A troubling question many Christians face is whether you can lose your salvation. Perhaps when you first believed in the Lord, you knew for sure that you were saved. But after a while—maybe due to sin—you aren’t so sure anymore, and feel like your salvation might be in jeopardy.
In Chapter 2 of Basic Elements of the Christian Life, vol. 1, author Witness Lee addresses this subject and gives an illustration of a man who has a million dollars in the bank. He knows that money belongs to him. But what if the bank leaves its vault unlocked? Then, the man wouldn’t be so sure that his riches would remain his. How can he feel secure? How can he sleep at night knowing his riches might not be there in the morning?
We may think about our salvation like this. We might know we’re saved today but wonder about tomorrow.
After we believe in Christ, we should be clear: Our salvation is eternally secure. 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 tells 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, He would not.
2. God’s love and grace are eternal
“I have loved you with an eternal love.”—Jeremiah 31:3
This verse in Jeremiah proves that God’s love for us is eternal. Furthermore, God doesn’t bestow His love and grace on us because of what we do. Second Timothy 1:9 tells us that 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
Although God was motivated to save us from eternal judgment by His love for us, it’s not the base of His salvation. Rather, God’s righteousness is the base of His salvation. Many sinners fear His righteousness and associate it with His wrath. It is indeed a fearful thing. Because He is righteous, He cannot tolerate or overlook sin.
However, we must see how God’s righteousness relates to salvation.
Romans 6:23 tells us that the wages of sin is death. Because of this, in a 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. Because God accepted Christ’s sacrifice, the penalty for our sins is paid. A righteous judge can never require a debt to be paid twice. In the same way, God is bound by His righteousness to honor the price Christ already paid for us.
How binding is God’s righteousness? Psalm 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 further payment from us.
Because our salvation is secured by God’s righteousness, 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 in the Lord Jesus, we were saved from eternal perdition and received Him as our Savior. In addition to this, we were begotten of God to be His children. This is something that can’t be undone. Our Father God can’t take back His eternal life from us once we’re born of Him, any more than a human father can take back his life from his child.
At times we may fail or need discipline, just like our children misbehave. But their bad behavior doesn’t mean they’re no longer our children. In the same way, our sins can’t negate the fact that we’re children of God. No matter what, we’ll always be God’s children, born of His divine 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 He has promised that it’s impossible for us to be snatched away. No one and nothing is stronger than God. Even if we were to try and remove ourselves from His hands, it’s impossible; 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, and neither does His salvation.
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.
As believers, we need to know the solid foundation for our faith found in the Word of God. Our Christian life shouldn’t be lived in fear and doubt. Our salvation is eternally secure, and we can know this because the Bible tells us so.
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