When you give your life to Christ, at that point, God gives you a supernatural gift of faith to believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. This gift from God is by His mercy and grace. It is not a temporary gift, but a permanent gift, one that God will never revoke.
- “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.” 1 Peter 1:3-9
But, even as a Christian, you try so hard and still have moments, or seasons, of failure. You wonder sometimes if God will give up on you because you just can’t seem to measure up to where you think you should be. Would He ever revoke His promise?
Likewise, Peter was very prone to failure. He messed up more than any disciple, denying Jesus three times and trying to convince Jesus not to be crucified. Peter, as a disciple, was mislead and used by Satan at times.
- “Simon, Simon [Peter], Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. But I [Jesus] have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” But he replied, “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death.” Jesus answered, “I tell you, Peter, before the rooster crows today, you will deny three times that you know me.” Luke 22:31-34
- “Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!” Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.” Matthew 16:22-23
But, through all of Peter’s failures (including denying Jesus), the Lord still loved Him and protected Him. Peter never lost his salvation. Later, the Lord used Peter in great ways to preach the Gospel throughout the land, even healing people through him.
- “Aeneas,” Peter said to him, “Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and roll up your mat.” Immediately Aeneas got up.” Acts 9:34
Jesus loves His disciples (including you and I) so much, that He continuously intercedes and prays for us. I don’t believe that Father God would choose to not answer His Son’s prayers, so be certain that His prayers are for you, as a Christian, spoken from the very mouth of Jesus. What He says will be fulfilled, no matter how you are feeling or how many times you have fallen.
- “I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one. While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled. “I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified. “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” John 17:9-23
- “Therefore [Jesus] is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because He always lives to intercede for them.” Hebrews 7:25
Saving faith cannot fail…ever! If you are truly in Christ, you will stay in God’s mercy and grace, even if you continue to mess up from time to time. You will be saved until the end.
- “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.” John 5:24
- “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.” John 3:16-18
- “but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:14
- “but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.” Hebrews 7:24-25
Because of our weaknesses, God knows we will fail if left on our own. So, God, Himself, has taken upon His shoulders the task of bringing us through this life. This should give you some relief and thanksgiving!
“He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” 1 Cor 1:8-9
- “May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.” 1 Thes 5:23-24
True believers persevere and keep their faith. False believers eventually fall away and never return.
- “As for you, see that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. And this is what he promised us—eternal life.” 1 John 2:24
- “They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us.” 1 John 2:19
Persevering by faith, though, is not unaccompanied by some failure, though our lives should not see a growing pattern of sin, but instead, a growing pattern of righteousness.
- “This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister.” 1 John 3:10
True believers care about the voice of God, seek His voice, and attempt to follow it. False believers live for themselves and follow their own voice, not caring what God thinks.
- “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.” John 10:27-29
- “Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, which some have professed and in so doing have departed from the faith.” 1 Timothy 20:21 [Non-sheep listening to the voices of man]
Being saved doesn’t mean that we, as Christians, never fail, seriously & severely, and over and over again…. Yes, we do fail because corruption remain on this earth. But, what being saved means is that we, as Christians, will not completely fail in finality. God will not have it! He will continue to pick us up on our feet again, pulling us further along.
Sinning, grieves the Spirit of God and, if left unchecked and unrepentant, hardens our hearts towards others and towards God, yielding temporary judgments. Don’t let sin go unchecked and unrepentant. This is your job to keep examining yourself.
Thank you, God, that you will never let us go! Praise be to God!