eternal security

Patient Endurance (Revelation 14:12)

December 17, 2015 // 52 Comments

A reader asked for my thoughts on the following passage: This calls for patient endurance on the part of the saints who obey God’s commandments and remain faithful to Jesus. (Rev 14:12, NIV) When I was a younger man I might’ve preached a message on this verse that went something like this: “You gotta hang [...]

Religious Gangsters (Matthew 7:21-23)

October 7, 2015 // 102 Comments

A scripture that worries some Christians, but shouldn’t, is this one: Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your [...]

The Testing of Your Faith

August 27, 2015 // 44 Comments

What goes through your mind when you see men in orange jumpsuits waiting to be killed for their faith in Jesus? Do you think, “I could die for Jesus,” or “Thank God that’s not me”? The earliest Christians faced the lions of the Roman circus and persecution remains a fact of life many Christians [...]

Continue in the Grace of God

March 25, 2015 // 25 Comments

In the New Testament we are exhorted to continue in God’s kindness (Romans 11:22), continue in the faith (Colossians 1:23), continue in the teaching of Christ (2 John 1:9), and continue in what we have learned and been convinced of (2 Tim 3:14). In short, we are to continue in the grace of God: When the [...]

Consider the Severity of God (Romans 11:22)

March 11, 2015 // 56 Comments

Whenever I tell people about God’s goodness, I can just about guarantee that someone will call for balance and say I should also preach on God’s severity. Then they will quote this verse: Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you [...]

Judged by the Lord (1 Corinthians 11:31-32)

February 19, 2015 // 49 Comments

Are you good enough to take communion? To me, this is an absurd question. It is exactly like asking whether you are good enough to hear the gospel. But to many it is not an absurd question. It is a serious question because a wrong answer could make you sick and kill you! From whence comes this ridiculous notion? [...]

What If I Deny Jesus? (2 Timothy 2:11–13)

July 23, 2014 // 60 Comments

“Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us; if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.” (2 Tim. 2:11–13) This is a trustworthy saying that comes in two parts [...]

What are the Consequences of Falling from Grace?

March 27, 2014 // 60 Comments

I am so glad the book of Galatians is in the Bible because we can learn a lot from other people’s mistakes. The Galatians lost their liberty in Christ by allowing themselves to be enslaved to the yoke of the law. In their case the issue was circumcision, but for us it could be anything that puts a price tag on [...]

Matthew 10:28 – Fear God Who Can Throw us into Hell?

July 9, 2013 // 66 Comments

“Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in Hell.” (Matt 10:28) This verse is a puzzle because of what Jesus says next: “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from [...]

Hebrews 12:6 Does God Scourge His Kids?

June 11, 2013 // 128 Comments

Everyone has a mental picture of God. Perhaps you think he is distant, aloof, angry, even terrifying. Possibly you envision him holding a whip in his hands… For those whom the Lord loves he disciplines, and he scourges every son whom he receives. (Heb 12:6, NASB) Yet your heavenly Father is not like this. How [...]

Is the Christian Race a Marathon?

May 30, 2013 // 25 Comments

In the Bible, Christianity is sometimes compared to a race. But what kind of race is it? Is the Christian race like the marathon, something to be endured rather than enjoyed? And is it true that only those who endure to the end qualify for the kingdom? You might think so to read verses like these… Heb 3:6 We [...]

Endure to the End and be Saved

May 14, 2013 // 68 Comments

Is the Christian eternally secure or does he need to take steps to ensure he doesn’t fall away? This is the Big Question we have been asking in our series on eternal security. So far we have looked at scriptures that seem to connect our salvation with our perfect and sustained obedience. Soon I will look at [...]