Good mornin to you my friend.
This message is intended to help anyone who’s confused about the issue of whether or not the Christian is eternally secure in their salvation.
So let’s get right to the facts shall we?
This whole issue of believing that a Christian can fall away from the faith and lose their salvation is predicated on losing sight of the most basic tenet of justification. That being, that the will of God in the justification of His people is already finished by the Father in the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lamb of God.
If you’re saved, you aren’t saved by your will of doing anything. You’re saved because God has already saved you by His will from the foundation of the world.
Scripture that warns about apostasy (falling away from the faith), are very serious warnings, (as they should be).
But these warnings aren’t about Christians losing their salvation, they’re tests of false brethren who mingle among real brethren.
Let me give you a perfect example of what I’m talking about please.
Here’s a familiar warning about Christ rejection in Hebrews chapter 10:
26 “For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
28 He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:
29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.
31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”
What do you see being communicated there?
That passage of scripture (as well as the book of Hebrews in general), is about the superiority & replacement of the everlasting covenant in Christ over the old covenant of law. It’s telling the reader that you’d better get on board with resting in the finished work of Christ, because there is no other way to be cleansed of your sins & have access to God.
In short, you’re doomed if you reject the finished work of Christ.
Adding our filthy rags of morality/lawkeeping to Christ’s finished work for our salvation is equivalent to calling God a liar; it’s to spit in His face.
(See also Hebrews chapter 4 about resting in the finished work of Christ).
Now look at how that chapter (chapter 10) ends in verse 39:
“But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.”
That puts a nice bow on the package doesn’t it?
We see that the saving of one’s soul is by the faith of Christ, (which believes in the finished redemptive work of Christ), not in our doing.
Here’s a very similar warning presented in Hebrews chapter 6:
- Notice also please that after apostates are exposed, that the “beloved,” (genuine Christians) are yet again differentiated from false Christians.
4 “For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,
6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.
7 For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God:
8 But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.
- 9 But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak.”
That’s a crystal-clear message isn’t it?
There we see a warning about fraudulent Christians (in contrast to real Christians) who apostacize. These are people who’ve been exposed to the truth & have been associated with some form of religion, (frequently for many years), but weren’t actually born-again by the Spirit of God.
[We also see this situation played out today too don’t we? We see it when some prominent church person bails on Christ and turns atheist. That person was never one of God’s people. And in every instance that I’m aware of, the apostate didn’t believe in free grace; they were self-centered].
The whole matter couldn’t be more clear & simple.
Add to that, there’s not one instance in the whole Bible where a Christian ever lost their salvation.
So to summarize this issue, here’s two iron-clad reasons why a Christian can never lose their salvation:
- The Lord Jesus Christ has ALREADY accomplished the justification of every child of God.
Jesus’ redemption for God’s people is finished.
- Genuine Christians are kept by the power of God, (not by our power).
Salvation isn’t an open-ended possibility or a process of the sinner’s will, but a finished act of God.
I could cite an almost endless string of verses to support what I’ve presented to you in this post, (but I have to conclude this post somewhere).
Therefore I leave you with the following words of God in regard to eternal security to be believed:
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.”
37 “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.
38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.
39 And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.
40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.”
26 “But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.
27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.
30 I and my Father are one.”
1 Peter 1
2 “Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”