He saved you in such a way that you will never be unsaved

By Aaron Budjen

He saved you in such a way that you will never be unsaved. This is the gospel:  He died for your sins so that He could restore to you the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Life that had been lost in Adam. And through that restoration, through you receiving the free gift of the Holy Spirit, you are resurrected, you are made alive by the indwelling presence of His life, the life of God. And through that restoration and subsequent resurrection, you are saved from the condition of being spiritually dead. And because there is no sin left unforgiven, there is no sin that will ever cause the Holy Spirit to ever depart from within you ever again. And so by definition, the Holy Spirit indwelling within you permanently is the restoration of the life that had been lost in Adam permanently, so you have been resurrected permanently, which means that you have been saved forever; that you can never lose your salvation, because that is the very definition of salvation. (www.livinggodministries.net, Radio Archive, Verse by Verse teaching Through the Book of Hebrews, Hebrews Message 31, Hebrews 7:15-28 Law is Useless; transcription of minute 23:36 through minute 24:47)

Experiencing Joy in the Midst of Suffering

Rejoice in hope, endure in suffering, persist in prayer. (Romans 12:12, NET Bible)

One of my favorite things about my relationship with the Lord is the JOY that He gives me; the joy that I feel coursing through my veins; joy that is palpable and evident and real.  It is His joy and I am so thankful to Him that He shares it with me.

I appreciate it so much more when it is felt during times of difficulty, pain and suffering.  At times like this, His joy makes me want to rejoice! 😄

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! (Philippians 4:4, NASB)

I am reminded of Corrie Ten Boom’s book, The Hiding Place, in which Corrie eloquently describes the dual-existence of joy in the midst of suffering.  In this true story that is a “must-read,” you’ll learn that Corrie, her sister Betsie, and their elderly father were all arrested and sent to prison for hiding a group of Jewish people in their home during the Nazi occupation of Holland. Soon after their father’s untimely death, Corrie and Betsie spent time in the notorious women’s concentration camp, Ravensbruck.

“Life in Ravensbruck took place on two separate levels, mutually impossible. One, the observable, external life, grew every day more horrible. The other, the life we lived with God, grew daily better, truth upon truth, glory upon glory.”  ― Corrie ten Boom, The Hiding Place: The Triumphant True Story of Corrie Ten Boom

Such a marvelous book! ❤️😁

The Ten Boom family could see the true light in the midst of this dark world.  And as their brothers and sisters, as Jesus followers, as believers in the gospel of grace, we also know the truth!

The truth has set us free, and yet we are stuck on this earth temporarily.  So, while we are here, let’s be patient; let’s hang in there; let’s not give up.

We all have pain, we all have suffering, and we all have difficulties to varying degrees.  But we also have hope.  Not only the hope of our future life in heaven, but the hope that is alive for us today:  the kingdom of God in our very hearts.  A hope with promise; that when we have persevered through tribulations, God will use the pain we have endured to reveal more of His love to us!

“And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”

(Romans 5:3-5 NASB)

November 29, 2018  10:16 AM