“I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.”
~ JOHN 10:28 [NIV]
God Cares for His Children
God takes start-to-finish-line responsibility for his children.
We parents understand God’s resolve. When our children stumble, we do not disown them. When they fall, we do not dismiss them. We may punish or reprimand, but cast them out of the family? We cannot. They are biologically connected to us. Those born with our DNA will die with it.
God, our Father, engenders the same relationship with us. Upon salvation we “become children of God” (John 1:12 ESV). He alters our lineage, redefines our spiritual parenthood, and, in doing so, secures our salvation. To accomplish the mission, he seals us with his Spirit. “Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit” (Ephesians 1:13 NIV). A soul sealed by God is safe.
For a short time in college, I worked at a vacuum cleaner plant. We assembled the appliance from plug to hose. The last step on the assembly line was “sealing and shipping.” By this point, the company had invested hours and dollars in the machine. So they took extra care to protect their product. They mummified it in bubble wrap, secured it with Styrofoam, wrapped the box with tough-to-tear tape, stamped the destination on the box, and belted it inside the truck. That machine was secure. But compared to God’s care of his saints, workers dumped bare machines into the back of a pickup truck. God vacuum-seals us with his strongest force: his Spirit. He sheathes his children in a suit of spiritual armor, encircles us with angels, and indwells us himself. The queen of England should enjoy such security. Christ
Christ paid too high a price to leave us unguarded. “Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption” (Ephesians 4:30 NLT). . . . You may slip—indeed you will—but you will not fall.
~ 3:16: THE NUMBERS OF HOPE
God, my Father, it is an honor to be your child and to be sealed with your precious Holy Spirit. Thank you for securing our salvation and freeing us to rest peacefully in that security. We belong to you and we live for you, our heavenly Father. Thank you for circling our lives with your angels and guarding us with your powerful love. You are the hope of our salvation, amen.
The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. They stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hands.
~ PSALM 37:23–24 NLT