Well, thankfully Christians aren’t adjunct professors: if we profess Jesus Christ in faith, we have tenure! So I don’t have to worry about getting fired, as it were. I believe in the perseverance of the saints, which is to say, in God’s preservation of the saints. Of course, this isn’t a “Get out of Jail free” card. But it’s important to realize, with Calvin, that the salvation is first and foremost our union with Christ, and that this union carries with it the double blessing of justification and sanctification. Our adoption as God’s children is secure in Christ, but we know that the Father disciplines those whom he loves, so this side of heaven we have to work out our own salvation in godly fear, but it is God who works in us to perfect us in Christ (cf. Phil. 2:12-13).
Kevin Vanhoozer born in Oakland, CA, and teaches systematic theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 30 miles north of Chicago. His favorite movie is City Lights (Charlie Chaplin), his favorite smell is coffee, his first job was at at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School teaching systematic theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (hey, when you like what you do...), and when not engaged in academic rigor he enjoys hanging out with his wife; playing the piano (working on a Beethoven sonata); reading novels; watching indie or foreign films. Kevin is working on a 3 volume Systematic Theology Trilogy and you can follow along in real time as he blogs about it at his site www.KevinVanhoozer.com