Daniel is a graduate student who specialises in Food Research. He is a passionate Christian.
God is gracious but will keep those who believe and obey. Not once have I seen a bird flying with one wing, not even with one and a half.
I have read several theses on the doctrine of Eternal Security, and having done a personal search of the scriptures; gulping down some of the well-intended but misrepresented views by proponents of the theory is a difficult task for me. Against what many would advocate, I still think of the ‘Eternal Security’ faithful as brethren – for who am I to judge John Calvin or Jacob Arminius; they could both be in heaven as you read this, and the contrary may be the case.
A working faith
In the third chapter of the epistle to the Hebrews, so much was said on the need to believe in God’s work of grace – before we can enter into His rest. The Holy Spirit sheds more light in the fourth chapter on the requirement of our faith in the redeeming work. However, a quick look at the eleventh verse brings something to light – “Let us labour, therefore, to enter into that rest…” and something similar to this in the fourteenth verse – “…let us hold fast our profession.” From what I see here, if only ‘believing’ is what is required of us, the writer will not urge us to strive to attain unto God’s rest and to hold fast our profession subsequently.
A good illustration is how some evangelists share the gospel; they tend to dwell more on the grimness and imminent sufferings of hell with little or no mention of God’s love, blessedness, and grace. It is the dreadful fear of the former that drives the majority of the unbelievers under such ministration forward during the altar call. What I am getting at with this illustration is: while dispensing the gospel, so much emphasis should not be laid on hell to the neglect of heaven. Neither should we linger so much on the heavenly blessedness that we neglect to tell our hearers of the eternal suffering of the unrepentant.
The same applies to grace, so much attention should not be paid to the need for us to believe that we forget to abide within the will of God and live in obedience to His Word. For shall it be that we continue in sin and hope that grace abound? – this cannot be.
Brethren, if God is helping you in your earthly sojourn, and heavenly race, I praise Him on your behalf. But I will strongly advise that you do not become a block of stumbling to the weak in faith. For example, if young or vulnerable believers chance upon your views (on whatever platform you use) – such individuals might rush to the conclusion that all they require, to see eternity in God’s presence, is to believe in the perfected work of grace; without making efforts to work out their “own salvation with fear and trembling.” Now do not get this wrong; I do not mean striving to be holy by the strength of the flesh, but rather deliberate consecration, for God to have full sway in our lives. Yes! God has secured the soul of His children, but this applies to those who trust and obey. Let us not be lump-sided in interpreting God’s inspired Word.
The Euroclydon analogy
Before leaving off in reading this, I will like to point you to the experience of Paul while being transported to Rome, to appear before Caesar (Acts 27); you are too familiar with the chapter to start quoting it here. But what I’ll like to point out to you in the episode is that several days after the storm (Euroclydon) started, the apostle asserted on how he had been ministered to the night before (by an angel) and informed by the same that “God hath given him all them that sailed with him” – v. 24. He believed this vision (with all assurance) to be from God. But fast-forward to v. 30, some of the sailors made to elope from the ship as soon as they perceived the vessel was close to land. The same apostle that assured them that all lives in the boat are given to him did not require a second appearance of the angel to caution them (the intending escapees) about the conditionality of their safety. Everyone was required to abide in the ship for the fulfilment of Paul’s vision.
Finally, brethren, I do not doubt the possibility of your having seen a vision as to the eternal security of yourself and other believers, and neither do I doubt your knowledge of the necessity of abidance in God’s will; for this promise to remain valid.
TRUST and OBEY - the two wings by which we soar to the Pearly gate.
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