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Perseverance of the Saints (Part 2 of 2)

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September 30, 2020 4:00 am

Perseverance of the Saints (Part 2 of 2)

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September 30, 2020 4:00 am

When it comes to Christian faith, how do we stay the course to the very end? According to the Bible, our ability to persevere begins and ends with “fixing our eyes on Jesus.” Find out what that means when you join us on Truth For Life with Alistair Begg.


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How can we have absolute confidence that our relationship with God is secured forever. What keeps us from deserting him before we reach the finish line today on Truth for Life. Alastair Begg explains the biblical teaching about the perseverance of the saints, and as will see it's God who secures our future.

We begin today in Romans chapter 8 who are what he says shall separate ions from the love of Christ.

Verse 35 what will separate us from the love of Christ. Is it possible that once having been laid hold on by the good Shepherd that we will then be separated from his life. That is what some people teach that you become a Christian. As a result of some decision that you make in something that you do and since you started it, you can finish it and so if you determined to finish it. You just finish it and then if you want to start that again you just started again be no relationship at all. It would be absolutely dreadful in here. The Bible is saying when the Lord Jesus comes in the wings and he woos those who are his beloved and he draws them to himself. He saves as for all of eternity. And once we are saved we are always saved, you can never be lost if you're in Christ. You can never go to hell he will always be your savior, you will never ever ever quit on the New Testament also makes it very very plain that no man or woman may suppose that the love of the Lord Jesus has embraced him or her unless that man or woman has come as a sinner to the Lord Jesus Christ. Now this love which God is displayed toward sinners was displayed toward sinners. If you go back a few chapters to chapter 5 in verse eight, you come to this amazing there's God demonstrates his own love photos in this while we were still sinners, Christ died for us while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

It is as a result of this amazing love demonstrated by God that we are elected and justified, and glorify and on account of this Paul further asked the question in Romans eight in verse 33. Who then will bring any charge against God's elect against those whom God has chosen. After all, he says it is God who justifies. It is God who looked at as in all of our sin and declared as righteous on account of the sacrifice of his son. On what basis did God in looking at is in our sin, past his justifying sentence. Was it because we were so righteous now because we were on righteous wasn't because we were so interested in the things of faith. No, because we were disinterested in the things of wasn't because we were so lovable just by the end of our very personalities in nature wasn't because we were so obviously religious, and God was looking for religious people and he looked around, and he found a few sort of religious susceptible folks who were sort of into that kind of thing and he said no. This is the kind of person that I need was that know if we were to stand up and give our testimony would go all the way across the board.

God looks down and we went on godly, and when we were liable to death on account of our sins, he declared as righteous on the basis of the sacrifice of his son. It is for this reason that I quote so often the phrase from the him because the sinless Savior died, my guilty soul is counted free for God, but justice satisfied to look on him and pardon me on what basis did God pass his justifying sentence not on the basis of righteous deeds that we had done for all of our righteousnesses. What ultimately is the province is like filthy rags. Even our best stuff stinks. Even our religious endeavors are futile and worthless.

So unless it was on the basis of what another had done. There was absolutely no possibility of sinful men and women ever being declared in a right standing with a holy God, and it is exactly on that basis. He knew the worst about us and he accepted us for Jesus sake the very big when she passed on as his final and no one can produce new evidence of my sinfulness that will make him change his mind and if you are running around in your days constantly looking over your shoulder, wondering and worrying. If somebody is going to come up with something in your pastor some experience in your immediate past and this will be an offer negotiated with God and said you know what happened last Tuesday to Friday boy here Dr. Jane are limited. Did you know that God's is all that takes me by surprise. Cancel that justification business that ruling out rolling out he can come back and try again but for now he's out of the race. That is what some people teach dreadful tyranny, never knowing where you stand because always looking to myself to see if I'm doing well. Always looking to my good deeds are always looking to without having a wonderful day are not so good day and all of that looking to yourself will cripple you there is only one place to look.

That is to look away to Christ and in looking there to him. We say if he would go to that extent for the center, such as eye and save me. On the strength of that I am surely not save one day an unsaved and makes no I am preserved By God's power.

That's why some of the old hymn writers do is such a great service for the example of justice. Top lady your name was Augustine's top lady a better builder do something special.

Unfortunately, he could he could write hymns now listen to these great works.

He's talking to himself. He says from whence. Where does this from whence this fear and unbelief.

He says here I am. It's a Tuesday morning. I'm fearful and I'm unbelieving now.

