These notes are for your personal Bible study and devotion time.
Doctrine – What the whole Bible teaches us today about some particular topic.
Perseverance of the Saints – The doctrine 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.”
There is assurance to be given to those who are truly born again. We call these people true disciples of Jesus. Continuing in the life or the Way is evidence that a person is truly born again.
Since Jesus does the will of the Father and Jesus is perfect – Jesus cannot lose anything that the Father gives Him.
Some people believe that you can remove yourself from the hand of Jesus. When Jesus says no one – that includes you and the person in his hand.
Most important thing in this section of verses is verse 28 – They will never perish. This is explicit. This emphasizes that Jesus’ sheep follow him and they are those to whom he has given eternal life. They shall never lose their salvation or be separated from Christ.
Life that lasts forever with God. This is the opposite of death and separation. Life goes on forever in the presence of God.
God is just. It would be unjust for God to give eternal punishment to any Christian. There is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus. Your penalty was paid in its entirety, in full by Christ on the cross.
Paul sees the future event of glorification as such a certain thing that he speaks of it as if it has already been accomplished. This is only true for true Christians.
Lukewarm Christians do not exist.
You are either hot -alive in Christ or you are cold – dead in Christ.
The doctrine of Perseverance of the Saints has a lot to do with the Providence of God.
Control is an illusion. God in his sovereignty has control over all things.
Augustine says that we have what is called self-determination. That is, all your decisions have eternal significance.
You do not make decisions outside of God’s control nor are you able to make decisions that are not caused by anything. Nothing you do will ever take God by surprise.
God does not put restraints on our will (ability to make decisions) or force us to make decisions this way or that.
If you were totally free in your decision making – you would be equal in power to God and that is never going to happen.
Augustine says that your decisions are free to the degree a bird in a cage is free.
You are still responsible for your decisions.
You will stand accountable before Christ for your decisions.
God in his providence is still in control over all things.
God has decreed in eternity past, before the creation of the world, his eternal plans, whereby he determines to bring about all that happens.
God gave a rock the characteristic of being hard and it is.
God gave water the characteristic of being wet and it is.
God gave us the characteristic of being responsible for our actions and we are!
Being responsible means you cannot play the blame game.
God does not make you sin or do evil.
Our actions have real results and can change the course of events in our lives.
If a pastor commits adultery, he will most likely be fired and lose is family. He disqualifies himself from ministry.
If you go buy a 12 pack of beer and drink it all and then go drive your car, you are driving drunk and you will pay the consequences for your actions.
If you eat a plant based diet, stay away from refined sugars and processed foods – you will lose weight.
If you stop smoking – your lungs will begin to heal.
God has ordained that our prayer would be a means he would use to bring about results in the world.
For further study please read Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology. You can buy it here.
Also please check out our video from where these notes were taken.