Perseverance of the Saints

37 All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will never cast out. 38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. 39 Now this is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day. 40 For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.” John 6:37-40 (LSB) Read John 10:28-29 on the site.

The Doctrines of Grace are all tremendous blessings to the believer since they teach us that our salvation is God’s Work from beginning to end, top to bottom, and side to side. However, each of us from time to time, since we are only vessels of clay and a vapor that is here one day and then gone the next, will experience a loss of joy born from life’s disappointments. We suffer this way because our focus is not perfectly fixed on God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit as the source of our fulfillment….

God, in His omniscient wisdom, prunes us as He takes things out of our lives that our hearts cherished. It is as we struggle through these times that it is a good thing to review who we are in Christ and what He has done, and what He is doing for us. One such precious promise is the doctrine of the Perseverance of the Saints.

Carefully read the two passages I placed at the beginning of this post (John 6:37-40 and John 10:28,29). In these two passages we read of our Lord’s promise to His Father (John 6:37-40) and then to His people directly (John 10:28-29) that He will keep them so that they never perish. The Doctrine of the Perseverance of the Saints is better understood that the saints are actually preserved by God. Perseverance means continued adherence to a belief despite discouragement and opposition. However, the reason believers persevere in faith and obedience is not by the strength of their own commitment, but that Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit preserves them. Carefully read the following prayer by our Lord Jesus Christ, which He prayed at the close of the Last Supper. View article →