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Preserving Grace in Matthew


Scripture clearly teaches that the salvation of God’s people is guaranteed. As we see in the passage considered below, God does not guarantee our eternal salvation by making us unable to fall. He guarantees it (in part) by protecting us from circumstances in which we certainly would fall.

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In the Mount Olivet Discourse, Jesus unveiled the end of the age. Through this sermon, He taught His disciples that those who persevere to the end are, in reality, the elect of God. They are kept eternally secure by God:

“And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.” —Matthew 24:22 (cf. Mark 13:20)

Unquestionably, the elect have been chosen by God to be His people, and He will move heaven and earth to preserve them forever. They will be kept secure in their faith. Affirming this truth, imgMacArthur writes, “This is the first use of the term elect in the New Testament, and through it Jesus introduced a new concept concerning those who belong to Him. They have been divinely chosen and called out as His own people and indeed His very own children. And when God chooses people for Himself, He will restructure the entire universe if that becomes necessary to protect them and to fulfill His promises concerning them.”

—Steve Lawson, Foundations of Grace (Reformation Trust, 2006), 257.



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