Can You Lose Your Salvation 2

When we invite people to put their trust in Jesus Christ to renew their lives now and give them eternal life, how can they know that this will really happen? What surety do they have from God's word that they will have eternal life.

Let's have another look at why it is just not possible that an all knowing God who knows the end from the beginning could be so surprised by how someone He called and chose would act, that He would have to renounce His child and send him to hell!

In Rom 8:35 Paul asks a rhetorical question. “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?”

And his answer is -

Romans 8:38-39: “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor power, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Is there anything that could be left out from that list? Neither death or life; Neither good angels or evil angels (principalities and powers); Nothing around today or in the future; Nothing high or deep; And, just to be complete, No other creature; shall be able to separate us from the love of Christ.

When you listen to Jesus and follow him your heart will be filled with wanting to do things for His glory. That's where the good works that a Christian loves to do spring from.

But some may still worry that they could slip away from Christ, because they believe it depends on them enduring till Christ's return and they could fail. Some may think they could become like the people in Matthew 7:22-23, where the Lord Jesus says...

Matt 7:22-23 “Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name? And in Thy name have cast out devils? And in Thy name done many wonderful works?"
And then will I say unto them, "I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity.”

Notice precisely what Jesus says. He does not say that he knew them once but they left him. He does not say he knew them once but they began to work iniquity. He says, “I NEVER knew you.” This can NEVER apply to those whom Jesus knows. Are you a true Christian? One who has believed on Jesus; who has accepted his sacrifice as payment for your sins, and whose life is one of listening to Jesus and following him? Then you ARE known by Jesus! You can nevermore be unknown!

John 10:27-28 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 and no-one can snatch them out of my hand.

That passage in Matthew, Chapter 7, and other passages, do show though that not all will be saved. Why not?

When someone is called, the Holy Spirit starts working with them; to convict them of sin; to show them their need for Christ; to bless them as they yield to his promptings; to show them the benefits of a life in Christ; to show them that Christ can fulfill their every need; to convict them of the futility of their old life; to show them the love of God. They will taste and see that the Lord is good.

But at some time in their new walk they will come to a crossroads and have to make up their minds on the direction they will take. Will they accept Jesus Christ as their personal savior and put their trust in him for their life's direction, be baptised for the remission of sins and fully commit to Christ? Or, having know the Lord through the Holy Spirit working with them though not yet IN them, will they decide this path is not for them?

If they reject Christ at this stage, understanding his death on their behalf, then as Peter says in 2 Pet 2:20-22...

2 Pe 2:20-22 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. 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.

I do not believe this is talking about committed Christians who have the Holy Spirit in them. This is not talking about 'sheep' returning to vomit or 'sheep' wallowing in the mire. These are those who tasted the Lord and saw that He was good, but did not 'eat his flesh and drink his blood'!

Those who take the other road and commit to Jesus will receive the Holy Spirit within them. Now transformed by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit into 'sheep' they know their master's voice and follow him.

Mat 18:12 What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them strays, does he not leave the ninety and nine and go into the mountains and seek the straying one?

Sheep can go astray, but the Good Shepherd seeks them out and brings them back to the fold! Once you commit to Christ, God the Father, our Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit commit to you! NO-ONE and NO-THING can snatch you away!

AS A CHRISTIAN YOUR ETERNAL INHERITANCE IS SECURE!

Otherwise how could God say this of us through John in 1 Joh 3:9.

1 Joh 3:9 Whosoever is born of God does not commit sin; for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

IF YOU ARE BORN AGAIN THIS APPLIES TO YOU!

If you're not sure about your salvation, because you believe it depends on your ability and strength to endure, re-read this article! Those who understand their eternal hope rests in the secure hands of Jesus will want to share this with others. They have a REAL hope to offer. They know their salvation is sure and they know that they know. Their life is hid in Jesus Christ.

This is the contrast. If you are reliant on your own strength of endurance and confessing every sin for your salvation, it is like keeping your fingers crossed that all will go well! How can you be sure, even as you read this, that you are saved? Have you remembered all sins of commission so as to ask for them to be forgiven? What about your sins of omission? What about all your bursts of pride, envy, hatred, self-righteousness, etc? Have you remembered them all to ask for them to be forgiven?

If it depends on YOU there's no guarantee of salvation! Some may say if it depends on us it guarantees failure! The Bible says we should not put our trust in Princes. Do we put our trust in ourselves? Better far to trust in God!

When Christians understand they are reliant on the strength of the Holy Spirit to complete the work he has started in them; When they know that they are known by Christ and are being held safe in his hand, and in the Father's hand; Then they live in the Love, Joy and Peace of Jesus Christ, knowing no trial, nothing and no one can snatch them away from him.

John 5:24 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that hears My word, and believes on Him that sent Me, has everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life”.

Not only this, since all our sins have been removed we should have no consciousness of sins because, if the blood of the Old Covenant sacrifices had been effective, that would have been the effect for the children of Israel!

Heb 10:1-2 For since the law has but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true form of these realities, it can never, by the same sacrifices that are continually offered every year, make perfect those who draw near. Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, since the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have any consciousness of sins?

But, since the blood of Jesus was effective in removing our sins, for us Christians there should be no consciousness of sins! We can also depend on all these promises and gifts that God give us because He is love!

Romans 11:29 For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.

And what's more, just as He did with the lady caught in adultery, Jesus gives us the gift of NO CONDEMNATION, and as a consequence sin no longer has the mastery over us!

Romans 6:14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.

Since as we see in Rom 8:1-2...

Romans 8:1-2 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.

AS A CHRISTIAN YOUR ETERNAL LIFE IS SECURE.

And THAT is Good News to share with others!


Attlee.


Another thought....

Can you lose your salvation? - 1 2 3 4 Conclusion