Teleios and other authors have shown Christian belief actually can improve personal wellbeing! Therefore, we are examining the Christian life to uncover potential underlying reasons of this improved wellbeing.
As a biblical basis for the Christian life we are using 1 Thessalonians 1:5-7. We are discussing currently our blessed eternal security. Here is Verse 5:
1Th 1:5 For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.
The fifth point (please see prior 4 blogs for the others) regarding the security of our great salvation is God’s unhappy attitude to those who do not believe in eternal security!
So yes, God not only endorses eternal security with wonderful promises, as we’ve discussed in the last four blogs, but also express His displeasure to those who do not believe it. This statement is supported by two main passages in Hebrews Chapters 6 and 10. Let’s examine briefly the main passage in Hebrews 6, which although it can be controversial, is an exciting statement to our eternal security.
Here are the main points:
· The author tells the young Hebrew believers that they should be mature by now; being teachers and able to judge quickly between right and wrong (Hebrews 5:12-14).
· He urges them to leave the rudimentary principles of the faith dealing with issues related to their salvation (Hebrews6:1-3).
· He inquired how could those who were saved (have known God’s gift and enlightenment and receive the spirit [all words or events consistent with salvation]) and have believed their sins were forgiven, could have another means to salvation apart from Christ. Indeed, their insistence that some sin was not forgiven indicated they would want Jesus to return to the cross and submit to public humiliation again. This is not viewed favorably by God (Hebrews 6:4-7).
· The Hebrew Christians should recognize their salvation as evidenced by the acts that they have already done (Hebrews 6:9-10)
· Certainly, the wonderful security we have based in Abraham; God’s promises to him and His confirmation by an oath are two things that provide a sure anchor for our souls (Hebrews 6:13-20).
Hebrews 10 also indicates that for those who are unsure of forgiveness there is no other means for salvation except by Christ. The author urges those who doubt their forgiveness to progress in their faith (Hebrews 10:19, Hebrews 10:26-39).
Certainly, we have a wonderful salvation by which Christ is sufficient to cover each and every one of our sins, past, present future. For us to say that somehow His painful, long, suffering, humiliating and unjust death is not enough to cover even one of our sins is an offense to God.
To review, to date we have covered now five spectacular scriptural proofs of our internal security:
- Direct statements (e.g., 1 Peter 1:4-5)
- Unchangeable positions in Christ noted in our recent blogs especially our: spiritual baptism, justification, sealing by the Spirit and adoption.
- Perseverance (2 Peter 1:12)
- God chose us to salvation (Romans 8:28-20)
- God’s critique of those not believing in the sufficiency of Christ’s sacrifice once for all to salvation (Hebrews 6:1-10)
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