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Romans 5:3
And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation works patience;

James 1:12
Blessed is the man that endures temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to them that love him.

2 Thessalonians 1:4
So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that you endure:

James 1:3
Knowing this, that the trying of your faith works patience.

Hebrews 10:36
For you have need of patience, that, after you have done the will of God, you might receive the promise.

Galatians 6:9
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

Mark 13:13
And you shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that shall endure to the end, the same shall be saved.

Easton's Bible Dictionary
Perseverance of the saints

Their certain continuance in a state of grace. Once justified and regenerated, the believer can neither totally nor finally fall away from grace, but will certainly persevere therein and attain everlasting life.

This doctrine is clearly taught in these passages, John 10:28, 29; Romans 11:29; Philippians 1:6; 1 Peter 1:5. It, moreover, follows from a consideration of (1) the immutability of the divine decrees (Jeremiah 31:3; Matthew 24:22-24; Acts 13:48; Romans 8:30); (2) the provisions of the covenant of grace (Jeremiah 32:40; John 10:29; 17:2-6); (3) the atonement and intercession of Christ (Isaiah 53:6, 11; Matthew 20:28; 1 Peter 2:24; John 11:42; 17:11, 15, 20; Romans 8:34); and (4) the indwelling of the Holy Ghost (John 14:16; 2 Corinthians 1:21, 22; 5:5; Ephesians 1:14; 1 John 3:9).

This doctrine is not inconsistent with the truth that the believer may nevertheless fall into grievous sin, and continue therein for some time. (see BACKSLIDE.)

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (n.) Persistence under harsh conditions; continued pursuit or prosecution of any business, or enterprise begun.

2. (n.) Discrimination.

3. (n.) Continuance in a state of grace until it is succeeded by a state of glory; sometimes called final perseverance, and the perseverance of the saints. See Calvinism.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

pur-se-ver'-ans: The word occurs only once in the King James Version (Ephesians 6:18), where it refers quite simply to persistence in prayer. In theology (especially in the phrase "final perseverance") the word has come to denote a special persistency, the undying continuance of the new life (manifested in faith and holiness) given by the Spirit of God to man. It is questioned whether such imparted life is (by its nature, or by the law of its impartation) necessarily permanent indestructible so that the once regenerate and believing man has the prospect of final glory infallibly assured. This is not the place to trace the history of a great and complex debate. It is more fitting here to point to the problem as connected with that supreme class of truths in which, because of our necessary mental limits, the entire truth can only be apprehended as the unrevealed but certain harmony of seeming contradictions. Scripture on the one hand abounds with assurances of "perseverance" as a fact, and largely intimates that an exulting anticipation of it is the intended experience of the believer (see John 10:28 above all, and compare among other passages Romans 8:31-37 1 Peter 1:8, 9). On the other hand, we find frequent and urgent warnings and cautions (see e.g. 1 Corinthians 8:11; 1 Corinthians 9:27). The teacher dealing with actual cases, as in pastoral work, should be ready to adopt both classes of utterances, each with its proper application; applying the first, e.g., to the true but timid disciple, the latter to the self-confident. Meanwhile Scripture on the whole, by the manner and weight of its positive statements, favors a humble belief of the permanence, in the plan of God, of the once-given new life. It is as if it laid down perseverance" as the divine rule for the Christian, while the negative passages came in to caution the man not to deceive himself with appearances, nor to let any belief whatever palliate the guilt and minimize the danger of sin. In the biographies of Scripture, it is noteworthy that no person appears who, at one time certainly a saint, was later certainly a castaway. The awful words of Hebrews 6:4-6; Hebrews 10:26, 27 appear to deal with cases (such as Balaam's) of much light but no loving life, and so are not precisely in point. Upon the whole subject, it is important to make "the Perseverance of the Saviour" our watchword rather than "the Perseverance of the saint."

