How Long Will Salvation Last?
''I am confident that He that began a good work in you will keep right on helping you grow in his grace until his task within you is finally finished on that day when Jesus returns.'' The NEB
The text says ''He will perform it.'' It doesn't say he might or that he will try, or that if you will do your best. This work has been completed in the past, once and for all, not needing to be repeated.
If you decide to build a house, you need to conceptualize in your mind what that house is going to look like. You need to transfer those thoughts to paper. We call it a blueprint. You need to hire a carpenter that will begin at the foundation and carry out the blueprint to its completion.
This is what God has done for us. Salvation began with a conception, continues in life, and will be consummated when Jesus returns.
Our confidence is not only that we have been saved, but that the Lord will maintain that condition forever. This fact is one of the greatest blessings of life. No matter what happens to us in life we are saved. We all need that level of assurance.
Can we be sure salvation will last?
1. THE COMMENCEMENT OF SALVATION
''He which hath begun a good work in you…''
1. Salvation is a good work.
Ephesians 2:1 ''And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.''
-John 6:44 ''No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day.''
Salvation began in eternity past. Ephesians 1:4-6 ''Just as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestinated us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to himself, according to the kind intention of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace, ...
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