Many people struggle with the thought that they can somehow lose their salvation once they believe and obtain it. Salvation, for them, seems too good to be true so they add to the equation, creating difficulties and hoops to jump through that the Lord never put in their way. Can salvation be as simple as believing on the Lord? Is it simply a heart condition, a personal relationship or is there more to this journey? Fortunately for us, God was plain and clear. It is our own distrust of the world that gets in the way. It’s too big a gift for our minds to comprehend sometimes but hopefully, in this lesson you will come to peace with not only what salvation really is, but your own eternal peace as well.
All, Never, and Eternal, are words that prove that once you are saved, you are always saved. Jesus paid the price for all sin, past present and future. There isn’t something that you can do or not do, that can overcome what the Lord did at the cross. Your salvation isn’t based on what you do. It is a gift from the Lord. It is what HE did. He is perfect, He is the creator, He is the truth, the life, and the way. Taking care of 1,000 orphans won’t save your soul. Saying please and thank you your whole life won’t save your soul.
And likewise, there isn’t a sin that YOU can do that can take away what the LORD did on the cross. Moses killed an Egyptian and hid his body in the sand. (Exodus 2:12) Paul imprisoned Christians and sent others to their deaths. (Acts 22:4) Do you think that Jesus’ work on the cross is not able to overcome murder or theft or adultery or lying? Even after you are saved, what you do does not overcome what Jesus did. Salvation isn’t about you! It’s about him and believing in him and what he did and who he is. ALL sin was overcome at the cross. It’s what Jesus meant when he said, “it is finished,” while on the cross. (John 19:30) Now it is simply a matter of if you believe that or not. Was Jesus who he said he was? Is Jesus God? That personal relationship with God is what saves your soul.
You will never be good enough to earn salvation by your works. Your works are proof that you have been saved, not the reason for salvation. That’s taking focus off of the Lord if what you did saved your own soul. Remember, the Lord doesn’t share His glory with anyone.
Salvation is brought about by the Lord’s perfect sacrifice on the cross and His resurrection three days later. He found victory over death and Hell itself, bringing a hope to those that might seek after Him. Being a good person just isn’t good enough to enter into Heaven, mainly because there is none that are good, none that seek after God.
(Romans 3: 10-12) “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.”
Your salvation is secured by the blood of the Lamb and that is something that cannot be taken away. Your name, once you believe on the Lord, is written down in Heaven in something called the “Book of Life.” (Rev 3:5)
“He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.”
So you might ask, “How does one “overcometh”? The answer is found in 1 John 5: 1-5
“Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, [even] our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?”
You overcome by believing in Jesus Christ and loving him. You become a child of God, literally born again into a family of like believers. You cannot lose this heritage anymore than you can stop being the child of your earthly parents. No matter what you might do, you will never stop being your parent’s child. You might stop talking to them, you might move away, but you will forever be their child.
Another comforting verse is found in 2 Timothy 1:12 where Paul writes:
“For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.”
It is not you yourself that keeps holding onto your faith, it is the Lord. Only HE is able. He holds the faith. He chose us even more than we chose him. Praise God that He is faithful to what we committed to him.
Here are some verses to consider when asking the question if you can ever lose your salvation.
1 John 1:7
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
Colossians 2: 13,14
And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any [man] pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave [them] me, is greater than all; and no [man] is able to pluck [them] out of my Father’s hand.
And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?
[Let your] conversation [be] without covetousness; [and be] content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
For the wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of God [is] eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance forever.
God saves us from sin. It is a gift that cannot be overcome or taken away once it is accepted. The question is, have you accepted that gift and will you live for Him?