ETERNAL SECURITY OF THE BELIEVER IN CHRIST

ETERNAL SECURITY OF THE BELIEVER IN CHRIST

1. THE GOSPEL…What the Lord Jesus Christ has done for us.

The gospel or “good news” of personal salvation is not what we can do for the Lord Jesus Christ, but what He has already done for us!

Isaiah 53:5-6 “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Isaiah 53:11 “He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.”

I Corinthians 15:1-5 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:

Matthew 27:33-35 And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull, They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink. And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which the prophet spoke, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.

Matthew 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

1 John 2:2 “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.”

John 1:29 “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”

Colossians 1:20 “And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.”

Romans 4:25 “Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.”

Acts 2:31 He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.

Ephesians 4:9-10 (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)

Matthew 28:5-6 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

Romans 5:6-11 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.

John 14:19 “Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.”

2. WHAT WE ARE NATURALLY, WITHOUT CHRIST

To believe that a person could lose their salvation is to believe that we have some innate ability to do good, contrary to the following scriptures. When a person is saved he already has an old nature with which he was born (Eph 4:24) but now, he possesses a new nature (Eph 4:26). The old nature is incapable of gaining or maintaining his salvation (See Romans 8:5-8). The new nature is incapable of losing his salvation.

Ephesians 2:1-3 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

Romans 3:10-11 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.

3. NOW…WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED?

Acts 10:43 “To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.”

Acts 16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

Romans 10:9-10 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Galatians 3:26 “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.”

Psalms 21:4 “He asked life of thee, and thou gavest it him, even length of days for ever and ever.”

Titus 3:5-6 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;

4. SALVATION IS A “GIFT” FROM GOD…(it has to be!)

Romans 3:24 “Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:”

Romans 5:17 “For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.”

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

5. SOME OF THE IMMEDIATE BLESSINGS OF ONE WHO IS SAVED

WE ARE DEAD, CRUCIFIED WITH CHRIST

Galatians 2:20 “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”

Romans 6:3-4 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

Colossians 3:3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

GOD OWNS US

I Corinthians 6:19-20 What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

I Corinthians 3:23 And ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s.

WE ARE CHILDREN OF GOD

I John 3:1-2 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

John 1:12-13 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

JESUS CHRIST DWELLS WITHIN US

Colossians 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

Romans 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

RIGHTEOUSNESS IS IMPUTED UNTO US

Romans 3:22 “Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:”

Romans 4:3-5 “For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousnessBut to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.”

Romans 9:30 What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith.

Romans 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

II Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

WE ARE “SEALED” WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT

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,

Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

WE ARE “IN CHRIST”

II Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Colossians 3:3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

Eph 1:6 “To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.”

WE ARE KEPT BY THE POWER OF GOD, HIMSELF

I Peter 1:4-5 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

Romans 5:9-11 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.

John 10:29 “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 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.”

John 14:19 “Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.”

Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

I Corinthians 1:8 Who (THE LORD JESUS CHRIST) shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

II Timothy 1:12 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.

Hebrews 7:25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

WE ARE COMPLETE

Colossians 2:10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

1 Corinthians 1:30 “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:”

WE HAVE ETERNAL LIFE

Titus 1:2 “In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;”

If a child of God at some point could lose eternal life, the life God gave him would not be eternal but only lasted as long as His child had it. God would thus be a liar!

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

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.

John 10:27-30 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, who gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.

I John 5:13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

6. THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN OUR ‘STANDING’ (or position)

IN CHRIST AND OUR ‘STATE’ (or walk)

None of the above are ours by self-denial, holy living, ceremony participation, alms giving or any form of diligence. All are the gift of God by faith in the finished work of Christ. They are our “standing” in Christ. We are constantly exhorted in the scriptures to raise our ‘state’ (or walk) to the level of our ‘standing’ in Christ.

EXAMPLE OF THE CORINTHIANS:

THEIR “STANDING” (position) IN CHRIST:

I Corinthians 1:4-9 I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge; Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

EXHORTATION TO RAISE THEIR “STATE” (walk):

I Corinthians 3:1-3 And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?

EXAMPLE OF THE COLOSSIANS:

THEIR “STANDING” (position) IN CHRIST:

Colossians 1:12-14 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

EXHORTATION TO RAISE THEIR “STATE” (walk):

Colossians 3:8-9 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;

7. THE TWO NATURES OF THE BELIEVER

THE ‘OLD MAN’ (not one bit better after salvation)

Ephesians 4:22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;

Galatians 5:16-17 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

THE ‘NEW MAN’

Ephesians 4:24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

Colossians 3:10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

Please note that the old nature is incapable of gaining or maintaining our salvation (See Romans 8:5-8) and the new nature is incapable of losing our salvation.

