Can we be sure?

We believe in… the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting

John 6:38-40

“I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of Him who sent Me. And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that I shall lose none of all those He has given Me, but raise them up at the last day. For My Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.”

Can we be sure of our salvation?

It is God’s will that all those who put their trust in His Son shall be saved. And Jesus always carries out His Father’s will. So it is part of His mission – as essential a part as His incarnation and death – to protect and keep safe those who commit themselves to Him.

We can therefore be confident that our salvation is secure. If we are following Jesus, the outcome is not in our feeble hands but in His powerful ones. He won’t forget about us, or lose us along the way! And that promise applies not just to our souls, but also to our bodies… for we are going to be resurrected to eternal life when He returns.

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14 Responses to Can we be sure?

  1. wincam says:

    yes, yes of course but how shall this be – lets just try and contrast and compare Jn 20:31 and Lk 18:17 and try and make them compatible – let me tell you how – twinc

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    • Deborah says:

      “These are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.” (John 20:31)
      “Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the Kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” (Luke 18:17)
      To follow Jesus as Messiah entails commitment and trust. As a result, we receive eternal life. I believe His promise of final salvation – do you?

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  2. wincam says:

    of course many would prefer not to interpret it that way but just ask yourself as contrary to what Jesus supposedly said is it easy to simply simply believe and notice in His infinite understanding and wisdom Jesus provided for this or have you already forgotten that He specially created us as little Christian children that did once simply simply believe – btw see Mk.10:15 and Lk 18:16 and of course Jn 20:31 – twinc

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    • Deborah says:

      You haven’t answered my question.
      In so far as I can interpret that rambling comment, I don’t see that it makes any difference at what age we start to believe.

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  3. wincam says:

    have a look at Lk 16:17 – btw who decides whivh interpretation is correct – surely any interpretation is not as acceptable as any other – so do you find it easy to simply believe – twinc

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    • Deborah says:

      You’ve lost me. Why are you suddenly bringing Luke 16:17 into it? When you say, “which interpretation”, do you mean the interpretation of Luke 16:17 or another passage, and what options are you thinking of?

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  4. wincam says:

    why are you interpreting Jesus as saying it is just as easy or easier for an adult to simply simply believe as it is for a child – twinc

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    • Deborah says:

      Where do you get the idea from that it’s more difficult for an adult? All Jesus says in Luke 18:17 is that we have to receive the Kingdom like a child – nothing about whether that’s harder or easier as we get older. From what I’ve heard, relatively few people get converted in late adult life (perhaps because by then they’re too set in their ways). So it may well be harder – but Jesus doesn’t actually say so.

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      • wincam says:

        so now it all hinges on actually or does it since other things are actually accepted on what was not and is not actually said – twinc

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      • Deborah says:

        You have an amazing ability to generate an argument out of nothing. You are the one who said:
        “Jesus goes on to say it is very difficult if not impossible for an adult to simply simply believe.”
        and then
        “Jesus supposedly said it is easy to simply simply believe.”
        and then
        “why are you interpreting Jesus as saying it is just as easy or easier for an adult to simply simply believe?” – when up to that point I hadn’t made any comment as to how easy or otherwise I thought it was.

        And what is the “all” that hinges on this (rather trivial) point?

        Either stop talking in riddles, or I will delete the whole comment thread – on the grounds that it won’t make any sense to anyone else reading it. It certainly doesn’t make sense to me.

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      • wincam says:

        why does this seem to present a problem here as a gnat when camels are swallowed – so lets try again does Jesus imply that what is easy[simple] for little children to accept would be or could be very difficult if not impossible for adults to simply do so – twinc

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      • Deborah says:

        OK, so you are referring here to Luke 18:16,17.
        “Jesus called the children to Him and said, ‘Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the Kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.’”

        To me, Jesus appears to be saying that in order to enter the Kingdom we need to have a childlike attitude towards Him – to ‘simply believe’, as you put it. And He was addressing people who evidently thought that little children were ‘too young to understand’. So He certainly means that children can enter the Kingdom, as well as adults, because education or mature thinking are not necessary. And I have met some people who became Christians at a very young age indeed (under five).

        I’m not sure that it’s quite the same thing as saying that children find it easy to enter the Kingdom, whereas adults find it difficult, although Jesus might be implying that. Do children have an innate advantage over adults? Maybe – I have heard that most Christians are converted under the age of 20. On the other hand, a ‘straw poll’ in my own church a year or two ago found a very wide spread of ages at conversion, with many people having become Christians in middle age or even later. Also, reading through the book of Acts we find very many adult conversions. They didn’t seem to find it very hard to enter the Kingdom then, so why should it be hard for them now? Evidently adults can ‘simply believe’!

        The one class of people who do find it difficult – if not impossible – are the rich! (Luke 18:24,25) And yet Jesus goes on to say that “what is impossible with man is possible with God.” (Luke 18:27)

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