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Saint, be encouraged—the Lord holds you fast, now and every day until you meet him in glory. You don’t have to worry that he will let you fall.
“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”
“I think the catchphrase, perseverance of the saints, is dangerously misleading because it suggests that the persevering is something that we do, perhaps in and of ourselves.
I believe, of course, that saints do persevere in faith, and that those who have been effectually called by God and reborn by the power of the Holy Spirit endure to the end. They do persevere, but not simply because they are so diligent in making use of the mercies of God. The only reason we can give for why we continue in the faith until the last day is not because we have persevered so much, but because we have been preserved…
The New Testament teaches us that it is the Holy Spirit who alone raises us from the dead, and He raises us unto eternal life. The purpose of God’s election is to bring His people safely to heaven. What He starts, He promises to finish. Not only does He initiate the Christian life, but the Holy Spirit is the sanctifier, the one who convicts, and the helper who is there to help in our preservation.”