“And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”—2 Timothy 4:18
Do you stand in spiritual confidence today? A couple of days ago a young lady stopped by our office to ask for some gas money. After giving her what little cash we had on hand I asked her if she was sure that she had a relationship with Christ or if she was going to heaven. She suddenly plopped down in my office chair with a sigh and stated plainly, “No, I really don’t know at all.”
I often wonder how it is that one could be content to live every day with no real certainty of eternal life. With the possibility of judgment and hell in front of us, how can we ignore the issue of making sure of our eternal fate? Paul faced the end of his life with tremendous confidence, but notice the source of that confidence – “The Lord shall deliver me… and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom…”
This is really the essence of being saved and beginning the Christian life – trusting the Lord alone. And as we Baptists like to say, “once saved, always safe;” but not because of our own goodness, but because the One who saves, also keeps!