The Book of Romans
Security of the Believer
The believer in Christ, kept by the Grace of God, will successfully endure all the trials and temptations of this life, and will remain true to the Lord until death. Will the believer who has genuinely been regenerated, justified, adopted by God, and united with Christ always remain saved? The security of the believer is an important issue to consider from the standpoint of Christian living! If there is no guarantee that salvation is permanent, believers may experience anxiety and insecurity that will detract from the major task of Christian living. If the believer’s salvation is absolutely secure, if the believer is preserved independently of his actions in life, then there may well be an indifference to the moral and spiritual demands of the Gospel. Therefore, determining the scriptural teaching concerning the security of the believer is worth the necessary time and effort.
The emphasis of the text is on the security of the believer. The genuine believer does not need to fear the past, present, or future because he is secure in the love of Christ. The text presents five truths that show why the genuine believer need never fear of losing his salvation.
I. God is for the Believer, V 31
- V 31, What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? The Father is for the believer and proved it by giving His Son. V 32, He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all. The Son is for the believer. V 34, It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again. The Spirit is for the believer. V 26, Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
- The believer can live each day realizing that God is for him. There is no need to fear, for the Father desires only the best for His children, even when they must go through trials. Jeremiah 29:10-11, For thus saith the LORD, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place. For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
- Opposition sometimes may seem like a lot to endure, the world, the flesh, Satan, false religions, enemies, but God loves the believer and is sovereign. If God does everything from foreknowledge to glorification for the believer, all adversaries are powerless.
II. Christ Died for the Believer, V 32
- V 32, He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? In contrast to Abraham who was permitted to spare his son, God gave his own son in behalf of fallen mankind. Since God has done the greatest thing, giving His own Son, will He not also give the believer all things?
- Since God gave His Son to die for you, don’t you know that He is going to give you everything that is necessary in this life and in the life to come?
III. God Has Justified the Believer, V 33
- V 33, Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. Justified means that God has declared the believer righteous in Christ. Satan would like to accuse the believer but the believer stands righteous in Jesus Christ. The believer is God’s elect, chosen in Christ and accepted in Christ. God will not accuse the believer since He has justified him. For God to accuse the believer would mean that His salvation was a failure and the believer is still in his sins.
- Justification brings peace to the believer’s heart. When God declares the believing sinner righteous in Christ, that declaration never changes. The believer’s daily experiences changes from day to day, but justification never changes. The believer may accuse himself, or others may accuse him, but God never accuses the believer because Jesus has already paid the penalty and the believer is secure in Christ.
IV. Christ Intercedes for the Believer, V 34
- V 34, Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. The same Saviour who died for the believer is now interceding for him in heaven. As our High Priest, Christ can give the believer the grace necessary to overcome temptation and defeat the enemy. Hebrews 4:14-16, Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
- The believer is not only saved by the death of Christ, but the believer is also saved by His life. Hebrews 7:24-28, But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people's: for this he did once, when he offered up himself. For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for evermore.
- Peter sinned against the Lord, but he was forgiven and restored to fellowship because of Jesus Christ. Luke 22:31-32, And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. The believer is secure because Christ is interceding for him.
V. Christ Loves the Believer, Vs 35-39
- Vs. 35-39, Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. God does not shelter the believer from the difficulties of life because the believer needs them for spiritual growth.
- The trials and difficulties listed cannot separate the believer from Christ’s love. They make them conquerors by forcing the believer to depend even more on the strength of God. Nothing hard or dangerous, neither death, nor life, can separate the believer from the love of God.
- If God, the uncreated One, is for us, and no created thing can separate the believer, then believer’s security in Christ is absolute.
The believer is completely victorious. He is free from judgment because Christ died for him and he is declared righteous. The believer is free from defeat because Christ lives in him by His Spirit. The believer is free from fear because Christ intercedes for him and he cannot be separated from God’s love.
Created and Researched by Pastor Dennis Baker
Zion Baptist Church
3485 New Baumgartner Rd. - St. Louis, MO 63129 - Phone: 314-846-1867