Acts 2:23

Acts 2:23…”This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross.” The plan for Jesus to lay down His life for the elect was decreed by the Father. God in His amazing grace and abundant mercy sacrificed His own Son to save a remnant of people for Himself. Though Christ was without sin and didn’t deserve to die, He went willingly to the cross to take on God’s wrath for our sake. His perfect life was laid down for our sake, and He perfectly fulfilled the Father’s original intent for His people. God made us to love Him and make much of Him and we’ve all fallen far short of that. We desperately need a savior, because when we stand before God one day, our own righteousness will be appalling to Him. However, for those who repent and believe, Christ’s holiness will be looked upon by the Father, and we will be counted as righteous, and given the gracious gift of eternal life and avoid eternal wrath.

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Acts 1:11

Acts 1:11…“Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.” God’s plan of salvation includes a restoration of not only His people, but also His creation. When Jesus returns, everything on this earth will be returned to its original state, including human beings. Prior to the fall, we (Adam and Eve) were able to perfectly reciprocate God’s perfect love toward us. In eternity future, God’s people will once again love Him without stain or defect, and will be with Him just like in the Garden. For now, our unbelief is covered by the perfect faith exercised by Jesus, which is counted as ours through His atoning death if we are His. We need to look forward to His return, particularly because we’ll be able to see Him, and then worship Him forever in person.

Psalm 46:10

Psalm 46:10…”He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.’” All our pride, worries, concerns, stress, selfish motives, and fear in this life are put to rest if we believe this verse is true. If we really believe God is sovereign, and if we fight to have an eternal perspective, then we’ll enjoy Him and His dealings with us, regardless of our circumstances. He will be exalted, even if we can’t see that clearly now. Jesus will return, and He will reign, and sin and death will be no more for His people. We need to spend more time being still, and reflecting on God’s sovereignty. We need to meditate on His holiness in order to better understand our sinfulness. We need to reflect on the great chasm that exists between our utter sinfulness, and His perfect holiness, so we’ll esteem Jesus more. We need to rest in His love, which was set on us before He created the world. We need to grow in holiness to have assurance that we are His, and to show the world what He’s like. Ephesians 1:4-10 describes how God will be exalted among the nations through His plan of salvation:

“For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will – to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfilment – to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.”

Psalm 46:9

Psalm 46:9…”He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth.” This shows the perfect security of the church, and is an assurance of lasting peace. One day all wars will end, so we need not worry that any threat, seen or unseen, will defeat the Lord. Let us pray for the speedy approach of these glorious days, and trust in our almighty Sovereign. Let all believers take comfort in this, that the God of Jacob, has been, is, and will be with us, and will be our Refuge.

Psalm 46:7

Psalm 46:7…”The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.” The God of Jacob is the God of Election. This is extremely comforting to the believer, as we have had God’s affection set on us in eternity-past, and protection in eternity-future. Jacob supplies us with the clearest and most unmistakable illustration of God’s sovereign choice to be met with in all the Bible. His dealing with Jacob gives the most emphatic refutation to the theory that His choice is dependent upon something in the creature—something either actual or foreseen—and shows that the eternal election of certain individuals unto salvation is due to no worthiness in the subjects but results solely from His sovereign grace. The case of Jacob proves conclusively that God’s choice is entirely arbitrary, wholly gratuitous, and based upon nothing save His own good pleasure. “When Rebecca also had conceived by one, even our father Isaac (for the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of Him that calls;) It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger. As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated” (Rom. 9:10-13).

Psalm 46:6

Psalm 46:6…”Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts.” The nations raged at David’s coming to the throne, and at the setting up of the kingdom of the Son of David (Psalm 2:1-2). The kingdoms rose in a tumultuous manner to oppose this, but God uttered his voice, spoke to them in his wrath, and they were moved in another sense. They were struck into confusion, put into disorder, and all their measures broken. Such a melting of the spirits of the enemies is described in Judges 5:4-5 and Luke 21:25. When He pleases to draw his sword, and give it commission, he can make great havoc among the nations and lay all to waste. God’s sovereign reign over everything is also important to remember as we submit respectfully to leaders in authority over us. All earthly persons in positions of authority are assigned by God, even those we didn’t personally choose, and/or whom we do not naturally respect.

