This is the sermon for Wednesday, July 7th, 2010.
He’ll never let go
Philippians 1:6 ESV – And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
As I was preparing this message, the song by David Crowder, “You’ll never let go” was stirring in my mind. So I decided to entitle this sermon, “He’ll never let go.”
Here are some of the lyrics to the song, “When clouds veil the sun and disaster comes…oh my soul…oh my soul…when waters rise and hope take flight…oh my soul…oh my soul…ever faithful…ever true…you…I know…you never let go.”
That is what this sermon is all about. The God who saves us will keep us and never let go until we persevere to the end and His work is completed.
Before we unpack this verse, let’s look at the context that it was written in. After Paul’s introduction in this epistle in verses 1-2, he begins a prayer of thanksgiving for the Philippian believers in verses 3-8. It is in this prayer of thanksgiving that Paul reveals this wonderful truth of God’s sustaining power and grace. Let’s begin.
Confidence in God.
Philippians 1:6 ESV – And I am sure of this…
Paul is sure and confident; not in the Philippians ability to stand, but in the power, mercies, and grace of God alone. In fact, “sure” in Greek means, “to be persuaded, to continue to be certain.”
I like what the Reformation Study Bible’s notes says concerning this verse, “The perseverance of the saints depends upon God’s preserving them by grace.”
Really, when you think about it, our entire life, and walk with Christ depends on His grace. Even the ability to be kept from stumbling is because of God’s grace through Jesus Christ. Notice what Jude says.
Jude 24-25 ESV – 24 Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, 25to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.
In light of this, in every circumstance, mountain, or valley that we go through – don’t put confidence in your own abilities and strength, but be confident in the Lord.
The work of God.
Philippians 1:6 ESV – … he who began a good work in you…
What is this work that God has begun in us? Well, it is the work of Salvation.
The ESV Study Bible says, “Genuine spiritual progress is rooted in what God has done, is doing, and will do.”
God doesn’t just save us and then leave our walk with Him up to our own abilities and strength; He continues to work in us, perfecting us. We see the pattern of this work detailed in Romans 8:29-30.
Romans 8:29-30 ESV – 29For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.
- Those He foreknows He predestines.
- Those He predestines He calls.
- Those He calls He justifies.
- Those He justifies He glorifies.
I personally believe the glorified part is what takes place in our final point.
The completion of God.
Philippians 1:6 ESV – … will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
“Will bring it to completion” in Greek grammar is a FUTURE ACTIVE INDICATIVE, which refers to the certainty of a future event. This event will not be fulfilled in our lifetime on earth, but when we stand before our Savior, face to face. Until then, nothing can separate us from God’s love and the work He is doing in us.
Romans 8:38-39 ESV – 38For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
As we conclude, we can have confidence that the God who saved us will never let us go, and He will continue to work in us, perfecting us until we see Him face to face.