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Imperishable

From Pastor Bordwine

 

“I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish;

and no one will snatch them out of My hand.”

(John 10:28)

Recently, a woman relayed to me the sad story of how her marriage had ended. She had been with her husband for 30 years when, without warning, he announced that he wanted a divorce. This woman was astonished, of course, because, as she said, she had assumed that this relationship would continue until death. She admitted, therefore, that she had taken her marriage for granted because it had endured for so long.

I would not find fault with this woman for the assumption she made regarding her marriage. From her perspective, she had every reason to feel secure. The woman had no way of predicting what her husband was going to do. This story illustrates a miserable truth regarding this life: Even our most cherished relationships are vulnerable.

There is one wonderful exception, however, and that is our relationship with Christ. Our union with Christ is forever. This fallen environment cannot weaken or destroy our salvation. This makes our relationship with the Savior all the more precious and a source of tremendous confidence and peace.

There one basic element in our relationship with Christ that makes it indestructible. The truth is that God chose us, we did not choose Him. He established our relationship with His Son. We were incapable of establishing such a relationship. This means that the attributes of God are responsible for safeguarding our union. God’s unequaled power, for example, protects us from all assaults. Unless there is a power somewhere in creation that is greater, we can rest assured that we are eternally secure.

The nature of our salvation, therefore, should be of great encouragement as we live out our days on the earth. We need never doubt our everlasting redemption. We have no reason to question the end of our spiritual journey. We will arrive in heaven just as surely as if we were already there. We should also be fully convinced of our safety as we seek to live as servants of Christ. We do not have to worry about being overcome by the adversary regardless of how ferocious he may sound.

Living in the context of our relationship with Christ offers all of these advantages and more. When we face obstacles or encounter hostility as we learn and do the will of God, we should remember that all obstacles, all hostility, and all threats have already been met by our Savior and they have been defeated.

The next time you find yourself struggling with some aspect of your Christian life or the next time you face hostility due to your Christian convictions, return to the truth of your safety in Christ. There you will find courage to face what may be a frightening situation. There you will find strength to rise up and try again. And there you will find God’s wisdom that will enlighten you and guide you so that you might glorify the Father and the Son.

And by all means, hide these words of the Savior in your heart and believe them and rejoice in them:

“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will 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 the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” (John 10:29-30)

Our union with Jesus Christ is imperishable. Glory to God!

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A Few Good Men

Historically, certain institutions in our culture have been characterized by male leadership. In the family, for example, men have been viewed as heads of homes responsible for protecting and providing for the members of the household. This position requires self-discipline and self-sacrifice in order to establish and maintain a prosperous and happy home. The obligations required of men emphasize some particularly masculine traits, such as bravery and strength. And, of course, the Designer of marriage and family set before men the inspiring example of our Savior. To match the pattern set down in Scripture, a man has to become a servant who lives and labors for the good of his wife and children.

Another institution historically characterized by masculinity is the military. Entering combat for the sake of protecting others has always been a calling that is distinctively male. We can go back as far as we like in history and we will discover that warfare in defense of nations has been dominated almost entirely by men. As indicated above, this is in keeping with the nature of masculinity as defined by God. Men are supposed to fight for country and home. When females are involved in this endeavor, it has usually been in support roles, not positions on the front line. This, too, is in keeping with God’s design of females.

Both of these institutions, in which men occupy unique positions that carry unique responsibilities, have been dramatically altered by homosexual activists and their political supporters. Marriage has always been defined as an arrangement in which a man pledges himself to a woman and a woman pledges herself to a man. As husband and wife, they establish a home, which normally includes children. Although the will of God in this matter remains what it has always been since the creation of Adam and Eve, our culture is rapidly adopting a view of marriage and family that is absolutely contrary to Scripture.

Marriage is being redefined to accommodate men marrying one another and women marrying one another. And since it is impossible for two men or two women to produce offspring, they have resorted to various procedures by which children can be obtained. Such relationships are now sanctioned as “families.” This wholesale reconstruction of marriage and family is enjoying the increasing protection of law. In a very short amount of time, the homosexual agenda has advanced to levels that now profoundly and detrimentally affect the fabric of our society and, consequently, the future of this nation.

Action being taken by the present administration in Washington has hastened a similar corruption of our military forces. A substantial majority of those who are actually doing the fighting clearly oppose allowing homosexuals to serve openly in their ranks. But this opinion is simply ignored and the agenda progresses. Effeminate men are not suited for combat and the close quarters shared by soldiers is not the place for both heterosexual and openly homosexual men. This decision is bound to have the same kind of destructive impact as what we’re seeing in regard to the institution of marriage.

There are now no institutions in our culture that are distinctively male in character. This might be acceptable if God had not created the sexes with different, yet complementary, characteristics and abilities. The compromise of the military represents an enormously significant step forward for the homosexual strategy, which aims to erase all restrictions, both moral and practical, that have heretofore restrained the widespread acceptance of that which the Scripture condemns.