Sunday, February 14, 2010

Alec Motyer on 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. - Paul to the Philippians (1:6)

"Salvation would be a wretchedly unsure thing if it had no other foundation than my having chosen Christ. The human will blows hot and cold, is firm and unstable by fits and starts; it offers no security of tenure. But it is the will of God that is the ground of salvation. No-one would be saved had not the Lord been moved by his own spontaneous and unexplained love to choose his people before the world was, and, at the decisive moment, to open our hearts to hear, understand and accept 'the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation'. This, then, is assurance: God has willed my salvation."


Joe said...

Outstanding quote! I can add nothing but a hearty Amen.

Adam said...

While some term this, 'the perseverance of the saints', RC Sproul has more accurately titled it 'The Preservation of the Saints'...the idea being we do not persevere as much in the Christian life as God preserves us in it and will 'bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.'

Woody Woodward said...

The truth of this passage became very clear to me at my cousins home-going celebration on Sunday in Dallas. It was such a joy to sit around the room and hear his wife and family share how Chris bravely faced his final hours of terrible suffering on this earth. Even at the end he still maintained his humor. When he told his 38 year old son Matthew to remove his breathing mask, he said, “Matt, go get a good bottle of Scotch. I want a shot and then have a toast with all of you before going home.” After everyone enjoyed a shot of fine MacCallen 25, Chris had a prayer with his family, quoted from II Tim 4:7. The kind hospice folks thought without his breathing mask he would go in a matter of minutes. After about 30 minutes, Chris opened his eyes and said, “What, I’m not dead yet? Come on Lord, take me home!” He passed into the arms of our Savior at 3:30 a.m. No tears needed for this kind of victorious home-going. Yes, we can all be sure, “That he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”