Mar 20, 2012
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Eternal Security: Do Believers Have It??

Let’s begin our journey into Eternal Security with a reminder about the Prodigal Son.

The Prodigal Son gives us an illustration of eternal security in Luke ch. 15, and the value of returning to God when we sin, to enjoy the relationship He has already given us.

The Lord Jesus tells us this story of the son who took his share of his father’s inheritance and wasted it in the world.  Then he came back to his father, tail between his legs, and his father accepted him back very excitedly.

And not only that, but he immediately restored him to the riches of the kingdom, interrupting his confession! 

He did not just give him a shack to live in and make him work to regain his standing in the family.

This is a picture of God the Father’s attitude towards us once we are a son.  Once we have believed in the Lord Jesus for eternal life, we are a child of God, and nothing can change that.

When we sin, we destroy the INTIMACY of our relationship with our Father, which is why we need to turn back to Him when we sin, right away.  God looks at the heart. 

When we sin as a believer, which we will, God wants us to simply turn back to Him, allowing His grace to restore our intimacy with Him. 

But just as the prodigal sonnever ceased to be a son, even when he went astray, so we as believers in Christ never cease to be a son!

That is the illustration in the Prodigal Son.

 

When I visited Nigeria a few years ago, Evangelist Kingsley would always give this illustration to the people. 

Kingsley would call up a young man out of the audience.  He would put his hand on his shoulder and say “Let’s say you are my son, you have my blood in you, you have my genes.”

“Can anything change that?  Can anything change that you have my blood and my genes?  NO.”

“You might go out and sin, and disobey me as your father.  You might speak evil against me, or even steal from me.  But you are still my son, nothing can change that.  No matter how poor our personal relationship might become, you are still my son.”

That was how he would illustrate our perfect Heavenly Father’s faithfulness to us. 

If that is true for us in human relationships, how much more permanent and unchangeable is our sonship with our perfect God and Father?

ISA 43:13

"Even from eternity I am He,

And there is none who can deliver out of My hand;

 I act and who can reverse it?"

NASU

When King David committed his great sin against Uriah and Bathsheba, he didn’t pray for his salvation to be restored.  He knew he was still God’s son.  But instead he prayed for the JOY of his salvation to be restored.

King David knew…

Ps 51:12

Restore to me the joy of Your salvation

And sustain me with a willing spirit.

NASU

Ps 30:5

For His anger is but for a moment,

His favor is for a lifetime;

Weeping may last for the night,

But a shout of joy comes in the morning.

NASU

Why a shout of joy in the morning?  Because David knew he was still saved.  That wasn’t even a question.  God’s “favor is for a lifetime”!

David at times had failed God, and therefore had lost his joy and peace, but he was still saved, as we will see in this study.

The believer’s way back to joy and fellowship with his Lord is a repentant heart, but this should never be confused with the establishment of the eternal grounds of salvation, which occurred at the moment of faith in Christ.

The eternal grounds of salvation have been established once for all, and this status is gained by one way alone.

It was established by the finished work of Christ on the Cross, John 19:30.  It is gained by a moment of personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. EPH 2:8-9

This is a foundation that cannot be changed, because it is the very work of Almighty God, which no one can interrupt.  “His favor lasts for a lifetime.” -PSA 30:5

Another factor we will see in this study is this: the many passages we see on eternal security speak directly to salvation, or to eternal life.

 

Any passages that imply there is no eternal security do not directly speak to loss of eternal salvation.  They are somewhat vague, and clearly not related to loss of salvation when the context is examined.

You also cannot take a parable and make a whole doctrine out of it, especially when other scriptures speak directly on a certain subject.

So if you THINK a certain parable says you can lose your salvation, but several other scriptures directly say you cannot, you must reexamine what the meaning of the parable is. 

And another mistake when interpreting the Bible is regarding scriptures that speak of loss of reward, or loss of blessings!  That is a different topic being addressed!

But you will not find one passage that directly says you can lose your salvation.

Isn’t that interesting?  There is not one passage that comes out and says you can “lose your salvation”.

Grab your concordance and do you searching.  But it’s not there, thank God.

 

Consider this…

If we could lose our salvation, wouldn’t God clearly say in the scriptures “be careful you don’t lose your salvation”?  But you will not find that phrase in the Bible.

Any verses that SEEM to say that, with different wording, are often speaking of eternal rewards, or a loss of them.

If we could lose our salvation, wouldn’t God mention this directly?

We know Jesus said “You must be born again” in John 3.

But the Bible mentions nothing about being born again, AGAIN! 

It reveals nothing about a repetition of regeneration, which would have to be true if you could lose your salvation.
Some people, even Church-goers, will ask ‘When I sin, do I need to be saved again’?

But this question grows out of a lack of understanding of the finished work of Christ. 

Christ has died so that sin might not keep us from God.

 

Let’s first categorize so-called “doubtful” passages regarding eternal security, that SEEM to say you can lose your salvation.

1.     We have scriptures that are dispensationally misapplied. (i.e. MAT 24:13 speaks of being delivered during the Tribulation period if one “endures to the end”, not the gift of eternal life being earned.) 

The gospels often are speaking to Israel under the law; not the Church under the age of grace.

Matt 24:9-14

9 " Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name.  10 "At that time many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another.  11 "Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many.  12 "Because lawlessness is increased, most people's love will grow cold.  13 " But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved (delivered).  14 "This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come. 

