My Name Etched

I used to joke with my wife that I could find the first name of each of our children – Hannah, Rachel, Nathan, and Noah, and mine as well, David – in the Bible, but I could not find either her first or middle names there.

Her reply always was, “That’s okay, as I long as I know that my name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.”

Regena Jane has a confidence about her salvation and eternal destiny. It is not based on her name or her good looks. It’s not based on anything that she has done or ever will do. And, there is nothing she will ever do that will ever cause her to lose it. Her confidence, and that of all Christians, for salvation and eternal life is simply in the finished, effectual, sure work of God in Christ on the Cross of Calvary.

In a sermon entitled The Immutability of Christ, John Ross MacDuff reminds us that our assurance of salvation, our confidence for daily living, and our confident expectation for tomorrow is found in the Immutable Christ.

Below is one quote from the sermon.

“‘I have engraved you on the palms of My hands. Not on the mountains, colossal as they are, for they shall depart; on no leaf of nature’s vast volume, for the last fires shall scorch them; not on blazing sun, for he shall grow dim with age; or on glorious heavens, for they shall be folded together as a scroll. But on the hand which made the worlds, the hand which was transfixed on Calvary, the hand of might and love–I have engraved you there. No corroding power can efface the writing, obliterate the name–you are Mine now, and Mine forever!'”

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John Ross MacDuff (1818-1895) was a Scottish Presbyterian pastor and writer. He also wrote poetry and was known for his devotional writings.

The above quote is taken from the sermon The Immutability of Christ. It is based on Hebrews 18:8 –

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, yes and forever.”

The sermon can be read in its entirety here.

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