Psalm 46:4

Psalm 46:4…”There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells.” The river alludes to the graces and consolations of the Holy Spirit, which flow through every part of the church, encouraging the heart of every believer. It is absolutely true that every one of His elect will be preserved until they are called home or He comes back. If we are saved (demonstrated by authentic Christian fruit, i.e. sanctification) we have great comfort in the truth of perseverance of saints. This is a neglected doctrine, but one of great importance if we are to reflect God’s glory through joy and contentment. When it is actually taught, often it is misapplied and misunderstood alongside the false teaching that praying a prayer (the sinner’s prayer) or walking an aisle (i.e. alter call) equates to authentic conversion. While those events could come in conjunction with authentic conversion, according to the bible it always involves a changed heart and life, and every believer will experience this. It is important to understand that without holiness no one will see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14).

Here are 47 examples of the Bible clearly affirming what Christ taught; John 10:29 – “My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.”

Perseverance Of The Saints
(Job 17:9) “The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.”

(Psalms 1:3) “And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”

(Psalms 23) “A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. {2} He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. {3} He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. {4} Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. {5} Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. {6} Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.”

(Psalms 34:7) “The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.”

(Psalms 48:14) “For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death.”

(Psalms 92:12) “The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.”

(Psalms 125:1) “A Song of degrees. They that trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever.”

(Psalms 138:8) “The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.”

(Ecclesiastes 3:14) “I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him.”

(Isaiah 46:4) “And even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you.”

(Jeremiah 32:40) “And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me.”

(Ezekiel 11:19-20) “And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh: {20} That they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God.”

(Matthew 7:24) “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:”

(Matthew 10:20) “For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.”

(John 4:14) “But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”

(John 5:24) “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.”

(John 6:37-40) “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. {38} For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. {39} And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. {40} And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.”

(John 6:47) “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.”

(John 6:51) “I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”

(John 10:28-30) “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. {29} My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. {30} I and my Father are one.”

(John 11:25) “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:”

(John 17:24) “Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.”

(Romans 4:8) “Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.”

(Romans 6:23) “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

(Romans 8:17) “And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.”

(Romans 8:28-39) “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. {29} For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. {30} Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. {31} What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? {32} He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? {33} Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. {34} Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. {35} Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? {36} As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. {37} Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. {38} For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, {39} Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

(Romans 11:29) “For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.”

(Romans 14:4) “Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.”

(1 Corinthians 10:13) “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

(2 Corinthians 2:14) “Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.”

(2 Corinthians 4:8-9) “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; {9} Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;”

(2 Corinthians 4:14) “Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.”

(2 Corinthians 9:8) “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:”

(Ephesians 1:5) “Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,”

(Ephesians 1:14) “Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.”

(Ephesians 4:30) “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.”

(Philippians 1:6) “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:”

(2 Timothy 2:19) “Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.”

(2 Timothy 4:18) “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.”

(Hebrews 7:25) “Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.”

(Hebrews 10:14) “For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.”

(1 John 5:13) “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”

(Revelation 3:5) “He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.”

(Revelation 13:8) “And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”

(Revelation 17:8) “The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.”

(Revelation 20:12-15) “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. {13} And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. {14} And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. {15} And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”

(Revelation 21:27) “And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.”

Psalm 46:1

Psalm 46:1…”God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” This psalm encourages hope and trust in God. Hope in his power and providence, and his gracious presence with his church in the worst of times. We can apply it to spiritual enemies, and the encouragement we have that, through Christ, we will be conquerors over them. He is a present Help, and a Help always found when we seek Him. We cannot desire a better Help, nor will we ever find one in idols or persons.

Proverbs 21:30

Proverbs 21:30…”There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the Lord.” God’s is sovereign and His plans are perfect. Our plans are limited and need to be held onto lightly. We need to trust the Lord, because His plan always involves our spiritual good.