The Bible promises by these scriptures that those truly saved will not lose their salvation

  • Rom. 8 v.14-17: For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

The witness of the Spirit is the inner assurance of God’s truth. One of the conditions of this inner conviction concerning the things of God is obedience to His known will (John 7 v.17). God uses this ministry of the Holy Spirit to convince us of truth that cannot be understood other than through His divine help (Matt. 16 v.17). This witness was obvious in Peter’s confession to Christ (Matt. 16 v.16-17). Even though others had observed Christ and drawn certain erroneous conclusions, Peter received spiritual insight from God as to who Jesus really was (Matt. 16 v.17) This enlightenment did not mean he had nothing more to learn, because within minutes of his confession, he was being rebuked by Jesus for his lack of spiritual insight (Matt. 16 v.23) Christians should be careful always to obey the clearly revealed Will of God, so as not to hinder this ministry in their lives.

  • Rom 8 v.1: There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
  • Psalm 37 v.28: “For the Lord loves justice and does not forsake His godly ones; they are preserved forever.
  • John 5 v.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 6 v.37: “All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out.”
  • John 6 v.39-40: “This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day. And this is the will of Him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.”
  • John 10 v.27-29: “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will 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.”

The doctrine of eternal security teaches that God is able to complete the good work of eternal life that He has begun in every believer. (Phil. 1 v.6) The eternal security of the believer is guaranteed by the person and work of God. He is true and just, and cannot deny Himself. Therefore anyone who has eternal life has it forever. God promises that no one can ever be separated from His love (Romans 8 v.33-39). Some argue this doctrine leads to antinomianism (allowing Christians to live in sin). This charge however, denies the very nature of salvation, which involves union with Christ and death to sin (Romans chapter 6). But to the extent that a Christian fails to serve God, his reward may be lost, though he will be saved from everlasting wrath (1 Cor. 3 v.15). The Christian is saved and secured by faith, but in love and gratitude to Christ will seek to faithfully serve Him.

  • Romans 8 v.33-35 & 38-39: “Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 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.
  • Phil 1 v.6: “For 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.”
  • 2 Tim 1 v.12: “For I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day.”
  • Heb 6 v.17-20: “In the same way God, desiring even more to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose, interposed with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.”
  • 1 Peter 1 v.3-5: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 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.”

In 1 Peter 1 v.3-5 the portrayal of salvation looks to the future. The author of salvation is portrayed as the blessed God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. The work of salvation is described as to its effect. Hath begotten us again refers to a new stage of life that begins at salvation. This lively hope has no element of uncertainty, for it is guaranteed by Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. The believer’s inheritance is described as incorruptible (imperishable or indestructible) and undefiled (morally untainted). That fadeth not away means it is not subject to the ravages of time. Further it is reserved, that is, it has been preserved in the past and still is in heaven. Kept is a present passive participle, we are secure because we are continually guarded by God, who never relaxes His vigil. Salvation here refers to final salvation, that is, deliverance from the presence of sin and into the presence of God.

  • 1 John 2 v.1: “My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.”
  • 1 Cor 3 v.10-16: “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. Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?”

Notice the scripture tells us quite clearly, “he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved”. Such a one does not suffer the loss of his salvation, but the loss of reward. The stress in the entire passage is not on a person’s relationship to Christ, but on his or her service to Christ.

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