Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | June 27, 2019

“I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.”

Today’s devotion comes from John 10:19-30.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+10&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me;  and I give eternal life to them, 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.

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Other doctrine believes in man’s alleged free-will, and accordingly they believe that it is possible that through their free-will they could either accept or reject Christ, and then later it is also possible that even if they accept Christ, their free-will could later reject Christ.  So, they live in continually fear of falling from grace.  In summary, their salvation is dependent on man.

But, Reformed Doctrine believes in God’s will, and accordingly their salvation is dependent on God from the beginning to the end:  from the beginning of God’s “Unconditional Election” to the end of God’s “Preservation of the Saints”.  So, they have peace staying in grace, all of which is dependent on God.  

“Unconditional Election” and “Preservation of the Saints” are the bookends of what God does for us in the Five Points of Calvinism also known as “TULIP”, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation, as more fully taught in the Canons of Dordt.  “Total Depravity”, the first point of Calvinism, is why we do not want our salvation dependent on man.

Here is what Reformed Doctrine states in part about this “Preservation of the Saints” in the Canons of Dordt (Articles 3, 8, and 9 of 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.

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.

“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.

“You have enclosed me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me.”  Psalm 139:5.

“This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day.”  John 6:39.

“While I was with them, I was keeping them in Your name which You have given Me;  and I guarded them and not one of them perished but the son of perdition, so that the Scripture would be fulfilled.”  John 17:12.

“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 1:6.

“Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever.  Amen.”  Jude 1:24.

“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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