Do you have the eternal security found only in Jesus Christ

 “God is our refuge and strength, a very help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1)

Jesus never lost touch with the realities of human life and the frailties of human flesh. Jesus came, not so God could understand us, but so we could understand God. Listen to the words in John 14.27, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” Jesus made a distinction between the false peace of the world and the true peace of God. In His peace, we find real authentic comfort during troubling times, whether on a personal scale or a grander worldly scale.

Sufficiency in Christ

Jesus, in John 14.1, declared God’s sufficiency for those who put their faith in him: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.” Using the word “trust,” he says to His followers that we are to have faith, belief, conviction, dependence, and confidence in Him for everything in life. It doesn’t matter what the world is doing or telling us to do; we are to put our trust in Jesus and have faith that He is in control and that He alone is sufficient.

The narrative about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego in Daniel 3.19ff provides a beautiful example of what Jesus is telling His followers. They refused to worship false gods, so King Nebuchadnezzar had them bound and thrown into a raging furnace. But something supernatural happened that stunned the king. He exclaimed to his advisors, “Look! I see four men, not tied, walking around in the fire unharmed, and the fourth looks like the Son of God.”

Here we have the pre-incarnate Christ – Jesus – saving Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego because of their absolute faith in God. Without a doubt, these men understood the meaning of “God is our refuge and strength, a very help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1).

For the Christian, in the fire of life’s trials, we too can rest assured the fourth person is with us. That person is Jesus! There is no sorrow, no heartache, no trouble that we face in life that Jesus is not with his children. Jesus watches over and protects His followers. He is we go to for comfort and strength. He is our help in times of trouble.

Sympathy in Christ

Hebrews 4:15 reads, “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has been tempted in every way as we are, yet without sin.” Jesus understands what we face as flawed humans. Jesus knows our weaknesses. And Jesus wants to help us and heal us from the sin that plagues us.

One thing you need to know, Jesus is interested in you personally. The comfort offered to us is the presence of Jesus in us. His comfort in trying times comes from Him and many times through other people He places in our lives.

Before His crucifixion, Jesus told his disciples to “love one another.” Jesus is interested in how we treat and care for each other. We find this theme throughout to New Testament: Romans 12:10 “Love one another deeply as brothers and sisters.”; Romans 12:16 “Live in harmony with one another.”; Romans 15:7 “Therefore accept one another, just as Christ also accepted you, to the glory of God.”; Galatians 6.2 “Carry one another’s burdens; in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ.”

Security in Christ

Jesus said to the storm, “Peace, be still.” And there was calm. The real source of all comfort is because of the security we have in Christ Jesus. Jesus provided safety for his disciples during the storm. More importantly, with all of the problems we face, Jesus still provides for our security, not just today but our eternal security as well.

At the end of Jesus’ earthly ministry, Jesus began preparing His disciples for his departure. In John. 14.5-6 Thomas asked Jesus, “Lord, we don't know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus answered him and the rest of the disciples, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Here Jesus offered comfort to His followers by explaining that in Him, we have eternal security. That security comes to us through His Spirit, who guides us in life. In John 14: 16, 26, Jesus said, “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever” . . . “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have told you.”

Consider this question: Do you have the eternal security found only in Jesus Christ? If not, you can. How? The Apostle Peter answers this in Acts 2:38: “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

Repent and be baptized, each of you, in the name of Jesus Christ

Baptism is a visual statement of giving Jesus authority over your life.

into the forgiveness of your sins

A person’s life position changes from being unforgiven into forgiven.

and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

You are in Christ, and He is in you.