Summary: Believer’s can be Assured of their salvation, possessing Unwavering Faith because of: 1) The believer’s Peace with God (Romans 5:1), their 2) Standing in Grace (Romans 5:2a), and their 3) Hope of glory (Romans 5:2b-5a)
Over this past week, I had the privilege of leading a group of Vacation Bible School kids to focus on scripture and its realities. Although there weren’t any overt professions of faith, we know that God’s word can have a life changing effect on people, even children. But there are so many sources of difficulties for children, that this effect if often doubted or minimized. Teachers, parents, relatives, and even other kids can dismiss the faith of a child because they are a child. But the same work that can change an adult’s life, can equally impact, even a child.
One of Satan’s primary tactics against believers is that of making them doubt that salvation is secure forever or that it is real in their personal case. Perhaps for that reason, Paul describes one of the key parts of a Christian’s armor as “the helmet of salvation” (Eph. 6:17; cf 1 Thess. 5:8), provided to surround and protect a believers mind against doubt and insecurity concerning his redemption. This is both objective and subjective. First, salvation can be shown by the objective testimony of Scripture to be eternally secure for all the saved. The issue of eternal security, or “once saved, always saved,” has been hotly debated throughout much of church history. Everyone agrees that the truth or falsehood of that doctrine is of immense importance. But it is also crucial to the believer to recognize the evidence that one actually has that real salvation. Once security is established as a fact of salvation, then assurance must be maintained in the heart of the Christian subjectively.
In chapters 3 and 4 of Romans, Paul establishes unequivocally that salvation comes only on the basis of God’s grace working through a believers faith. The apostle has established the fact that faith has always been the only way to salvation. Abraham, the physical progenitor of all Jews and their supreme example of a man right with God, did not accomplish that relationship through his good works but only through his faith. The questions and objections Paul now addresses pertain to how salvation is maintained. “Granted that a person is made right with God only by ‘being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus’ ” (3:24; cf 4:24), some of Paul’s readers would say. “Under what conditions then is redemption preserved? If a person is saved only through his faith, apart from any good works they may achieve, does that mean such a person can henceforth live just as they please because of their right relationship with God is eternally secure? Or is salvation preserved by one’s good works?”
In developing his argument in the book of Romans against the destructive notion that believers must live in uncertainty about the completion of their salvation, Paul presents “links” in the chain of truth that binds a true believer eternally to their Savior and Lord, completely apart from any effort or merit on the believer’s part. Believer’s can be Assured of their salvation, possessing Unwavering Faith because of: 1) The believer’s Peace with God (Romans 5:1), their 2) Standing in Grace (Romans 5:2a), and their 3) Hope of glory (Romans 5:2b-5a)