Tuesday, January 27, 2009
I cannot slip through his fingers because I am one of his fingers
John 10:29: 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.
1 Corinthians 12:27: Now you are the body of Christ and members individually.
I recently read this account (in Joel Beeke, Living for God’s Glory, p. 117):
The great Scottish preacher Ebenezer Erskine (1680-1754) once visited a woman on her death bed and lovingly tested her readiness for heaven. When she assured him that she was ready to depart and be with Christ because she was in that hand from which no one could pluck her, Erskine asked, "But are you not afraid that you will slip through His fingers in the end?"
"That is impossible because of what you have always told us," she said.
"And what is that?" he asked.
"That we are united to Him, and so we are part of His body. I cannot slip through His fingers because I am one of His fingers. Besides, Christ has paid too high a price for my redemption to leave me in Satan’s hand. If I were to be lost, He would lose more than I; I would lose my salvation, but He would lose His glory, because one of His sheep would be lost."
May all those who are in Christ share in this assurance of our salvation.
Grace and peace, Pastor Jeff Riddle
Note: Evangel article 1.27.09.