wonderful that Jesus said of His sheep, those who
hear His voice and continue to follow Him,
"No man is able to pluck them out of my Father's
hand!" (John 10:29.)
That's right! No one is able to pluck us out.
We alone make the choice to either remain in
His control and care, or be sheep who go astray,
(1 Peter 2:25a), outside of His controlling and
caring hand. 'We were as sheep going astray, but now
have returned unto the Shepherd and Guardian of our
souls.' (1 Peter 2:25b.) Ours is the choice.
Yes, as Paul said, 'What can separate me from the
love of God in Christ Jesus OUR LORD?
Nothing! That is, if in fact He is
OUR LORD (master, controller). Otherwise,
again, as Scripture says, we become separate from
Him in a big way! (Isaiah 59:2 etc.), though we
may say, "Lord, Lord" and have cast out
devils in His name etc., but not really followed Him
to the end. (Matthew 7:21-27.)
Again, how wonderful though, that 'the Lord is
not willing that any should perish, but
that all should come to repentance and
live!' 'Turn you from your evil ways, for
why will you die, O house of Israel?' (2 Peter
3:9, Ezekiel 7:32, 18:23.)
Yes, at all times the handle is on our side of
the door, so we can be saying 'yes' or 'no' to
Him Who stands at the door and knocks, seeking to be
the Shepherd and Guardian of our soul. No man or
woman can say yes or no for us. No person can
separate us from Christ! Ours is the choice,
and that continually! As Joshua said to Israel, the
professed people of God, "Choose you
this day who you shall serve. As for me and my
house, we (choose to) server the Lord!"
Who in his right mind, having put his hand to the
plough, wants to look back? For as we know, 'such as
one is not fit for the kingdom of God' (Luke 9:62);
or as Paul puts it, 'Having preached unto others, I
myself become a castaway!' (1 Cor. 9:27.)
But again, how wonderful that we can also say with
Paul, 'I have fought a good fight; I have
finished my course; I have kept the faith.
Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of
righteousness, which the Lord the righteous
judge shall give me; and not to me only, but
unto all them also (like the wise virgins) who love
His appearing!' (2 Timothy 4:7-8, Matthew 25: 1-13.)
Yes, salvation is total, conditional and
OF THE SAVED!
were we when mercy found us?
Captives unto death and sin!
Clouds and darkness closed around us;
All was hopeless night within!
We were lost, but Jesus found us!
Burst the bonds of death that bound us;
Wrapt the robe of grace around us;
And the heirs of glory crowned us!
What are we since mercy found us?
Blameless, spotless in His sight!
Sons and Saints His Word has crowned us;
Called to walk with Him in light!
What we need be, we find daily,
In His holy Word He spake!
As we hear His voice and follow,
None we from His hand can take!
What we shall be...that's a story,
Never uttered or expressed.
We shall see Him in His glory,
And be folded to His breast.
(Original - J. H. Sammis)
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