40 Days of Hope
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Wednesday, April 10
Once Saved, Always Saved
As Simon Peter reflects on the victory won on Easter Sunday morning, he turns to the lasting impact of that victory. The new birth now available in Christ leads to an eternal inheritance in glory. This inheritance is actually protected by God Himself! He is “keeping” the reservation for us, and He is shielding us by His power.
He further elaborates on the security of this inheritance. Here are the three things that cannot happen to your reservation in heaven: perish, spoil, or fade. Let’s explore this more fully.
Perish – there is no “time limit” on your salvation. It will not disappear over time. It is imperishable. God is guaranteeing the eternal nature of your inheritance in heaven. It is good forever!
Spoil – this word can be translated “defiled” – in other words, spoiled by Satan. Peter is communicating that our inheritance is off-limits to Satan. It cannot be defiled in any way. It will not spoil due to some evil influence. God is protecting it against that.
Fade – our inheritance in heaven will not diminish over time. It will not lose its luster. It is not something that lessens as time passes. It is vibrant and secure for eternity.
So, let’s put all of this together. Jesus Christ has paved the path to eternity for us as His people. When we experience the beauty of the new birth, our eternal destination is set. Our salvation is secured for us. It is like an inheritance. God is keeping it for us as He shields us with His protective hand. Nothing can happen to what God has placed in eternity.
This is good news!
When I was growing up in the church, we referred to this teaching as “Once Saved, Always Saved.” More formally, we refer to this doctrine as the Eternal Security of the Believer. God has made it possible for us to live with the promise of eternal security. Our souls have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus and our hope is securely in Him.
Jesus Christ has made it possible for us to experience eternal life. This gift is precious and eternal. Ask God to help you share this good news with someone during this Easter Season.