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God’s Faithfulness: The Security of Our Salvation

“For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.” (Romans 5:10)

As our country approaches election day, it is not surprising to hear politicians making all sorts of promises left and right. What is saddening is that even after they have been elected into office, it is not surprising for us to conclude at the end of their term that not all their promises were kept. This is not only true for politicians, this is true for all of humanity.

Unfaithfulness is evident in every area of our lives. We are unfaithful to the values we have been brought up to by our parents, unfaithful to the vows we have made to our spouse, unfaithful to the policies that were set in our workplace, and even unfaithful to our holy God and His holy Word. If we are going to be honest, none of us are exempt from the sin of unfaithfulness.

But while unfaithfulness is true of us, it is not true of God. In fact, God is the only one who remains truly, consistently, and perfectly faithful. This is because His faithfulness is not conditional. Rather, His faithfulness defines and encompasses who He is as a perfect God.

Understanding our unfaithfulness and God’s faithfulness is central to understanding the security of our salvation. This causes us to see that the security of our salvation cannot and can never stand on our unfaithfulness. If that was the case, our salvation would crumble to nothing. Rather, the security of our salvation is upheld by the faithfulness of God alone.

God’s faithfulness in securing our salvation, not just now but until glorification, is the very message of Paul in Romans 5:10. In this verse, Paul identifies the grounds on which we can be assured of a salvation that is secured forever:

  1. While we were enemies, God reconciled us to Himself by the death of His Son - God, who is infinitely holy, perfectly righteous, and certainly just, gave up His only begotten Son as a propitiation for the transgressions of undeserving sinners such as us. Does that not speak of His great love for us? Despite our sinfulness against Him, He gave us the greatest gift we could ever receive: His Only Son. And despite how deserving we are, because of our sinfulness, of His wrath and eternal damnation, He paid the highest price for our redemption: the death of His Son. And it is only because of His Son and what His Son has done on our behalf, that we have been granted our salvation.

  2. If God saved us while we were enemies, much more will he keep us now that we have been reconciled to Him. - Paul stresses that if God had gone through the most extreme lengths for our salvation while we were alienated from Him, how can He not go through much lesser lengths now that we have been redeemed and reconciled to Himself? If while we were unrighteous, sinful, and spiritually dead, God paid the highest cost to save us, how can He not keep us now that we have been counted as righteous, been forgiven of our sins, and been granted new life, through His Son? If He has commended such great love to us while we were yet His enemies, how much more now that we have been named His children through what Christ has accomplished for us?

  3. If we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more shall we be saved by His life. - Paul tells us that if by Christ’s death, He has saved us, then all the more by His life, can He keep us. The death of our Savior has granted us salvation, but the resurrected life of our Savior - which is the declaration of His perfect righteousness and the proof of full atonement made for our sins - guarantees the eternal security of that salvation. More so, the Bible tells us that being seated now at the right hand of the Father, Christ lives to make intercession for us. That is to say that Christ, our Advocate before the Father, prays for our preservation. He not only saved us by His death, but continually keeps us through His life!

Dear believer, may the faithfulness of God, as displayed in how He saved us and in how He continues to keep us, be the source of your complete security in salvation. As a faithful God, He has promised not just saving grace, but also preserving grace. His unending grace that saves and preserves is given so that when all our days are finally through, the praise and glory will all belong to Him alone.

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