Even more reasons why our salvation cannot be lost!

Posted: November 18, 2011 in Uncategorized

OK, so just to make my point in my last several posts clear concerning our salvation, here are numerous other reasons why our salvation cannot be lost:

  • The will and purpose of God is to keep believers saved. Believers are secure before God the Father chose them to salvation from eternity past. “He [God] chose us in Him [Jesus] before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight” (Ephesians 1:4).  Believers are secure because God the Father predestined believers to come to the status of sonship in the Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:5). I know, I know the whole predestination thing is a topic for another post, but we can’t deny the truth of the scriptures here.  It is the will of God to keep believers saved. (John 6:37, 39-40). To believe salvation can be lost would seem to require God to act contrary to His own will.
  • Salvation cannot be lost because of the power of God to keep those who have believed on the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus declared, “My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of My Father’s hand” (John 10:29). “Being confident of this, that He [God] who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6). Salvation is not based on the believer’s ability to keep himself or herself saved. If it was up to you to keep yourself saved, you wouldn’t.  You couldn’t.  No one could ever keep himself or herself saved, just as no one could ever save himself or herself in the first place.  To believe salvation can be lost implies a diminishing of the power of the all-powerful God.
  • Salvation cannot be lost because the value of the substitutionary death of the Lord Jesus Christ is applied to the sinner who believes on Jesus. The death of Jesus is the sufficient answer to the condemning power of sin. “By one sacrifice He [Jesus] has made perfect forever those who are being made holy” (Hebrews 10:14). Since the debt of all the believer’s sins — past, present, and future — has been paid, those who are saved can never again incur divine condemnation by sinning. “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1). To believe salvation can be lost implies that the death of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross was not sufficient to meet God’s requirements.
  • Salvation cannot be lost because of the character of the Lord Jesus Christ, who promises eternal life.  Jesus promised, “Whoever hears My word and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life” (John 5:24).  To believe that salvation can be lost would seem to require Jesus to go back on His promise.
  • Salvation cannot be lost because of the power of the Lord Jesus Christ to keep those who belong to Him. John 10:27-28 declares that sheep do not provide their own security.  The shepherd provides it.  Sheep are only as secure as the power of the shepherd to protect them.  Believers are described as “kept by Jesus Christ” (Jude 1).  There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ because Jesus keeps them saved.  To believe salvation can be lost implies a diminishing of the power of the all-powerful Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Salvation cannot be lost because of the continual intercession of the Lord Jesus Christ. “He [Jesus] is able to save completely those who come to God through Him, because He always lives to intercede for them” (Hebrews 7:25). Jesus continually intercedes for believers. Jesus’ intercession should not make it easier for us to sin.  Quite the opposite:  “I write this to you so that you will not sin” (1 John 2:1a).  It should never be an easy, trivial thing to sin when we know that in heaven Jesus is pleading His death on our behalf. To believe salvation can be lost is to imply that Jesus is ineffective in His work in interceding for the believer, as He acts as the believer’s mediator.
  • Salvation cannot be lost because of the work of the indwelling Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit regenerates the believer, giving the believer new life. The Holy Spirit indwells every believer. “God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us” (Romans 5:5). “If anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ” (Romans 8:9). The Holy Spirit never leaves the believer. To believe salvation can be lost would seem to imply breaking the seal of the all-powerful Holy Spirit.

OK, just one more….

  • Salvation cannot be lost because there are no passages of scripture that clearly teach that salvation can be lost. There are approximately 100  passages in the Bible that contain the phrases “be saved” or “eternal life” or “everlasting life.” There are close to 500 passages that use some form of the word “save.” The Bible is absolutely clear regarding what to do to be saved. The jailer in Philippi asked the question: “What must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:30). Paul and Silas answered:  “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved — you and your household” (Acts 16:31).  If salvation could be lost, the Bible ought to be equally clear on what would cause a person to lose salvation.  There are no passages in the Bible that use phrases such as “lose salvation” or “no longer be saved” or “lose eternal life” or “lose everlasting life” or any similar phrase.  Sometimes silence speaks volumes!

Thank you God for your salvation!  Thank you for your grace! Thank you for your assurance!

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