Handley Dunelm

4343. proskarteresis -- steadfastness
... Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine Transliteration: proskarteresis Phonetic Spelling:
(pros-kar-ter'-ay-sis) Short Definition: perseverance Definition: perseverance ...
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5281. hupomone -- a remaining behind, a patient enduring
... Origin from hupomeno Definition a remaining behind, a patient enduring NASB Word
Usage endurance (7), patient enduring (1), perseverance (21), steadfastness (3 ...
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3114. makrothumeo -- to persevere, to be patient
... mak-roth-oo-meh'-o) Short Definition: I suffer long, have patience, am forbearing
Definition: I suffer long, have patience, am forbearing, perseverance. ...
// - 7k

2552. kakopatheia -- affliction
... kakopatheia Phonetic Spelling: (kak-op-ath'-i-ah) Short Definition: suffering
Definition: experience of evil, suffering, distress, affliction, perseverance. ...
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... 6. The application of redemption 10. Perseverance. 'Who ... 1. The fifth and
last fruit of sanctification, is perseverance in grace. ...
// body of divinity/10 perseverance.htm

Whether Perseverance is a virtue?
... OF PERSEVERANCE (FOUR ARTICLES) Whether perseverance is a virtue? Objection
1: It seems that perseverance is not a virtue. For, according ...
/.../aquinas/summa theologica/whether perseverance is a virtue.htm

The Perseverance of Faith
... The Perseverance Of Faith. A Sermon (No.2253). Intended for Reading on
Lord's-Day, April 24th, 1892,. Delivered by. CH SPURGEON,. At ...
/.../spurgeon/spurgeons sermons volume 38 1892/the perseverance of faith.htm

Final Perseverance
... Final Perseverance. A Sermon (No.75). Delivered on Sabbath Morning, March 23, 1856,
by the. REV. CH SPURGEON. At New Park Street Chapel, Southwark. ...
/.../spurgeon/spurgeons sermons volume 2 1856/final perseverance.htm

On the Perseverance of Saints
true believers to fall away totally and finally: 2. Do ...
/.../arminius/the works of james arminius vol 2/on the perseverance of saints.htm

Whether Perseverance is a Part of Fortitude?
... OF PERSEVERANCE (FOUR ARTICLES) Whether perseverance is a part of fortitude? Objection
1: It seems that perseverance is not a part of fortitude. ...
/.../aquinas/summa theologica/whether perseverance is a part.htm

Whether Constancy Pertains to Perseverance?
... OF PERSEVERANCE (FOUR ARTICLES) Whether constancy pertains to perseverance? Objection
1: It seems that constancy does not pertain to perseverance. ...
/.../aquinas/summa theologica/whether constancy pertains to perseverance.htm

... VII. PRAISE. Hymn 84 Perseverance. John Newton 8,6,8,6. Perseverance. Rejoice,
believer, in the LORD. Who makes your cause his own; ...
// hymns/hymn 84 perseverance.htm

The Perseverance of the Saints
... V. THE PERSEVERANCE OF THE SAINTS. My sentiments respecting the perseverance
of the saints are, that those persons who have been ...
/.../arminius/the works of james arminius vol 1/v the perseverance of the.htm

Whether Pertinacity is Opposed to Perseverance?
... OF THE VICES OPPOSED TO PERSEVERANCE (TWO ARTICLES) Whether pertinacity is opposed
to perseverance? Objection 1: It seems that pertinacity ...
/.../aquinas/summa theologica/whether pertinacity is opposed to.htm

Perseverance (27 Occurrences)
... Easton's Bible Dictionary Perseverance of the saints. Their certain continuance
in a state of grace. ... Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. PERSEVERANCE. ...
/p/perseverance.htm - 18k

Election (6 Occurrences)
problem of PERSEVERANCE will be treated under that word. It ...
/e/election.htm - 26k

Endurance (31 Occurrences)
... Noah Webster's Dictionary 1. (n.) The quality of withstanding hardship or
stress; lastingness; perseverance; continuance. 2. (n.) The ...
/e/endurance.htm - 15k

