Perseverance of the Saints (TULIP)
*Singing voice* "Looks like we made it!"
What an appropriate opening line as we close our our TULIP series. Not only did we make it through the series, but we’re also closing it out with the fitting topic: Perseverance of the Saints.
What this doctrine affirms is that those whom God has rescued from their sin will surely remain in Christ throughout their lives and into eternity.
All those whom God has chosen to save will surely reach glorification; nobody falls through the cracks of God’s hand and loses their salvation (Romans 8:30).
But what about the person who publicly embraced Christ but has since turned away? Nearly all of us can think of at least one person who seemed to embrace Christianity for a season but since has walked away.
To that person one of two things are the case:
That individual will repent from their sin and return to Christ, or…
That person never knew Christ at all.
The Apostle John actually references this topic in one of his letters to a group of believers. He explains to them that those who previously claimed to be with them who have since left were really never with them to begin with:
They went out from us, but they did not belong to us; for if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us. However, they went out so that it might be made clear that none of them belongs to us. (1 John 2:19)
The following Desiring God article does a great job explaining this in greater detail.
ARTICLE: TULIP (Desiring God)
BOOK: PROOF: Finding Freedom Through The Intoxicating Joy of Irresistible Grace. by Daniel Montgomery and Timothy Paul Jones
BOOK: Five Points by John Piper