NASU

 

2.     We have scriptures that speak of moral reformation, not personal faith in the Savior. (ie. LUK 11:24-26, the demons returned to the soul of a man who tried to clean up his own soul, rather than turning to Christ to be made clean)

Luke 11:24-26

24 " When the unclean spirit goes out of a man, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and not finding any, it says, 'I will return to my house from which I came.'  25 "And when it comes, it finds it swept and put in order.  26 "Then it goes and takes along seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they go in and live there; and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first."

NASU

There is no reference to loss of salvation here, in fact this man was never said to be saved.

In vs. 25, this is a picture of a man trying to please God with his own goodness.  Trusting in Christ is not mentioned.

 

3.     We have scriptures that tell us believers are known by their fruits (ie. MAT 7:16-20, 1JO 3:10 where righteous deeds is how we recognize children of God from children of the devil). 

Good deeds are a sign of salvation, but not the means of salvation.

1 John 3:10

By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother.

NASU

If one does not practice righteousness, or does not love his brother, then that’s a sign he was never a believer in the first place.

But once someone believes in Christ, he is and always will be a child of God.  And there will be some evidence of that in his life.

 

4.     We have scriptures that teach Christians can lose their rewards, be walking in darkness, and be disciplined (ie. JOH 15:6, 1CO 3:15; 1CO 9:27; 1CO 11:29-32, 1JO 1:6-10). 

These verses do not speak of losing eternal salvation, but losing fellowship or blessings.

1 Cor 3:15

 If any man's work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.

1 Cor 9:27

but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.

NASU

 

5.     We see that Christians can fall from grace. (ie. GAL 5:1-4, which is not a reference to sinning, but to remaining in bondage to the law.  We must keep the Bible in context.  Eternal salvation is not mentioned.)

GAL 5:1-4

 It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.

2 Behold I, Paul, say to you that if you receive circumcision, Christ will be of no benefit to you. 3 And I testify again to every man who receives circumcision, that he is under obligation to keep the whole Law. 4 You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.

NASU

“severed” in vs. 4 was a play on words, illustrating Paul’s sarcasm, as he is referring to circumcision!  Use your imagination!

Here we see the believer’s fellowship with God suffering, but we don’t see a loss of salvation stated.

 

6.     We see warnings to the Jews in the book of Hebrews. (ie. HEB 6:4-9; HEB 10:26, where they still relied on animal sacrifices after Christ came) 

The old Jewish sacrifices had passed and there was no longer that cure for sins.

HEB 10:26

For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,

NASU

Study it out for yourselves.

For more details on these “doubting” passages, go to Lewis Sperry Chafer’s book called “Salvation: God’s marvelous work of Grace”.

Here’s a quote from Chafer:  “It may be concluded that there is no scripture, when rightly divided and related to the whole testimony of God, that teaches that a Christian may be lost.  Of all the incidents and parables, none can be made to teach the loss of salvation.”

He goes on to say: “Now the way is clear to give undivided attention to the positive words of certainty regarding the divine keeping guaranteed in the Word to every child of God.”

 

So in this study on eternal security proper, we will examine many of the scriptures and principles in the Word of God that directly and clearly speak of the fact that once we are saved, we have eternal security.  And there are many.  Thank God.

We will discuss how we are saved by faith alone in Christ, by God’s grace.

We will see different rationales from the scriptures that assure us of eternal life.

And let’s remember, being saved is not about how you ‘feel’.  Our emotions can be deceiving, and life does offer real spiritual battles to believers, so they can bring glory to God by their faith.  (see Hebrews 11)

We will see that our salvation is not based on our feelings, or how much we don’t ‘feel saved’, but its based on biblical facts, as in 1 John 5.

1 John 5:10-13

10 The one who believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself; the one who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has given concerning His Son. 11 And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 12 He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.

13  These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.

NASU

As Chafer says, saving faith is an action, not an attitude. 

Even when we lack faith after salvation, we are already saved because of the one act of believing on Christ.  And we will see the evidence in scripture.

One example is found in Acts 16:31; “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, you and your household.”

The word “believe” is in the aorist tense in the original Greek language that the Spirit inspired.  The aorist tense means this is an action taking place at one point in time.

If this were the present tense, it would mean we have to keep on believing to be saved.  But the Spirit chose the aorist tense to illustrate how one moment of faith saves someone!

That’s why John 5:24 says believers have already passed out of death and into eternal life.  It was done the moment they accepted Christ as Lord and Savior.

And we will see the faithfulness of God is the way we know we keep eternal life.  It is not based on our faithfulness, but His perfect faithfulness.

 

So let’s get proper here, by going to our first rationale in this study on Eternal Security, which is what we began with today…

 

Eternal Security

The Family of God Rationale : Believers are sons of God.  (GAL 3:26; GAL 4:7, ROM 8:16-17)

GAL 3:26 For all of you are the sons of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

GAL 4:7 Therefore, you are no longer a slave but a son [a child of God], and if a son, then an heir through God.

Once we are born into a human family, we cannot be “unborn” and removed from that family; your parents will always be your parents whether you like it or not.

In other words, being born is a permanent thing!  One cannot go back into the womb; that has never happened and is physically impossible.

How do we take back being born?  How do we take back existence?  Even God, once He gives life, cannot take it back, because He is eternal!

And once we are born again, spiritually, by faith in Christ, it is a permanent thing!

The Family of God Rationale:

If we cannot remove ourselves from our earthly family, it is foolish to think that we can remove ourselves from our heavenly family.

No believer can ever be removed from the family of God.  Why?

Once you have believed in Christ, you have been adopted by God!

At the moment of our physical birth, we are born into our natural family; the moment we believe in Jesus Christ, we are born into the family of God (“born again”).

