“No one can pluck us from the Father’s hand…”

No one can pluck us from the Father’s hand (see John 10:29). This is not the “once saved, always saved” concept that gives assurance to any who merely walk an aisle, raise a hand, or recite a prayer to “ask Jesus into their heart.” It is an assurance that if you are a good-soil hearer, truly repentant and trusting in Christ alone (soundly saved), then God will keep you from stumbling and present you faultless before the presence of His glory, with exceeding joy (see Jude 24).

Isaiah 43:13 Indeed before the day was, am He;
And there is no one who can deliver out of My hand;
I work, and who will reverse it?”

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2 Responses to “No one can pluck us from the Father’s hand…”

  1. Vincenzo says:

    Disappointed to read this view.

    In the parable of the sower, out of the 4 type of hearers, the last two are saved, not just the last. The difference between the two is that the former is unfruitful and the second is fruitful. The great mistake made by many in the Church is to assume that salvation is a fruit-bearing event. Fruits are borne later out of the relationship with the Lord (John 15:5).

    This type of approach to Scripture is typical of those who believe that can tell saved people from unsaved people. This is playing God, since He alone can search the minds and the hearts (Revelation 2:23). The Lord Himself said that you cannot tell if one is born of the Spirit (John 3:8). And you know very well that doesn’t matter how you behave, it’s in your heart that you sin (Matthew 5:21-30); and even if that doesn’t translate into action, it’s all the same to the Lord. You can’t help it, that’s why He paid for it and offered salvation as a free gift, something you can’t and won’t earn.

    When the Church was born, the salvation equation changed by faith + works, to faith + grace. Anyone can tell that faith is what enables God make us righteous, and that’s a constant throughout the Scriptures. What changed is the second part. In the Mosaic covenant obedience to the Law was required too. In the Church’s new covenant there are no works in the equation, therefore man doesn’t play any role at all in the equation; instead we get free grace out of a faith that was itself a gift from God (Ephesians 2:8), given to the saints once and for all (Jude 1:3). Jesus is the author and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2) and it’s that very faith that granted us the grace who saves us. That’s why only Church believers (and not OT saints, nor tribulation saints, nor millennial saints) are said to have been sealed with the Spirit that is the earnest money deposit (the word in Ephesians 1:13-14 for deposit is a Greek legal term) that guarantees our inheritance until the day of redemption. The Lord can do that with us, because the Church has been made blameless by the sacrifice of the Lord (Ephesians 5:25-27), exactly as it was hinted in Song of Solomon 4:7.

    By the way, I’d like to see you try and assess if someone repented truly or not, since the Greek word we translate repent describes a change of mind and not a change of behaviour (see Strong’s number 3340, as used in Matthew 3:2).

    Your behaviour will always let you down, no matter how “good” you try to be (Romans 7:18-23).
    Am I condoning sin? Certainly not! Almost everything in the epistles of Paul teaches us not to behave like the world. But how did Paul (that is, the Holy Spirit through Paul) put it? «Only let us hold true to what we have attained.» Attained; past tense. The same past tense used for «made perfect forever» in Hebrews 10:14.

    «In repentance and rest is your salvation» (Isaiah 30:15); indeed. As the writer of Hebrews confirms speaking of our Sabbath rest (the real meaning of the Sabbath), to enter right after we have been saved.

    Only those who deny the biblical doctrine of eternal security come up with this twisted reading of some passages. After all is not a coincidence that those who deny this biblical doctrine argue the exact same point Jeohvah Witnesses or Muslims argue with Christians in general: “it can’t be like you say, otherwise you’ll just do as you like”.

    Those who use this line of reasoning fail to understand that the huge, massive, outstanding love that one feels in response to know that they belong to the Lord forever no-matter-what is exactly what drives their willingness to be obedient. Such a wonderful gift prompts you to be grateful.

    If OSAS wasn’t true, that would mean there is something you *have to do* in order to keep your salvation (what exactly? since you couldn’t earn it to begin with?): and that automatically translates into working for your salvation.

    Dear Ray, I don’t know if it’s you writing here. But one thing I have for you: the Lord has blessed you as preacher. But not everybody is supposed to be a teacher (James 3:1).

    God bless you and thank you for everything you do.

    PS: as per the “just say the prayer” thing I am not a fan of it myself, but we must understand this: it’s the Lord that saves, not us.

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