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.”
2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
I pray that you will rest in the comfort of the Lord through this ordeal. I find that in times of greatest distress, the Lord uses those who are willing to share His good news of Salvation in Jesus Christ. Everything is an opportunity for our Savior.
Praying for you,
Jack is good for that, isn’t he AoW? Just reminding those of us on the playing field and encouraging us to “keep on, keeping on”!
The encouragement is needed!
Good morning, G*D bless and Maranatha!
I saw your comment at my site tonight, so you know that I’m having a difficult time right now with this terrible pain. Not a good day here! But in eternity every day will be a good day.
When I read this posting, I said to myself, “This verse is for me. Today. Right now.” And I needed a reminder that this life is only a short while compared to the eternal life on the other side.
Our Lord also said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” There’s that word again–“never.” So He is with me now and understands my suffering. I have His promise!
PS: My comment is a bit disjointed. Sorry! But I wanted you to know that the Lord led me here, just at the time I most needed uplifting.
ExP-Knew I could count on you! LOL!
Well, I figure if I am being insulted and deliberately misunderstood, my Jesus had the same things happen, so I’m in good company!
Take care and have a blessed night!
Glad you have arrived.
The EC is the church of apostasy illustrated by several of the churches pointed out by the Lord in the book of Revelation.
My Sweetie is, has been and will be hugged. Consider it done.
In Christ, ExP(Jack)
Good afternoon, ExP!
Am having a tussle with an emergent church, church planter! His site has deconstruction and all those other buzz words that the ec types love to spout and pontificate on!
Oh, I’ve been labeled intolerant, unloving, unknowing of grace, proud and arrogant! I’ve arrived!
Say HI to your Schweetie for me, in fact, give her a big ole hug from me!
G*D bless and Maranatha!
Thanks Lynda and TMW,
God’s Word is so clear and soothing like a drink of cool well water.
What a Savior!
In Christ, ExP(Jack)
I do like the absoluteness of that “never”! Very comforting in times of distress or trouble. That particular Rock is always there, and secure!
What a glorious promise! What a magnificent Saviour! And what a great, all-encompassing NEVER! May we EVER be mindful of it! 😀
Thanks for your comment, David,
Appreciate your stopping by.
I find myself continually learning as we study God’s Word. It is amazingly inexhaustible.
This young man is an example of the reason to get a newly saved person into studying God’s word in a good solid Bible believing and preaching church immediately. It is so easy for Satan to raise doubts when one has no firm foundation in the Word.
In Christ eternally,
I appreciate your posts not only for your conviction, but for the education I get everytime I come here! Breaking it out in the Greek really shows just what a complete word “never” is and how complete God’s promise is. “Never” takes on a whole new meaning for me now. Thank you.