Weekly Newsletter

Pastor David’s Weekly Devotional
     For true believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, life on this planet is as close to hell as they will ever be!  This truth brings joy to my heart, and serves as an anchor to my soul.  The certainty that God has sovereignly secured eternal salvation for all those who have put their faith in His Son Jesus Christ is an almost unbelievable reality.  It sounds too good to be true.  And it would be if it were not clearly, and repeatedly, promised by God in His Word.  Over and over again in Scripture we read that, in and through Christ, God has sufficiently and infinitely purchased the full redemption of all believers – sealing and sanctifying them to be with Him in heaven for eternity.
     
     Jesus Himself proclaimed this hope-giving and joy-inducing truth when He said: “For God so loved the world that he gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life … Whoever believes in him is not condemned … whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life … My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.  I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.  My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand” (John 3:16, 18, 5:24, 10:27-29).
     
     All true disciples of Christ can be absolutely assured of their eternal security in Christ.  For God has promised that everyone who has put their faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior will not be condemned to hell, but will be saved into eternal life in heaven.  The apostle Paul echoed the divine promise of this assurance when he proclaimed:
“…there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus … If God is for us, who can be against us?  He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all – how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?  Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen?  It is God who justifies.  Who is he that condemns?  Christ Jesus, who died – more than that, who was raised to life – is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?  Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? ... No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,  neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:1, 31-35, 37-39).
   
     What a glorious truth!  As a true believer in Jesus Christ, “…you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possession” (Eph.1:13-14; cf. Eph.4:30; Tit.1:2).  For, “In his great mercy [God] has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade” (1Pet.1:3-4; cf. Heb.6:17-19).
     
     As a Christian, you have the assured hope of everlasting life in heaven because God Himself has reserved and preserved your eternal security through the divine promise of your complete forgiveness and absolute righteousness in Christ.  Therefore, for Christians this life is as bad as it gets.  Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!

Together in and for Christ,
Pastor David

Scripture Readings for the Week (Monday – Sunday ~ Week #41):
Numbers 33-36; 2 Chronicles 16-20; Psalm 119; Proverbs 29-30; Micah; Acts 5-6; Hebrews 8-10
Recommended Reading:
“Heaven” by Randy Alcorn

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