Luke 22; Eternally Saved


I am writing today from the beautiful Tampa Bay area.

Luke  22:39          And he came out, and went, as he was wont, to the mount of Olives; and his disciples also followed him. 

 22:40    And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation. 

 22:41    And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, 

 22:42    Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. 

 22:43    And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. 

Many times over the years my heart has been comforted by the passage below from The Desire of Ages. When my heart is broken because it appears evil is winning, I remember the angel assuring Jesus and the rest of us, that Satan will be defeated and not just a few, but multitudes will be saved, and I love the emphasis on eternally saved.

The angel came not to take the cup from Christ’s hand, but to strengthen Him to drink it, with the assurance of the Father’s love. He came to give power to the divine-human suppliant. He pointed Him to the open heavens, telling Him of the souls that would be saved as the result of His sufferings. He assured Him that His Father is greater and more powerful than Satan, that His death would result in the utter discomfiture of Satan, and that the kingdom of this world would be given to the saints of the Most High. He told Him that He would see of the travail of His soul, and be satisfied, for He would see a multitude of the human race saved, eternally saved.  {Desire of Ages, p. 693}

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