“Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.” (1 Corinthians 15:1–2 ESV)
While putting Oliver, my nine month old, to bed last night, this verse pops into my head. Mainly, the charge to hold fast.
He’s clutching on to my shirt, sound machine in the background, a recent Shane and Shane album is also playing, he’s got a paci in action and he’s also holding his dingy but dearly loved Mickey Mouse.
And in that moment the gospel hit home.
Paul charges us to hold fast to the gospel. And he’s not the only guy telling us this:
“Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession“ (Heb. 4:14). And, “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful” (Heb. 10:23).
Watching Oliver clutch my shirt, whimpering from all of his teeth coming in, I saw myself in that moment, clinging to Jesus. Ollie needs comfort. He craves security. Are we beyond that? No way.
Oliver can only hold on to me because I’m holding on to him.
We can hold fast to Jesus because Jesus is holding us.
When it comes to assurance of salvation—comfort in Christ—we find peace in holding on to the Lord because we know that we are in his sovereign hand. He’s got us.
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.” (John 10:27–29 ESV)
God is way committed to you. No one can rip you out of his hand. Is there a more stable environment in the universe than the nail-pierced, resurrected hands of your Savior? He’s got it all under control.
Hold fast, friends. And know, he’s holding fast to us. Whew. What a relief.
“…work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:12–13)