The following are examples that our security is indeed based in our covenant relationship with the Lord.
Example One: The Lost Sheep (Luke 15:3-7)
This parable spoken by Jesus was addressed to the Pharisees, who were murmurring against him, “This man welcomes sinners, and eats (fellowships) with them.” The point of the parable, is that the Good Shepherd, will leave the 99, who are not in danger, to go after the one who has gone astray. Let us see this main point, IT IS A SHEEP! This sheep had gone astray. It had deviated from the rest of the fold. It was originally a part of the fold, but it had wandered off from the safety and watchcare of the shepherd. The Shepherd WENT AFTER THE LOST SHEEP!!! He did not wait until it had decided to return. It had lost its way; it did not know how to return. The shepherd sought after the sheep, and laid it upon his shoulders and carried it back to the fold. Having found the sheep, he did not verbally or physically abuse it for leaving. HE REJOICED THAT IT WAS FOUND!
In keeping with the Shepherd/Sheep relationship, I direct us to the awesome words of comfort and security from the lips of Jesus.
My sheep hear my voice and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life, and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck the out of my hand, My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are One. (John 10:27-30)
“My sheep hear my voice and I know them, and they follow me” denotes the intimacy of covenant relationship between the Shepherd and his sheep. “They shall never perish” is actually expressed much stronger in the Greek. The force of the Greek reads, ‘they shall in no way never perish’. It may not be good English, but it is great Greek. “Neither shall any pluck them out of my hand” gives the greatest sense of safety and security that one may have. Our security is based upon the strength of our Shepherd. Praise God!! Our safety and security will last as long as our Shepherd lives. This is good stuff, God. You do all things well.
Example Two: The Prodical Son. (Luke 15:11-32)
We have somewhat of a different scenario in this parable. The young son did not just get lost. He made a conscious decision to leave the house of the father. After a time of riotous living in sin, he began to reap the consequences of his sin. After a time of living in squalor, he decided to return to his father. HE MADE THE DECISION TO RETURN. He believed that his relationship with his father would not be the same as before. He was right. He thought that he would not be accepted again as a son, but would need to live as a slave. He was wrong.
As he returned, before he ever got to his father’s house, his father saw him from a distance. The father saw him before he saw the father. Why? Because the father never stopped looking for his return. The father ran to greet him, kissed him, clothed him and rejoiced, throwing a party in celebration of his returning son. THE FATHER RECEIVED HIM BACK AS HIS SON. This prodical, wayward son, IN THE FATHER’S HEART, NEVER STOPPED BEING HIS SON. He was received again on one condition alone, RELATIONSHIP.
The father never disowned him, and he did not ridicule him for his failures. He received him, loved him and cherished him. The elder son, who had never acted in such a way, was embittered against the younger. The younger son would know the father in a way, that the elder son would never know. Both the sheep and son had wandered away from where they should have been. One was sought after, and one returned of his own accord. But both were received back BECAUSE OF RELATIONSHIP, NOT BECAUSE OF THEIR WORKS OR LACK THEREOF.