February 12, 2011

Can I ever lose my salvation?

NO! Now, let’s look at why…
John 10:28-29 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. (29) My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.
There are many reasons why one who is saved could never lose his salvation. Simply, when we are saved, we are safe in the hands of Jesus. Who is more powerful than Jesus? No one. Who can take something from Jesus? No one. So long as Jesus is alive, those who are saved will never perish. More than that, imagine being in Jesus' hand and Jesus' hand being in the hand of God the Father. One who is saved is as safe as anyone could ever be.
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.
He who hears and believes, in other words, he who is saved shall have what God describes as everlasting life. When we think about the timelessness of God, and how He promises everlasting life. God is offering anyone who would be saved everlasting life. In God's mind, how long is everlasting?
John 6:37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.
This is a crucial point. Many people believe that God will, for some reason, cast them out or take away their salvation. God is proclaiming in HIS Word that this is not possible. We have a clear promise from God that there will never be a point in time where He will cast us out. We can take assurance in this fact alone. However, there is still more.
Rom 8:38-39 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, (39) Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Verses 38 and 39 list a large gamut of things on all levels. In fact, the list of trials generally cover every aspect of our life. Everything which we could possibly face is covered in this list. Yet, despite this all-inclusive list, there is nothing which will separate us from the love of Christ. No matter what comes in our lives, Christ loves us.
1 Peter 1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
Not only will Jesus always love us, but we are kept by the power of God. Our preservation is not in just any power, but the power of God. A power plant can produce a lot of energy, but they require maintenance and sometimes fail. Sometimes, we see hurricanes or cyclones. These are some of the most powerful storms, but they eventually die out. As powerful as some of these things are, they all fail or die. The power of God which keeps us is the same power which created the world - which created the storms. That is the power which keeps us - the almighty power of God.
Ephesians 1:13 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,
Another reason we can trust in our salvation is because we are sealed. Again, this isn't just any seal. This seal is the Holy Spirit dwelling within us. When we are saved, the Holy Spirit of God moves into our lives. Lining in us and through us, the Holy Spirit of God becomes our seal literally marking the believer as one who has been redeemed by God. As you study the work of the Holy Spirit, you will see that a part of the work of the Holy Spirit is producing fruit through us. That fruit becomes our seal. As a result of the work of the Spirit of God in the believer's life, and the fruit of the Spirit of God, the world around the believer should easily recognize the believer as a child of God.
Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Salvation is a gift from God, not something we can earn. Because it is a gift God gives us, it could only ever be taken away from us by the one who gave it to us - God. God has promised never to forsake us which means that God will never take the gift away from us.
Eph 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Salvation is not something we can work for - it is not something we earned. Because we do not earn our salvation, we do not have to work to maintain our salvation. This is a key, a critical concept which many people fail to grasp. They falsely believe they must work for and earn their salvation. What gift did you ever have to earn?
Rom 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.
An adoption is a permanent acceptance into the family. When one is adopted, he is forever a part of the new family just as if he were born into that family. When we are saved, we are adopted into the family of God to be, forever, children of God.
After looking at these verses, it should be easy to see that once someone is genuinely saved, they are saved forever. One cannot lose his salvation, nor can he have his salvation taken away from him. True salvation is forever.