Anchored In Eternity

Cornerstone Church,

1 Peter 1:3-9 (NKJV)  3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, 8 whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, 9 receiving the end of your faith--the salvation of your souls.

I have a love-have relationship with anchors. If you have ever been on the boat side of an anchor, you are probably familiar with the benefits and the difficulties. Where you place your anchor has a lot to do with your success as a fisherman if you catch my drift.

Anyone who has ever tugged on a rope attached to a firmly placed anchor knows that there are times when the anchor wins. However, when an anchor is in the right place, you can rest even in the storms.

The Doctrine of Eternal security of the believer helps us to rest in a living hope. That although there will be difficulties in life, that our salvation is reserved in heaven for us and kept by the power of God.

This security allows us the capacity to love people as God loves them, without the sinful motives of self will and personal gain. It allows us to serve one another with no expectation of earthly reward, knowing that our reward is in heaven. It allows us to rest even when we fail knowing that Christ is the keeper of our soul. We do not have to fret every time we sin, we do not have to burn ourselves out with religious agendas. We simply live in relationship with the God who loved us enough to bring us salvation. The God who is powerful enough to keep it unto the Day of Jesus Christ.

- Pastor Joel Johns