There’s Power Aplenty!
Read Romans Chapter 5
Ro 5:10 For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to Him through the death of His Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through His life!
We think a lot about how Christ’s death on the cross has given us eternal life with God. His sacrifice on our behalf allowed us the privilege of becoming children of God. He reconciled us to Himself even while we were God’s enemies! That is a powerful picture! But there’s more. Now that we have been reconciled, we will be saved through His life!! We believe that the power which was unleashed on the cross, and in the resurrection, is the most powerful force which has ever been revealed. Paul stated that there is something even more powerful. That is, the power which keeps us reconciled with God.
We will not debate security of the believer, or the insecurity, whichever camp you belong to. That will not be our subject. No matter which you believe, the point Paul made is applicable. I firmly believe that God exerts a lot of energy in keeping me in His stead. I have been a terrible disciple, engaging in disobedient actions time and time again. Sometimes it has been willful disobedience, and other times an “oops” moment, when I realize that what I just did or thought was offensive to my Lord. In both types of disobedience, repentance has followed, and then the power of God’s mercy and grace has to do its work, keeping me “saved.”
Yes, the power of our initial salvation is a monstrously large work of our Lord. But Paul states that even more dramatic is the power which follows us around for the remainder of our lives. Sometimes I think it must take a legion of angels to surround me, keep me safe, and a powerful work of the Holy Spirit to constantly remind me of my obligation to remain faithful to my Savior. Of course, it is the same power that saved us as the power which continually saves us.
2Ti 1:8 So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me His prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God, 9 who has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, 10 but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.
In this passage, Paul stated that the power of God saved us. But he added that it also called us to a holy life. We cannot obtain a holy life on our own. It is only by His power that we continue to work toward that holy life to which we are destined. Again speaking personally, it has taken a lot of Godly power, Holy Spirit power, to keep my firmly fixed on the road to sanctification and holiness.
We must not forget. As we continue battling our same-sex desires, we are not alone in the battle. We have God’s infinite power right beside us. He is not only fighting for us, He is giving us the strength to fight. Even more, when we are weak and believe we cannot carry on, He continues the battle. For those who believe in the security of the believer, they “know” that their Lord will obtain the ultimate victory on their behalf. For those who believe they can lose their salvation, they “know” that God’s power will continue to exert His immovable power to keep them saved as long as they do not totally abandon God and His word.
Please do not begin a discussion here as to which belief is correct. That would serve no purpose. Just ponder the thoughts which Paul wrote. If God’s power saved us, that same power will/can keep us in His stead.
Prayer: Father, we know that our only hope is in Your power to save and keep us. We learned long ago that we had no power to save ourselves or to become holy and live holy lives. We simply thank You for knowing that Your promises are true. We can completely rely on them for all we need to obtain eternal life – here on this earth and eternally in Heaven.