I like that honesty is better than the smug superficiality of a lot of contemporary expressions of Christian faith. It just isn't true that everybody is so happy soul rejoicing so wonderful never in such a good day. Cut it out. We know what it is to be fearful and we know what it is to be unbelieving, and we don't have to tell people we don't to try and keep a good face on what it means to be a genuine Christian from whence this fear and unbelief has not the father put to grief his spotless son for me and will the righteous judge of men condemn me for that debt of sin, which Lord was charged on the complete atonement that has made and to the utmost. Farthing paid what airline people owed nor can his raw on me take place if sheltered in thy righteousness and sprinkled with thy blood, if thou hast my discharge procured and freely in my room, endured the whole of raw divine payment. God cannot twice demand first at my bleeding Savior's hand and then again at my PC.

You cannot sink Jesus paid it all, all to him. I/O sin had left a crimson stain, he washed it white as snow and then turn around and say maybe what is the application that is then made of this truth. What should it produce within the life of the child of God will look at what he says in verse 38 of Romans eight. I am convinced I am convinced, what is this this is for a what is faith.

Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see it is faith which allows a man to say I am convinced, what is faith the very gift of God.

I am convinced, which stands, of course.

In striking contrast to the fears, which can so often grip the heart of a believer. So let me wrap this up by reminding us that we need to set our sights correctly. If we are to persevere to the end to what should we look well first of all, not to ourselves because when we look at ourselves.

We only give ourselves a basis for discouragement, even on a good day, you give yourself enough basis for discouragement, don't you. I do all the things that people say to me will. How did it go with asking when I do two things is a will. What happened in the in the first when I say well I made a set of mistakes and what happened in the second one will I try to correct the mistakes I made in the first one. The trouble is I made a whole new set of mistakes in the second one. And that's exactly the way our Christian life so often go and it is less than truthful to say other than that, so if I look at myself I only have cause for discouragement. If I look around my brothers and sisters, it will have an flow depending on who they are and where they are by and large, is not a great help, so I can only look one place and that as I look to the Lord Jesus himself. I turned my eyes upon Jesus, I remind myself in Hebrews 414 since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. It is in looking at Jesus.

It is in fixing my thoughts on Jesus that I am unable to run the race set out for me, for I remind myself that he is the author and he is the perfecter of my faith.

He is the one on account of the joy that was before him endured the cross, he scorned that shame, he sat down at the right hand of the throne of God and he did it in order that I might be forgiven and continued through my days to what then are we to look well it is to whom, and it is to his son to what are we to listen where to listen to his word. We are to listen to his word. This is why it is so important to be in a Bible teaching church where the pastors and the elders will labor along with those who instruct the youngsters to bring forth the truth of God's word for God's people because it is by the very word of God that we are strengthened and we are equipped. It is God's word which warns as its his word that guides us, teaches us and encourages us if you think about it in relationship to the denial of Peter. You remember during the passion of the Lord Jesus Christ.

He was under strong strong attack he had made these very brave statements. Peter had the kind of things with which we had become familiar in relationship to their were recorded in Luke chapter 22 that after he had made all these affirmations about how everybody else might fall away and how everybody else might leave the Lord Jesus that he never would. And in verse 60 of Luke 22 Peter now having been asked a couple of times about whether he knew Christ as man I don't know what you're talking about.

I don't know Jesus Christ.

Now this is the guy that Jesus said you are Peter, and upon your profession of faith in your conviction regarding the fact that I am Christ, the son of the living God. I am going to build my church this the same guy.

Okay, he's at a fireplace and a lady asked some hate one you with that Galilean you sound an awful lot like what is he say I didn't I don't I don't know and and just as he was speaking the Cockrell and the Lord turned and looked straight at Peter and you have this interesting phrase. Then Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to what it was a word that he had spoken to before the court. Crows, you will deny me three times.

That wasn't all always aware that he is spoken to Satan has desired to sift you sweet but I have prayed for you that your faith will not fail. And when you are turned around, strengthened the bread and Peter went outside and went bitterly. I'm not so sure that he went on account of the recollection of the word of warning.

I have a sneaking suspicion that what made the tears smart in his eyes was the awareness that in his moment of most abject total failure. The word that had been spoken for him was in Peter.

I have prayed for you that your faith won't fail and you're still my man tell you what, that's a wonderful Savior to have Savior who keeps us in the hour of our deepest darkness in the moments of our abject failure at the points of our greatest weakness and how does he do it according to his word. She would only read our Bibles simply to find blessed thoughts.

