Guest: Safe in the Fold by Becky Lyles





“But Jesus remains a priest forever; his priesthood will never end. Therefore he is able, once and forever, to save everyone who comes to God through him. He lives forever to plead with God on their (our) behalf.” Hebrews 7:24-25 NLT

We sing songs in church about how God’s love endures forever and how we’ll live with him forever. Yet, what does that word mean? Don’t know about you, but I have a hard time comprehending eternal life and unending love and salvation.

I like the NIV translation of verse 25 that says “he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.” The word completely gives me security, knowing the salvation Jesus offers us is a “once” event, a done deal; yet, it’s timeless. Another version says he is always able to save because he always lives. He will never die, and because of the redemption he provided by shedding his blood for me, he is eternally available and able to plead with God on my behalf. I don’t need to worry about getting kicked out of the family of God – or heaven.

“So,” you ask, “what does this mean for the here and now?” The author of Hebrews goes on to say: “(Jesus) entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, having obtained eternal redemption. How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God.” Hebrews 9:12 & 14 NLT

We are redeemed and cleansed from sin to serve our living, eternal God. “But,” you say, “I’m not a priest, like Hebrews talks about, or a pastor. How can I serve God?” Those who are redeemed are made members of a royal priesthood (I Peter 2:9) chosen to “declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” We serve God by praising and obeying him (John 14:21) and helping each other (John 15:12-14; I Peter 2:12). The Bible, the most complete, most interesting instruction manual ever written, reveals a host of ways we can show our love for God by honoring him and sharing his love with mankind.

But we can’t serve God wholeheartedly or convince others of his love if we aren’t secure in our own salvation. Be “confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6 NIV

God’s promise of eternal security is beautifully summarized in the words of this old hymn.

Under the blood of Jesus,
Safe in the Shepherd's fold.
Under the blood of Jesus,
Safe while the ages roll.
Safe though the worlds may crumble,
Safe though the stars grow dim.
Under the blood of Jesus,
I am secure in Him.


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About the Author:

Rebecca Carey Lyles grew up in Wyoming, the setting for her award-winning Kate Neilson novels, “Winds of Wyoming” and “Winds of Freedom.” She now lives in Idaho, where she serves as an editor and a mentor for aspiring authors and women transitioning from prison to life “on the outside.” She just published a short story collection titled “Passageways” and is writing the third book in the Winds series. http://www.beckylyles.com





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  1. Thanks, Renee, for allowing me to visit your beautiful site. I'm excited to give away a copy of Passageways, a fun collection of short stories written by myself and three author friends.

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  2. Welcome back to the blog, Becky. I love to have you here! :)

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  3. A very good reminder for every Christian!! Because He always lives, we should be even more willing to serve and worship Him, giving him all the glory!!

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  4. Wonderful article! Thank you for the words of encouragement.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Carlene! It is a wonderful post, isn't it?

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  5. And the winner is.... Carlene Havel! Thanks for stopping by the blog AND commenting on this wonderful post. I would give both of you a prize if I could. :)

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  6. Congratulations, Carlene - I'll mail the book this week. Thank you, Renee, for hosting me. :-)

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