An Old Testament Truth
“As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the Lord is round about His people from henceforth even forever” (Psalms 125:2).
The Old Testament informs the believer that God is his Fortress, Refuge, Strong Tower, Strength, Rock, Salvation, etc. (II Samuel 22:2, Psalms 18:2, Psalms 28:1, Psalms 19:2). It is in the Old Testament that the believer sees his abiding place to be under the shadow of God’s wing (Psalms 63:7). It is in the Old Testament the believer learns that God has him hidden in His pavilion: “For in the time of trouble He shall hide me … He shall set me upon a rock” (Psalms 27:5).
The field of Old Testament theology was thoroughly sown down with the truth of the security of the individual believer, and God’s people in this age are blessed with the inexhaustible harvest. Yet, in the face of this infinite and irrevocable evidence, there are some who tell us, the Old Testament promises are exclusively restricted to the nation of Israel, and cannot be rightly referred to for support when contending for the eternal security of the individual believer. Nothing could he more illogical; for God to preserve His chosen nation Israel, is to preserve the chosen individuals which constitute the true nation of Israel.
Harmony Of The Two Testaments Regarding
The Eternal Security Of The Believer
“For the LORD loveth judgement, and forsaketh not His saints; they are preserved forever …” (Psalms 37:28).
“The Lord …will preserve me unto His heavenly kingdom …” (II Timothy 4:18).
“For He is our God; and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand …” (Psalms 95:7).
“My sheep hear My voice … and I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand” (John 10:27-28).
“For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken” (Proverbs 3:26).
“Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy” (Jude 24).
“… I will be with thee; I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee” (Joshua 1:5).
“… He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5).
We could go on indefinitely comparing Scripture with Scripture, showing the perfect harmony existing between the Old and New Testaments as relates to the God honoring doctrine of the eternal preservation of the saints, but will conclude this point by saying, any interpretation of Scripture that contradicts the final preservation of the believer, is a wrong interpretation, and is injurious to faith.
A Dramatic Illustration Of The Security
Of The Believer In The Old Testament
One of the most vivid illustrations portraying the eternal security of the believer in the Old Testament is found in the bitter experiences and faithful life of Job. Satan plying his trade and office of Devil, that is, slanderer and accuser of the children of God, presents himself before the Lord (Job 1:6). On this particular occasion, the Lord said unto Satan, “Hast thou considered My servant Job; that there is none like him in the earth?” (Job 1:8). Satan knowing God has abundantly blessed Job, counters with an accusation against Job: “Doth Job fear God for nought?” (Job 1:9). He charges Job with a wrong motive, that Job loves God, because God has made him rich, or that he serves God for what he can get in return. And to augment his charge against Job, says to God, “But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face” (Job 1:11).
Satan tells God the reason Job is not a traitor and rebel against Him is because “Thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side …” (Job 1:10). Satan in essence says, “Your wall of benevolent providence around Job is too high. I cannot cross over. You lower your wall and let me have him for a little while; then he will curse you to your face.” God accepts what Satan believes is a challenge, saying, “All that he hath is in thy power” that is, “only upon himself put forth not thine hand”, spare his life (Job 1:12). Job’s faith is to be tested by the arch adversary. He is made a ready target for the fiery darts of Satan. Can Job’s faith endure the awful pressure? Can his faith absorb the shock of disaster upon disaster, or will his great loss destroy his trust in God?
Satan speaks to Job through his friends, and says, “Where is the goodness of God toward you, if God loves you, why has He taken your substance, and made you the poorest of the poor? He has taken your precious children in death, and has consigned you to a disease that is more repulsive than death. Why don’t you take the easy way out? Curse God and die.” But the answer of a God given faith comes through clear and plain; “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him” (Job 13:15).
Job’s faith was in the omnipotent God Who doeth everything His soul desireth (Job 23:13). So, Job’s faith is of such nature that it transcends his present and painful circumstances, and enables him to see that God has a gracious purpose in all that has befallen him. And with absolute assurance he exclaims, “When He hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold” (Job 23:10). Job knew that his reserves would magnify God by having a sanctifying effect on his own heart and life.
God may allow Satan a lot of liberty in persecuting the saint, but He will never permit Satan to touch the redeemed soul. The final security of the believer is off limits to Satan, and he will never be able to nullify God’s saving grace. God raised up Pharaoh that He might cast him down, and thereby manifest the utter impotence of Pharaoh’s resistance against His sovereign power. And God raised up Job, and permitted Satan to cast him down, yet not without a wise and gracious design; for we in retrospect see that God gives to His saints a faith which ultimately triumphs over the Devil. Continued Next Week.
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