Biblical Reasoning Why Salvation Can Never Be Lost
Updated: Jun 18
The majority of the religious world is made up of those who believe the horrible lie that a person can lose their salvation. These people who believe this number in the billions. Most of them do not have the exact answer concerning how a person loses their salvation, but when pressed they have to agree it is by sin of some sort, to some extent. How many sins or what kind of sins is never specified. Some of them say sins that are not confessed or repented of after salvation will send the person to eternal condemnation. Some will claim that a person can remove themselves from salvation, even if God won't do that.
God promises eternal life to all who repent and believe in Jesus Christ. The moment they trust in the Saviour, they are secure forever, kept by the power of God. God will never cast away any of His children. The moment they are justified, they are as certain of eternal glory as believers who are in heaven already. Rom. 4:16 shows us that eternal security is one of the reasons salvation is by faith, and not by works: “Therefore it [salvation] is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be SURE to ALL the seed [believers]; not to that only which is of the law [Jews], but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham [saved Jews and Gentiles]; who is the father of us all.” If salvation were not by faith alone, it could not be sure to all believers; we would have to keep doing works while in constant fear that we were not good enough to meet the standard. However, since God has promised to save all who believe on His Son, salvation is sure to every sinner who trusts the Lord Jesus (salvation is an instantaneous event, not an ongoing one). Redemption is not based on what you have done, what you are doing, or what you will do in the future—it is based on what Jesus has done for you. As long as Jesus is a perfect Saviour, so long is every one of His own secure. Once you are saved, you are always saved. The important question isn’t whether the salvation is eternal or temporal for this is very clearly taught in Scripture; no, the important question is whether one is truly saved to begin with. Eternal security of salvation is actually tied into the very nature of the gospel itself, so there are many Scriptural truths, passages, and individual verses that support it, throughout Scripture. Those who believe a born again child of God can lose salvation, simply do not understand the true gospel. Arguments such as “Just because a person can know he is saved does not mean he cannot become lost” hold no Scriptural support. It is weighed in the balance and found wanting. A truly saved person cannot and will not become lost. Its not even possible, for it would change the very nature and existence of God, since so many promises and guarantees are attached to Him. And there are hundreds of solid and sound Biblical reasons why salvation can never be lost, and as many passages that tell us specifically it can never be lost and no passages that tell us that it can be lost. Here are a few of the many reasons we know salvation can never be lost and they could be greatly enlarged.
1. Salvation can never be lost because it is a free gift of God's grace that cannot be mixed with works (Eph. 2:8-10; Ti. 3:3-8; Rom. 3:19-24; 4:4-6; 5:12-21; 11:6). The Bible teaches that salvation is nothing less than a gift. Thirteen times in the NT it is called a gift. Jesus Christ paid a great price for it and He offers it to every sinner (Rom. 5). It is received by repentant faith. Faith is "the hand of the heart" that reaches out to take God's wonderful gift. A gift means it is absolutely free and it will never be taken away. A gift means I receive something I do not earn; it refers to something that is absolutely free and unmerited. If I had to earn it or do something to maintain it in any way, it would not be a gift. If I could lose it, it would not be a gift (that would be called a reward). It salvation were not a free gift then salvation would have to be earned (as a reward). But God's Word says "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." (Eph. 2:8-9). 2. Salvation can never be lost because it is by imputation and substitution (Rom. 4:5-8; 2 Cor. 5:21; Gal. 2:20; Heb. 9:10). Salvation is an exchange. Christ takes the believing sinner's place in condemnation, and the believer takes Christ's place in righteousness. Christ imparts to the sinner something he does not have and does not deserve (imputed righteousness). “Justification” is the believing sinner being declared righteous on the basis of Christ's atonement. How can such a thing be lost? It can’t. Nowhere, not even one place anywhere remotely hints at such a thing. 3. Salvation can never be lost because it is an eternally new position in Christ, a new creature (2 Cor. 5:17; Col. 2:10-15). When God saves, we become a new creature, old things passed away, all things become (perfect tense) new (2 Cor. 5:17). The verb "become" is perfect, so that we cannot ever be "old" again, but will always be "new." It can't be refuted. Eternally does not mean temporarily. In Eph. 1-3 the phrase "in Christ" is used 25 times. The theme of those chapters is the believer's position in Christ. In contrast, Eph. 4-6 describe the believer's walk in this world. The term "walk" is used nine times in those chapters. This teaches us the important truth that salvation is a matter of position and practice, relationship and fellowship, union and communion, standing and state. You do not seem to understand this at all. The believer's position and relationship and union and standing with Christ is eternally secure the moment he is born again into God's family, whereas his practice and fellowship and communion and state changes according to how he lives. The believer is a child of God forever though he might not be always walking in sweet fellowship every day of his earthly sojourn. See Eph. 4:1, 30; 5:1, 3, 8, where this is described. 