We all have a natural father and mother, and once you have been born, there is nothing you can do to change that.

You can move to the other side of the world and even change your name, but they will always be your parents.

 

No matter what you do with your life, you will always belong to the same family.

Some children of God turn out well and some do not, but they are all part of God’s family. Whether you succeed or fail is not an issue regarding your eternal salvation.

Why?  Because it is called a “gift” throughout the scriptures.  See EPH 2:8-9, ROM 3:24; ROM 5:15-17; ROM 6:23.

The Family of God Rationale:

All Church-age believers are members of the same Royal Family; they cannot lose their family identity, and they have an heirship with God.  ROM 8:16-17

ROM 8:16-17The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint-heirs with the Son of God.

You will always be an heir of God no matter what, whether you fail or succeed.

TIT 3:7 That being justified by His grace, we might be made heirs on the basis of the confidence of eternal life.

From the moment you believed in Christ, you are no longer a child of the devil, and you are no longer an enemy of God!

Some of you think you are an enemy of God because you have forgotten about Him lately, or maybe you are living like an enemy in JAM 4:4.

You might be out of fellowship with Him, but you are not His enemy anymore.  Once you have believed in Christ, you are always a child of His.  ROM 5:6-11

ROM 5:6-11

For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.

NASU

Notice we “have received” the reconciliation, or peace with God.  This is also in the aorist tense; it took place at one moment in time, at the point of  faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

You are now a child of God forever. You can now address Almighty God as “Father”!  GAL 4:6-7

GAL 4:6-7

Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, " Abba! Father!"  Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God.

NASU

Abba Father means “sweet sweet Daddy”.  That’s the new relationship we have with our Creator God, once we believe and become a son.

Another evidence that once we are His child, we are His child forever, is that we have an inheritance reserved in heaven that we can never lose, ever!

1 Peter 1:3-5

“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, to obtain an inheritancewhich is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”         

At the moment of salvation, every believer received rights to an inheritance which is being preserved in heaven for him and is protected by the power of God.

So how can you lose your salvation if your inheritance is protected by the almighty power of God?

Are some people trying to say you can lose your salvation, but there’s still an inheritance waiting for you???

Obviously we must possess our salvation before we can receive an inheritance which is guaranteed by God Himself.

How can you receive an inheritance in heaven if you can’t get to heaven first?

This inheritance is based on the work of God on behalf of the believer, and becomes our right through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

COL 1:12

Giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light.

Let me ask you, when a relative of yours dies on earth, and they leave you an inheritance, is it yours no matter what?  Can they take back the inheritance?

How much more in the heavenly realm with a perfect Father?

Just because we can’t see our eternal inheritance doesn’t mean we don’t possess it.

The Bible says we already possess it.  It is in the bank waiting for us, and in God’s timing we will all enjoy that inheritance.

In fact, in God’s eyes, we are ALREADY seated with Christ in heavenly places!

EPH 2:4-6

4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ ( by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,

NASU

Do we have bad days on earth, even as believers?  YES.  And when we sin, God wants us to turn back to Him and go forward in His plan.

Are we called to suffer with Jesus as believers?  YES.  But that is part of our spiritual growth.  We already possess eternal life, given to us as a gift, at the first moment of our faith in Christ to save us.

Now, as believers, we simply have the opportunity to say “thank you” with our lives, by living for Him and bringing Him glory by following His Word.

And here’s a little reminder for us when things are not going well in our lives as believers…

Message Bible translation: 
I Peter 4:1 
Since Jesus went through everything you're going through and more, 
learn to think like Him. Think of your sufferings as a weaning from 
that old sinful habit of always expecting to get your own way. 
Then you'll be able to live out your days free to pursue what 
God wants instead of being tyrannized by what you want.

 

What a great reminder of how God has a purpose in everything, even in our failures.

But at all times, the believer is standing on the eternal grounds of salvation, because he is a son of God, and shares the inheritance of Jesus Christ.

Study it out for yourselves.  Read your own Bibles, in context.  Don’t just accept what your religious denomination might say.

 

The Body of Christ Rationale

In the Royal Family of God, Jesus Christ is called the Head, EPH 1:22; EPH 4:15; COL 1:8,and every believer is a member, or part, of His body.  1CO 12:14-27

There is a great analogy found in 1 Corinthians 12.

1CO 12:14-18

For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason any less a part of the body. [You are still in the Body of Christ, even if you don’t “feel” like part of the body] And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? But God has placed the members, each one them, in the body, just as He desired.

The eye may be a more prominent part of the body, but the ear is needed as much as the eye.

The foot is the lowest of all parts of the body, yet Jesus Christ needs every part of His body.

At the time Paul wrote this letter to the church at Corinth, the “eye” referred to those with the gift of tongues, who were becoming arrogant because of their “sensational” gift.

(Many believers today are so arrogant that they actually say that everyone must have the gift of tongues. Some of them actually go so far as to say that anyone who does not speak in tongues is not even saved!)

I believe the gift of tongues no longer exists today, according to 1CO 13:8-10.  And if it does exist today, churches are not doing it by the Bible. 

The gift of tongues is supposed to be communication in a KNOWN language, for the benefit of another person present who needs to hear the gospel in their language!  (Read 1Corinthians chapters 12-14 in context to see the rules on the proper exercise of tongues.)

But that is not our topic right now.

1CO 12:19-20 And if they were all one member, where would the body be? But now there are many members, but one body.

Paul’s point is that the most inconspicuous spiritual gift (e.g., the gift of “helps”) is just as important as any other.

