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January 7, 2021 7:00 am
Can we ever lose our salvation. Listen to Adrian Rogers. Is there anything more wonderful knowing that you can be saved and knowing that you can be certain that your site yes there is and what is is knowing that you say, knowing that you can be certain that you say and knowing that what you're saved and certain your saved you can also know that you can never ever lose some welcome to love finding broadcast ministries featuring the lessons and insights of love. The Bible teacher and pastor Roger when we as Christians are sure of our eternal future. We can concentrate on the present pastor Roger said everlasting life is not something you get when you die everlasting life is something you get when you believe this is why John 10 is so fundamental to the eternal security of the believer. If you have your Bible turn there now as Adrian Rogers explains how you can be sure you are eternally secure. Five.
In God's word. John chapter 10 and verse 27 let me ask your question. Is there something even more wonderful than knowing that you can be saved. Yes, there is. It is knowing that you can be saved and be certain that your say well is there anything more wonderful than knowing that you can be saved and knowing that you can be certain that your say yes there is and what is is knowing that your say, knowing that you can be certain that your say. And knowing that what you're saved and certain you're saved. You can also know that you can never ever lose your salvation, but I want to talk to you today about this subject how you can know that you are eating eternally secure. Listen to the Scripture, God's word.
John chapter 10 verse 27 Jesus said my sheep hear my voice and I know them and they follow me and I give unto them eternal life, and they shall never perish meet Michelle any man pluck them out of my hand. My father, which gave in me, is greater than all and no man is able to pluck them out of my father's hand.
Now we're not talking about something that is incidental. Were talking about something that is fundamental when were talking about the internal security of the believer. How you can know that you are eternally secure, it is necessary for your spiritual health. Can you imagine what the emotional state of any child would be if that child did not know from day-to-day.
Whether or not he or she were a member of the family today. I was a good boy. I'm a member of the family. The next day. I wasn't so good. I'm no longer a member of the family. I love that my father, I am not loved of my father. I am receiving the family.
I am not received in the family friend that would make a person a neurotic not to know that he is accepted in the family. They may be punished yes indeed he may have to go up to his room. Yes indeed, but he or she knows that they know that they are part of the family, it is necessary for emotional strength in the natural world. And so it is in the spiritual world these people who do not know that there safe and secure. Do not have the emotional stability in my estimation that a child of God ought to have up to no reason why it is so important that you understand this it's important if you're going to be a productive fruit bearing Christian when you know that your future is secure, then you can concentrate on the present.
In 1937 they built that marvelous grades that many of us have seen the cold and gave her a guy can remember very vividly the first time I saw that monumental structure as they began to build wanted that time was the world's longest suspension bridge, but as they built that they built a very high above those swirling perilous waters.
Many of the workers were afraid that they might fall and it seemed like the very fear of falling was what caused them to fall. Though they spent $77 million on this bridge. At first they failed to build a safety net when they were building a bridge and 23 people on the first section of the bridge fell into the water and perished on the next section of the bridge. They spent $100,000 to build a safety net, not $100,000 back in that time was a monumental sum but they felt it was worth it. And so he built a safety net under the workers on the next section of the bridge after they built the Safetynet on the next section. Only 10 fail, but every 10 that fell were call and were safe lives were not lost but here's the important thing with the Safetynet bear the work when 25% faster, the people could concentrate on their work because they knew that beneath them was a safety net, and so it is with a child of God when he knows that his future secure he can concentrate on the present, not to another reason why what I'm talking about today is very very important not only for your spiritual health and your spiritual productivity, but to help you in evangelism and in soul winning why good number of people never gets a very frankly, they're afraid they'll not be able to hold out they think you know maybe someone like these other people. Someone's like these others are able to do it but I'm just not able. I don't have the strength. I don't have the wisdom I don't have the knowledge I don't have the willpower. I don't have what it takes.
And rather than go down there and make a false start and then fall away. I just will go at all.
Many people feel that way for some of you really in your heart of hearts want to be saved, which are just fearful you're fearful that you make a false start and then you will fall away or if we could only teach people what the Bible has to say about the fact that the God who saves you is the God who secures you. He is the God that keeps you.
He has saved me and Me and I can tell you true that the God who saves me is the God who will save you and the God who is Made is the God that will keep you now what we mean when were talking about the eternal security of the believer will first of all let's talk about what we mean when we say believe were not talking about someone who just has had knowledge when talking about someone who has joined the church and been baptized and gives his money and those religious things. That's all well and good but none of these nor all of these can say where talking about a person who has received Christ into his heart. By faith has become a partaker of the divine nature, who has been twice born who has received the new birth. This person can never ever ever again be lost so we say now wait a minute pastor that causes me a problem. I know of some people who once were saved and now they no longer say be careful when you say that because you may have thought that you knew that they were saved but they never truly were saying.