We don't read our Bible simply to get a good start to the day you must read our Bibles because it is by the very word of truth that God's people and Transformed by the renewing of our minds. The word that Peter redhaired brings joy out of his tears and God's word is the means of our great preservation while then. If we're going to persevere. We need to look to his son. We need to listen to his word and we need finally to keep close to his people to keep close to his people because God has determined that it is in our relationships with one another that we are strengthened and equipped. Hebrews 313 encourage one another as long as it is called today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness the vital importance of belonging to a worshiping praying learning evangelizing company of God's people believers not living in isolation but like sheep gathering together in a flock. Why, because God is not only a day and that we will continue to the end. But he is her day in the means whereby we will continue to the end and one of the means that he brings into our lives for this very purpose is the fellowship of his people as white as a great concern to me to watch the church in America in the last 25 or 30 years move from the essential nature of the Lord's day the priority and definite emphasis of the teaching of the word of God to occasions on the Lord's day. Not because there are evening services in the Bible, but simply because it would seem only write that seizing the opportunity of the hours in the day we would gather to look to the son to listen to his word to learn from one another. Our faith will not fail because God sustains it as Packer says you're not strong enough to fall away, while God is resolved to hold you. I love that statement. I wish I'd been smart enough to think it out for myself. You are not strong enough to fall away, as long as God is resolved to hold you.

I may finish with top lady again the work which his goodness began. That is the work of redemption. The arm of his strength will complete his promises yes and amen and never was forfeited yet. Things future, nor things that are now not all things below, not above can make him his purpose for goal or sever my soul from his life. My name from the palms of his hands.

Eternity will not erase impressed on his heart.

It remains in marks of indelible grace. Yes I to the end challenge you as sure as the air.

Ernest is given more happy but not more secure. The glorified spirits and have the people who have already run the race breast in the tape and entered into the joy of the Lord are happier tonight, but no more secure than the stumbling bungling, wondering, struggling, trust in growing continuing persevering belief. How good to know that our salvation is grounded in the eternal counsels of God is brought to our experience in a moment in time and will be brought to completion. Absolutely dead set on account of his amazing grace.

These are the biblical truths that seal our relationship with God forever listing to Truth for Life with Alister bag were concluding our study called fix our eyes on Jesus with a message titled perseverance of the saints stay with us in just a minute. Alister will challenge us to apply what we've learned today as we hear about the threat of God's amazing grace woven through the Bible, we see that God longs to be in relationship with us. We are, as author Ed Welch puts it, created to draw near. That's the title of his book that clearly describes the foundational themes in our study in the book of Hebrews created to draw near begins in the Old Testament looks at the biblical role of the priesthood.

Ed Welch explains how Jesus our great high priest has opened the door for us to have a personal relationship with God. When we understand this is central biblical truth.

We can better understand how were created for communion with God.

It's our spiritual heritage would love to send you the book created to draw near. Today is the final day were mentioning this offer. A copy of the book is yours. When you give a donation to support Truth for Life could make your request by going to Truth for or by clicking on the book image on our mobile app or by calling 888-588-7884.

Your gift goes directly to accomplishing our mission which is to teach the Bible with clarity and relevance so that unbelievers are converted believers are established and local churches are strengthened again. Call 888-588-7884 or send your donation to Truth for Life PO Box 39, 8000, Cleveland, Ohio. ZIP Code is 44139. Here again is Alister bag. Some of us are here tonight and we've spent the last period of our lives in doubting Castle. Some of his amine and bypass meadow.

Some of it is a been spending far too much time with pliable and Mr. worldly wise men and we've needed a word of encouragement and direction such as we have received and we thank God for that.

We bless his name. The tear smart in our eyes not because he knew about our rebellion and our disinterest, but the tear smart in our eyes because he is promised to bring to completion the work that he has begun.

How amazing that he would continue with the likes of such as me. It's grace that brought me safe thus far, and it's grace that will bring me home with been ransomed, healed and restored and forgiven. So we're the ones that ought to sing we ought to declare the joy that is ours and the Lord Jesus, we ought to bow before the wonder of his beauty and his Majesty. We ought to declare unreservedly that the whole of heaven redounds with this praise and glory that he, the Lamb upon the throne is the one who bore our sins and who pleads our costs and who awaits our arrival God we worship you in Jesus name on tomorrow our attention turns to first Thessalonians chapter 5 in this passage Paul gives instruction to pastors about their role and to church families about respecting their leaders.

I'm Bob Lapine hoping you can join us Thursday for the first message in our newest collection of messages in the series called the pastor's study the Bible teaching of Alister bag is furnished by Truth for Life Learning is for Living

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