The Final Perseverance of the Saints



London Confession of 1644

  23. Those that have this precious faith wrought in them by the Spirit, can never finally nor totally fall away; and though many storms and floods do arise and beat against them, yet they shall never be able to take them off that foundation and rock which by faith they are fastened upon, but shall be kept by the power of God to salvation, where they shall enjoy their purchased possession, they being formerly engraven upon the palms of God's hands.

  31. That all believers in the time of this life are in continual warfare, combat, and opposition against sin, self, the world, and the devil, and liable to all manner of afflictions, tribulations and persecutions, and so shall continue until Christ comes in His kingdom, being predestinated and appointed thereunto and whatsoever the saints, any of them do possess or enjoy of God in this life, is only by faith.

  32. That the only strength by which the saints are enabled to encounter with all opposition and to overcome all afflictions, temptations, persecutions, and trials, is only by Jesus Christ, who is the captain of their salvation, being made perfect through sufferings, who hath engaged His strength to assist them in all their afflictions and to uphold them under all their temptations, and to preserve them by His power to His everlasting kingdom.
 
 

The Orthodox Creed of 1679

Of Perseverance

Those that are effectually called, according to God's eternal purpose, being justified by faith, do receive such a measure of the holy unction from the Holy Spirit, by which they shall certainly persevere unto eternal life.
 
 

The Philadelphia Confession of Faith of 1742

Chapter 17:           Of Perseverance of the Saints

1.     Those whom God hath accepted in thc Beloved, effectually called and sanctified by his Spirit, and given the precious faith of His elect unto, can neither totally nor finally fall from the state of grace; but shall certainly persevere therein to the end and be eternally saved seeing the gifts and callings of God are without repentance (whence He still begets and nourisheth in them faith, repentance, love, joy, hope, and all the graces of the Spirit unto immortality); and though many storms and floods; arise and beat against them, yet they shall never be able to take them off that foundation and rock which by faith they are fastened upon; notwithstanding, through unbelief and the temptations of Satan, the sensible sight of the light and love God may for a time be clouded and obscured from them, yet lie is still the same, and they shall be sure to be kept by the power of God 'into salvation, where they shall enjoy their purchased possession, they being engraven upon the palin of His hands, and their names having been written in the book of life from all eternity.

2.     This perseverance of the saints depends not upon their own free will, but upon the immutability of the decree of election, flowing from the free and unchangeable love of God the Father; upon the efficacy of the merit and intercession of Jesus Christ and union with Him, the abiding of His Spirit, and the seed of God within them, and the nature of the covenant of grace; from  all which ariseth also the certainty and infallibility thereof.

3.     And though they may, through the temptation of Satan and of the world, the prevalency of corruption remaining in them, and the neglect of the means of their preservation fall in grievous sins, and for a time continue therein, whereby they incur God's displeasure, and grieve His Holy Spirit, CofliC to have their graces and comforts impaired, have their hearts hardened and their consciences wounded, hurt, and scandalize others, and bring temporal judgments upon themselves, yet they shall renew their repentance and be preserved, through faith in Christ Jesus, to the end.
 
 

New Hampshire Confession of 1833

9.  Of the Perseverance of the Saints

That such only are real believers as endure unto the end; that their perserving attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from mere professors; that a special providence watches over their welfare; and they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.
 
 

Abstract of Principles
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1858
 

XIII. PERSEVERANCE OF THE SAINTS.           
Those whom God hath accepted in the Beloved, and sanctified by His Spirit, will never totally nor finally fall away from the state of grace, but shall certainly persevere to the end; and though they may fall, through neglect and temptation, into sin, whereby they grieve the Spirit, impair their graces and comforts, bring reproach on the Church, and temporal judgments on themselves, yet they they shall be renewed again unto repentance, and be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.


 

Baptist Faith and Message Statement of 1925

11. PERSEVERANCE
All real believers endure to the end. Their continuance in well-doing is the mark which distinguishes them from mere professors. A special Providence cares for them, and they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.


 

Baptist Faith and Message Statement of 1963

V. God's Purpose of Grace

Election is the gracious purpose of God, according to which He regenerates, sanctifies, and glorifies sinners. It is consistent with the free agency of man, and comprehends all the means in connection with the end. It is a glorious display of God's sovereign goodness, and is infinitely wise, holy, and unchangeable. It excludes boasting and promotes humility. 

All true believers endure to the end. Those whom God has accepted in Christ, and sanctified by His Spirit, will never fall away from the State of grace, but shall persevere to the end. Believers may fall into sin through neglect and temptation, whereby they grieve the Spirit, impair their graces and comforts, bring reproach on the cause of Christ, and temporal judgments on themselves, yet they shall be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation. 

Gen. 12:1-3; Ex. 19:5-8; 1 Sam. 8:4-7, 19-22; Isa. 5:1-7; Jer. 31:31 ff.; Matt. 16:18-19; 21:28-45; 24:22, 31; 25:34; Luke 1:68-79; 2:29-32; 19:41-44; 24:44-48; John 1:12-14; 3:16; 5:24; 6:44-45, 65; 10:27-29; 15:16; 17:6, 12, 17-18; Acts 20:32; Rom. 5:9-10; 8:28-39; 10:12-15; 11:5-7. 26-36; 1 Cor. 1:1-2; 15:24-28; Eph. 1:4-23; 2:1-10; 3:1-11; Col. 1:12-14; 2 Thess. 2:13-14; 2 Tim. 1:12; 2:10, 19; Heb. 11:39 - 12:2; 1 Peter 1:2-5, 13; 2:4-10; 1 John 1:7-9; 2:19; 3:2