“The Order of Salvation”

1. Election (God’s choice of the people to be saved)
2. The Gospel call (Proclaiming the message of the gospel)
3. Regeneration (Being born again)
4. Conversion (Faith and Repentance)
5. Justification (Right legal standing)
6. Adoption (Membership in the God’s family)
7. Sanctification (Right conduct of life)
8. Perseverance (Remaining a Christian)
9. Death (Going to be with the Lord)
10. Glorification (Receiving a ressurrection body)

Taken from: Making Sense of Salvation by Wayne Grudem

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The Good Life

No one wants to suffer but no one is exempt from suffering. Since suffering is inevitable for all of us, why not learn how to suffer well. I started a new book by Owen Strachan and Doug Sweeney: The Essential of Jonathan Edwards on the Good Life. Here is a quote from the book:

This is the truly good life, the path plotted for mankind by almighty God. It involves sacrifice, and hardship, and hard work. It requires self-denial, self-abasement, and an others-centered mindset. It is radically God-centered and deeply rooted in Scripture. This, and no other path, leads to lasting happiness for the souls of human beings.

Great! A good life in every sense is a suffering life :). If I have to sacrifice, go through hardship and hard work that requires me to self-denial, self-abasement and others-centered mindset, I am definitely suffering. It means giving up my sinful nature! Jesus speaks of this good life in Matthew 5:3-12 ESV.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

To attain the good life we must make war with the flesh (Romans 7:21-24 ESV [21 ] So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. [22 ] For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, [23 ] but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members.) We must also trust and lean on the sovereignty of God and obey His Word. We must ask God to work in us from the inside out. We must reach the deepest part of our soul and make choices and responses contrary to our flesh. I will end with this quote from R.C. Sproul:

“God, in his providence, has the power and the will to work all things together for good for his people. This does not mean that everything that happens to us is, in itself, good. Really bad things do happen to us. But they are only proximately bad; they are never ultimately bad. That is, they are bad only in the short (proximate) term, never in the long-term. Because of the triumph of God’s goodness in all things, he is able to bring good for us out of the bad. He turns our tragedies into supreme blessings.”

Assurance of Salvation and Perseverance

John MacArthur: How I can be sure of my salvation :

There are two important tests in Scripture for a person to determine whether or not he or she is a true believer.

There is first of all an objective test, which asks, “Do I believe?” Ask yourself if you affirm the Scripture’s record of the person and work of Jesus Christ. Do you believe that He is God manifest in the flesh? Do you believe that God saves sinners solely through the merits of Jesus Christ’s obedient life and substitutionary death on the cross?

Second is the subjective or experiential test of …..

Dr. C. Matthew McMahon : The Perseverance of the Saints, Encouraging to the Christian

One of the greatest hindrances to a comfortable walk with God as a Christian is their fickle nature.  Christians have a problem with their fallen emotions.  Their emotions often overtake their good sense, and as a result of their sin, especially their besetting sin, the greatest question that continues to arise all through their Christian walk is “Am I really saved?”  Instead of resting on the hope of God, they wonder, based on their works, whether they have been truly saved.  As the Westminster Confession of Faith states, ……

Doctrine of Perseverance of the Saints by Gotquestions:

Perseverance of the Saints is the name that is used to summarize what the Bible teaches about the eternal security of the believer. It answers the question: Once a person is saved, can they lose their salvation? Perseverance of the saints is the P in the acronym TULIP, which is commonly used to enumerate what are known as the five points of Calvinism. Because the name perseverance of the saints can cause people to have the wrong idea about what is meant, some people prefer to use terms like: “Preservation of the Saints,” “Eternal Security,” or “Held by God.” Each of these terms reveals some aspect of what the Bible teaches about the security of the believer. However like any biblical doctrine what is important is not the name assigned to the doctrine but how accurately it summarizes what the Bible teaches about that subject. No matter which name you use to refer to this important doctrine a thorough study of the Bible will reveal that when it is properly understood it is an accurate description of what the Bible teaches.

The simplest explanation of this doctrine is the saying: “Once saved, always saved.” The Bible teaches that those who are born-again will ……….

Here are some Quotes on Perseverance:

The perseverance of the saints means that all those who are truly born again will be kept by God’s power and will persevere as Christians until the end of their lives, and that only those who persevere until the end have been truly born again. Wayne Grudem from Systematic Theology (pg. 788)

If our religion be of our own getting or making, it will perish; and the sooner it goes, the better; but if our religion is a matter of God’s giving, we know that He shall never take back what He gives, and that, if He has commenced to work in us by His grace, He will never leave it unfinished. C.H. Spurgeon

For non-reformed theologies…”at the end of the day, the security of the believer finally rests with the believer. For those in the opposite camp [Reformed], the security of the believer finally rests with God — and that, I suggest, rightly taught, draws the believer back to God himself, to trust in God, to a renewed faith that is of a piece with trusting him in the first place.”  D.A. Carson

When we speak of “once saved, always saved,” we are not taking into account the full scope of salvation. We have been saved (justification), was are being saved (sanctified), and we will one day be saved (glorified). You cannot claim to have been “saved” (justified) unless you are being sanctified. Jesus Christ is Savior and Lord. Michael Horton from Putting the Amazing Back into Grace (pg. 171)

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