An Excellent Memorial

Matthew 26:6-13 “Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat. But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste? For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor. When Jesus understood it, he said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me. For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always. For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial. Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her.”

No doubt it is a great blessing to dwell in America, and to enjoy the many liberties we have in this country. Many have given their very lives to protect and prolong this liberty for others, and rightly we thank God for those who thought about others more than themselves. Having said this, let me call attention to another even greater memorial mentioned in the above passage. The memorial of a woman who thought more about Jesus than herself, and gave her whole heart to Him. Many nowadays, as back then, think it a waste to give one’s all to Jesus Christ: However, those who do, find this dedication to be very profitable, trusting that they keep this frame of mind and heart.

Finally, how about the greatest memorial: the memorial of Jesus Christ laying down His life for us, while we were yet sinners! (Romans 5:6-8) “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Yes, American freedom is great, but freedom from sin and hell through and in the person of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ is the best, seeing this freedom in Christ is eternal and everlasting! Who will give their whole heart to Jesus Christ, and like the woman in Matthew 26, be a memorial of Christ and His goodness by letting God use what He’s graciously given us for His Honour and Glory? Who also will tell the memorial of what God has done for us: dying on the cross, being buried, and on the third day rising again–nevermore to die, to save us from sin and hell?

Eternal Security?

What a blessing to be saved/born again and in Christ Jesus. Even better to know that our soul is secure in Him. I’ve heard many say, however, that a child of God can lose his salvation. Is the God of Heaven and Earth able and willing to keep my soul unto the day He redeems my body. Let’s see what the Scriptures teach about this:

1. John 10:27-30 says, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one.” Based on this Scripture, God has given eternal life to all born again believers, and no man can say or do anything to take that life away.

2. Colossians 2:9-12 says, “For in him [Christ] dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.” Based on this Scripture, along with Hebrews 4:12, 1st John 3:7-11, Ephesians 1:13+14, 4:29+30, Romans 6:1-7 and Galatians 2:19-21, among other places in Scripture, when any individual whole-heartedly trusts Christ as Saviour, God’s Holy Spirit comes in and circumcises [cuts off] the old man from having any corrupting influence on the new man–the new man being generated by God’s Holy Spirit. This new man is sealed by God and guess what— the world, the flesh, and the devil can’t break it. God’s seed [His Living Word] remains in the new man, so the new man can’t sin. If I follow the lusts of my flesh [my old man], then I reap the consequences while I dwell in this world, however, at death or the rapture, the body of this death is destroyed, and I dwell with Christ, my body being changed to a glorified body at the rapture. If I follow the will of God, then I live a spiritually blessed life, and earn rewards at the judgment seat of Christ. Regardless, my new man [Christ in me] remains uncorrupted by sin, and therefore I remain Saved! (Galatians 6:7-10, Hebrews 12:5-8, 2nd Corinthians 5:1-10 and 1st Corinthians 3:11-15)

3. Ephesians 5:25-32 says, “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.” I recently read a comment on a divorce/remarriage article stating that I could leave the church [the body of Christ] losing my salvation in doing so. This idea is not only unscriptural, but doesn’t even make natural sense. I’ve never heard of somebody’s lung just growing legs and leaving their body. Once joined to Christ’s body by God’s Holy Spirit, I’m there and can’t leave. [1st Corinthians 12:12-27] Also, Christ is not cutting and slashing His own body, He is nourishing and cherishing His church as stated in Ephesians. In addition, Christ is purifying His bride (His church) and not putting her away. The church corporately comprises Christ’s one bride. [The church, by the way, comprises every truly [biblically] regenerated, born again individual from the Apostles to the church’s rapture to be with Christ.] Christ is not like Solomon with numerous brides, He has one bride, which is the church corporately. Also, I do not marry the church; rather I have been regenerated and born into church membership. The church corporately marries Jesus Christ. Therefore, my leaving Christ’s church [His bride and body] is like my spleen walking out of my body. Can’t happen–Praise God! (Leaving a local church or denomination is a temporal matter that can affect my daily walk and visible Christian testimony, however, this cannot and doesn’t affect my true church membership.)(Also, the church corporately marrying Christ and not one person individually marrying Christ is a doctrinal statement concerning the security of salvation as explained above, however, every born again individual is united with Christ, and we as individuals should live holy as becometh the bride of our wonderful Saviour Jesus Christ.😀)

4. 2nd Peter 2:6-9 says, “And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly; And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;) The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:” No reasonable person reading about Lot in Genesis would think that Lot was a righteous man, yet God says in 2nd Peter that he is. Why? The answer is simple–his relation to Abraham. Abraham is a type of Jesus Christ here. Abraham has a covenant relationship with God, [Genesis 15, 17 + 22] and Lot is related to Abraham, so therefore, Lot is reckoned with the righteousness of faithful Abraham. [See Romans 4 and Galatians 3] Now we find out in Romans 8:9-18, among other places in Scripture, that every regenerated, born again believer has received God’s Spirit of adoption, and therefore has been adopted by God as a son of God. Jesus Christ has a covenant relationship with His Father [read Hebrews 7], and since born again believers have been adopted into God’s family, we have been accounted with Christ’s righteousness. [Romans 5 and 2nd Corinthians 5] What a joy to know that I am not appointed unto wrath, but to obtain salvation by my Lord Jesus Christ. [1st Thessalonians 5:9-11] (of course, in thankfulness to our Lord and Saviour, let’s NOT live like Lot.😀)

I believe it should be evident by now to any honest and reasonable Bible readers that the souls of regenerated, born again believers in Jesus Christ are secure in Christ. The God of Heaven and Earth is able and willing to keep my soul until the day He redeems my body. The Scripture bears this out with blazing colors!

“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

“This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?” (Galatians 3:2 + 3)

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” (Galatians 5:1)