Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Neither Totally Nor Finally

For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Do not fear, I will help you.”
—Isaiah 41:13
O sing a new song to the Lord
for wonders he has done;
by his right hand and holy arm
he victory has won;
by his right hand and holy arm
he victory has won!
—Psalm 98:1-2
Suggested tune (Coronation):
Now to him who is able to keep you from falling, and to make you stand without blemish in the presence of his glory with rejoicing, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, power, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.
—Jude 24-25
They, whom God has accepted in his Beloved, effectually called, and sanctified by his Spirit, can neither totally nor finally fall away from the state of grace, but shall certainly persevere therein to the end, and be eternally saved.

This perseverance of the saints depends not upon their own free will, but upon the immutability of the decree of election, flowing from the free and unchangeable love of God the Father; upon the efficacy of the merit and intercession of Jesus Christ, the abiding of the Spirit, and of the seed of God within them, and the nature of the covenant of grace: from all which arises also the certainty and infallibility thereof.
—Westminster Confession of Faith XVII.1-2
Imprint upon my heart, O God, that because I belong to you, no one can pluck me from your hand; and because I fear you, I need fear no other; in Jesus' Name. Amen.
—A New Zealand Prayer Book (alt.)

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