More reasons our salvation cannot be lost…

Posted: November 12, 2011 in Uncategorized

To continue from my previous post, here are some further reasons why our salvation cannot be lost.

Salvation cannot be lost because the basis of salvation is grace, not works. The Bible is very clear: salvation is by grace, God’s undeserved gift to those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. “It is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are” (Acts 15:11). You can also refer to Romans 3:23-24, Romans 5:20-21, 1 Corinthians 1:4, Ephesians 1:7 and of course, Ephesians 2:8-9.  Grace is the only way sinners could ever be saved. If human works were necessary for salvation, it would prohibit people from being saved.  Our sinfulness is too great. God, in His grace, provides righteousness that the sinner could never attain by his or her own works. “God made Him [Jesus] who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21). Salvation, from start to finish, is based entirely on God’s grace.  Salvation is not a cooperative effort between God and man.  Those who are saved by God’s grace are kept saved by God’s grace. To believe salvation can be lost involves an attempt to mix grace and works. But grace and works are mutually exclusive.  They cannot be combined. “If by grace, then it is no longer by works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace” (Romans 11:6). To believe salvation can be lost puts a heavy burden on those who are saved.  People think it is up to them to keep themselves saved. No one could ever do enough to keep himself or herself saved, just like nobody could ever do enough to save himself or herself in the first place. To believe salvation can be lost may involve misunderstanding or denying the significance of being “saved by grace.”

Another reason salvation cannot be lost is because of the significance of being “in Christ.” When a person believes on the Lord Jesus Christ, that person is spiritually united to Jesus – so vitally united that the Bible describes that person as being “in Christ.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 states, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” Those who are saved by God’s grace “are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10).  One of the blessings of being “in Christ” is that “there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1).  In order for God to condemn those who are in Christ, He would have to condemn the Lord Jesus Christ. Some people think you can be “in Christ” now and not “in Christ” at some point later in life.  However, Jesus declared, “My sheep listen to My voice; I know them, and they follow Me.  I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of My hand.  My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of My Father’s hand.” (John 10:27-29).  Hypothetically, it would take someone more powerful than the Lord Jesus Christ to take a person who is “in Christ” “out of Christ.” To believe salvation can be lost may involve misunderstanding of denying the significance of being “in Christ.”

Another reason (and wow, there are so many…) that salvation cannot be lost is because of the character of God, who promises eternal life. God’s character is impeccable (faultless).  God will always tell the truth. “It is impossible for God to lie” (Hebrews 6:18). God will always keep His promises.  Deuteronomy 7:9 identifies Him as “the faithful God.” God has done some wonderful things and made some wonderful promises concerning salvation.  In the basis of Jesus’ death on the cross, God promises, “I will remember your sins no more; I will not hold them against you.  I will not treat you on the basis of your sins.” Any promise is only as good as the character of the person who makes that promise. Salvation is as secure as the character of God, who promises eternal life. God cannot lie and He always keeps every one of His promises. God does not take back His gift of salvation.  “God’s gifts and His call are irrevocable” (Romans 11:29).  Salvation is an irrevocable, everlasting gift from God to every person who believes on the Lord Jesus Christ.

Thank you God for your irrevocable promises!

 


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