October - 2013
How 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 wonderful!


What 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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