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Eternal Security

John 10:27-28 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.

The Bible says we can know we have eternal life:

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.

If eternal security or “once saved always saved” is false, there is no way to really know you have something that is eternal.

Eternal Security is a Biblical doctrine, and it is absolutely crucial to the Christian faith. Someone who doubts their security in Christ is prone to be a weak Christian because they are going to tend to focus more on how they are failing to live up than taking the gospel into all the world. Many people think the doctrine of eternal security encourages sinful living. The problem is that they are elevating man’s wisdom over God’s wisdom.   

Proverbs 14:12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death

It seems like a person who is afraid the way they live will take them to hell would live a cleaner life. However, that's not how it actually is.  Most people who think they can "lose their salvation" live like the world.  But a real Christian is indwelt by the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:9), the Spirit of truth (John 15:26);and  that is the most powerful opposition to sinful living a person can have. Living in sin is not without its consequences. Like sons and daughters, God chastens us when we sin. But teaching people that they can lose their salvation does not make them live more righteously. 

I would now like to examine key aspects of this doctrine directly from the Bible:

Salvation is of the LORD

First and foremost, it is important to realize that we do not earn our salvation in any way. Real salvation, which is being saved from the wages of sin and the wrath to come, comes from the Lord. We do not in any way save ourselves. God is the one who saves us.  

Psalms 37:39 But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: he is their strength in the time of trouble.
                                                                                      
Jonah 2:9 But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD.

Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

Salvation is a gift

The Bible teaches that salvation is a free gift that is not earned.  When you become a Christian, it is not because you did something to earn it, it is because you received a gift.  . Receiving a gift is not a work.  When a person believes on Jesus Christ, as the Bible requires, they are accepting and receiving the gift of salvation made possible by Christ’s sacrifice  . Unbelievers have not accepted this gift.

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  (9) Not of works, lest any man should boast.

John 1:12 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:

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Everlasting and eternal life

The strongest case that can be made for "eternal security" is the words Jesus chose to describe what we call “being saved” or “going to heaven.”  Jesus used the words "eternal life" and "everlasting life," to describe being saved.   If God gives you a gift that is everlasting, and you at some point don’t have it any more, it was not everlasting!   Everlasting means “lasting forever.  ” This may sound a little basic, but many people believe that everlasting life is not really everlasting, or say that you can at some point “give the gift back” as it were  . The only problem is that you would still not be “living forever” if you ended up going to hell.  Hell is where "the dead" are.  Jesus said God is not God of the dead but of the living.    Therefore, everlasting life is life that goes on for forever.  If you have everlasting life, that means you will never die (and go to hell).

John 3:36 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 6:47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.

John 5:24 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.

"Eternal" has basically the same meaning as "everlasting."   "Everlasting" means "lasting forever," "eternal" means "never ending."

John 10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

Titus 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;

1 John 2:25 And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.

Purchase and redemption

The Bible says we have been purchased by God, through the blood of Jesus, and that we are going to be redeemed some day. If you go to the store and purchase something, is there anything that the purchased item can do once you’ve bought it to cause it to not be yours anymore?   Or in the days of slavery, people were literally purchased.  There was nothing that person could do to change their master.

Acts 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood

Colossians 1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

The Seal and Ernest of the Holy Spirit

The Bible says that when we are saved, God gives us the Holy Spirit as a “seal” until the day of redemption, and also says that he will abide with us for ever (John 14:16).  . Believers are sealed until the day of redemption, so it is impossible to break the seal prior to that day.

The Bible also speaks of the “earnest of the Spirit” . Just as someone that buys a house today has to put down an “earnest deposit” to demonstrate that they are serious about buying and intend to complete the purchase, God has given us the Holy Spirit to assure us that we are His, and that he intends to someday redeem us. Notice, however, that if the buyer fails to make the purchase, he also forfeits the earnest deposit. If you could lose your salvation, God would have to forfeit the earnest of the Spirit, which is of course, impossible.

Ephesians 1:13-14 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, (14) Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

2 Corinthians 1:21-22 Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; (22) Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.

John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

Adoption and chastening

Jesus likened salvation to being “born again” in John 3:3-7. Elsewhere in the Bible, we are told we are God’s adopted children. Can you imagine someone adopting a child, going through all the trouble of bringing him into their home, and then returning them to the orphanage if they rebel? Yet, this is what many Christians believe God does when his children rebel against him. Can you imagine a parent even telling a child he is going to take them back to the orphanage?

Romans 8:15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

Galatians 4:5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.

Ephesians 1:5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,


What a good parent does with a rebellious child is spank them. The Bible is clear that God expects parents to spank (“chasten”) their children (Proverbs 13:24). And in the same way, when we rebel and start living in sin, God chastens us. He chastens his own children, because they are his children. The unbeliever, however, will be judged not as a child, but as a condemned criminal.

1 Corinthians 11:32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.

Hebrews 12:5-6 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: (6) For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

Once washed, always washed

In a very profound portion of scripture, Jesus washes the disciple’s feet.  . Many people read this and only see the humility our Lord demonstrated, which is definitely part of the lesson  . But there is more to this story than just being humble and serving one another. He actually demonstrates the fact that once we are washed our feet are the only thing we need to wash.  We are "clean ever whit".   We read:

John 13:4-11 He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. (5) After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded. (6) Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet? (7) Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter. (8) Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me. (9) Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head. (10) Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all. (11) For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean.

