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I am the Alpha and the Omega, says the Lord. Who is, who was, who is to come. The Almighty. This is the Jesus that we serve. This is the Jesus that we believe in. This is the Jesus that will return.
For the christian the return of Christ is a glorious thing. For the christian Jesus is no longer the baby in the manger, he's not merely a sacrificial lamb, but as John writes in Revelation 5, he is the lion of the tribe of Judah. The root of David, who has conquered. He is the one who sits on the throne. The one who is worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals. For he was slain, he was sacrificed. His blood ransomed. And by His blood he ransomed the people of God from every tribe and language and people and nation.
[Now let me just say],
Do you think that you're going to mess this up?
For those of you that struggle, maybe with assurance, thinking that you're too sinful to be a believer, and yet you're holding on, you're trusting ... Do you think that you're going to mess this up? That you're going to overturn the blood that ransomed? ... that your sin is going to overturn the blood that ransomed a people of God from every tribe and language and people and nation?
It will never happen, dear believer. Jesus has taken care of your sin once for all. Just as certainly as He rose from the grave, He will return to bring you home with Him.
-- Jason Achmoody
From the First London Confession of Faith (1646)
All those that have this precious faith wrought in them by the Spirit, can never finally nor totally fall away; seeing the gifts of God are without repentance; so that He still begets and nourisheth in them faith, repentance, love, joy, hope, and all the graces of the Spirit unto immortality; and though many storms and floods arise, and beat against them, yet they shall never be able to take them off that foundation and rock, which by faith they are fastened upon; notwithstanding, through unbelief, and the temptations of Satan, the sensible sight of this light and love, be clouded and overwhelmed for a time; yet God is still the same, and they shall be sure to be kept by the power of God unto salvation, where they shall enjoy their purchased possession, they being engraven upon the palms of His hands, and their names having been written in the book of life from all eternity.