Over the last few weeks I focused on answering objections to eternal security. I tried to demonstrate that it is possible to have an intellectual belief but inwardly never be a true follower of Jesus Christ. I gave this as an explanation for why some people seem to lose their salvation. I also answered two major passages that have been used to support the contention you can lose your salvation. Now I am going to argue for eternal security.
I have two friends who left their wives and children. We had been in Bible studies together and worked alongside in ministry. Each one moved out to live with another woman. Both of these men were in church leadership positions and seemed to be totally committed believers in Jesus Christ. How can this be explained?
Truthfully, there are only 3 possibilities:
- They lost their salvation.
- God still sees them as Christians, just living in sin.
- They never were spirit filled believers in Jesus Christ. They were religious and came close to a full commitment to Jesus Christ but in the end simply fell away.
My previous series defended against scriptures that seem to indicate you can lose your salvation. I am going to eliminate that possibility. I believe the only options are either #2 or #3.
Where does the Bible say you cannot lose your salvation?
Defending against passages that seem to imply you can lose your salvation is not where I hang my hat. What convinced me eternal security is true are the abundance and strength of passages that suggest you cannot lose your salvation.
Once we trust Jesus Christ…
1. God seals us with the Holy Spirit
Ephesians 4:30 “Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”
The Apostle Paul writes when God places His stamp into our life, the Holy Spirit, it is a sign that we are His. He states we are sealed by the Holy Spirit for the day of redemption. The day of redemption points to the final end of things when we shall receive our inheritance. This is full assurance that we cannot lose our salvation. No Scripture says we can somehow become unsealed and give back the Holy Spirit. It says clearly than we are “Sealed for the day of redemption.” Once we are sealed with the Holy Spirit, we are God’s until the end times. This will be when Jesus comes back and we stand before Him.
2. God secures our salvation
Next the Apostle Paul will make a strong case that nothing can separate us from the love of God through Christ Jesus. I had a close friend ring my doorbell at 12:30am and needed to talk to me immediately. Someone at his church had argued you could lose your salvation and this teaching had caused him to fall back into depression. We talked until 2:30 in the morning. God’s love was crucial in giving him comfort. Romans 8:35-39 gave him hope God loved him and would never leave him. These verses convinced him he could never lose his salvation.
“Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?… 38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:35, 38, 39
Paul makes this case that God loves us so much and is so powerful that nothing in heaven (or spiritual world) or earth could ever separate us from that love. How in the world can someone say we can lose our salvation? We would have to lose the love of God. These verses say that is impossible!
Not only are we guaranteed that nothing can separate us from the love of God; we are also His forever, protected by His power. Peter writes…“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” 1 Peter 1:3-5
Here Peter states our inheritance (salvation) is protected by the power of God. He then tells us this salvation will be revealed in the last time. Those who have trusted Christ are going to stand before Jesus at the end times and spend eternity with Him. This is a promise from God based on the power of God.
Nothing but nothing can separate us from God’s love and our inheritance or salvation is secure based on the power of God. These are strong verses but there are more.