Second Timothy 1:12
I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me.
Are You Fully Persuaded?
I think that almost everyone who is saved has had doubts from time to time. I know that I have, but God wants us to know for sure whether we are or whether we aren’t saved and to not have to live in fear (2 Tim 1:7). Paul believed that God is able to keep us firmly so that we’d be held blameless on the day when Jesus judges the world (1 Cor 1:8) and to be fully convinced that God is able to do that which He has promised in His Word (Rom 4:21). When Jesus said that whoever would believe in Him would receive eternal life (John 3:16), was it ever eternal if you could have it and then lose it?
Can We Be Separated from God?
I see no biblical evidence where Paul had doubts about losing his place in heaven or what God had given him in Christ, that being eternal life. Paul knew that he was now at peace with God (Rom 5:1), that he didn’t have any condemnation anymore (Rom 8:10), and that no angel, no ruler, no power, no created thing, not even death itself could ever separate him from God (Rom 8:35, 38-39). When He wrote that no created thing could ever take him away from God, that leaves everything is, doesn’t it? Who could ever condemn anyone whom Christ died for (Rom 8:34)?
Jesus Keeps What He Holds
Jesus spoke about the believers in Christ as if they were His permanent possession. He said that He’d never turn away anyone who came to Him (John 6:37), that not even one would be lost (John 6:39), and that once a person is secure in His and the Father’s hand, it would be impossible for anyone or anything to snatch them out of His hands (John 10:28-29). He says that even when a person dies in the faith, he or she will live again (John 11:25) because He is the resurrection and the life (John 14:6) and has the power to bring the dead to life (John 11:38-44). Paul was absolutely convinced or persuaded that God is able to keep those who have put their trust in Him and to guard them until the Day of Judgment (2 Tim 1:12). Are you? I hope so.
A Closing Prayer
Our Good and Righteous Father in heaven, please forgive me when I doubt the assurance given in Your Word about my salvation and to ever think that’s it’s not something permanent. Even I have had times when I thought that there’s no way I’m really saved. Thank You for giving Your Son so that I can know that I have eternal life, which is given to every one of us who believe in Christ. It is in His Great Name name I pray.
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