Remember the Scripture there in Matthew chapter 7 verses 22 and 23 where Jesus was talking about the judgment that he said many will say the man that day, Lord, Lord, that were not prophesied in thy name and in thy name is cast out devils, and in thy name done many wonderful works and Jesus said, and then will I profess under them, depart from me, ye that work iniquity. I never knew you not listen and say I want to know you and you lost it. He said I never knew you.
You may prophesy. You may have thought that you cast out devils and did many wonderful works but I never knew you were not talking about people who profess to be religious and turn away when I talking about those we are talking about people that truly receive the Lord Jesus. Remember the Scripture that I read to you just a few moments ago Jesus said my sheep hear my voice and I know them. I know them and I give under them eternal life, and they shall have perished, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My father which gave me, is greater than all and no man is able to pluck them out of my father's hand you say will pastor.
What about these people who join the church and get baptized in and live for God for a while and then go away. Are you telling me that they would never save yes that's what I'm telling you, if they go away and stay away. They were never say, and John tells us about them and put this verse in your margins modified got a piece of paper and put that which would give you so many verses I want you to jot them down but in first John two and verse 19, John explains those who start for a while and then fall away. And this is what John says not listen to it carefully. First John two verse 19 they went out from us, but they were not less.
For if they had been on this they would no doubt have continued with us, but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us. That's first John two verse 19 they went out from us because they were not others. John said if they had been on this, they would've continued with the reason that I fell away as they were never truly say with faith that fizzles before the finish had a flaw from the first Isaiah people who make a false start and then fall away. They did lose their salvation. They never had a Judas never lost his salvation.
Judas was never say the Bible says that Jesus knew from the beginning that Judas did not believe in him. So when were talking about eternal security were not talking about eternal security for people who've never been saying where talking about eternal security for people who have had a personal vital relationship with God through Christ. Now let me give you some reasons why and how you can know that you are each internally secure get a piece of paper and jot them down.
I'm going to give you eight reasons and I would let every one of them begin with a P so you can't forget it. The very first is the word promise, promise. God has promised to you in eternal security. Turn to Romans chapter 8 if you will, and look with me. In verses 38 and 39. Now Paul says here something I'm absolutely certain here. Something that I am persuaded up for I am persuaded, that means I have a deep conviction that neither death nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present the things to come. The height nor depth, in case he left anything out, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Paul has given a list of 10 mighty opponents that cannot separate you from the love of God, he says death can do it you die, you still in the love of God. Life can't do it if you still live.
Still the love of God. Angels can do it. Good angels and bad angels.
Satan is an angel of fallen Angel principalities.
That means kingdoms can do a powers that means authorities can do it. You name the authority and then he says things present, anything that happens. Anything that is in the world today and then he says things to come.
Anything that may ever be created. Anything that may ever come into being height that means anything in heaven above that that means anything in hell beneath and just in case you didn't cover all the bases, bases, nor any other creature anything else on the pages covers a base PSA.
I promise you there is nothing that can separate you from the love of God and if we went no further than that. Just the promise. That's the first really, here's the second reason the second P not only promise but perseverance God will complete what he has begun to take your Bibles and five Philippians chapter 1, and you're going to find a wonderful wonderful verse Philippians chapter 1 and verse six paradigm Paul says here something I know for certain. He begins this verse with this phrase being confident he began the last verse by saying I am persuaded this one saying being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. Now when you got saved, who began the good work in you was that you are God. It was God we love him. Why, because he first loved us. He began the good work in us. He was the one who called the Holy Spirit of God is the agent of the new birth and limited what the Holy Spirit is first of all, he is a convicted, he was the one who convicted you a sin. He was the one who showed you that you were a sinner needed to be saved. Not only was he the convict or he was the converter he was the one who opened your eyes. He was the one who helped you to understand the gospel.
He was the one to put faith in your heart and help to receive the Lord Jesus Christ.
He is the convict or and the converter and listen my friend. He is also the completer is also the completer.
He who hath begun a good work in you.
The convict drama converter will perform it unto the day of Jesus Christ. Have you ever started anything.
You weren't able to finish.
I started many things I haven't been able to finish what Jesus has never started anything. He's not able to finish God the father is never started anything.
He's not able to finish. The Holy Spirit is never started anything. He's not able to finish. I heard that Billy said to Jimmy, my dad has a list of men that he can whip and Jimmy, you need to know that your daddy's name is on that list. Jimmy went home and said dad I want to tell you something Billy says that his daddy has a list of men that he can win, and your name is number one on the list. Jimmy's daddy went to see Billy stay. He rolled up his sleeves and said I understand that you have a list of people that you can whip and my name is number one on the list.
