“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them and they will never perish; and no 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).

During an Easter event, I was playing with a group of children trying to pry candy from my hand. With a vice-gripped clench, I didn’t think it could be done. Yet, finally, one was able to get hold of my finger and wrench it in such a way that I had to open my fist and the candy fell out.

I’m grateful that by no amount of wrenching or scheming can the evil one pry us from the Father’s hand. Forty-three times in the New Testament salvation and the Christian life is described as eternal life or everlasting life. By definition, these two terms mean that the life of salvation is something that can never be lost. That one could have it then lose it would imply not eternal and everlasting, but temporary and conditional. We can face each day with the confidence that He has a firm grip on our lives.

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