Eternally Secure in God’s Hands

The sound of a thunderstorm, a bolt of lightning, the breathtaking view from a mountain’s peak. All of these demonstrate and declare God’s omnipotence and glory.

 

The omnipotence of God is not limited to creation. He has displayed His power throughout history by performing miracles, such as executing the 10 Plagues in Egypt, the parting of the Red Sea, and causing the walls in Jericho to fall without Israel using even one battering ram.

 

I would argue that although these displays of God’s power are astoundingly impressive, the greatest power that God displayed was in raising Jesus from the dead. Death is one of the two certainties in life (the other being taxes), and God is the only one who had and still has the power to resurrect someone from the dead.

 

This should serve as quite a comfort to believers, as the “eternal” element of “eternal life” depends on God’s power, not our own. We couldn’t ever save ourselves. Only God could.

 

In John 10, Jesus tells us some of the most comforting words. He says that no one is able to pluck His children out of his hands. No one in eternity past, present, or future has or has had the ability to take God’s child out of His hand. It is simply impossible.

 

“And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone 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 My Father’s hand.” (NKJV, John 10:28-29)

 

So, how does one get to benefit from this incredible position? It is simple: You have to be part of Jesus’ flock.

 

The passage in John 10 focuses on Jesus as the Great Shepherd and His sheep, God’s children.

 

The Bible says that no one comes to God the Father except through Jesus. He is the only way. To become a part of Jesus’ flock, you must recognize that your sins separate you from God who is holy; believe that Jesus died on the cross to pay for your sins, was buried, and rose again demonstrating His power to resurrect us from spiritual death; and accept God’s gift of eternal life that He offers through His Son, Jesus.

 

If you are part of Jesus’ flock, you are automatically in Jesus’ hands. You have access to all the protection and care that comes with being a child of God.

 

What are the ramifications of being in God’s hands?

 

1) You inherit eternal life

 

In salvation, there are 2 factors moving simultaneously. One side is that we are choosing Jesus. We are saying “no” to our sins and the destructive life and eternity it creates, and at the same time, we are saying “yes” to the abundant life now and eternal, never-ending life of bliss in Jesus Christ.

 

The other side is that God chooses us. In Ephesians 1, Paul explains that God chose us from the foundations of the world. On the most trying of days, remember that if you have accepted God’s gift of salvation, you can say, “From eternity past, God chose me.” He looked thousands of years into the future and picked you because He loves you.

 

John 12 further explains that God draws us to Himself. And when His children come to Him, they can rest assured that they are in His hands and that their eternity is secure. He chose us, draws us to Himself, and keeps us. Because God is eternal, His hands are eternal. No one can pluck us from His hands, which means we are eternally secure in Him.

 

2) You experience an abundant life

 

Jesus came so that we would not only have eternal life in the future, but also an abundant life now. The Bible says that He came to give us a life more abundant.

 

Does this mean that life is always sunshine and rainbows? Of course not. But it does mean you have the Good Shepherd at your side.

 

Shepherds guide their sheep. They look out for them. And when one goes astray, the shepherd searches for the sheep until he finds the sheep. Jesus is the Good Shepherd and is incapable of losing His sheep.

 

Part of the abundant life that Jesus offers arises from not needing to worry about your eternity. With Jesus as your Savior, He is your anchor. Trusting in Jesus for salvation from your sins is just a starting point. You can trust that He will be faithful and never break His promise to keep you eternally secure in His omnipotent hands.

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