The “foot” represents a very inconspicuous gift, yet the Lord Jesus Christ can never say, “I no longer need you.”

1CO 12:21-22 And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” or again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” On the contrary, it is much truer that the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary.

The most insignificant of believers are no less important to our Lord Jesus Christ than the greatest spiritual champions who ever lived.

That is eternal security. That is grace!

1CO 12:26-27 And if one member suffers, all members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it.

Never forget that the justice of God has given you divine righteousness, at the moment you trusted in Christ.  2CO 5:17-21, Phil 3:9

The justice of God can never deny nor divorce itself from this perfect righteousness.  Why?

Because it is Christ’s righteousness, IN YOU!

Therefore, with His righteousness in you and the justice of God vindicating you, there is no way you can lose this eternal relationship with God.

The opinion of other believers, and your status relative to theirs, cannot cancel your salvation, nor can anything else, in heaven or on earth.

The Body of the Lord Jesus Christ will never be ruined or incomplete because of amputated body parts.

The baptism of the Holy Spirit and union with Christ are God’s achievement; they are perfect at salvation and eternal in nature.

 

The A Fortiori Rationale

One of the objectives of the Christian life is to advance to a point where you will naturally think spiritually.

A proper mental attitude, developed from Bible doctrine, will give you common sense and a sound mind concerning the things of God.

The doctrine of eternal security is actually simple common sense.

      “A fortiori”is a Latin phrase meaning “with stronger reason.” It is a system of logic using comparison.

The logical approach to eternal security is developed from two words in the book of Romans—“much more.”

It is one conclusion, compared with some other conclusion (or recognized fact), and inferred to be even more certain or inescapable than the two conclusions it combines.

For example, if I can run 20 kilometers, it follows a fortiori (with stronger reason) that I can run 5 kilometers.

It infers (or concludes) that something is true based upon another conclusion that has already been accepted.

A fortiori is a system of argumentation and debate that takes an accepted fact and by comparison produces an inescapable fact and confident conclusion.

A fortiori means “all the more.” It is an argument that reasons, “If God can do the greater, then He can also do the lesser.”

·        The “greater”: God saved you and made you like His Son.

·        The “lesser”: Now that you are a son, He will keep you saved.

 

Throughout the New Testament there is found a Greek phrase from which we derive the principle of a fortiori.

“Much more” is the Greek phrase “pollo mallon”.  MAT 6:30, ROM 5:6-10,15-20

For example, it is used in Matthew 6:30,

“But if God so arrays the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more do so for you, O men of little faith?”

The phrase “much more” is the main subject of Rom 5.

ROM 5:6-10, 15-20*

For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners[unbelievers], Christ died for us. Much more [“polloo mallon”] then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. For if while we were enemies [referring to unbelievers], we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more [“polloo mallon”], having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life…

Vs. 15 But the free gift is not like the transgression. For if by the transgression of the one the many died, much more [“polloo mallon”] did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abound to the many. And the gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned; for on the one hand the judgment arose from one transgression resulting in condemnation, but on the other hand the free gift arose from many transgressions resulting in justification. For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more [“polloo mallon”]those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ. So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men. For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous. And the Law came in that the transgression might increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more.

Logically, if God did the most for us when we were His enemies, He will do “much more” for us, now that we are His sons!

A fortiori logic states that if God can do something that is extremely difficult (such as saving us), it only makes sense that He can do something much easier like keeping us saved!

To say that a believer can lose his salvation is to say that it takes more power for a person to keep himself saved then it took for God to save him.

That is an insult to God.

What did it take for God to save mankind? It took the substitutionary spiritual death of His Son Jesus Christ on the Cross.

If God has already done the greater (in saving the sinner), it follows a fortiori that He can do the less (preserve the believer).

Using a fortiori logic, Paul is very specific regarding what required the greatest effort on God’s part.

Salvation is the greatest manifestation of God’s power, and He can only do “much more” for us once we have already been saved.

He did the most difficult thing for us in purchasing salvation by judging His only Son, so to guard what He has already done for us is easy by comparison!

He already did the hard labor at the Cross.

ROM 8:31aWhat then shall we say to these things? [To what conclusion are we forced?]

At the time the Bible was written this was known as “debater’s logic.” We are forced to a conclusion in the second half of the verse.

ROM 8:31bIf God is for us, who is against us?

Now how do you know that God is for you?

Since the moment that you believed, God has always been for you. We know this because of grace.

God immediately gave us at least forty grace gifts at the moment of salvation, before we could do anything to “impress” Him.

How were these things given to us?

ROM 8:32He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?

God “freely gives us all things.”

In one second of time, God freely gave us everything necessary to secure our eternal destiny.

God does not give them out one at a time based on individual performance.

He freely gives us all things.  He never attaches a price.

There is only one condition: faith in His Son Jesus Christ.

That’s why it says “with Him” He will freely give us all things.

ROM 8:31 If God is for us,who is against us?

The phrase “if God is for us” is a protasis

of a first class condition in the Greek; “If God is for us, and He is!”

If God already sacrificed His own Son, it follows a fortiori, with stronger reason, that He will give us everything else; therefore, “who can be against us?!”

If God did the greatest work at salvation, it follows logically (a fortiori) that He can and will do anything that is a “lesser” work.

What is this “lesser” work? It is all that He has provided for us in time and eternity.

Since the justice of God has already performed the greatest feat of providing salvation, it follows logically that the justice of God can provide the “lesser” for the believer after salvation.   WHY?

If God provided salvation for you BEFORE you were justified (declared innocent), how much more can He do for you now that you are justified?!

