Can Your God say That?

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For the Lord loves justice; he will not forsake his saints. They are preserved forever, but the children of the wicked shall be cut off. – Psalm 37:28 ESV

 

As I read this passage of Scripture, I couldn’t help but think about the way in which modern advertising promises the moon in all capital letters, only to apply all sorts of conditions and restrictions in the fine print to take it all away! We’ve all seen the ads for the latest and greatest cookware with the lifetime warranty, only to learn by reading the fine print that said warranty is only good if certain specific conditions are met by the consumer. And to add insult to injury, the poor customer must pay a hefty shipping and processing fee just to have the cookware examined by the factory! And still yet, no promise of replacement or refund is guaranteed, even after jumping through all of those hoops! As with late night T.V. cookware, such is the case with most of life: certain restrictions may apply! Guarantees are in dreadfully short supply in a world filled with such uncertainty as ours.

 

In a world where everyone says “yes” but rarely means it, is it heartening beyond measure to know, to truly know, the Gospel comes complete without any strings or conditions attached! There is no fine print, no escape clauses, no mitigating language. The promise of God fulfilled in the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ was forever settled at the cross, on which Christ victoriously declared even in the face of His impending death, “it is finished!” There are no further conditions to be met on behalf of saved sinners because Christ fulfilled all righteousness (Matthew 3:15)! And now, the “righteousness of God is made manifest apart from the law….through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe” (Romans 3:21,22)!

 

With the completed work of redemption firmly in view, consider again Psalm 37:28. Notice the psalmist writes of God that, “he will not forsake his saints. They are preserved forever.” What a glorious rest found for the child of God in this precious promise! God will preserve His own people! So much is packed into this brief statement. Those for whom Christ came to save, the elect of God, will be preserved by God forever! Notice the absence of mitigating language. It is settled: God doesn’t fail in the preservation of His saints! Period. In fact, as though to spell it out in no uncertain terms, in Psalm 37:39 we read that salvation is “from the Lord” who is the “stronghold” of the righteous in troubling times! Thank God for the shelter in time of storm! Thank God for the cleft of the rock! Thank God for His unflinching and keeping hands that cannot let me go (John 10:29)!

 

Can your pastor preach this? Can your God keep the kind of promises made in Psalm 37? Or does your gospel have more in common with late-night T.V. cookware commercials, long on conditions and oh so short on guarantees? The Gospel of God’s Free and Sovereign Grace boldly declares the finished work of God in Christ while loudly shouting to the rooftops that God will preserve His saints forever! Can your gospel, can your God, say that?

If you hold to a gospel that does not absolutely guarantee the salvation of all for whom Christ died, then you cling vainly to a message of utter despair and dismal failure, an anti-gospel which hinges salvation not on a finished work of Christ but on the continued works of sinful men. My hope and prayer is that the Holy Spirit will accompany this message, granting faith to believe the true and saving Gospel, the Gospel which promises absolute victory through Christ alone and a Father in heaven who will preserve His saints forever! Hallelujah, my God CAN say that! – Amen.


Jason Boothe serves as Pastor of Horizons Baptist Church in Piketon, Ohio. For more information, please visit www.HorizonsBaptist.org.

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