The Security of the Saints —Blessings of Sanctification
In our previous lesson we noted the marks and blessings of “saints”. Now we supplement that lesson with another chart relating to the final three of our 17 principles concerning the seal of God.
15th principle: All the saints are sealed.
16th principle: Only saints are sealed.
17th principle: All the saved are saints.
The term “sealed” in connection with God’s saints describes the security of the saints in God’s hand. Sometimes we hear it called the perseverance of the saints. Whatever we call it, this security of the saints (but not the doctrine that it is unconditional) is clearly taught in the scriptures. This lesson is a simple scripture chain on this security of the saints.
Blessings and Responsibilities of Saints
1 God’s Gift
Daniel heard the angel say, "The kingdom shall be given to the saints of the Most High; his kingdom is everlasting"(Daniel 7:27)
Paul wrote, "The Father has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light"(Colossians 1:12)
2 God’s Protection
Hannah teaches us that God "will guard the feet of his saints"(1Samuel 2:9)
Solomon said, "He preserves the way of his saints"(Proverbs 2:8)
Moses said, "All his saints are in your hand"(Deuteronomy 33:3)
David sang, "The Lord does not forsake his saints; they are preserved forever"(Psalms 37:28)
Jesus said of his flock, "I am the good shepherd, and I know my own... I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of My hand"(John 10:14,27-29)
3 The Saint’s Responsibility
The vision given to John speaks of "the patience and faith of the saints"(Revelation 13:10, 14:12)
Paul believed the security of the saints through Christ's death to be conditional: "He has now reconciled you in his fleshly body through death —in order to present you holy and blameless and beyond reproach before him— if indeed you continue in the faith grounded and steadfast and not moved away from the hope of the gospel"(Colossians 1:21-23).
Paul also believed that anyone can certainly meet that condition: "I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to cut us off from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord"(Romans 8:37-39)