If grace could accomplish salvation itself, while we were unbelievers, then grace can do absolutely anything after salvation, now that we were made righteous!

Therefore, once God has saved us, and He has, then it follows a fortiori that God can keep us saved. And that is eternal security!

ROM 8:32

He[God the Father] who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over to judgment on behalf of us all, how shall He not also with Him freely give us all things?

This a fortiori says, in effect, that if God accomplished the greater at salvation by “not sparing His own Son,” it follows logically that He can do “less than the greater” thereafter by giving you “all things,” including eternal security.

Nothing and no one can hinder blessings from the justice of God to the believer, except his own negative volition toward doctrine.

Eternal security is a prerequisite to receiving blessings from the justice of God. Because you are His for all eternity, He is now able to bless you. 

Your potential for being blessed is always there. However, no believer who rejects the doctrine of eternal security ever attains maturity.

Why?  You can’t reach spiritual maturity without full assurance and confidence in Him!

That’s the whole point of maturity!  Total unshakable confidence in God!

The logic of ‘a fortiori’:

Hebrews ch. 4 talks about entering into God’s rest.  That is our Father’s desire for us.  Do you agree?

BUT, how could you live the life of rest that God asks you to live if He didn’t first give you eternal security?

Can anybody rest if they know there is even a small chance of going to hell? 

No. Not true rest.

Eternal security is a reality that never changes; and that reality gives us the peace and rest God wants us to live in.

Eternal security is not potential; it always exists. It is complete and total from the moment of salvation on.

On the other hand, the reality of prosperity comes with spiritual maturity, once the believer has grown up.  And growing up includes trusting God for eternal security.

 A believer cannot reject eternal security and become mature.

No one can be mature without understanding the perfect integrity of God, and part of that is understanding His perfect faithfulness towards us regarding His gift of eternal life.

ROM 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died instead of us.

ROM 5:9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be delivered from the wrath of God through Him.

The first principle that goes with having God’s perfect righteousness is that you do not and cannot ever go to the lake of fire.  How can you possibly go to the lake of fire if you possess His perfect righteousness?

If you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, you can never be judged at the last judgment. The wrath of God is not for the children of God, as in ROM 5:9.

1TH 5:9* For God has not appointed us unto wrath.

Man may repay evil with evil, but God does not.

If the believer is justified by the blood of Christ, it follows a fortiori that the believer will be delivered from the last judgment.

Justification means having God’s perfect righteousness.

Phil 3:9 and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith

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It would make no sense for someone with perfect righteousness to be sent to the last judgment or go to the eternal lake of fire.

No one can take perfect righteousness from you, and that is all that is required to go to heaven.

If the greater benefit has been given (justification), God will not withhold the less (deliverance from the lake of fire).

ROM 5:10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by means of the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be delivered by His life.

If we were reconciled to God as His enemies, it follows a fortiori that we will be delivered as sons by His life (not our life).

If the greater benefit has been given (reconciliation), the lesser (deliverance “by His life”) will not be withheld.

There are many conclusions to be realized through this system of reasoning called “a fortiori.”

·        The “much more” rationale protects the believer from worry, Matthew 6:30, “‘But if God so arrays the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more do so for you, o men of little faith?’”

·        The “much more” rationale protects the believer from judgment, Romans 5:9, “Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.”

·        The “much more” rationale protects the believer from destruction, Romans 5:10, “For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.”

·        The “much more” rationale protects the believer from spiritual poverty, Romans 5:15, “For if by the transgression of the one the many died, much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, abound to the many.”

·        The “much more” rationale gives the believer the opportunity to reign with the Lord Jesus Christ, Romans 5:17, “For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.”

·        The “much more” rationale reveals that if the Lord treated His people graciously under the law, how much greater will He treat us in the dispensation of grace?   2 Cor 3:9,11, “For if the ministry of condemnation [the Mosaic Law] has glory, much more does the ministry of righteousness abound in glory… for if that which fades away was with glory, much more that which remains is in glory.”

·        The “much more” rationale protects the believer from fear of death, Philippians 1:23, “But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better [pollo mallon].”

The a fortiori rationale is yet another undeniable proof of the believer’s eternal security.

 

The Essence of God Rationale

The essence of God rationale for eternal security is based on the attributes of God.

Because of His immutable, eternal, infinite attributes, God cannot and will not cancel the salvation of any believer, no matter how or where he might go.

The Bible does say some people were never saved in the first place, but those who are true believers, God’s perfect faithfulness protects.

David knew God’s character and faithfulness very well, which is one reason he was called a “man after God’s own heart”.

David said this:

Ps 139:7-8

Where can I go from Your Spirit?

Or where can I flee from Your presence?

If I ascend to heaven, You are there;

If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there.

NASU

JUD 1:24-25

Now unto Him who is able to keep you from falling and present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory and majesty, dominion and power both now and forevermore.

We do not keep ourselves from falling; God does, as a matter of grace.  He is able.

God has the power to preserve our relationship with Him, which He alone began.

The perfect integrity of God can never be changed or affected by the sins or failures of any believer, according to

2 Timothy 2:11-13

“It is a trustworthy statement[faithful is the word]: If we died with Him [and we have], we shall live with Him. If we endure [in undeserved suffering], we shall rule with Him. If we deny Him, He will deny us [rewards]. If we are unfaithful, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.”

Our unfaithfulness does not make God unfaithful.

Every believer is indwelled by the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; therefore, for God to deny the believer his salvation would be to deny Himself.

