Perseverance of the saints

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

John 6: 22 – 59 & John 10: 22 – 30

(John 10: 27 – 30) My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” (ESV)

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The Father has given Christ a people which He died to save.

Meaning – once saved, forever saved.

Sometimes referred to as the preservation of the saints. Two terms can be used, both go together.

Despite our failings and sins we are still saved. It is impossible for any saved by Jesus to be lost. God’s honour/glory is at stake.

  1. The Father

a) He gives (6: 27, 10: 29) – the Christian is someone given by the Father to the Son.

b) He draws (6: 44) – to the Son.

c) He wills (6: 44) – for us to have eternal life/salvation.

d) He teaches (6: 45) – about coming to Christ, God fills us with faith.

e) He holds (10: 29) -we are safe in God’s hands, no one can snatch us.

2. The Son

a) His mission (6: 39) – to lose nothing of all given to Him, ie. us.

b) His welcome (6: 37) – we are a gift of the Father, He will never cast us out. We will be received, no one is rejected.

c) His feeding (6: 56, 57) – this could partially be a reference to the Lord’s Supper but it is more of a spiritual reference. Jesus abides in us. We are united to Him. How could God send someone to hell when Christ abides in Him.

d) His promises (10: 28) – eternal life. It is impossible for Jesus not to keep His word. It is like a double lock – bother the Father and Son are holding us.

e) His knowledge (10: 26) – He knows us. He is united to us. He loves us. Nothing changes His mind.