A devotional thought from Ken Fentress for “Jesus Reconciles”
If we have been reconciled to God through the death and resurrection of Christ, we will ultimately persevere in faithfulness to the gospel until the end of our lives.
This is what the apostle Paul is referring to when he wrote these words in Colossians 1:23: “if indeed you remain grounded and steadfast in the faith and are not shifted away from the hope of the gospel that you heard.” The true test of our grasp of the gospel is whether our faith remains stable and steadfast in the faith. Every true Christian believer will remain steadfast in the Lord until the end.
Perseverance in the faith is the final affirmation of the authenticity of one’s personal faith. In other words, if we remain true to the hope that is found in the biblical gospel, then indeed we have been reconciled to God. This does not mean we will never stumble or sin. It means that even though we may sometimes stumble and sin, we will not ultimately fall away because we are in Christ.
Romans 6:1-2 says, “What should we say then? Should we continue in sin so that grace may multiply? Absolutely not! How can we who died to sin still live in it?” If our faith is based on the firm foundation of the gospel, we will persevere in the faith (Matt. 7:24-27).
Is your faith stable and steadfast or is it fledgling and foundering? In 2 Timothy 2:19, the apostle Paul declared, “Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, having this inscription: The Lord knows those who are His, and Everyone who names the name of the Lord must turn away from unrighteousness.” Build your faith on the firm foundation of the biblical gospel and you will not be shaken.
Pause and Reflect
• How can Christians have assurance that we are standing on the solid foundation of the gospel?
• What is the hope of the gospel?