THE MEANING OF THE ‘ETERNAL SECURITY OF THE SAINTS’
Eternal Security does not mean that all those who were baptized in infancy, all those who responded to an ‘altar call’ or all those who prayed a little prayer to accept Jesus as their ‘personal saviour’ are ‘eternally secure’!
But what it does mean is that all those who were loved and elected by the Father in eternity (Eph 1:4), all those for whom the Son shed His precious blood (John 10:15), and all those whom the Holy Spirit has sovereignly regenerated (John 3:8) are “KEPT BY THE POWER OF GOD through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time!” (1Pet 1:5)
Salvation is something which in all honesty WE never desired, prayed for nor sought after! It was something which was given to us FREELY without any regard to either our merit or demerit! “I was found of them THAT SOUGHT ME NOT; I was made manifest unto them that ASKED NOT AFTER ME.” (Rom 10:20)
All the children of Adam are born as sworn enemies of the Mighty Jehovah. They “are ESTRANGED FROM THE WOMB: and go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.” (Psalm 58:3) They may worship a ‘god’ of their own imagination, embrace an orthodox religion and have a head full of doctrine, but they can neither perceive nor love the Sovereign Discriminating God of the Scriptures!
This GOD can only be known by REVELATION! And He has chosen to reveal Himself to a FEW as opposed to the MANY who live and die in darkness! These ‘FEW’ He calls ‘Sheep” as opposed to the “Goats”. To the sheep it is GRANTED (Luke 8:10) to hear His voice and follow Him, and the voice of a stranger they will not follow!
And as is common with sheep in the natural world these spiritual sheep go astray many a time, but they NEVER CAN BE ‘LOST’ FOREVER, for they are under the care and oversight of the Master Shepherd of whom it is written – “Of them which Thou gavest Me have I lost none!” (John 18:9)
The salvation of God’s elect is at times likened to the building of a temple, and God as the Master builder! While men may at times undertake the building of a project and later leave it undone for a lack of foresight or the power and resource to finish thereof; not so God!
It shall NEVER be said of God, “This man began to build, and was not able to finish!” Oh No! “Being CONFIDENT of this very thing, that He which HATH BEGUN a good work in you WILL PERFORM IT until the day of Jesus Christ!” (Phil 1:6)
“The hands of Zerubbabel (picture of Christ) have LAID THE FOUNDATION of this house; his hands shall also FINISH IT; and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it! (Zech 4:6-8)
Yes, the elect of God are eternally secure, not because of anything in them or performed by them, but because of Him who promised –
“And I GIVE UNTO THEM eternal life; and they shall NEVER PERISH, neither shall any man PLUCK THEM OUT OF MY HAND. My Father, which gave them Me, is greater than all; and NO MAN IS ABLE TO PLUCK THEM OUT OF MY FATHER’S HAND!” (John 10:28,29)