One of the most troubling thoughts you can have as a Christian is that you might lose your salvation. Perhaps at the time of your salvation, you were so sure you were saved. But after a while, and maybe because you sin, you feel as if you’re not so sure anymore, and that the security of your salvation is in jeopardy.
In Chapter 2 of Basic Elements of the Christian Life, vol. 1, Witness Lee addresses this subject and gives the illustration of a man who has a million dollars in the bank. At the moment, he’s sure those riches are his. But what if the bank didn’t lock its vault? The man wouldn’t be very convinced that his riches would stay his. How could he feel secure? How could he sleep at night knowing his riches might not be there in the morning?
Our thought about salvation may be like this. We might know we’re saved today, but wonder, “Can we lose our salvation tomorrow?”
The first thing we should be clear about after we believe in Christ is that our salvation is eternally secure. We shouldn’t wait to have this question settled.
In this post, we’ll look at seven proofs from the unchanging Word of God that show our salvation in Christ is irreversible and secure.
1. Salvation was initiated by God
“You did not choose Me, but I chose you.”—John 15:16
Ephesians 1:4-5 tell us that God chose us before we were born, even before the universe was created. Then, when the time was right for us to be saved, He called us. Would God choose us so long ago, send His Son to die for us, wait for us to be born and then call and save us, only to abandon us after we’re finally saved? No, God would not.
2. God’s love and grace are eternal
“I have loved you with an eternal love.”—Jeremiah 31:3
God’s love and grace toward us isn’t because of what we do. And according to 2 Timothy 1:9, God didn’t save us according to our works but according to His grace, which was given to us in Christ long before the world began. Romans 8:35-39 tells us that nothing—not sin, not failure, not weakness, not anything—can separate us from the eternal love of God.
3. God is righteous
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”—1 John 1:9
While God’s love motivated Him to save us, it’s not the base of His salvation. God’s righteousness is the base of His salvation. Many sinners fear God’s righteousness and associate it with His wrath. And God’s righteousness is indeed a fearful thing; because God is righteous, He cannot tolerate or overlook sin.
But we must understand something more about God’s righteousness in relation to salvation.
Romans 6:23 tells us that the wages of sin is death. Because of this, in a righteous or legal sense, the righteous God must judge us with eternal death.
But the Lord Jesus took our place and bore the judgment of death for us. And because God accepted Christ’s sacrifice, the penalty is paid. That judgment can no longer be upon us, because God is righteous. A righteous judge can never require a debt to be paid twice. God is bound by His righteousness to honor the price Christ paid for us.
How binding is God’s righteousness? Psalms 89:14 tells us that righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne. If God wants His throne to stand, He must act in accordance with His righteousness. Since God has accepted the death of Christ as the payment for our debt of sins, His righteousness won’t allow Him to demand payment from us.
Because our salvation is secured by the righteousness of God, He cannot take His salvation from us. Praise Him for His righteousness!
4. We have become God’s children
“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the authority to become children of God, to those who believe into His name, who were begotten…of God.”—John 1:12-13
When we believed into the Lord’s name, we were saved from eternal perdition and received the Lord as our Savior. Moreover, we were begotten of God. This is something that can’t be undone. Our Father God cannot take back His eternal life from us once we’re born of Him, any more than a human father can take back the life he’s passed on to his child.
Like most children, we may be weak, fail, or need discipline. We also sin, just as our children misbehave. But we cannot say that their misbehaving makes them no longer our children. Our sinning cannot undo the fact that we are children of God. No matter what, we will always be God’s children, born of God’s life.
5. God is strong
“And I give to them eternal life, and they shall by no means perish forever, and no one shall snatch them out of My hand.”—John 10:28
All kinds of things try to snatch us from the Father’s hand—sin, the world, difficulties, even Satan himself. But it is impossible for us to be snatched away. No one and nothing is stronger than God. Even if we try to remove ourselves from His hands, He will never let us go.
6. God never changes
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, yes, even forever.”—Hebrews 13:8
Everything changes—people, circumstances, governments, the weather. Even our own emotions change constantly; we can be up one minute and down the next. If our salvation was based on our feelings, we would have lost it long ago. But God never changes. Therefore, the salvation we received from Him never changes.
7. Christ has promised
“All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and him who comes to Me I shall by no means cast out.”—John 6:37
What a precious, unconditional promise from our Savior! We can fully trust in Him and His eternal salvation.
We at Bibles for America pray for all believers to have a solid foundation in the Word of God. Our Christian life should not be lived in fear and doubt, but in the life and enjoyment of our Savior God. Our salvation is eternally secure, and we can know because the Bible tells us so.