God has perfect integrity (His righteousness and justice). Ever since the fall of Adam, divine justice has been mankind’s point of reference (or contact) with God.

While it is true that God loves us beyond our imagination, His love is not our point of reference.

Grace is motivated by love, but it functions from justice. God can do nothing for mankind that would compromise His integrity (holiness).

 

Perfect Integrity (Justice and Righteousness).

God is just, and all that He does for the human race goes through His justice first.And from His justice, because of our faith in Christ, He has declared us righteous.

This means that God is fair; it is impossible for God to be unfair in the function of His justice.

ROM 3:24Being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus.

ROM 5:1Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

ROM 5:9Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.

ROM 8:30And whom He predestined, these He also called; and whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.

God is the perfect and fair Judge, the one Judge who has never made a wrong decision!

For you to ever lose your salvation would mean that the justice of God made a wrong judicial decision.

That would be blasphemous to even suggest.

When God declares someone justified, there is absolutely no way that person can ever become “unjust,” or lose his status of “justified”!

HEB 10:10-14

10 By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all .

11 Every priest stands daily ministering and offering time after time the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins; 12 but He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, SAT DOWN AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD, 13 waiting from that time onward UNTIL HIS ENEMIES BE MADE A FOOTSTOOL FOR HIS FEET. 14 For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.

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“Once for all”.  This means IT’S DONE.  FINISHED.

As the Lord said in John 19:30…

John 19:30

30 Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, " It is finished!" And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.

NASU

What was finished?  The Judgment.  The payment for sins for the whole world, for all time. 

May we never take away from the completeness of His work on the cross.

1 Peter 3:18

18 For Christ also died for sins once for all , the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit;

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God possesses eternal, unchangeable, perfect righteousness.

Incredibly, this very righteousness of God is freely given to anyone who believes in Christ.

ROM 3:22* Even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe; for no distinction is made [between Jew and Gentile].”

God has given His perfect Righteousness to us freely, as a “down payment,” or a guarantee, of our eternal inheritance.

2 Cor 5:21

He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

What the righteousness of God rejects, the justice of God condemns. Therefore, if a believer (who possesses perfect righteousness) lost his salvation, the justice of God would have to condemn the righteousness of God.

However, what the righteousness of God accepts, the justice of God blesses, and for this reason we are eternally secure.

We received the righteousness of God at salvation, and can now live with God forever because we are as good as God is, having His righteousness.

When the Lord looks at us, He sees His Son.  He doesn’t see our sin anymore.

HEB 8:12

12 For I will forgive their wickedness

and will remember their sins no more."

NIV

HEB 10:17-18

17 Then he adds: "Their sins and lawless acts

I will remember no more."  

18 And where these have been forgiven, there is no longer any sacrifice for sin.

NIV

 

Faithfulness.

The believer’s eternal security also depends on the faithfulness of God.  LAM 3:21-23

LAM 3:21-23 This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope. The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Thy faithfulness.

God’s faithfulness is revealed in the principle of election,

1 Cor 1:9, “God is faithful, through whom you have been called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”

There is no way God could ever be faithless to us.

1TH 5:24 Faithful is He who calls you, who will also do [provide] it.

God’s faithfulness to the reversionistic (backslidden) believer is the subject of 2 Timothy 2:13,

“If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny himself.”

Even when you lack faith in your condition on earth, God is always faithful to you, because your position “in Christ” never changes.

You are already seated with Christ in heavenly places.  EPH 2:6.  That’s your position if you have trusted in Christ to save you!

God’s faithfulness could never cease for a moment; it would be against His perfect character.

Ps 37:24

When he falls, he will not be hurled headlong,

Because the LORD is the One who holds his hand.

NASU

Prov 24:15-16

15 Do not lie in wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous;

Do not destroy his resting place; 16 For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again, But the wicked stumble in time of calamity.

NASU

Who is the righteous man?  The one who has trusted in Christ.  And what does the righteous man do??  He falls!  He sins! 

But He is righteous by grace through faith, and the Lord helps him continually get up again.  The Lord holds his hand.

That’s eternal security, you will not be completely cast down.  What’s lower than the lake of fire?

JOH 10:27-29“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they shall never perish; and no one shall snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.

We are in the Lord’s grip forever; He never lets us go.

HEB 13:5-6

5 Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, " I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU,"

6 so that we confidently say,

"THE LORD IS MY HELPER, I WILL NOT BE AFRAID.

WHAT WILL MAN DO TO ME?"

NASU

 

Sovereignty.

In 2 Peter 3:9, God expresses His sovereignty in a marvelous way:“He is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to a change of mind [about Jesus Christ].”

If God is not willing that anyone should perish eternally, then how much more (a fortiori) will He protect the believer who has already accepted His Son?

 Therefore, once a person believes on the Lord Jesus Christ and is given eternal life, God will make sure that the believer never perishes, and that His sovereign will comes to pass.

He is certainly not going to lose anyone who has “passed out of death into life”; they are past the point of ever “perishing.”  That’s the whole reason Jesus came.

John 5:24

"Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.” 

 

Love.

The love of God is also closely related to eternal security. All love that comes from the integrity of God is perfect love.

God’s love never ceases nor turns away when someone insults or blasphemes Him.

A mere human being simply does not have the ability to change God’s perfect love.

God has never withdrawn His love for His creatures, no matter how much His creatures may ignore or even hate Him.

And the Bible says once you believe in Christ, NOTHING can separate you from His love.

ROM 8:35-39 Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Just as it is written, “For Your sake we are being put to death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” (undeserved suffering and persecution will not interrupt God’s love)But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 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.

