Forever is an unfamiliar concept to our insecure, earthbound minds. It is foreign to our worldview and experience of shame and disappointments. Nothing seems forever. Things we treasure are ripped from our hands or slip unexpectedly through our fingers.
It is even hard for us to believe that our forgiven relationship with God is permanently ours to enjoy. Everything else in life can be taken from us — our health, our loved ones, our financial resources, our home, our jobs. Why not our salvation from sin, our right standing in God’s eyes?
But the security of His promise of forgiveness and eternal life is not based on our performance or circumstances of life, but on God’s faithfulness and Jesus’ intercession for us at the right hand of the Father. Which He does forever!
“But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness” Romans 4:5
“so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.” Hebrews 6:18-20
“Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” Hebrews 7:25
“Who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ?” Romans 8:34-35