From Pastor’s Desk: 6-2-19
Jude 1:21 …keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.
This verse answers to the concept that we are “being (present tense) saved.” This, of course, is contrary to those who embrace the “once saved always saved” theory, but all who are genuinely “born again” have something in common in Christ Jesus. That is, that it is in Him we are ultimately saved, no matter what our differences on the subject.
There are times the wiles of the devil would defeat us were it not for our life in Christ. Catastrophic situations would certainly “blow us out of the water” were it not for our stance on the Rock. When our minds are so muddled with this, that, or the other, we would lose our sanity were it not for the Holy Spirit bringing clarity of mind as our minds are stayed on Christ Jesus. When pain wracks our body from an illness, whether temporary or chronic, we have the promise that He is still our “Healing Jesus” and that God is still our Jehovah-Rapha, our Healer.
It doesn’t matter, in my opinion, how we understand salvation. The fact is that salvation, whether initially or ultimately, is only in Christ Jesus. Peter said to the San Hedrin that day, “There is no other name given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
The first part of Jude 1:21 may be the key phrase. It is up to us to bear up under the responsibility of keeping ourselves in God’s love. Sound counsel, isn’t it?