John 3:16-18

16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son.

NIV

John 16:27

27 for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me and have believed that I came forth from the Father.

NASU

EPH 1:3-6

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love 5 He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.

NASU

EPH 2:4-7

4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ ( by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

NASU

What is the Lord looking forward to?  The ages to come, eternity, where He can fully reveal His grace and love towards us.  That’s because true believers have eternal security with Him.

EPH 2:8-10

8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is  the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

NASU

Please notice by grace we have already been saved, through faith.  And it is NOT a result of works that we were saved.

And now that we ARE saved, God has prepared some good works for us so we as secure believers can bring Him glory in the devil’s world.

 

Eternal life.

Understanding that the eternal life of God HAS NO END also reveals the principle of eternal security.

God does not merely possess life; God is life. He is eternal life, infinite life, and spiritual life.

The eternal life of God is imparted to us through the Lord Jesus Christ as the only Savior.

JOH 6:47 “Truly, truly, I say unto you, he who believes in Me has eternal life.”

1JO 5:11-12 And the witness is this, that God has given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.

Eternal life, by its very nature can never be terminated; therefore if the believer is given eternal life, then he is completely secure!

 

Omnipresence.

 God is everywhere present. He is not limited by space or time; He invented both of them, and He transcends them.

And because He is everywhere at the same time, He therefore doesn’t miss a thing, and can keep us saved for all eternity.

 It’s not like it’s difficult for God.  He just IS.

 

The omnipresence of God is essential to the fulfillment of many of His promises, such as Matthew 28:20b, “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

If the Lord is with us until the end of the age, how can we lose eternal life?

HEB 13:5 Let your character be free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I will never, no never, desert you, nor will I ever forsake you.”

Do we believe Him?  The Lord said He will NEVER leave us. 

How could we lose our salvation and go to the lake of fire if He said He would never leave us or forsake us?

1SA 12:22a “For the Lord will not abandon His people on account of His great name.”

 

Omniscience.

There was never a time in all of eternity past when God did not know everything about you, including every thought you would ever have, every motive that would be formed from those thoughts, every decision you would make from thought (or lack of thought), and every action that would result.

And are you ready for this?

He still decided to give you eternal life at the moment of your faith in Christ.

2PE 3:8b …With the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

The day you believed in Christ and God adopted you as His son, He had already taken into account every failure of the rest of your life, and He still declared you righteous.

Therefore, it would be totally illogical for Him to ever change His mind about saving you.

 

Omnipotence.

The unlimited power of God reveals that nothing and no one else can overtake God’s promise to save us.

Omnipotence emphasizes the eternal supremacy of God’s authority. God is infinite and eternal; therefore, His power is infinite and eternal.

1 Peter 1:3-5

3 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.

NASU

And what kind of power does our Creator have?

ALL power.  PERFECT power.

And He promises to protect our eternal salvation.

         ISA 43:13“Even from eternity, I am He, and there is no one who can deliver out of My hand. I act, and who can reverse it?”

PHI 1:6For 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.

 

Veracity.

The term “veracity” means that God is absolute truth. The veracity of God is behind all His promises, including eternal security.

TIT 1:1-2 Paul, a bond-servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the faith of those chosen of God and the knowledge of the truth which is according to godliness, in the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised long ages ago…

NUM 23:19 “God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent; has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”

He has promised us eternal life, and He cannot lie.

It’s so simple.  Why do we complicate His promises?

If something in the Word of God seems confusing, or seems to challenge eternal security, it must have another meaning, because the Lord is very direct in many scriptures about the promise of eternal life to those who believe.

JOH 10:28 And I give eternal life to them, and they shall never perish; and no one shall snatch them out of My hand.

1JO 2:25 And this is the promise which He Himself made to us: eternal life.

God makes the promise of eternal life to the believer, with no conditions attached, and He cannot go against His Veracity. 

 

Immutability.

God is immutable; His character, nature, and attributes can never and will never change.

There is nothing that could ever happen in God’s creation that could change who and what He is!

HEB 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

MAL 3:6 “For I, the Lord, do not change; therefore, you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed.”

PSA 89:33-34 “But I will not break off my lovingkindness from him, nor deal falsely in My faithfulness. My covenant I will not violate, nor will I alter the utterance of My lips.”

To say that God would take back our salvation is to say that we do not know who He is.

 

Positional Truth Rationale

Throughout the Pauline epistles, the believer is said to be “in Christ.” This is also known as positional sanctification.

Therefore, every Church-age believer shares in who and what Christ is.  We share in His position!

The positional sanctification rationale isfound in Romans 8:38-39, “I have confidence that neither death nor life [nothing that could happen in life or even in death], nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus.”

“in Christ Jesus”is a technical term used for our union with Christ through the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

Because we are in union with Christ, nothing can separate us from our eternal salvation.

ROM 8:33Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the One who justifies.

2CO 5:21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

At the point of faith in Christ, through the baptism of the Spirit, 1CO 12:13, every believer is entered into union with Christ.

1 Cor 12:12-13

12 For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ. 13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.

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You and I are now parts in His body.  How can  Christ’s body lose a part???  How can you lose eternal life if you are sealed into His body???

Since Christ’s life is eternal, we, as believers, also have eternal life.

Because of our union with Him we share His life, 1 John 5:11-12. 

Our Position “in Christ” also entitles us to:

·        sharing the election of Christ, EPH 1:4 and ISA 42:1

·        sharing the heirship of Christ, EPH 1:4

·        sharing the destiny of Christ, EPH 1:5

·        being accepted in Christ forever, EPH 1:6

·        being sanctified in Christ, 1 Cor 1:2,30

·        sharing in Christ’s Sonship as the Son of God, GAL 3:26

·        sharing in Christ’s kingship, 2 Pe 1:11.

