Christianity is forever. It begins when Christ Jesus enters your heart and life. He places eternity in our hearts!
2 Keep my commands and you will live [forever]; guard my teachings [and my promises] as the apple of your eye.
Paul said in Romans 8:31, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” In verse 38, he says, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life…” God’s perspective is a heavenly one in that He sees this world as a very temporary assignment. When life here is done, we go to be with Him, which is our permanent assignment.
Therefore, death cannot be looked at as losing. In fact, our eternal reward begins when we die (2 Timothy 4:8). We can never be separated from the love of Christ! Let’s read it:
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Paul uses Christ and God interchangeably. Why? Because the Holy Spirit = Jesus Christ = God. We know them as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Three-in-one.
How can Paul be so sure? Jesus told us. It’s one of His promises. It’s in John 10:28-30,
28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”
That’s a double-fisted grip. No one in heaven or on earth or under the earth can break that grip! We Baptists call that the security of the believer. We can’t even wiggle out–why would we try?!!!
Let’s praise the Lord for His amazing love and the security we have in Him!
Abba, I praise You for who You are–God! You are my Lord and Savior. You are my King. May I love You and fear You at the same time; may I enjoy Your sweet fellowship all the while being aware that You are King of the Universe. You are God (and I am not). May Your will be done in my life and on earth even as it is in heaven. Amen.