God is able to save us for eternity

Thursday April 18, 2019 Written by Published in Church Talk
St Jude said of God: “Now to him who is able to keep you from falling.” 19041742 St Jude said of God: “Now to him who is able to keep you from falling.” 19041742

The Bible is filled from beginning to end with statements of what God is able to do and will do for those who are his people.  Here are seven verses which, when put together, cover almost all the fundamental doctrines of Christianity.

 

Hebrews 7:25 in one sense includes all the rest.

  It tells us that Jesus Christ “is able for all time to save those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.”

Mel Trotter, an evangelist of an earlier generation whom God had called from a life of alcoholism, said that this was his verse; it told of God’s ability to save a person “from the guttermost to the uttermost.”

That is our story also.  It covers the past, present and future of salvation.

In 2 Timothy 1:12 Paul writes: “For I know whom I have believed and I am sure that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me.” The metaphor is that of banking, and the verse literally means “God has the power to keep my spiritual deposits.” He will not disappoint us.

Next, 2 Corinthians 9:8 says: “God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that you may always have enough of everything and may provide in abundance for every good work.” Some Christians think that the salvation of a man or woman by God is for the future only, more or less a “pie in the sky by and by” philosophy.  Not so. 

The Bible tells us that God’s grace is available to help us in every good work now.  It is in this life that we are to abound in his sufficiency.

We are also told that God is able to help us in times of temptation.  The Bible says of Jesus: “Because he himself has suffered and been tempted, he is able to help those who are tempted” (Heb.  2:18). 

The best commentary on this verse is found in Scripture; we are told elsewhere that although temptation is the common human lot, God does not allow us to be tempted above our capacity to resist it, and, what is more, has provided a means of escape even before the temptation comes upon us (I Cor.  10:13).

Ephesians 3:20 tells us that God is able to help us grow spiritually.  It is in the form of a benediction.  “Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, for ever and ever.  Amen.”

God’s ability to save also extends to our bodies.

 The Lord Jesus Christ “will change our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power which enables him even to subject all things to himself.” (Phil.  3:21).

Finally, in another verse that is also a great benediction, Jude says: “Now to him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you without blemish before the presence of his glory with rejoicing, to the only God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever.  Amen.” (Jude 24 25).

Taken together, these verses declare that God is able to save us for this life and for eternity, to keep us from falling into sin and temptation, to lead us to the best in human experience and to satisfy us completely. 

Are these things true? Yes ...  but for one reason only. 

They are true because they are the eternal and immutable counsel of the God who is sovereign.

Blessings to you all

Rev. Vakaroto Ngaro

Ekalesia Avarua

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