Every born again believer has at one time or another thought about the doctrine of eternal security. This doctrine which is near and dear to my heart and I would like to clear up any foggy thoughts you may be struggling with concerning your salvation.
My Zeal for the doctrine
When I was first saved I enjoyed everything which accompanied my salvation, all my burdens of sin were removed. The guilt and weight of my sin were gone and I knew I was forgiven and rested in the fact that I have peace with God. I saw the world differently I saw the beauty in creation, had new desires for the things of God and now I called God Abba Father.
Now as a Christian I had to navigate all of the strange doctrines out there, my first encounter with false doctrine was sitting outside during lunch break when I was approached by a Seventh Day Adventist who tried to convince me that worship was only to be on Saturday. The Holy Spirit in me told me something was wrong I was not sure what at the time but I knew what that man was telling me was false.
How the Lord opened my eyes
I then got roped into the false teaching of “losing my salvation” by a false teacher in Florida (possible future posting). Anyone who advocated for Once Saved Always Saved was seriously wrong in my mind. I became militant in my thinking and was harsh to my brothers and sisters in Christ. I would like to at this time say I’m sorry to anyone who tried showing me the error of my ways and I treated harshly, I’m forever grateful for you speaking truth to me.
I thought anyone who believed in Once Saved Always Saved was just using that as an excuse or license to sin while saying they can never lose their salvation. The truth is no Christian should be wanting to sin even when we know that we have eternal life and cannot lose our salvation.
There was a brother in Christ who also struggled with this question about eternal security. One day he asked me: “Can we lose our salvation?”. And for some reason when he asked me this question it was really profound and did something to me. Before that, I’ve come across that question a hundred times but this time it was different and today I truly count it as a blessing. With God’s grace, I found the truth. And now I’d love to help you answer that question.
Is once saved, always saved biblical?
There are cults out there which would answer yes, even some Christians subscribe to this and would say yes. We want to know what does the Bible teach about eternal security? The moment a person places their trust in Christ they are saved and have fellowship with God.
Colossians 2:13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
The child of God is forgiven of not some but all their trespasses or transgressions. In the epistle of Jude, we’re told that God does the work of keeping the believer if my salvation was dependant on upon myself then I would be in trouble. While I’m saved I still make mistakes but God doesn’t and I can rest from all my works. Knowing the perfect God of Heaven secures me in every way and I can leave it in His hands.
Jude 1:24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
The Lord Jesus Christ spoke about His sheep in John chapter 10 during the feast of the dedication while at Solomon’s porch. The Jews asked Him “How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly”. The Lord Jesus answered them saying “I told you, and ye believed not”, the Jews kept on denying all the works He was doing in the presence of them. The Lord then said His sheep hears His words and they follow Him, and He gives them eternal life.
John 10:28-29 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them 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.
If eternal life could be lost then it was never eternal, to begin with, additionally, all believers are secure in the Lord Jesus hand and in the Father’s hand. I don’t know anyone who is more powerful than God? No one is more powerful than God and that includes you. All believers are sealed by the Holy Spirit unto the day of redemption if a person could lose their salvation that would mean the Holy Spirit would have to leave the believer. The Lord Jesus said in John 14 the Holy Spirit would be in believers forever.
John 14:16, 17 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
In the Ephesians epistle, Paul the apostle said that all believers are sealed unto the day of redemption. When God redeemed us on the cross He purchased us with His own blood (Acts 20:28 …to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood).
Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
That means all believers are bought with a price and that price was the blood of Jesus and, therefore, God owns us and has sealed us. God wrote His name upon us saying they belong to me.
Jesus Christ said that the Comforter which is the Holy Spirit would dwell in us forever was He lying? God forbid! Jesus Christ never lied (Isaiah 53:9…neither was any deceit in his mouth.) and, therefore, a believer could never lose his/her’s salvation.
God can never lie because He’s perfect and what He says is always true. In one of the most popular verses in the Bible John 3:16 says we will be given everlasting life when we believe on the Lord Jesus Christ’s and His atoning sacrifice; because we believed on Christ Jesus we will never perish.
John 3:15-16 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
If salvation could be lost then “everlasting life” wouldn’t be “eternal” or “everlasting”, when you understand this then false teaching such as “losing salvation” is exposed for the heresy that it is. If you believe you can lose your salvation, in essence, you’re calling God a liar and saying He doesn’t have the power to keep you from falling (Jude 1:24).
My hope is that if you’re a believer struggling with the assurance of salvation that this post helps you in knowing that you have eternal life right now. You should rejoice at this wonderful news! John the apostle wrote in 1 John 5 to assure us of this very hope that’s in the Lord Jesus Christ.
1 John 5:13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
The last verses I’d like to leave you with is a very powerful verse from Paul the apostle in the book of Romans chapter 8. In this verse, we’re told nothing can separate us from God. The believer is secure from everything.
Romans 8:38-39 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Nothing can take away your salvation including yourself, it says not death, life, angels, principalities, powers, things present, things to come, height, depth, not any other creature (you’re a creature); shall be able to separate us from the love of God. When you look at this list and realise nothing in heaven, in earth or under the earth can take away the free gift God has given you. And when you come across verses which seem as if you can lose your salvation remember this, God’s word never contradicts, therefore, there’s another meaning behind the questionable verse.
If you study God’s word diligently God will bless you with understanding
2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.