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The Hymn of Security (22 of 47)
I. The Intro (v.31a)
The focus of this passage is on the substitutionary atonement of Christ, but more specifically it is focused on the security that His atonement brings to those who believe in Him.
II. Persons who might seem to threaten our security (31b-34)
"If God is for us"- actually should be translated "since" or because. The obvious assertion is, if someone were able to rob Christians of their salvation they would have to be greater than God. Who is able to take away our status of no-condemnation?
"The LORD is my light and my salvation-- whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life-- of whom shall I be afraid?" (NIV)
Ps 46:1-3, 11
"God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. Selah
The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah" (NIV)
A. Can other people take away our salvation?
The Roman Catholic church teaches that salvation can be lost by committing so-called mortal sins and also claims power itself both to grant and to revoke grace. Such an assertion has no Scriptural foundation. Besides that takes the power of God's hands for salvation, and we know that can't happen.
"Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood. I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them." (NIV)
B. Can we commit a sin that can take away our salvation?
Tragically that is taught in some churches. But the fact that we are not able to secure our own salvation ...
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