July 12, 2018

Topic Day|Eternal Security

This Sweet Assurance

Romans 8:35–39

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35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written,

  “For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
    we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

This Sweet Assurance

Bio | Christopher Hatley

Hello, friends! My name is Chris Hatley. This year, I was blessed to be on the wild, wacky, and wonderful adventure they call Residency here at Watermark! Specifically, I served with Watermark's college team.

Though originally from Albuquerque, I went to the University of Arizona for college. My degrees are in psychology and creative writing, but they were just great excuses to read books, talk to people, and write essays about Jesus! Historical literature, Japanese cuisine, and rock climbing are my love languages. I see God's creativity in quality coffee. I could talk with you about heaven and hip-hop music forever.

Central Truth

If you are Christ's, then you are fully His, and you are always His. He has you tight and will never let you go. This should radically transform the way you think about trials and suffering.

Devotional | Eternal Security

"I will always love you" is a cliché in far too many cheesy movies. Yet, if I pause and think for a moment, there's something about that phrase that tugs at my heart. Always loved?! That...

"I will always love you" is a cliché in far too many cheesy movies. Yet, if I pause and think for a moment, there's something about that phrase that tugs at my heart. Always loved?! That sounds too good to be true! Always loved?! I want that! I crave a love with that kind of assurance. I believe that's because we are made to. Our hearts aren't fashioned for fleeting, temporary love; our hearts are fashioned for forever. Ecclesiastes 3:11 says that God "has put eternity into man's heart." We were made for love that, like Jeremiah 31:3 says, is "everlasting."

In these final verses of Romans 8, Paul is shouting, "Jesus will always love you!" Always! Never ceasing! It's love that cannot fail or stop. It's a love that transforms everything. Even our pains, sorrows, and trials. Look at that list in verse 35. Tribulation, persecution, and sword? These are no joke! Is it possible these things could separate us from Christ's love for us? The assurance in verse 37 is a definitive "NO!"

However, life can still be frightening. In verse 36, Paul quotes Psalms 44:22. In context, the psalmist says even though they're following the Lord, they are still being killed! When we follow Christ, He doesn't instantly rescue us from the brokenness of this world. We often remain in seasons of hurt and suffering. But the radical truth of the gospel is Jesus promising to never leave us. He's with us in the storm (Mark 4:35-41)! Through Jesus we become "more than conquerors" (Romans 8:37). This means everything that comes against us is not only defeated, but it is completely ruled over and worked for our good (Romans 8:28)!

The chapter ends with yet another assurance of God's love. Verses 38-39 declare that nothing in all creation, not even death, can separate us from the eternal security Jesus won for us!

So today, do you know you are God's? Do you know the love of Christ? Because if you are His, then you are fully His, and you are always His. He isn't letting go. No matter what.

This is eternal security!

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Discussion Questions

1. What changes about your life when you know that Jesus will always love you?

2. How does this love affect the way you love others?

3. If truly nothing can separate us from Christ, then how should this affect the way we step out in faith, take risks, and share our faith?

4. Do you believe the words of Psalm 63:3? Is the love of God truly better than life itself? Does His love change the way we relate to death?

5. During what trials do you need to remind yourself of God's love most often? How can you practically remind yourself of God's love this week?

6. Who in your life needs to know that someone will love them always?

7. You cannot lose God's love! You have an assurance that He isn't letting you go! You are His! You are in His hands! Spend five minutes reflecting on this.

9 Comments available

Jena Jones Fuller 7 months ago

Great devotion Christopher You sound like you were “wired” for this life! And Life Eternal! Be Blessed

greg jones 7 months ago

Great devo today, love that bio.

This is how I wish so many people, inside the faith and out side the faith of what Paul proclaims, would hear him.

Who??? Shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall scary headlines, movie industries, disagreeable politics, or even, just religion getting done badly. Like they say: “We’re just here to get persecuted, we’re just his sheep to get slaughtered.” No! I’m convinced, if we were a picture hanging on a wall all that other stuff is like wallpaper, it doesn’t separate us from His sight (His love). Be a picture hanging on the wallpapered wall. Be separate from the wallpaper. When we see God pictured through Christ Jesus we see the difference between a paper hanger and the Artist.

Thanks for the images in the biography.

Michael Scaman 7 months ago

Q1 the book of Hebrews 13:5 talks about being free from the love of money because 'He Himself says ‘I will never leave you’"

Q6 Paul just said ‘all things work together for those who LOVE GOD’ so there is a love God puts in believers hearts the He will not be separated from and on that see the promise in Jer 32:40 (John Piper’s favorite verse)

Bill Burd 7 months ago

Extremely well done Chris! Thanks for sharing!

Sue Bohlin 7 months ago

Hi Chris! As the mother of a quality coffee guru (our son Kevin owns Saint Frank coffee in San Francisco), I couldn’t agree with you more: good coffee is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy, to paraphrase Ben Franklin.

Thanks for a strong devo on eternal security. It reminds me, speaking of San Francisco, of the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge. After 10 men plummeted to their deaths, a safety net was finally erected. No more workers died, and production rose by 25%. What a difference security makes! Eternal security is like God’s hands underneath us like a divine safety net, ready to catch us when we fall.

Sarah Crotty 7 months ago

Chris, excellent thoughts to consider today. Thank you!

Lindsey Driscoll 7 months ago

8:39 reads nothing “will be able to separate us from the love of God, that is in Jesus Christ our Lord.” The love of God demonstrated through Christ, giving of his only son to death for us. Eternal love. Perfect love. Constant love. What a truth that pales in comparison to how we love one another. A sweet reminder of how much we are loved by our Heavenly Father and how we also ought to love one another.

Hugh Stephenson 7 months ago

So…my own rephrase: God will never leave me. No power of any kind can make Him leave me. Ever. EVER!

HOWEVER…I can leave Him when I surrender to my sin patterns: pride, fear/anxiety, control, lust, gluttony, materialism & sloth. My own choices are the only things that can separate me from Him.

The discipleship ministries have taught me that God will let me get back in the driver’s seat so that I can be reminded what happened the last 1,000,000 times.

More eloquently, from Dr. C - “Even though the Father allowed His Son to suffer, He did not stop loving Him.” The Greek word hypernikomen suggests “hyper-conquerors.” Our victory is sure!

Hmm. A hyper conqueror? Wow.

Q2 – God’s love for me teaches me to model permanent unconditional love to my prodigal adult children. I must love them so that they can see the light of Christ through me.

Michael Scaman 7 months ago

The Sons of Korah sang in Psalm 42 is a cry of the heart, a lament and thirstful longing and Psalm 43 one more short stanza of the same

Ps 43:3.4 There is still exceeding hope and joy to sing about

Now the Sons of Korah sing about persecution in Psalm 44

The Sons of Korah, musical bouncers in the temple protecting the holiness of God who wrote psalms, also sing about hope. If they were the descendants of the Korah that rebelled against Moses and challenged the holiness of God where ‘not all the sons of Korah died’ they also knew they were proof of a hope beyond the grave

but following the persecution in Psalm 44 is the wedding psalm 45 (wedding supper of the lamb - quoted in Hebrews 1)

(Sincere Ferguson says read the psalms nearby)

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