·        being seated in heavenly places, EPH 2:6.

Once we learn the doctrine of positional truth we can be absolutely secure concerning our salvation.

We are already “seated with Christ in heavenly places.”

EPH 2:6 And [God the Father] raised us up with Him [the Lord Jesus Christ], and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.

It is always our position in Christ, and never our condition on earth, that determines our eternal destiny.

The New Creature Rationale

Under positional truth, every believer has been made into a brand new creature (not an old creature given a second chance), but a brand new spiritual species! 

Understanding the fact that we are NEW creatures will give us confidence concerning eternal security.

You are different from the rest of the world.  Don’t ever forget you are different, in a wonderful new way.

2CO 5:17 Therefore, if anyone [the Church-age believer] is in Christ [and he is], he is a new creature [or spiritual species]; the old things [position in Adam and spiritual death] passed away [or lost their power]; behold, new things have come.”

A brand new nature has been created in you; you have become a new spiritual species.

Becoming a new spiritual species is not an emotion or an experience; it is attained through faith rather than experience.

The new spiritual species is forever protected from liability at the last judgment, and can never lose its salvation, Romans 8:1.

ROM 8:1

Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are “in Christ Jesus”.

This new creature within us is completely new, and that is the part of us that will go to heaven.  There is no reason for there to be any condemnation for the new creature.

EPH 4:24

and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.

The word for “created” means to create something out of nothing. It reveals something brand new.

Paul teaches here that the new creature is created out of nothing already existing in us.

The new spiritual species is not created by you trying to improve yourself.  

It is not a gradual improvement of the old Adamic nature in us.  That old nature is dead acc. To Romans 6.

God has put something in us that was never there before, a brand new nature that cannot sin, 1 Jo 3:9, and is imperishable, 1PE 1:23.

1PE 1:23 For you have been born again, not of seed which is perishable, but imperishable, that is, through the living and abiding Word of God.

If you have an imperishable seed in you, how could you go to the lake of fire?

That’s why the scriptures say we will “never perish” (JOH 3:16; JOH 10:28, 1PE 1:4), because we have an “imperishable” seed!

If believers would only realize this and learn about this new creature, this new inner man, they would never even consider the blasphemy of losing their salvation.

Most of our failures, insecurities, doubts, and fears ultimately result from ignorance of what God has done for us, and who God has made us to be.

 

The “Sealing” Rationale

The sealing work of God the Holy Spirit introduces yet another rationale for eternal security.

EPH 1:13 In whom, when you heard the message of truth, the Gospel of your salvation [common grace]; in whom, when you believed [efficacious grace], you were also sealed by means of the Holy Spirit.

EPH 4:30 Stop grieving the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you have been sealed to the day of redemption.

Note even when we grieve the Holy Spirit by sinning, which we all do every day, that doesn’t change our status of having been sealed!

A seal is a sign of possession; a seal attached to anything of any value signifies ownership.

In the ancient world, Sealing was a sign of business transactions or contracts; therefore, in the spiritual realm, the sealing of the Spirit is God’s final stamp of approval!

It’s His stamp of ownership upon you!  You are HIS!

No matter what happens after salvation, God owns us and will gather us all to Himself at the rapture of the Church, the point of ultimate sanctification (resurrection).

The work for salvation is totally finished, John 17:4, 19:30.

JOH 17:4“I glorified Thee on the earth, having accomplished the work which Thou hast given Me to do.”

JOH 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head, and gave up His spirit.

God the Holy Spirit indwells us and seals us in Christ forever, because God the Father has signed a contract with us, and He will never go back on it.

MAL 3:6 “For I, the Lord, do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed.”

We change toward Him, but He never changes toward us!

1SA 15:29 “Also the Glory of Israel will not lie or change His mind; for He is not a man that He should change His mind.”

You belong to Him! You have been branded! And you can’t erase it or remove it!

As believers in the Church-age, we are His children, His sons, and His heirs; we are royal priests and royal ambassadors.

2TI 2:19 Nevertheless, the firm foundation of God stands, having this seal, “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord abstain from evil.”

The principle of sealing, then, is a reminder of the fact that God loves us with an infinite love and will never change.

Nothing we can do can break the seal. God did all the work. God drew up the contract, and all we did was “sign on the dotted line” when we believed.

Anything on which God places His seal belongs to God forever.

The final proof of this sealing is the HS in us forever:

The Lord Jesus Christ Himself foretold this in

John 14:16; “‘And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth,”

If the Holy Spirit is with you forever, then how could you possibly lose your salvation and go to the lake of fire?

The Holy Spirit may be “grieved” (when the believer sins), Ephesians 4:30, and He may be “quenched” (when the believer is influenced by evil), 1 Thessalonians 5:19, but He will never be extinguished.

He can never leave the child of God, because His seal would then be worthless, and our Lord’s prayer would be unfulfilled.

Since we are commanded by God to rest and enjoy His peace, and not to worry, and not to fear; then He must provide eternal security for us, or His commands would be impossible for us to enjoy.

HEB 4:1-16 tells us that God rested after His creation was completed, and so we should rest after we realize He has completed our salvation.

True peace, the peace of Christ, is ours, if we fully accept what our Lord has done for us in salvation, and that includes being secure in His hands.  John 14-1-3, 27, 16:33.

Thank the Lord for what He has done!!