Is that all right he said yeah that's right, he said, what you can do it what you will do about it now. He said well I'll just take your name off the list. I am so glad that God never has been taken about his name off the list.
I'm so glad that God never starts anything is not able to finish that the job is not too big for him. Paul said, I am confident of this thing that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform to see if any child of God.
Any of God's elect were to perish, that would mean that God the father is defeated in his purpose. That means that God the son is disappointed that his blood had no saving efficacy to key it would mean that God the Holy Spirit is disgraced because he's not able to complete that which he began, so perseverance not the perseverance of the saints is not the same that persevere. It is the will of God of glory who is able to complete what he has begun. The third P the first one promised the second perseverance. The third predestination to Romans chapter 8 now and look with me. Beginning in verse 29, and I hope you're getting these verses down the listen. The Bible says, for whom he did for no speaking of God. He did also predestinate to be conformed to the image of his son that he that is God's son might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate baby, also called and whom he called, them he also justified and whom he justified, them he also glorified. Now the Bible says that God foreknew certain ones and when God four knows those ones, then God predestines those ones for whom he did foreknow, then he did predestinate mean a lot.
It means your destiny is already predetermined. God has predetermined your destiny. You cannot be more sure than predestinate. If you're predestined to be in heaven then you be in heaven.
If you don't get to heaven you will never predestined to be in heaven.
God says that you are predestined to be like the Lord Jesus Christ and you couldn't be in hell and be like the Lord Jesus Christ and in these verses God gives you a chain with five golden links foreknowledge predestination calling justification and glorification.
If your child of God.
God always sees you glorified.
He already sees you in heaven. It doesn't say he will glorify look at that verse.
He says you already glorified you see your salvation did not begin with you. Your salvation began before this world was swung in the space.
God saw you before you ever created this world and God saw you glorified God saw you in heaven. God knows the past the present in the future all at one time and God sees you. Now predestined for heaven. God sees you now already in heaven.
God sees you predestined to be like Jesus and already glorified. Now tell me, tell me what can stop that. What can hinder that. How can I ever lose my salvation if I am already predestined to be like him. There was in West Palm Beach, Florida, teenage boy, he didn't deserve to be saved. No merit of his own.
He deserved to die and go to hell. But God foreknew that boy God saw that boy God looked at him. God saw that boy repenting of a sin. God saw that boy asking Jesus to save them. God saw that boy open his heart and receive a number and God said it is listen predestined.
Adrian Rogers is going to be like Jesus, is predestined.
It is so so lovely. Sample that could anything be more sure than to be predestined friend. What is settled in eternity cannot be undone in time and what has been decreed by heaven cannot be on mold by hell.
Say a man listen. Romans 11 in verse 19. The Bible says the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. What is that mean means God never changes his mind.
God never changes his mind the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. God foreknew and God called and God, oh my dear friend, predetermined that I would be like the Lord Jesus Christ turn to the book of Hebrews chapter 10 and look with me in verse 14 what a wonderful verse. This is I love this when it may be my favorite of all of these verses.
Hebrews 10 verse 14 for by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified by one offering he, Jesus hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. Now what is that one offering his precious blood poured out on Calvary's cross that one offering makes you perfect forever. For by one offering he hath perfected for how long.
Forever. When this about salvation.
When you get saved you don't just get a fresh start. God doesn't say well I'm going to make the down payment and you have to keep up the monthly installments that's what a lot of people believe salvation is they believe that God just simply says all right, here's a fresh start. I'm going to forgive your past and I will give you a fresh start here.
I made a down payment for you and if you can keep up the monthly installments. If you can just keep on making deposits on your good account, then maybe you can get to heaven. Oh no, listen, he paid it all the way through. For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.
It is done. I mean I am a perfect forever, and God sighed, I didn't get a fresh start ran I got a new nature, we did get a fresh start. We get a new nature. What a powerful word to in today's broadcast and we hear part two of this important message coming up tomorrow. In the meantime maybe you have questions about who Jesus is about what he means to you. You have doubts about your salvation good or discover Jesus email@example.com/radio to find resources there and materials will answer questions you may have about your faith again go to LWF.org/radio and click Discover Jesus, if you like to order a copy of today's message request one by the title how you can know you are eternally secure when you call us at 1877 love God. This message is also part of the insightful back to the basics series for that complete collection all 18 powerful messages: number 1877 love God or you can order online it LWF.org/radio or write us at love worth finding box 38, 600 Memphis, TN 38183. Many of the messages in this series are also featured in our new resource called the what every Christian ought to know, study, utilize the firstname.lastname@example.org/radio boy you sure you're eternally secure. Remember, security is not a place. It is a person in his name is Jesus Christ. If we believe in him will save us and keep us. Thanks so much for joining us for today's program.
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