Perseverance of the Saints

There’s a lot of different perspectives in Christianity about the level of assurance a believer can have.  D.A. Carson, of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, offers some great insight:

For non-reformed theologies…”at the end of the day, the security of the believer finally rests with the believer.  For those in the opposite camp [Reformed], the security of the believer finally rests with God–and that, I suggest, rightly taught, draws the believer back to God himself, to trust in God, to a renewed faith that is of a piece with trusting him in the first place.”

When people believe that their free-choice brought them to Christ, that their works bring about sanctification, and that their determination keeps them enduring, instead of God’s election, grace, mercy, and power, they are ultimately trusting in themselves and not God.  How arrogant and self-centered!

Furthermore, if we could lose our salvation, that would mean that the Christian could perform a work that is more powerful than Almighty God by leaving his saving grasp.  We must remember what Jesus said in John 10:27-29, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.  My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.”

Take joy in that promise.  Rejoice that your Savior is not weak or incapable of preserving you.  He is gloriously powerful and more than able to hold you in his grip for all eternity.

2 replies on “Perseverance of the Saints”

Hey, found your blog by tag surfing. It’s always great to find other Reformed Christians out there. You must know of John Piper I’m guessing? I go to his church in Minnesota and have definitely been blessed with some amazing new (and true) insights into who God is (and isn’t) and how to view scripture and all the doctrines. Good stuff! Well thanks for the post, a great reminder of God’s power and how he knows us and won’t let us go. :) God bless!


Sure have heard of Piper. I’ve been to his church once and I’ll be up there again in May/June to visit. Glad you are enjoying it up there! It certainly is a joyful church!


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