It's the beginning of a new year, and that's a good time to go back to fundamentals--those things that are most important. And one of the most important things for us as Christians is to know that we are secure in Christ. This is one of those great benefits of being a Christian that Paul talks about when he proclaims we are blessed with 'every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ' (Ephesians 1:3). What wealth we possess!
One of my favorite Bible verses on our salvation's security is John 6:37. I’m old fashioned and learned many of my key verses in the King James. In that version, Jesus declares “...and he that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” One day in my prayer time, that phrase, ‘in no wise’ really struck me. I was wrestling with frustration over my own sin and I felt that my sins disqualified me from experiencing fellowship with Christ. While I don’t want to minimize the destructive effects of sin, I came to understand that ‘in no wise’ meant that there was no sense in which Christ casts His children out of His presence, even when we sin.
It’s true that I can run from Him and feel apart from Him through my sinful behavior, but in no sense of the word does Christ push His repentant children away from Him. When I realized that truth, I felt anew His warm embrace, just like the embrace you give to your children. Even sinful human parents continue to love their children, and desire closeness with them, when they sin. Surely our perfect Father continues to love His children even when they sin.
I know my sin grieves our Lord and He may need to discipline me, but He has said, “Never will I leave you or forsake you”, and I choose to believe Him. If you wrestle with the feeling of separation from Christ, ask yourself this question. “Do I feel grieved over my sins?” If you can answer yes, that proves that the Holy Spirit is in you, convicting you of sin, and drawing you back to Christ. If you are a born-again child of the living God, your security lies not in your perfection but in the strength of an Almighty God, the creator and sustainer of the universe.
As you learn to love your children like God loves you, you will be persistent in that love. That persistence gives your child security and teaches them the fundamental truth that God's mercies are "new every morning."