Continued support to my contention the Bible teaches eternal security (see part 1).
Once we trust Jesus Christ…
3. God has plans for our life
Christians have been saved for a reason. God wants us to become like His Son Jesus Christ and be His witnesses. Paul writes to the church at Philippi “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6
The word “perfect” simply means complete. God is going to complete what He starts. And when will He complete this work? “He…will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” This is a repeated Biblical theme. It will be a time when believers will be glorified; their salvation will be made complete or perfect. It will happen at the time Jesus comes back. What Paul does not say is “It will happen only if you don’t turn your back on Jesus.” Nowhere in the Scriptures do we see this theme. It is always we are saved until the time when Christ comes back. The God who begins is the God who completes. These passages point directly to eternal security. Fourth, once we trust Jesus…
4. God has given us eternal life
Some have pointed to the words “eternal life” and believe this speaks about our life here on earth. However, the problem is the word “eternal,” which means everlasting. Our life here on earth will end someday but life in heaven will go on forever. It seems better to see eternal life as beginning as soon as we trust Christ and continuing on forever. This is strongly supported in the following verses.
Jesus states in John 6:39-40 “This is the will of Him [God the Father] who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day. 40 “For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.”
This is great news! We can have assurance that Jesus will not lose any individuals who place their trust in Him. The word “lose” refers to perishing, being separated from God for all eternity. Verse 39 is simply a reemphasis of what Jesus said in John 6:37 “All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out.” To cast out is to drive out or to be lost. No one given to Jesus by the Father will be lost. This whole section of scripture screams eternal security!
Jesus speaking in John 6:44, “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day.” Here once again we see Jesus emphatically stating he will raise up a believer on the last day. This “raising up” has to do with believers being resurrected to eternal life. Jesus doesn’t say I may raise you up or I might raise you up. He says I WILL RAISE YOU UP! If Jesus says He will raise us up; then I think we can safely say believers will be resurrected.
In summary, every believer given to Jesus by God the Father will never be lost; Jesus is going to raise us up. If it was possible for us to lose our salvation then Jesus was a liar. Eternal life is given to those who believe in Him. No scripture says we can somehow lose eternal life once we have it.
So what have we learned so far? 1) We have been sealed with the Holy Spirit until Jesus comes back; 2) God has secured our salvation with his power and love; 3) God has a plan for our lives and is going to complete that plan; 4) we have eternal life and can never perish or be separated from God. Part 3 I will post what I consider the strongest set of verses on eternal security.