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Eternal Security

February 11, 2013
I wrote this to a dear friend today, thought it may be of profit to others…
There is only one book in the bible that is written generically to non-believers, that’s the book of John. Now I’m not saying the gospel isn’t in other books; but the book of John is specifically “written that you may believe” “and that you may have life” (John 20:30-31) I would conclude that outside of the three gospels and Luke-Acts the audience is intended to be Christians that are in the church. When we apply the, for lack of a better term, “Christian living” principles found in the other writings to the core of the gospel, things get confusing. Luke-Acts are historical, and Matt and Mark are written for the Jews. Again nothing wrong with them it’s just not their stated purpose; John should be our first source for doctrine of assurance because it should be our first source for evangelism as it’s the stated purpose of the book.
I love the context of John 3:16; in 3:14 goes back to Num. 21:4–9 records the story of the Israelites, who murmured and complained. God sent fiery serpents to them as judgment. Then God told Moses to put a bronze serpent on a pole, with the promise that whoever looked at it would live. In the same way all we have to do is “look to Jesus” Or as John says believe in the Son of Man and we will live. The Israelites didn’t have to do anything but look to live; we don’t have to do anything but believe to have eternal life. John repeats the same concept in 3:16, 18, and 36. In Chapter 4 Jesus doesn’t tell the Samaritan woman that she needs to change her ways and stop being with a man who is not her husband. He only revealed to her that he is the Messiah (4:26) It leads me to conclude that there isn’t anything we do, we just believe and have eternal life. The bible presents eternal life as something that a believer has now; not something to gain. If it’s called eternal life and we can lose it is then it has the wrong name. If we believe and don’t live -don’t have eternal life- then we have been lied to by Jesus himself.(John 6:47)
If we believe that someone who at one point believes then turns away no longer has eternal life; we are saying that we must do-things to keep eternal life. The promise of eternal life is something that is on Jesus and God to fulfill, not on us. When we say our assurance depends on us, it becomes about “me” and not about Him and His promise. If we say that we can lose our eternal life by things that we do, we are saying that we can take ourselves out of Jesus’ and God’s hands (John 10:28-30) and putting ourselves in a greater place of power and authority than They.
-MNS
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