The moment an individual believes on Christ, trusting Him alone, an instantaneous, irreversible event takes place with eternal implications. A new birth occurs, establishing a bond that can never be broken.
John 1:12 says, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:”
According to the above passage, those who believe in Jesus Christ “become the sons of God.”
Galatians 3:26 says, “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.”
Just as there is no sin your child can commit whereby they forfeit their sonship, there is no sin a son of God can commit whereby they forfeit their sonship and lose their salvation.
This is not to say that sin is without consequence.God promises to chasten His children and correct them in love.
Once a Son, Always a Son
Hebrews 12:6 says, “For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.”
Though a believer cannot lose their salvation, they can suffer the loss of: Joy (Psalm 51:12), Blessing (Psalm 1:1), Good health/Physical life (1 Corinthians 11:30) and Eternal Rewards (1 Corinthians 3:14-15).
There are indeed consequences for sin in the believer’s life.
However, the security of our salvation is not dependent upon our behavior. It is dependent upon our Savior.
The same Savior that said: “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.”
The Lord promised “everlasting life” to “whosoever believeth.” Logically, if that life does not last forever, was it “everlasting”? Absolutely not. If salvation can be lost, then the life which we possess is not eternal nor is it everlasting.
Notice the consistent witness of these passages:
“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” John 3:36
“And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?” John 11:26
“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.” John 6:40
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.” John 6:47
Not only do believers presently possess everlasting life, but we are also presently “not condemned.”
John 3:18 says, “He that believeth on him is not condemned.”
John 5:24 says, “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.”
Not only am I not condemned currently, but I shall not come into condemnation in the future. Remember, these are the words of the God, Who cannot lie (Titus 1:2). If God cannot lie, I cannot be condemned!
Romans 6:23 says, “the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
The gift of God is eternal life and the “gifts and calling of God are without repentance” (Romans 11:29). Meaning, God’s not going to change His mind and take back the gift He gave you.
The ever faithful Christ promised to “never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5), there is nothing that can separate you from the love of God.
Romans 8:38-39 says, “For I am persuaded, that neither death (suicide included), nor life (the way in which we live), 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.”
To adhere to the idea that salvation can be lost and maintain that you still possess yours is self- righteous delusion.
If we could lose salvation, we would lose salvation. We sin every single day in thought, word or deed. Thankfully for the believer, “God dealeth with you as with sons” (Hebrews 12:7) and His grace is greater than all our sin!
“Well,” some may ask, “what if I stop believing?” 2 Timothy 2:13 says, “If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.” Friend, the wisdom of men will imagine endless hypotheticals to oppose the plain speech of the word of God. Let God be true but every man a liar! Jesus said in John 10, “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” In one verse we find three great truths concerning the security of our salvation:
1) The possession of eternal life
2) The promise to never perish
3) The power of God’s protection
Once you’re saved, you’re always saved!
Ephesians 1:13-14 says, “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.”
The moment faith is placed in the Savior, the believer is sealed with the Holy Spirit until the redemption of the purchased possession. This truth alone completely contradicts the notion that salvation can be lost.
Jesus said in John 6:39, “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.”
A better question than “can I lose my salvation?” is “can Jesus lose me?”
If Jesus cannot lose me, I cannot be lost.
What are the practical implications of our eternal security?
Titus 2:11-12 says, “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;”
The same grace that saves us is the same grace that teaches us we should live soberly, righteously, and godly. “Should” meaning, we don’t have to, we get to!
We don’t have to go to church,
we get to go to church.
We don’t have to read the Bible,
we get to read the Bible.
We don’t have to do good works,
we get to do good works
Understanding that, whether we do or whether we don’t has no standing on the security of our salvation. This truth should invigorate and motivate us to present our bodies “a living sacrifice” which is our “reasonable service” unto God.
1 John 5:10-11 says, “He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.”
According to the above passage, anyone who denies the eternality of salvation is effectively making God a liar. To say that salvation can be lost is to say that salvation is not eternal. This is both logically and biblically inconsistent.
1 John 5:13 says, “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.”
God’s desire is for you to know that you have eternal life, do you know that? May you rest today in the eternal security of your salvation!