saints persevere is that God powerfully preserves them to the end.

Article 8.  Thus, it is not in consequence of their own merits, or strength, but of God’s free mercy, that they do not totally fall from faith and grace, nor continue and perish finally in their backslidings;  which, with respect to themselves, is not only possible, but would undoubtedly happen;  but with respect to God, it is utterly impossible, since his counsel cannot be changed, nor his promise fail, neither can the call according to his purpose be revoked, nor the merit, intercession and preservation of Christ be rendered ineffectual, nor the sealing of the Holy Spirit be frustrated or obliterated.

Article 9.  Of this preservation of the elect to salvation, and of their perseverance in the faith, true believers for themselves may and ought to obtain assurance according to the measure of their faith, whereby they arrive at the certain persuasion, that they ever will continue true and living members of the church;  and that they experience forgiveness of sins, and will at last inherit eternal life.

“You, O LORD, will keep them;
You will preserve him from this generation forever.”  Psalm 12:7.

“23 O love the LORD, all you His godly ones!
The LORD preserves the faithful
And fully recompenses the proud doer.
24 Be strong and let your heart take courage,
All you who hope in the LORD.”  Psalm 31:23-24.

“You are my hiding place;  You preserve me from trouble;
You surround me with songs of deliverance.  Selah.”  Psalm 32:7.

For the LORD loves justice
And does not forsake His godly ones;
They are preserved forever,
But the descendants of the wicked will be cut off.”  Psalm 37:28.

“You, O LORD, will not withhold Your compassion from me;
Your lovingkindness and Your truth will continually preserve me.”  Psalm 40:11.

“10 Hate evil, you who love the LORD,
Who preserves the souls of His godly ones;
He delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
11 Light is sown like seed for the righteous
And gladness for the upright in heart.
12 Be glad in the LORD, you righteous ones,
And give thanks to His holy name.”  Psalm 97:10-12.

“6 The LORD preserves the simple;
I was brought low, and He saved me.
7 Return to your rest, O my soul,
For the LORD has dealt bountifully with you.
8 For You have rescued my soul from death,
My eyes from tears,
My feet from stumbling.”  Psalm 116:6-8.

“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely;  and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.”  1 Thessalonians 5:23-24.


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