Thursday, March 14, 2013

Our Daily Bread Designs Forum Bible Verse Thursday Challenge #72 - Security

"I am the resurrection and the life.  Whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die."  ~John 11:25

For years I believed in heaven and hell and I was scared to death I was going to die and spend eternity in hell. 

Like most Americans, though I believed that Jesus died on the cross for my sins and rose from the dead, this gave me no confidence that I’d miss hell. I thought I had to do my part to make it to heaven, and I was afraid I’d wouldn’t be good enough to make it. 

After  years of this frustration, God showed me that we can be sure we are eternally secure if we believe what God says in His Word on the subject.  I’ve found many people struggle with this concern. There has been and remains a crisis in assurance in American Christianity. Very few people who call themselves Christians know for sure that they are going to heaven when they die, that they are eternally secure.

The reason is that they have the same problem I had. They are looking in the wrong places for assurance. They look in their commitment, which is imperfect. In their works, which are imperfect. In their fervor for God, which sometimes wanes. In their hatred of sin, which sometimes is not as strong as we’d like. In their love for other believers, which oftentimes is not what it should be.

There really is only one place to look for assurance.

When a person believes in Jesus, he is certain he has eternal life. And as long as keeps on believing, he stays sure.  As “the resurrection” Jesus guarantees that all who simply believe in Him will be part of the resurrection of the righteous. That is, He guarantees they will be in His eternal kingdom with glorified bodies.

As “the life” Jesus guarantees that all who simply believe in Him will never die. Clearly He is referring to spiritual death here.  In other words, the promise Jesus makes is that the one who believes in Him is eternally secure, no matter what happens in his or her future.

DO YOU BELIEVE THIS? Jesus’ question asked Martha whether she was sure she was eternally secure?  

It is impossible to believe what Jesus said and not be sure that you yourself are eternally secure.  Martha was certain she believed in Jesus and she was certain she was eternally secure.  Martha does not hesitate to affirm her belief in Jesus and His promise of eternal security to her and all who simply believe in Him.

But note as well: A person may believe many things about Jesus and not be sure of his eternal destiny. He can believe that Jesus existed, that He is God, that He died and rose again,
and that He is coming again, and yet be unsure whether he will be in Jesus’ kingdom or not.  Such a person will say he believes in Jesus, but he will also admit he is not sure of his eternal destiny.

The reason is simple. Most people believe in some form of works salvation. Most people believe that only those who persevere to the end of life in faith and good works will actually make it into the kingdom. Some believe in what you might call “Lose it theology.” That is, you lose eternal life if you fail to persevere. Others believe in “Prove it theology.” That is, you prove you never were born again in the first place if you fail to persevere. Either way, persevering in faith and good works is, in this way of looking at it, a condition of eternal life.
And, since none of us can be sure we will persevere in faith and good works, if assurance is based on perseverance, then we can’t be sure.  Someone once said to me, “While I see what I think are the works of God in my life, I must admit I might fall away and fail to persevere. And if do, then I will go to hell.” That’s lose it and prove it theology “Daisy theology: He loves me; He loves me not; He loves me; He loves me not…And you hope you end your life on “He loves me.”  

Biblically, to believe in Jesus is to believe His promise of everlasting life that can never be lost to all who simply believe in Him.  Are we perfect?  No!  Do we mess up and lose faith sometimes?  Yes!  But that's where mercy comes in.  God loves us in spite of our shortcomings so much so that He gave us His only Son as a way to reach him.  The only way!  

Do you believe this?

Your challenge this week is to create a project using this scripture or another verse that reminds us that our eternal life is secure through our belief in Jesus.  When uploading your project, please use keyword ODBDBVT72 and then join us over at Our Daily Bread Designs Forum to share!




  1. Just beautiful, Cheryl! Thank you SO MUCH for sharing this with us. I just LOVE this card, and these amazing ODBD stamps.
    Word Art Wednesday

  2. Beautiful card with those lovely lilies and scripture. Thanks for joining us this week at WAW.


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