With thunderous power, the three-year old thoroughbred slogged through mud to finish first, earning him an elite award in the horse racing world. Maximum Security was the toast of the town-for a matter of moments.
In a dramatic display not seen since the 1960s, Saturday’s Kentucky Derby “winner” was disqualified just moments after his victory for drifting into a turn and impeding the movement of several other competitors.
The results of this year’s race will likely be debated for decades. In fact, even as I write this, Maximum Security’s owners are appealing the ruling. It makes for great water cooler discussion.
For me, the irony of Maximum Security suddenly losing the security of his crowning victory is profound. As a long-time believer it is difficult for me to hear any other modifier with the word security, than eternal.
It can’t be taken away.
No review board.
The concept of Eternal Security is theologically complex and debates between Arminianism and Calvinism thought stretch centuries.
Beyond that, those who have received the promise of the cross through a personal salvation experience are assured of a prize much greater than gold or silver. Nothing is sweeter. Nothing is more enduring. Not spouse, not child, not parents, not sibling. Not the dream job or dream wheels. Not even the dream crib.
This revelation is not new. In fact, the Apostle John addresses the issue several times. One of the most well-known verses on the topic is also the one most of us memorize early on in our walk:
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. (John 3:16-18)
It also shows up in John 5:24 and John 10:28.
Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life. (John 5:24)
I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. (John 10:28)
So beloved, we can rest assured that when we enter that gate of salvation our security cannot be yanked away. That’s a truth you can bet on!!
Racing with you,
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