In our time of sound bites and video clips, the attention span of many is growing shorter and shorter. “Give it to me fast. Make it brief.” That seems to be what people want.
As Christians, we know the depth of the gospel of saving grace is anything but brief. But we also know the importance of understanding the gospel so we are certain that our salvation is secure. So how can we “condense” the gospel message? How can we make it simple to understand the security of our salvation for 21st-century believers?
“Road Maps” of the Gospel
There are many “road maps” of the gospel, but only one “door” to eternal life. That door, of course, is Jesus (John 10:9).
We have covered the “road maps” found in Romans, John, and Revelation (Read: What are the Roads to Salvation? Romans Road, John Road, Revelation Road?), but I would like to share one more. It is a “road map” from the apostle Paul that offers assurance for those who already belong to Jesus. And it’s confirmed by the apostle John.
Paul’s “Road Map” for the Church
Paul wrote much to the Church, the Body of Christ, to assure them of their salvation. In his letter to the Colossians, he wrote to assure them about…
“the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints.” (Col 1:26)
Paul wrote that
“…God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” (Col 1:27)
And Paul went on to tell them that he was writing to them
“that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” (Col 2:2-3)
Key in that verse is “attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God.”
That should be the goal of every Christian–to be confident in their standing and their identity IN Christ.
Paul’s “Road Map” of Eternal Security
This “road map” assures us of the eternal security of the believer.
* Romans 5:21 Eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.
Rom 5:21 … as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
* Romans 6:22 Gift of God is eternal life.
Rom 6:22 …now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life.
* Ephesians 1:13 Sealed with that holy Spirit of promise.
Eph 1:13 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,
* Ephesians 4:30 Sealed unto the day of redemption.
Eph 4:30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
* Titus 1:2 In hope of Eternal life..God can not lie.
Titus 1:2 in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began,
* Hebrews 9:12 Having obtained eternal life for us.
Heb 9:12 Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.
John’s Wrote to Assure the Church of Eternal Life
* 1 John 2:25, 5:11-13, 6:47. We Have Eternal Life
1 John 2:25 And this is the promise that He has promised us; eternal life.
1 John 5:11-13 And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.
John 6:47 [Jesus said] he who believes in Me has everlasting life.
* John 3:15,36 We Will Not Perish, Nor Be Condemned, Nor Lose Our Salvation
John 3:15 …whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.
John 5:24, 10:28-30 [Jesus said] he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life…..And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone 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 My Father’s hand. John I and My Father are one.”
* John 17:2,3 This is life eternal.
John 17:2,3 as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.
Life in Christ is a Fulfillment of God’s Promise to Give You Rest
Take time to fully understand these verses. Learn them and tuck them in your heart. The next time that the demands of life trouble your soul, you will be able to call upon these precious truths of God for the rest that Jesus promised.
Mat 11:28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Exo 33:14 And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.
Isa 30:15 …”In returning and rest you shall be saved; In quietness and confidence shall be your strength”…