Our security is that the work has been done, every hindrance, every obstacle, every barrier has been removed, because Christ has done it all, He said, "I go to prepare a place for you" (Jn 14:2), and he has done what he promised, so that the ultimate outcome is, Toplady says--More happy but not more secure,What a statement to make! According to Augustus Toplady, on the basis of these things, the glorified spirits in heaven are not more secure than we are here on earth, because our security is in Christ. Of course, they are happier than we are, they are in a land where there is no sin, no shame, no sorrow, no sighing; more happy -- yes -- but they are not more secure.
The glorified spirits in heaven.
And I will tell you why this is so. To be a Christian, you see, does not mean that I believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and have my sins forgiven. It also means that I am in Christ, I am in him and he is in me. I am a part of him; I have died with him; I have risen with him. He is my life and I am in him. So, being in him, I am as secure as those who are with him in heaven, and it is because he has dealt with every barrier and hindrance and obstacle to our receiving this blessed life.
-- from Jones, The Assurance of Our Salvation (Crossway, 2000), p.183
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Angels Saints Are Happier (For the Moment) Than We, But They Are Not More Secure
Martyn Lloyd-Jones tagteaming with Augustus Toplady, on the believer's security:
Posted by Jared at 7:54 AM