Secure in Jesus
- Date: March 29, 2017
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.” (John 10:28-29)
- From Put On Christ
Turn over to Ephesians for just a moment. We'll look at another passage, here, that speaks along these same lines of the great, great promises of our benefits are. Ephesians, Chapter 1, verse 3, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us [not 'will,' but 'has'] who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ." "He has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ." What a statement! Praise God for this! He's "given us all things that pertain to life and godliness;" amen? (2Peter 1:3). So here we are. We're looking at these promises of what redemption has afforded us. He says that we've been blessed with all of these spiritual blessings. Now remember where they are, and don't get caught up that they're in heavenly places. Emphasize this, not that they're in the heavenly places but they're in Christ!
This phrase "in Christ," "in Him," and derivatives of that in the Pauline epistles is used 150 times. It's phenomenal! Do you think Paul was trying to get something across to us? And yet how many of us are trying to fulfill the promises of God, trying to walk in obedience through our own strength, our own efforts, our own righteousness? So, to realize that all these things are in Christ, it said, "According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world." He's chosen us in Him. He didn't chose us and then put us in Him; He chose us in Him. See, He sees from an eternal perspective. He knows who it is that's going to call upon His name. Who's going to remain and abide in Him, who's going to finish this course. He chose us who choose to remain in Him.
Part of what we'll see in this study is that you can walk away from Him. See, what we're teaching here is not Calvinistic; we're teaching Pauline doctrine. The Calvinists messed it up! I want you to know that we are absolutely eternally secure in Him if we remain; amen? If we abide. And no one can pluck us from His hand, can you say praise God for that? (John 10:29). But we can choose. We can choose to walk away from Him and go back to serve the flesh. We can choose to walk away from Him and trust in our own righteousness. See, most of us get horrified by the thought of those who return back to the world and the flesh, but what about those of us who return back to self-confidence, self-righteousness? Because our only hope of salvation is in Him, and the only way you can remain in Him is to kill you; amen? To take up the cross and die daily to self, to independence, to pride, to good works and to let it be finished in Jesus. As the justified, it's just as though I'd never sinned!
I was a classic sinner before I was born again. I mean, if you just said "sinner," you could have my picture there. Not only the selfishness and the pride but growing up, as I've shared, where people, my whole family, everybody around me, just pagans. Smoking, drinking, I don't know anybody, hardly anybody, of all of my uncles and aunts and relatives that were not fornicators, every one of them committed adultery, every one of them. They all had kids out of wedlock; they're drunks, you name it. I come from good stock! And then some pretty horrible things after I was saved. And I stand here tonight and boldly say, "In Him, I've always obeyed," praise God! "In Him, my Father looks at me as though I've never sinned, nothing to my account." The handwriting of ordinances against me has been blotted out and so has yours. Can you say praise God for that? And see, what this does is it creates a love for Father, and an appreciation. It changes our prayer life. It changes our worship. It changes how we look at all of that condemnation that's trying to come upon us at times and we just say, "That does not have any power over me anymore!"