care. Like the child who thought he was driving but who found, after the trouble was over, that his father after all had been holding the reins, we too find when danger comes, that behind our hands, are the hands of God. The Perseverance of the Saints, looked at from the divine side, is the Preservation of the Saints and the hymn that expresses the Christian?s faith is the hymn: ?How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord, Is laid for your faith in his excellent word!?
2. Objections to the Doctrine of Perseverance.
These objections are urged chiefly by Arminians and by Romanists.
A. It is inconsistent with human freedom. Answer: It is no more so than is the doctrine of Election or the doctrine of Decrees.
The doctrine is simply that God will bring to bear such influences upon all true believers and they will freely persevere. Moule, Outlines of Christian Doctrine, 47 ? ?Is grace, in any sense of the word, ever finally withdrawn? Yes, if by grace is meant any free gift of God tending to salvation or, more specially, any action of the Holy Spirit tending in its nature thither. But if by grace be meant the dwelling and working of Christ in the truly regenerate, there is no indication in Scripture of the withdrawal of it.?
B. It tends to immorality. Answer: This cannot be, since the doctrine declares that God will save men by securing their perseverance in holiness.
<550219> 2 Timothy 2:19 ? ?Howbeit the firm foundation of God standeth, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his: and, Let every on that nameth the name of the Lord depart from unrighteousness?; that is, the temple of Christian character has upon its foundation two significant inscriptions. The one declares God?s power, wisdom and purpose of salvation and the other declaring the purity and holy activity, on the part of the believer, through which God?s purpose is to be fulfilled;
<600102> 1 Peter 1:1, 2 ? ?elect...according to the foreknowledge of God the Father in sanctification of the Spirit unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ ?; <610110>2 Peter 1:10, 11 ? ?Wherefore, brethren, give the more diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never stumble: for thus shall be richly supplied unto you the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.?
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