TEXT: John 10:27-29
SUBJ: THE PERSEVERANCE AND PRESERVATION OF THE SAINTS
INTRODUCTION: We believe that such only are real believers as endure unto the end, that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors, that a special Providence watches over their welfare, and that they are kept by the power of God through faith unto eternal salvation. The above text involves both aspects of this important subject: (1) The true sheep are distinguished by the fact that they follow Christ. Following their Shepherd is not the thing that makes them true sheep, but being true sheep is what incline them to follow their Shepherd. (2) The Good Shepherd gave them eternal life when they became His sheep and promised them that they shall never perish.
I. THE PERSEVERANCE OF THE SAINTS.
A. Perseverance means a continuance or steadfastness. It means to press on in spite of difficulties.
B. The true believer has had an experience that makes him different from the unbeliever.
1. The true believer has been regenerated and this has changed his attitude and outlook - Titus 3:5; 2 Corinthians 5:17. Because of this experience, he will never be the same as he used to be.
2. The true believer has the Holy Spirit dwelling within him to rebuke
him and guide him - 1 Corinthians 6:19.
3. The true believer will be chastised to correct him when he gets out of line - Hebrews 12:6.
C. The true believer will not reach perfection in this life, but he will not all together forsake Christ. Any lapses will be temporary - 1 John 2:19.
D. The true believer's constitution as a follower of Christ is evidence that he belongs to Christ - John 8:31, 32; Romans 8:14.
II. THE PRESERVATION OF THE SAINTS - Psalm 37:28.
A. Preservation means that God's saints are eternally secured as stated in Psalm 37.
NOTE: When a person receives Christ and is saved, then he is saved forever and can never be lost - John 10:28. The verses that some use to try to prove that God's children can be lost forever are verses that they have applied wrongly and misinterpreted - 2 Peter 2:20-22.
B. There are at least four things that secure God's saints forever:
1. God's saints are secured by God's Word - John 3:36; 5:24; 6:47, 51; Romans 8:30, 38-39. God made certain promises to us and His Word is reliable and unchangeable.
2. God's saints are secured by God's power - 2 Timothy 1:12; 1 Peter 1:5; Philippians 1:6; Jude 24.
3. God's saints are secured by the work of redemption - Hebrews 9:12-15. The "redemption" by which God's saints are redeemed is called "eternal redemption" and the inheritance that they are promised is an "eternal inheritance."
4. God's saints are secured by the Holy Spirit - Ephesians 1:13, 14; 4:30.
CONCLUSION: One of the most blessed Doctrines or truths found in the Word of God is the preservation of the saints of God. What God saves, He keeps forever! It never spoils and needs to be redone. It is complete because of God and His eternal Word.