Inseparably Loved

Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Just as it is written, “FOR YOUR SAKE WE ARE BEING PUT TO DEATH ALL DAY LONG; WE WERE CONSIDERED AS SHEEP TO BE SLAUGHTERED.”
But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:35-39 NASB

All the elect will be kept secure by God, even in the face of mounting persecution and even martyrdom.  Such painful ordeals will be only the means by which they enter into glory.  But Christ will never remove His saving love from them.  John MacArthur writes, “Only the true believer perseveres, not because he is strong in himself but because he has the power of God’s indwelling Spirit.  His perseverance does not keep his salvation safe but probes that his salvation is safe.  Those who fail to persevere not only demonstrate their lack of courage but, much more important, their lack of genuine faith.  God will keep and protect even the most fearful person who truly belongs to Him.  On the other hand, even the bravest of those who are merely professing Christians will invariably fall away when the cost of being identified with Christ becomes too great.  Only true Christians are overcomers because only true Christians have the divine help of Christ’s own Spirit.”

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