This post was prompted by an email from a 22 year young man in Ireland who is not sure he is saved for all eternity. I have modified it somewhat for this posting.
What if a “big bucks” benefactor came to you and made this offer to your family:
“I give to them $100 and they shall never have to worry or work again.”
“I give to them a Kiddie Car and they shall never worry about transportation again.”
“I give them a bowl of rice and they shall never hunger again.”
Obviously your benefactor would be giving a gift but lying about the results. None of his gifts could satisfy the NEVER part of his promise.
Yet, what if the Savior of all mankind were to say to you, “I give to you the gift of Eternal Life and you shall never perish (be eternally separated from Him).”
He cannot lie. Titus 1:2 “In hope [anticipation] of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;”
Would you believe Him? Would you rest on His promise, trust Him alone and have the peace that passes all understanding?
Jesus Christ Himself said just that, speaking in John 10:28:
“And I give [His Gift] unto them [those who believe in or trust in Him] eternal life; and they shall NEVER perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.”
Let us examine that word NEVER.
God’s Holy Spirit inspired the Apostle Paul to write the word NEVER in that verse. The full meaning of the word NEVER will amaze you.
The one word NEVER is made up of five Greek words, the phrase “OU ME,” and three individual words EIS, HO and AION.
The two word phrase “Ou Me” means — not at all, by any or no means, never, in no case, no wise, not ever, not at all.
The word “Eis” means, for any place, time, or purpose.
The word “Ho” means – male, female or neuter.
The word “Aion” means – in perpetuity, past, present or future, any age, eternal, forevermore and the World without end.
Let’s repeat that verse emphasizing the full meaning of the word NEVER.
John 10:28, Jesus says: “And I give [His Gift] unto them [who believe in or trust in Him] eternal life; and they shall [not at all, by no means, never, in no case, no wise, not ever, not at all, any place, time, or purpose, male, female or neuter, in perpetuity, past, present or future, any age, eternal, forevermore and the World without end], NEVER perish
WOW! NEVER!!! Put all those Greek/English words together and you can see, when the Lord speaks emphatically and uses the word NEVER, He literally means NEVER, regardless of personal, inside or outside circumstances. You can’t even remove yourself! A believer in Jesus Christ will “NEVER perish.” What Amazing Grace! What eternal assurance we have in Jesus Christ.
Trust Jesus to be your Savior and you will NEVER perish. That is a real reason to rejoice and have joy in your Savior Jesus Christ because of your eternal salvation through Him!!
1 John 1:4 “And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.”