The fifth point of the “Five Points of Calvinism” is known as “Perseverance of the Saints”—the teaching that nothing, NOT ONE THING, can separate us from the love of Christ! God will enable and preserve His people to walk in faith to the end of their days. Of all the five points, this is the one that I call to mind most often in my Christian walk because it informs my future and gives me great hope. The other five points instruct my thinking about what God has done for me in the past—which is AMAZING in itself—but, this point contains sweet assurance for the future, as Jesus describes in John 10:27-29:
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will 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 the Father's hand.
“Perseverance of the Saints” is often misunderstood as teaching that it does not matter what Christians “do,” but that is NOT at all what it means. Paul tells the early church in Philippians 2:12-13:
Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
This verse is so interesting because it speaks of both our responsibility to obey the Lord and yet, it brings everything ultimately back to God: for it is GOD who works in you. In other words, make every effort to “BE who you ARE” (2 Peter 1:3-10).
This “point” also magnifies God’s faithfulness, power, and continued compassion for His people. Let these promises steep in your heart:
-God’s covenant of peace will not be removed from you (Isaiah 54:10)
-God will put the fear of Himself in your heart so you will not turn from Him (Jeremiah 32:40)
-It is the will of God the Father that Jesus lose none of His own (John 6:39)
-there is an unbreakable chain that begins with your predestination and ends with your glorification (Romans 8:29-30)
-NOTHING can separate you from the love of God….even your own wandering…. (Romans 8:38-39)
-Jesus will sustain you to the end (1 Corinthians 1:8-9)
-the work that God began in you will be brought to completion (Philippians 1:6)
-you are being guarded through faith by God’s power (1 Peter 1:5)
-God will keep you from stumbling in order to present you blameless (Jude 2:24)
As I reflect on this particular point, I am blown away by God’s love for me!!! I can think back to times that I have wandered away, and I KNOW that Jesus—my very GOOD Shepherd—took it on Himself to come and find me, to call me by name and remind me of my first Love. What a wonderful PROMISE this is for the future and what wonderful HOPE for those who have wandered away. If a person is truly a Christian, Jesus will go after him/her just as He has gone after me!!! Hallelujah, Praise Jehovah!!!!
God’s love for you extends from before the foundation of the world and into all eternity! Your salvation begins and ends in Him…what better assurance is there!?!?
For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things (Romans 11:36).
Soli Deo gloria!!!
A little about Debbie:
Debbie is a secretary/receptionist at Redeemer Church. She and her husband, Isaiah, live with their two dogs just a stone's throw away from the church, but somehow they still end up at least 5 minutes late on Sunday mornings. Debbie loves to sing, read, tutor math, encourage people, and listen to her husband tell stories. One day, she and Isaiah want to live on the family farm in North Carolina with a big garden, lots of kids, and the laundry hanging out on the line.