The Perseverance of the Saints (1689)

By S.C. Shaw

The London Baptist Confession of faith is a beautiful and rich confession of the reformed Christian faith. I simply included the scriptures they reference after each section written out. It is a beautiful meditation and devotion time to read through. I pray you are blessed by it and it helps you see the bigness of God, exalt Christ higher and live by the power of the Holy Spirit more each day. There is no perfect and infallible authority except God’s Words revealed in the Bible. But there is much Christians can and should learn from other godly men and women.

Link to full confession: http://founders.org/1689-confession/

Chapter 17 – The Perseverance of the Saints (In Full) 

Those God has accepted in the Beloved, effectually called and sanctified by his Spirit, and given the precious faith of his elect can neither totally nor finally fall from a state of grace. They will certainly persevere in grace to the end and be eternally saved, because the gifts and callings of God are irrevocable. Therefore, he still brings about and nourishes in them faith, repentance, love, joy, hope, and all the graces of the Spirit that lead to immortality. Even though many storms and floods arise and beat against them, yet these things will never be able to move the elect from the foundation and rock to which they are anchored by faith. The felt sight of the light and love of God may be clouded and obscured from them for a time through their unbelief and the temptations of Satan. Yet God is still the same;  they will certainly be kept by the power of God for salvation, where they will enjoy their purchased possession. For they are engraved on the palms of his hands, and their names have been written in the book of life from all eternity.

This perseverance of the saints does not depend on their own free will but on the unchangeableness of the decree of election, which flows from the free and unchangeable love of God the Father. It is based on the efficacy of the merit and intercession of Jesus Christ and union with him, the oath of God, the abiding of his Spirit, the seed of God within them, and the nature of the covenant of grace. The certainty and infallibility of their perseverance is based on all these things.

They may fall into grievous sins and continue in them for a time, due to the temptation of Satan and the world, the strength of corruption remaining in them, and the neglect of means of their preservation. In so doing, they incur God’s displeasure and grieve his Holy Spirit; their graces and comforts become impaired; their hearts are hardened and their consciences wounded; they hurt and scandalize others and bring temporary judgments on themselves. Nevertheless, they will renew their repentance and be preserved through faith in Christ Jesus to the end.

 

Chapter 17 – The Perseverance of the Saints (w/ Scripture) ESV

-Those God has accepted in the Beloved, effectually called and sanctified by his Spirit, and given the precious faith of his elect can neither totally nor finally fall from a state of grace. They will certainly persevere in grace to the end and be eternally saved, because the gifts and callings of God are irrevocable. Therefore, he still brings about and nourishes in them faith, repentance, love, joy, hope, and all the graces of the Spirit that lead to immortality.

(John 10:28-29, I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.)

(Philippians 1:6, 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.)

(2 Timothy 2:19, But God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity.”)

(1 John 2:19, They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us.)

-Even though many storms and floods arise and beat against them, yet these things will never be able to move the elect from the foundation and rock to which they are anchored by faith. The felt sight of the light and love of God may be clouded and obscured from them for a time through their unbelief and the temptations of Satan.

(Psalms 89:31-32, if they violate my statutes and do not keep my commandments, then I will punish their transgression with the rod and their iniquity with stripes,)

(1 Corinthians 11:32, But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world.)

-Yet God is still the same;  they will certainly be kept by the power of God for salvation, where they will enjoy their purchased possession. For they are engraved on the palms of his hands, and their names have been written in the book of life from all eternity.

(Malachi 3:6, “For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed.)

-This perseverance of the saints does not depend on their own free will but on the unchangeableness of the decree of election,

(Romans 8:30, And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.)

(Romans 9:11, though they were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad—in order that God’s purpose of election might continue, not because of works but because of him who call)

(Romans 9:16, So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy.)

-which flows from the free and unchangeable love of God the Father. It is based on the efficacy of the merit and intercession of Jesus Christ and union with him,

(Romans 5:9-10, Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.)

(John 14:19, Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live.)

-the oath of God,

(Hebrews 6:17-18, So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us.)

-the abiding of his Spirit, the seed of God within them,

(1 John 3:9, No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him; and he cannot keep on sinning, because he has been born of God.)

-and the nature of the covenant of grace.

(Jeremiah 32:40, I will make with them an everlasting covenant, that I will not turn away from doing good to them. And I will put the fear of me in their hearts, that they may not turn from me.)

-The certainty and infallibility of their perseverance is based on all these things. They may fall into grievous sins and continue in them for a time, due to the temptation of Satan and the world, the strength of corruption remaining in them, and the neglect of means of their preservation.

(Matthew 26:70, But he denied it before them all, saying, “I do not know what you mean.”)

(Matthew 26:72, And again he denied it with an oath: “I do not know the man.”)

(Matthew 26:74, Then he began to invoke a curse on himself and to swear, “I do not know the man.” And immediately the rooster crowed.)

-In so doing, they incur God’s displeasure and grieve his Holy Spirit;

(Isaiah 64:5, You meet him who joyfully works righteousness, those who remember you in your ways. Behold, you were angry, and we sinned; in our sins we have been a long time, and shall we be saved?)

(Isaiah 64:9, Be not so terribly angry, O Lord, and remember not iniquity forever. Behold, please look, we are all your people.)

(Ephesians 4:30, And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.)

-their graces and comforts become impaired;

(Psalms 51:10, Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.)

(Psalms 51:12, Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.)

-their hearts are hardened and their consciences wounded;

(Psalms 32:3-4, For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up[a] as by the heat of summer.)

-they hurt and scandalize others and bring temporary judgments on themselves.

(2 Samuel 12:14, Nevertheless, because by this deed you have utterly scorned the Lord, the child who is born to you shall die.”)

-Nevertheless, they will renew their repentance and be preserved through faith in Christ Jesus to the end.

(Luke 22:32, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.”)

(Luke 22:61-62, And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the saying of the Lord, how he had said to him, “Before the rooster crows today, you will deny me three times.” And he went out and wept bitterly)

Closing.

Please don’t let my word or any man’s word be the final word on this. Pick up the bible, read Gospel saturated books by good authors, read good commentaries on the bible, pick up Wayne Grudem’s “Systematic Theology” and learn from a man’s lifetime of study and meditation on the Word of God. Most of all, trust in Jesus Christ and know what He has given us is whole, perfect and is for our good and His glory. Love you all!

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.

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