Geno Hoover | Category: Theology for Life
As I reflected on Titus 3:4-7 recently, I was reminded of my struggles after the passing of my father in Dec 2012. After his death, I was taken off guard by my struggles. I pridefully thought that I was spiritually mature and that, somehow, struggling with his death was beneath me. How prideful! I thought God was telling me to get over it. Or, "What’s the matter with you?" Maybe God will lose his patience with me? That’s not a good place to be. It is also not the character of God. Then I realized the importance of theology. Could I lose my salvation? Would God abandon his child? If I posed that question to the apostle Paul, I am confident that he would say, "by no means!" -- the same emphatic expression that he uses in Romans 11:11 to answer the question about Israel’s stumbling. I learned that the Christian life is all about struggles and we have ups and downs but God is faithful to His children. God uses our trials to draw us closer to him, so that as our knowledge of Him increases, our walk is strengthened (Col 1:9-12). He will not forsake us nor abandon us (John 10:27-30 & Psalm 103:10-19). Let’s rejoice in knowing that our salvation rests upon the finished work of Christ and not our efforts or feelings. If it rested upon us, it would be gone in a moment. God is so gracious and merciful and loving and kind. To Him be Glory!
But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. ESV Titus 3:4-7
And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. 11 May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, 12 giving thanks[d] to the Father, who has qualified you[e] to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. ESV Colossians 1:9-12
27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me,[a] is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand. 30 I and the Father are one.” ESV John 10:27-30
He does not deal with us according to our sins,
nor repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
13 As a father shows compassion to his children,
so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.
14 For he knows our frame;[a]
he remembers that we are dust.
15 As for man, his days are like grass;
he flourishes like a flower of the field;
16 for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
and its place knows it no more.
17 But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him,
and his righteousness to children's children,
18 to those who keep his covenant
and remember to do his commandments.
19 The Lord has established his throne in the heavens,
and his kingdom rules over all. ESV Psalm 103:10-19
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