God’s exhortation is to put off the old man and put on the new (Eph 4:17-29). The motivating factor that is brought to the Christians to obey this exhortation is NOT the threat of loss of salvation, but rather “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.” (Eph 4:30 KJV)

8. NO SAVED PERSON IN THE SCRIPTURES WAS EVER LOST

EXAMPLES OF SINS THAT DID NOT CAUSE LOSS OF SALVATION:

1 Corinthians 5:1-5 “It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife. And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you. For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed, In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ. To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.”

1 Corinthians 3:9-15 “For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building. According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.”

COMMANDS TO SEPARATE FROM A SINNING BROTHER

We have no commands in the scriptures to ‘mark,’ ‘avoid,’ have no company with,’ unsaved people, but we do have several commands to do so to a sinning ‘brother.’ Obviously, such a one has not lost his salvation because he is still a brother because God is His Father, even though he has been so wrong he must be avoided.

1 Corinthians 5:9-11 “I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators. Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world. But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.”

2 Thessalonians 3:6 “Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.”

2 Thessalonians 3:14-15 “And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed. Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.”

9. GOD’S PRONOUNCEMENT OF DOOM

Note the fact that God ‘never knew’ the doomed. They are not people who were once His children by faith in Christ.

Matthew 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Contrast this with:

John 10:29 “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 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.”

Heb 13:5 “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.”

10. SERVICE IN LOVE, NOT IN FEAR OF LOSS OF SALVATION

John 14:15 “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”

Romans 12:1 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”

1 Corinthians 1:10 “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.”

2 Corinthians 10:1 “Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you:”

We are “FREE” to serve the Lord Jesus Christ in love, not in slavish fear.

IT IS NOT TRY BUT TRUST

Not saved are we by trying

From self can come no aid.

‘Tis on the blood relying

Once for our ransom paid.

No deeds of ours are needed

To make Christ’s merit more

No frames of mind or feelings

Can add to His great store.

‘Tis simply to receive Him.

The Holy One and Just.

‘Tis only to believe Him

It is not try but trust!

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.

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1. SOME VERSES MIS-USED TO TEACH SAVED MAY BE LOST

Philippians 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

The believer is commanded to “work out” the salvation he already has, not work for or to maintain his salvation.

James 2:20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

If this verse is teaching “work” for maintaining salvation then the “gospel” is NOT the “good news” of Christ dying for our sins but a works program! It is faith plus works, contrary to Romans 6:11.

A simple reading of the context will show that James is speaking of the fact that works are the only way to show that a person is saved…”I will show you my faith by my works.” James gives the example of Abraham who was saved in Genesis 15 by faith but then proved he was indeed the friend of God by offering his son on the alter in Genesis 22.

Matthew 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

Again, this verse is misused to teach “works” for salvation. The truth is that the context is speaking about physically enduring to the end of the “Tribulation Period” and thus being physically saved. Simply read on in the chapter.

I Corinthians 15:2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

The vain belief Paul speaks of here is in regards to his arguments that Christ is indeed risen form the dead. If Christ be not risen then your faith in Him is vain.

II Peter 2:22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.

Is the saved person a sheep or simply a washed sow? Again, a reading of the context will reveal that the persons spoken of here are not saved people.

Hebrews 6:4-6 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.

It is strange that most everyone who believes they may loose their salvation also believe they may repent and regain their salvation…being born again, again and again. However, if the above passages are teaching that a saved person can loose their salvation they indeed may NOT be saved again!

The truth is that the context is speaking of persons whom God has enlightened, but they have turned away in their unsaved condition and become reprobate.

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ebrews 10:26 For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,

Once again, reading the context reveals the persons spoken of are ones who have been exposed to the gospel but have trampled it under foot. They have received the knowledge of the truth and rejected it. There is no other sacrifice for sins!

Galatians 5:4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.

This is a warning based on the fact that we are saved by grace. Any who attempt to be saved by works have “fallen from grace.”

 

Galatians 5:19- 21 “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness. Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies. Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”

The point is that Christians should not act like the unsaved who have no inheritance in the kingdom of God as we do. See this similar thought in the following:

1 Cor 6:9-11″Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”

See also Ephesians 4:17-24

Matthew 10:2-4 “Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; …Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.”

The following verses prove that even though Judas was one of the original twelve apostles, he never was a saved man:

John 6:70 “Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?”

Acts 1:25 “That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.”

John 12:4-6 “Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, which should betray him, Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor? This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.”

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