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Who is the Genuine Christian? Part IV

The doctrine of the perseverance of the saints is a precious truth in God's Word. This doctrine states that every genuine Christian is eternally secure in Christ. There is absolutely nothing that can prevent God's work of grace in a person's heart from failing to achieve its ultimate goal - glorification in heaven. Ephesians 1:4 says that God the Father chose us before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless. Our salvation has its roots even before creation! We see God's electing grace manifested in His special work in our lives. He irresistibly calls us to himself by the sovereign work of His Holy Spirit. We are then born again by the very power of God, who changes our hearts by regenerating our lost souls. The Holy Spirit applies Christ's work of redemption to us, and He gives us the ability to bear godly fruit. The sanctification process continues throughout our entire lives until we are completely sanctified or made perfect when Jesus Christ returns. To believe that man can do something to interrupt this process is to diminish and assault the glory of God.