Perseverance of the Saints in the Old Testament

If you are unfamiliar with this term, Perseverance of the Saints is from Reformed teaching that means that God will make sure people are saved to the end. Preservation of the Saints may make it more clear. Here is a verse I found from the Old Testament in a list I made that I was looking at. I think it’s pretty cool (for lack of a better term). Though it’s referring to the Israelites, as seen in the context below, it shows that God does make, or cause people to do or not do things. This doesn’t make us robots as some people who believe that “love demands (complete freedom of) a choice”. There is synergy, mystery, paradox, middle area, etc.

Jeremiah 32:40
I will make an eternal promise to them that I will never stop blessing them. I will make them fear me so that they will never turn away from me.

Jeremiah 32:37-44
I am going to gather the people from all the lands where I scattered them in my anger, fury, and terrifying wrath. I will bring them back to this place and make them live here securely. 38 They will be my people, and I will be their God. 39 I will give them the same attitude and the same purpose so that they will fear me as long as they live. This will be for their own good and for the good of their children. 40 I will make an eternal promise to them that I will never stop blessing them. I will make them fear me so that they will never turn away from me. 41 I will enjoy blessing them. With all my heart and soul I will faithfully plant them in this land. 42 “This is what the LORD says: As I brought all these disasters on these people, so I will bring on them all these blessings that I have promised them. 43 You have said that this land is a wasteland, without people or animals living in it. You have also said that it has been handed over to the Babylonians. But people will once again buy fields in this land. 44 They will buy fields for money, sign deeds, seal them, and have people witness the signing of the deeds. This will happen in the territory of Benjamin, in the region of Jerusalem, in the cities of Judah, in the cities on the mountains, in the hill country, and in the Negev because I will bring them back from their captivity,” declares the LORD. (God’s Word®)

1 Response to “Perseverance of the Saints in the Old Testament”

  1. 1 Alan Mountford

    Perseverance of the saints is a foregone conclusion. Ephesians 1.4 informs us that we are chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world. If we are chosen before the foundation of the world it is plain we were chosen and planted in Christ in eternity, which allows for eternal salvation. Those who believe that salvation comes in time, rather than being revealed, cannot account how eternal salvation can be obtained in time, for eternity cannot begin in time, so eternal salvation cannot. Hence, the perseverance of the saints is assured, within the eternal covenant of the Godhead that decreed a certain people should be saved, and will be saved.

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