Notice that Jesus told Peter that once someone is washed, they only need to wash their feet, but they are clean “every whit”.   When we are saved, Jesus washes us in his own blood (Rev. 1:5). Notice that Jesus told the disciples that they were clean, except for Judas (who did not believe on Jesus (John 6:64)). Jesus said once someone is washed, they are clean every whit; only their feet need to be cleaned. Our feet are what we walk with.   Likewise, the way we walk is often influenced by the world, and we start getting “filthy feet” walking in this sinful world; that is to say we fall into sin. The way we clean up our feet is with water (which is the word of God (Eph. 5:26))  . But as for the rest of us, once we are washed we are clean every whit.  There is no need to ever get washed again.  

Whose righteousness are you trusting in?

Are you trusting in Christ's righteousness to get you to heaven, which the Bible says is imputed to us by faith?  Or are you trying to establish your own righteousness by living a clean life and trusting that to keep you from going to hell?

2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
                                                                                                                                                                
Philippians 3:9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

Romans 10:3-4 For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. (4) For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.

Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

It's the blood of Jesus that saves us 

According to the Bible we are redeemed by the blood of Jesus.  This being the case, when does the blood of Jesus stop cleanising us?  Or how do we become unredeemed?  Is the blood of Christ sufficient to save us, or do we need to add to it?     It is the literal blood of Jesus that saves us.  The Bible says wthout blood there is no remission.

Ephesians 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

Colossians 1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

Revelation 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,

Everyone who was foreknown ends up glorified

In Romans 8 we have a passage the Calvinists call "The Golden Chain", where those who are predestinated all end up saved in the end with no loss along the way.  The important distinction I want to make here is that in Romans 8:29 it says those whom he foreknew he did predestinate.  God predestinated those whom he knew would get saved, he did not just choose who would get saved.  The Bible says he is not willing that any should perish. (2 Peter 3:9)  But some people will perish....because it's up to every person to make their own choice.  But everyone.....everyone who is foreknown ends up glorified.  And in Ephesians 2:5-6, everyone.....everyone who is saved has been raised.

Romans 8:28-30 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (29) For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. (30) Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

Ephesians 2:5-6 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) (6) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

Is salvation eternal or by works?

Think about this for a minute.  If salvation is not eternally secure, there is only one thing that can possibly change your status as being saved.  Jesus paid our sin debt in full, ascended up to heaven and sat down at the right hand of the father.  His work is done.  So he isn't going to change.  If you think you can lose your salvation somehow, it can only be because of something you did.  And the things that you do are your works.  Sin is trangression of the law, so not sinning to stay saved is the same thing as following the law to stay saved.   And the Bible warns us about following the law as a means of salvation...whether receiving it or maintaining it.   Because if your outcome is based on what you are doing right now, basically Christ's death, burial and resurrection becomes of no effect to you....it's you that has to keep the law if you believe that.

Hebrews 4:3 For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.

Galatians 2:21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain. 

Galatians 5:4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. 



JESUS IS OUR SAVIOR

I think if God were  sitting here next to me right now and wanted me to emphasize anything at all, it would be the fact that it's about JESUS and WHAT HE DID FOR US.....NOT about US and WHAT WE CAN DO FOR HIM.  I mean, Jesus was GOD and left his home in heaven to sleep on the ground, and be subject to all the frailties of human life.   He lived a sinless life in a crooked and perverse generation full of false teachers  who accused him of all manner of blasphemy and ultimately falsely accused him to get him put to death.   He was put to an open shame, being stripped of his clothing, scourged to the point he was marred more than any man who ever lived, spit upon, smitten in the face by the priests, and led away to the most painful and humiliating kind of death ever known to mankind.   His closest friends all forsook him, and he was left to die alone.  And he was made to be sin for us who knew no sin.  He had the weight of every wicked thought, every filthy abomination of mankind laid upon his bloody shoulders to bear.  And if all that weren't enough, the Bible says he went to hell for 3 days and 3 nights. Hell is what is in the heart of the earth, not paradise.  The paradise of God is UP in heaven, not DOWN.   He did all of this so you could have ETERNAL LIFE.    How can you add to this great sacrifice?  Or what will you bring to the table in contrast to this?  Your works are NOTHING compared to this.    Let's talk about God's work!  Let's talk about JESUS.  I'm trying to say JESUS IS OUR SAVIOR!

He is referred to as "Savior" at least twenty four times in the New Testament. Titus 2:13 says, "Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ."

Now what is a Savior? Suppose you are drowning. There you are in the middle of the ocean. Suppose someone threw you a book entitled Three Easy Lessons on How to Swim. Would he be a Savior? No. Perhaps you could call him an educator, but you could not call him a Savior.

Suppose another man came by, got out of his boat, jumped in alongside you and demonstrated various swimming strokes, showing you exactly how to swim. Would he be a Savior? Of course not. He might be a good example, and give a good demonstration, but he is not a Savior.

What if he lifted you into his boat, dried you off, gave you dry clothing, fed you, took you within ten miles of the shore, and then threw you out again into the ocean? Would he be a Savior? Absolutely not!

A Savior is one who takes you safely all the way to the shore. When God says He gives you eternal life and He will never cast you out or lose you, He means it, because He is a true Savior.

If you do not trust Christ as your Savior, if you do not put your case in His hands and fully depend on Him to get you to Heaven, then you will not go. John 3:36 says, "And he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him." On the other hand, if you do trust Christ as your Savior, Him only and nothing else, then you will go to Heaven, because He is a Savior.

He is not one who teaches you how to save yourself; He is the one who saves you. Luke 19:10, "For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost."

There is not a verse in the Bible that teaches that God places the believer in a position to be saved provided he does other things. No. No. The Bible says He saves the believer. Romans 10:13 says, "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."

Eternal security is not a totally separate doctrine from salvation. If you are not saved forever, then you are not saved at all.

-Dr. Curtis Huston, “The Eternal Security of the Born Again Believer”


 

Salvation is eternal or else God lied when he said it was eternal life. 

Titus 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;