We live in a society where everything changes, where nothing is permanent. A majority of people in our state can define marriage as being between one man and one woman, and yet a set of activist judges, with no regard for the constitution of the U.S., can overrule the will of the people.
We can live in this nation for hundreds of years with clearly defined morals about what is right and wrong based on the absolute truths established by God, and then suddenly anything that God says must be disregarded. Where man is involved, everything changes, nothing is secure.
So it is easy to understand why people have a hard time accepting God’s gift of salvation as permanent. Surely there must be things that we can do to take that salvation away, or perhaps God will change His mind as He looks at the depravity of man in our current world.
This is the way man acts, right? Our love towards others is generally dictated by how that other person treats us. It is easy to love someone who loves us back. It is much harder to love someone who intentionally harms us. So this is man’s concept of love, do unto others as they have done unto me.
However, God’s concept of love is very different from ours. In our lesson today, Paul will tell us that God loves even the ungodly. He loves us even if we have rejected Him. He loves us even if we have done things that He has established as evil and wrong. God loves us in spite of what we do, say, or even if we do not love Him back. Paul will go on to say that it is because God’s love for us does not change that our salvation, once accepted, is unchangeable. Once we have become a reborn, sanctified, justified, and adopted child of God, we cannot be unborn, nor can our adoption to the family of God be revoked. Once we are in the hand of our Lord, nothing can remove us. Our salvation is secure, because God’s love for us is secure.
It is the love of God that guarantees our eternal security. That same love that planned our redemption at the foundation of the universe, that sent His own beloved Son to die on a cross, will be the same love that will fling wide open the gates of glory to welcome us home.