4. Salvation can never be lost because of Divine election and predestination. The elect are those whom God “hath chosen . . . in [Christ] before the foundation of the world” (Eph. 1:4; 2 Tim. 1:9). Election guarantees glorification (Rom. 8:30) and promises that there will be no condemnation (Rom. 8:31-34; 1 Pet. 1:2-5). They are chosen through their response to conviction of sin, by repentance and faith. Election does not destroy human responsibility, for man has a free will and God saves no man against his will (2 Th. 2:10-13; cf. Ac. 13:46 with v. 48). But divine election is still a Bible doctrine and it does promise security for the believer (Rom. 8:28-39). God has “predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved” (Eph. 1:5-6). Predestinate means predetermine. Predestination is not God choosing only some to be saved; it is God choosing the destiny of those who are saved (Rom. 8:29). God has eternally determined that all who believe in and are saved by His Son will be like the Lord Jesus and be with Him in heaven forever. He “did predestinate [them] to be conformed to the image of his Son” (Rom. 8:29), so that they “have obtained an [heavenly] inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will” (Eph. 1:11). As a result, we “who first trusted in Christ” will “be to the praise of his glory” (Eph. 1:12). The Father has ordained that all who trust in Christ will be in heaven and give the Triune God praise and glory both here and there forever. His decree is certain. Thus the Christian is secure because of unchanging and eternal election and predestination. Rom. 8:33 reads, “Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.” No man in the world (including himself) can lay any charge to God’s elect, because God has justified them and they can never again be unjust. Election and predestination are sure grounds for the eternal security of the believer. 5. Salvation can never be lost because of redemption and Christ's blood (Rom. 3:24-25). The term "redeemed" refers to the price that was paid for our salvation. It describes the purchase of a slave and the setting free of that redeemed slave to serve the new loving Lord. The term "propitiation" also refers to the price of salvation. It refers to the satisfaction of a debt or the price that is paid for the slave. 1 Cor. 6:20 says we are bought with a price, therefore every believer belongs to God. 1 Pet. 1:18-19 says the price was the blood of Christ, which is precious, meaning very valuable. Rom. 5:20 teaches that the price paid is much greater than the debt. If I could lose my salvation, it means that the price paid for it was not sufficient, that I must add something to it and if I do not add my part, I will be lost. Such a teaching greatly devalues the blood of Christ and consequently the gospel of Jesus Christ. 6. Salvation can never be lost because salvation brings immediate eternal perfection and sanctification. At salvation (2 Th. 2:13) we are sanctified in Christ once for ever (1 Cor. 1:2; Heb. 10:10). Ju. 1:1 declares we are “Sanctified by God the Father”, as something that has happened already. Before God, the born again believers unchanging position is sanctified, is holy and is a saint. Many passages of Scripture teach that all those who are justified are also sanctified and changed and will further be progressively sanctified in Jesus Christ (e.g. Matt. 7:18-19; Jn. 15:1-11; 17:17; 1 Cor. 6:9-11; Gal. 5:18-24; Eph. 2:8-10; 5:5-6; Heb. 8:8-12; 10:10, 14 and Rev. 21:8, 27). Heb. 10:10,14, two great passages on eternal security, read, "By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. . . . For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified." This is very clear and flops any teaching on the contrary (i.e. losing salvation) on its head. If there was even one passage like these two on the opposing side, it might be worth considering. Although “sanctified”, which means "set apart”, does not always refer to salvation in Scripture, in these two verses it is most definitely salvation. In v. 10, the word "sanctified" is perfect tense, so that a person who is sanctified by the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all, is sanctified at one point in time in the past, that action of sanctification completed with the results ongoing. In v. 14, "hath perfected" is perfect tense as well. He completed our perfection at one point in the past with the results ongoing, and how long is that perfection ongoing? For ever. The point of Heb. 10:1-18 is that Jesus completed what needed to be done for us to be saved for ever, so that we don't need to keep coming and coming, working and working, or believing and believing, like you teach and believe. Paul sets forth this truth as an encouragement to the Hebrews that professed to believe, to persevere in the faith despite persecution, and as a warning to those who would apostatise from Christ and return to the shadows of Judaism, that they will receive, not freedom from persecution only, but with it God’s eternal curse and everlasting damnation. Those who respond in faith to the gospel (Heb. 2:1; 4:2) have more than a bare faith in God (Heb. 6:1, cf. v. 1-9), but a kind of faith that will be mixed with patience and therefore will receive an eternal inheritance (Heb. 6:12), a kind of faith that brings with it the purified heart of the New Covenant (Heb. 10:22; 8:8-12). The examples of the OT recalled in Heb. 11 are the justified, those who obtained a good report and will be perfected in eternal glory with those of the first century who persevered in like manner (Heb. 11:2, 39-40); they are the just who live by faith, those who believe to the saving of their souls, those just men made perfect who enter the New Jerusalem (Heb. 12:23) and are a great cloud of witnesses to encourage the Hebrews in Paul’s day to persevere (Heb. 12:1), even as the godly Christian preachers known to the recipients of Hebrews had a saving faith that led them to a blessed eternity with Jesus Christ (Heb. 13:7-8), in contrast with those in whom God has no pleasure (cf. Heb. 10:38; 11:5-6) are those who draw back to perdition (Heb. 10:38-39), proving they were actually never saved to begin with. Hebrews chapters 2, 3, 4, 6, and 10 specifically are warnings for unbelievers. Some in the midst of the audience of Hebrews were just intellectually convinced of Christ. Intellectual convincing or knowledge is not enough to be justified. To be born again one must repent and die to oneself and forsake all for Christ and believe with not just the mind but with the will and emotion as well. Most of these Jews missed the volitional. Hebrews gives evidence and warnings to the halting Jew.