Patience (59 Occurrences)
... 2. (n.) The act or power of calmly or contentedly waiting for something due or hoped
for; forbearance. 3. (n.) Constancy in labor or application; perseverance. ...
/p/patience.htm - 27k


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Suffering (104 Occurrences)
... (See NIV). Romans 5:3 Not only this, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, knowing
that suffering works perseverance; (Root in WEB WEY RSV NIV). ...
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Name's (31 Occurrences)
... (KJV WBS). Revelation 2:3 You have perseverance and have endured for my name's
sake, and have not grown weary. (WEB KJV ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV). ...
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Laborious (12 Occurrences)
... Noah Webster's Dictionary 1. (a.) Requiring perseverance or sacrifice; toilsome;
tiresome. 2. (a.) Devoted to labor; diligent; industrious ...
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Lowliness (9 Occurrences)
... Colossians 3:12 Put on therefore, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, a heart
of compassion, kindness, lowliness, humility, and perseverance; (WEB WEY ASV ...
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Go (17871 Occurrences)
... 20. (n.) A glass of spirits. 21. (n.) Power of going or doing; energy; vitality;
perseverance; push; as, there is no go in him. 22. ...
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Perseverance: Dictionary and Thesaurus |

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Perseverance (27 Occurrences)

Luke 8:15
That in the good ground, these are such as in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, hold it tightly, and bring forth fruit with patience.
(See NAS)

Romans 2:7
to those on the one hand who, by lives of persistent right-doing, are striving for glory, honour and immortality, the Life of the Ages;
(See NAS)

Romans 5:3
Not only this, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering works perseverance;

Romans 5:4
and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope:

Romans 8:25
But if we hope for that which we don't see, we wait for it with patience.
(See NAS)

Romans 15:4
For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that through patience and through encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
(See NAS)

Romans 15:5
Now the God of patience and of encouragement grant you to be of the same mind one with another according to Christ Jesus,
(See NAS)

2 Corinthians 12:12
Truly the signs of an apostle were worked among you in all patience, in signs and wonders and mighty works.

Ephesians 6:18
with all prayer and requests, praying at all times in the Spirit, and being watchful to this end in all perseverance and requests for all the saints:

Colossians 1:11
strengthened with all power, according to the might of his glory, for all endurance and perseverance with joy;

Colossians 3:12
Put on therefore, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, a heart of compassion, kindness, lowliness, humility, and perseverance;

2 Thessalonians 1:4
so that we ourselves do glory in you in the assemblies of God, for your endurance and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye bear;

2 Thessalonians 3:5
May the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patience of Christ.
(See NIV)

1 Timothy 6:11
But you, O man of God, must flee from these things; and strive for uprightness, godliness, good faith, love, fortitude, and a forgiving temper.
(See NAS)

2 Timothy 3:10
But you did follow my teaching, conduct, purpose, faith, patience, love, steadfastness,
(See NAS)

Titus 2:2
aged men to be temperate, grave, sober, sound in the faith, in the love, in the endurance;
(See NAS)

Hebrews 12:1
Therefore let us also, seeing we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

James 1:3
knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.
(See NIV)

James 5:11
Behold, we call them blessed who endured. You have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the Lord in the outcome, and how the Lord is full of compassion and mercy.
(See NIV)

2 Peter 1:6
and in the knowledge the temperance, and in the temperance the endurance, and in the endurance the piety,

Revelation 1:9
I John, your brother and partner with you in oppression, Kingdom, and perseverance in Christ Jesus, was on the isle that is called Patmos because of God's Word and the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Revelation 2:2
"I know your works, and your toil and perseverance, and that you can't tolerate evil men, and have tested those who call themselves apostles, and they are not, and found them false.

Revelation 2:3
You have perseverance and have endured for my name's sake, and have not grown weary.

Revelation 2:19
"I know your works, your love, faith, service, patient endurance, and that your last works are more than the first.

