Archive | September 2013

Eternal Security: The Assurance of Satan’s Accusations

Satan is our accuser. He acts as our prosecuting attorney before the throne of God.

“For the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night” (Revelation 12:10b).

In contrast, we know that in Christ “we have an advocate.” He is our defense attorney.

“My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (1 John 2:1).

We remain God’s children even when we sin: “with the Father.” We will never be “un”-born again. We remain the Father’s children forever. This verse alone should assure you of your eternal security.

When Satan accuses the Father’s children, he is assuring them of their eternal security. He knows that no sin can take away the blood of Jesus. All he has are accusations. Satan knows he has no authority over your spirit. That’s why he works tirelessly, “day and night” trying to win a motion against our each and every sin.

Satan does not bother to accuse his own children because he does not have to. He knows that God will accuse those who deny Him at their judgment. Satan accuses the brethren because God will not accuse His purchased possession.

Satan’s accusations carry no legal weight because God absolved the penalty of your sins at the cross: “He has made (you) alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross” (Colossians 2:13b-14).

The name of Jesus means: “God is salvation” and Jesus Christ is the righteous Judge because He was the perfect Lamb of God judged on our behalf:

“For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son” (John 5:22).

Each and every person who has ever lived or ever will live on earth will take their place in one of only two groups of people: Those who accept God and those who reject God, and He will judge them all. Those who have or will choose to accept God as their salvation will inherit eternal life. Those who choose to reject God as their salvation, like Satan, will inherit eternal separation and death.

What reality do you think Satan hates more: That no work is required on your part for eternal life or the finality of your choice?

Satan yearns to test the love and forbearance of believers. He causes irritation and divisions to rise up among them in hopes of producing a fresh load of accusations to haul before the court. That’s why the New Testament contains perpetual exhortation appealing for Christians to continuously forbear, forgive, and to love one another.

Unfortunately for Satan his antics are useless because our Judge has ruled, “Case closed” against our sin. Of course, we know there will be a different court at a different time for believers only: The Judgment Seat of Christ from which Satan will be absent and believers will either receive or lose their rewards as a consequence of the life they live for Christ.

It all boils down to this: Satan knows he has authority over all who deny the blood of Christ, so he’s content in that respect. What he absolutely cannot stand is that he has no eternal authority whatsoever─over those who are redeemed by the blood of the Lamb.

When he occasionally succeeds in leading believers into new sin, he is furious that they are thereby not retried and found guilty of every new sin they commit. Although Satan actively takes part in God’s temporal judgment due to the consequences of our sin, he is enraged that he cannot get our eternal verdict of innocence overturned. I guess you could say it really burns him up.

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life” (John 5:24).

Satan cannot stand that God has ordered him to eternal judgment in hell, yet sinners like us can escape eternal damnation through the blood of Christ alone. (Even though Satan cannot escape God’s final judgment he still has the extreme arrogance to believe that he will defeat God somehow, someday.)

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.

Fear Thou Not

To the believers who remain before the departure, and to those who will believe thereafter:

“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God” (John 14:1a).

The world is a brutal place and it is only going to get worse. With each new day we who are part of the true Church marvel that we remain on earth. However, we know our days are numbered and we know that God’s ways are not our ways.

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the LORD” (Isaiah 55:8).

The mission is still not accomplished.

“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).

Through modern technology, mankind is currently witnessing human suffering and brutality on an unprecedented scale. The more the masses are exposed to this brutality the more desensitized they will become.

This generation has a growing thirst for blood and violence. Their thirst is being quenched through increasingly realistic and violent video games, movies, music, etc. It now takes mere moments to feed any hunger a person may have for sex or violence.

With each passing hour, the will for war and violence is rising. But what happens when the lights go out? Although many generations throughout ages past have been brutal, we all know that Jesus says the last generation will be the worst.

No matter what you may see, stay focused on Jesus. He loves you. He has a place prepared for you. Jesus suffered on this earth so you would not have to suffer in eternity.

“Likewise the Son of Man is also about to suffer at their hands” (Matthew 17:12).

He did not suffer on earth so you would not have to suffer on earth. You will have to suffer on earth in one way or another. The Lord is not willing that anyone should perish eternally, but His will varies according to those who may perish temporarily.

Right after Peter was told by Jesus that he would glorify God by dying as a martyr, he asked about the fate of John: “Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do? Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou Me” (John 21:21-22).

You are not righteous enough so that if you suffer on earth you will not have to suffer in eternity. The Lamb of God is perfect so He was and is righteous enough to revoke your eternal suffering.

“For by one offering He has perfected forever them that are sanctified” (Hebrews 10:14).

We must remain equally prepared to glorify God in life and in death. Remarkably Peter, while knowing what his fate would be, wrote one of the most memorable verses of comfort in all of Scripture:

“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you” (1 Peter 5:6-7).

God will strengthen you with abundant courage in the face of tribulation.

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness” (Isaiah 41:10).

“But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what you shall speak: for the Holy Spirit shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say” (Matthew 10:19a, Luke 12:12).

Continue to “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses” (1 Timothy 6:12).

Keep your hope in that eternal place where “a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeds out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. And they shall see His face; and His name shall be in their foreheads. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever” (Revelation 22:1,4, 21:4, 22:4-5).

We can draw courage from the words of a timeless hymn written by Daniel Webster Whittle in 1883:

I know not when my Lord may come,

at night or noonday fair,

nor if I walk the vale with him,

or meet him in the air.

But I know Whom I have believèd,

And am persuaded that He is able

To keep that which I’ve committed

Unto Him against that day.

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27).

“These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

“Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”

EvenSoCome

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