lecture 24 - The Components of Salvation Perseverance...

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1 The Components of Salvation Perseverance Assurance Glorification Lecture 24 Perseverance: What is It? NO It is not that, since we are saved, we can just “float along.” YES All believers will, by God’s enabling power, persevere to the end. NO It is not that, if we just strive hard enough, we will keep our salvation. Perseverance: Scriptural Teaching Philippians 1:6 – “Being confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Romans 8:35, 38-39 – “Who will separate us from the love of Christ? . . . For I am convinced that [nothing] will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” 1 Peter 5:10 – “The God of all grace, who called you to eternal glory, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.” “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand . My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand .” John 10:27-29 Definitions of Perseverance “They whom God hath accepted in His Beloved, effectually called and sanctified by His Spirit, can neither totally nor finally fall away from the state of grace [i.e., justification and positional sanctification]; but they shall certainly persevere therein to the end, and be eternally saved.” Westminster Confession of Faith , XVII, 1 Perseverance is “that continuous operation of the Holy Spirit in the believer, by which the work of divine grace that was begun in the heart, is continued and brought to completion.” Berkof, ST , 546 Perseverance: Terminology “The work of God that guarantees that the gift of salvation, once received, is forever and cannot be lost.” (Ryrie, BT , 379) This term rightly emphasizes
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