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Ephesians 1:12-14:

“In order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit [earnest payment] guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of of those who are God’s possession – to the praise of his glory” (NIV).

How do we know we are not only saved but safe? How do we know we are not only saved but secure? Because not only are we saved, but we are also sealed. We are saved and safe, saved and secure, because we are saved and sealed.
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The first reason to believe in eternal security is because Salvation is of the Lord. We looked at that in the previous article and, with an open mind, discussed asking God to change our thinking on the issue if needed. The goal for any teacher, or preacher, should not be trying to make sure they’ve always been right, but instead to make sure they presently are right. So, again, I ask you to hear me out before you pass judgment on me or this doctrine. Don’t be like a programmed machine, investigate Scripture and decide for yourself.

A second reason to believe in eternal security is the language found in the following passage:
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Protect Your Mind

Protect your mind Be careful of where you allow your mind to wander to:
 

Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God(1) to protect your mind from the attack of the enemy.  Your mind is like a computer—what you put in, is what will come out.  So be careful of what you allow the mind to store.  If you feed your mind with junk—food (particularly that which the media promotes) you’ll also spit out garbage. Unfortunately, the information the world offers, often is partly true, yet contaminated with deception, so if you don’t have your helmet on, you can be spitting out garbage, thinking that you are sharing truth.  Sadly, this can be fed to you from the pulpit as well, so ‘Trust, but verify.'(2)  This is why it is important to read the bible for ourselves.
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Let’s pretend for a minute that all of us have just boarded an airplane for a non-stop trip overseas. All of us get on the airplane, take our seats, and fasten our seat belts. Then, we go to reach for a magazine and when we do we notice something near our feet that concerns us…it’s a set of bicycle pedals. Connected to those pedals is a large sprocket with a chain going down through the floor and to the engines.

So, you call for a flight attendant, and you ask, “What’s going on with these bicycle pedals?” She says, “Look all around.” You look and notice that everybody has them. “Why do we all have these pedals?” you ask. “Well, the pilot has agreed to get us in the air, but it’s up to us to keep it in the air. He’ll get us up to 30,000 feet, but then all of you will have to pedal really hard to keep it up there.”
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Nobody Warned Me

I was born in Kenya and lived there for the next 30 years.

When I went abroad for further studies in a cold country, I knew nothing practical about winter. The way the ground could get frozen and slippery, especially an icy road, was something that I would have appreciated if someone warned me about.

I was out one morning cycling to the university, some 6 km away. The lecture was soon beginning. If I cycled as fast as I used to, I wouldn’t be late for the lecture.

It was cold but that was all I had known that far about winter. I had taken care of that by putting on warm clothes. For me, that was all that I needed to do against the cold weather.
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Can God Hate People?

Introduction:
I have a good friend and we debate our theologies on occasion. Recently, she made a claim that in order for one to be a true Calvinist they would have to believe God does not love everybody. In fact, she seemed to imply that God would have to even hate those whom He does not choose for salvation. As a “true” Calvinist myself, I disagree with her assessment and wrote a brief article basically explaining why and how those in Reformed theological circles can indeed believe God does love all people.

However, there are many Calvinists that actually do hold the position she presented, so I thought I’d play “devil’s advocate” and present a case from that view as well. How are they able to believe God hates people? How can they claim He has the ability to hate any of His creation? If God is love, then how can He possibly hate anyone, or anything for that matter?
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