Revelation 3:10
Because you kept my command to endure, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, which is to come on the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.
(See NAS)

Revelation 13:10
If anyone has captivity, he will go into captivity. If anyone is with the sword, he must be killed. Here is the endurance and the faith of the saints.
(See NAS)

Revelation 14:12
Here is the patience of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus."
(See NAS)



Perseverance in Well-Doing is not in Vain

Perseverance in Well-Doing: Leads to Assurance of Hope

Perseverance: A Characteristic of Saints

Perseverance: An Evidence of Belonging to Christ

Perseverance: An Evidence of Reconciliation With God

Perseverance: Blessedness of

Perseverance: Caleb and Joshua, in Representing the Land of Promise

Perseverance: Encouragement To

Perseverance: General Scriptures Concerning

Perseverance: Jacob, in Prayer

Perseverance: Lack of Excludes from the Benefits of the Gospel

Perseverance: Lack of Illustrated

Perseverance: Lack of Punished

Perseverance: Leads to Increase of Knowledge

Perseverance: Maintained Through: Faith

Perseverance: Maintained Through: The Fear of God

Perseverance: Maintained Through: The Intercession of Christ

Perseverance: Maintained Through: The Power of Christ

Perseverance: Maintained Through: The Power of God

Perseverance: Ministers should Exhort To

Perseverance: Promised to Saints

Perseverance: Promises To

Perseverance: To be Manifested in Continuing in the Faith

Perseverance: To be Manifested in Holding Fast Hope

Perseverance: To be Manifested in Prayer

Perseverance: To be Manifested in Seeking God

Perseverance: To be Manifested in Waiting Upon God

Perseverance: To be Manifested in Well-Doing

Related Terms

Election (6 Occurrences)

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Suffering (104 Occurrences)

Name's (31 Occurrences)

Laborious (12 Occurrences)

Lowliness (9 Occurrences)

Go (17871 Occurrences)

Grown (77 Occurrences)

Weary (77 Occurrences)

Watchful (17 Occurrences)

Incapable (5 Occurrences)

Isle (15 Occurrences)

Toil (66 Occurrences)

Thereunto (9 Occurrences)

Tolerate (8 Occurrences)

Resolutely (5 Occurrences)

Requests (29 Occurrences)

Endured (22 Occurrences)

Difficulty (12 Occurrences)

Petition (33 Occurrences)

Proven (3 Occurrences)

Patmos (1 Occurrence)

Persevere (3 Occurrences)

Produces (27 Occurrences)

Partner (8 Occurrences)

Persevering (2 Occurrences)

Brings (155 Occurrences)

Character (27 Occurrences)

Continuance (8 Occurrences)

Constancy (1 Occurrence)

Attaining (3 Occurrences)

Seasons (43 Occurrences)

Steadfastness (15 Occurrences)

Sufferings (27 Occurrences)

Strengthened (113 Occurrences)

Supplication (71 Occurrences)

Claim (30 Occurrences)

Oppression (67 Occurrences)

Holiness (76 Occurrences)

Watching (111 Occurrences)

Rejoice (259 Occurrences)

Tested (80 Occurrences)


Praying (71 Occurrences)

Low (216 Occurrences)

Endure (90 Occurrences)

Prayer (406 Occurrences)

Beloved (117 Occurrences)

Compassion (145 Occurrences)

Can't (180 Occurrences)


Always (186 Occurrences)

Strength (517 Occurrences)

Loved (249 Occurrences)

Saints (117 Occurrences)

Test (105 Occurrences)

Peter (181 Occurrences)

Lord's (548 Occurrences)

Watch (203 Occurrences)

Adoption (5 Occurrences)

Deeds (309 Occurrences)

Regard (230 Occurrences)

Kindness (295 Occurrences)

Ones (687 Occurrences)

Kind (290 Occurrences)

Works (379 Occurrences)

Hardships (12 Occurrences)

Chosen (197 Occurrences)

New (1850 Occurrences)

Elijah (104 Occurrences)

Humility (20 Occurrences)

Joy (422 Occurrences)

Hope (291 Occurrences)

Apostles (79 Occurrences)

Testament (13 Occurrences)

View (86 Occurrences)

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