7. Salvation can never be lost because of the circumcision of the heart and flesh. The hearts of the lost are uncircumcised (Ezk. 44:7; De. 10:12-16) while the saved are circumcised (De. 30:6; Col. 2:10-15; Rom. 2:28-29; 15:8-9). Those hard of heart and stiff necked are uncircumcised in their heart and flesh, and all lost people are “uncircumcised in heart, and uncircumcised in flesh,” (Ezk. 44:7), while saved people all have their hearts and flesh circumcised permanently at salvation (De. 30:6; Col. 2:10-15; Rom. 2:28-29). Col. 2:10-15 teaches us this circumcision. Salvation brings the complete circumcision “of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ”(v. 11). This circumcision is “made without hands” (v. 11) “through the faith of the operation of God” (v. 12) and refers to our spirit and soul being circumcised from our flesh (vv. 11-13) and results in being quickened together with Christ (Eph. 2:1). This is made possible by the forgiveness of all sins and trespasses: “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross” (vv. 13-14). Our sins will be remembered against us no more, as we have already been eternally redeemed and our sins already judged on the cross. As does Rom. 2:28-29,
“For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.”
8. Salvation can never be lost because of Christ’s Advocacy and High Priestly prayer (Jn. 17) and ministry (Hebrews), which guarantees eternal security and the continual sanctification of all believers. In Jn. 17, the Lord Jesus declares that all those who have ever savingly believed on Him (vv. 8, 20) will be with Him in heaven for all eternity: “Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world” (v. 24). If even one person who ever were converted by Christ were lost, the prayers of the Son of God would be a failure, something that is totally impossible (Jn. 11:42), indeed, something blasphemous and unthinkable. However, Christ not only prays that all believers will be with Him in heaven, but that God the Father would make them all continually holy through the instrumentality of the Word of God, as we see in the following passages where sanctify is an aorist imperative (Jn. 17:17; Eph. 5:25-26; I Th. 5:23; Heb. 2:11; Rev. 22:11). As already mentioned, the believer’s sanctification begins at regeneration (Heb. 10:10, 14) and continues from that time forward (cf. the perfect tense in Jn. 17:19, like Heb. 10:10,14), “sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth” (v. 17). Christ’s High Priestly ministry would be a failure, and the prayers of God’s Beloved Son would be rejected, were one believer to not reach heaven. The same unthinkable consequences would follow were one believer unchanged and left unholy. Christ has prayed that all believers will be sanctified—so all believers are absolutely certain to be sanctified. (While Christ’s prayer guarantees that all believers will grow in holiness, the Lord did not pray that they would all grow at the same speed, or to the same extent—all believers “bea[r] fruit, and brin[g] forth,” but some do so “an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty” – Matt. 13:23. Not every believer bears “an hundredfold,” but likewise none bears no fruit at all (cf. Jn. 15:5-8, 16; Matt. 3:10; 7:15-20; 12:33; 21:34-43; Lk. 6:43-49; 13:1-9; Col. 1:2-6; etc)—and the lowest number mentioned, “thirty[fold],” is itself a striking harvest, evidence of special Divine influence. Jesus Christ is the great High Priest for all believers. On the basis of His sacrifice of Himself, He completely removes the sins of His own, and, having risen from the dead and returned to heaven, perpetually intercedes for them before His Father on the basis of His death and shed blood. Rom. 8:34 states, “Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.” Heb. 7:25 says “Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.” This wonderful passage not only tells the believer that he is secure forever once he is saved (saved “to the uttermost”), but also it tells him how he is actually kept secure—“seeing [Christ] ever liveth to make intercession for them.” The believer is eternally secure because of the intercession made on his behalf by Jesus Christ, who "continueth ever, [and] hath an unchangeable priesthood” (v. 24). See also Rom. 8:27. Even if we had no other evidence (among the tremendous amount there is), this point alone (the continual intercession of Christ) guarantees eternal salvation to every believer and can never be lost. The fact that Christ's intercession is continual because "He ever liveth to make intercession" for the believer, shows that although the believer will sin and displease the Father, Jesus Christ pleads his case before God. 1 Jn. 2:1-2 clearly teaches that the believer will in fact sin after he has believed, but because Jesus Christ is the "Advocate with the Father" and the "propitiation for our sins," the believer can rest assured that his salvation is secure in Christ and that he is forgiven in the sight of the Father. These two verses in 1 John also that He was the Bearer of the sinner's deserved punishment so that the believer will not have to pay sin's damnable price himself. The Lord Jesus takes the Christian’s side before His Father. Are you truly converted? Then Jesus is your advocate, your lawyer, as it were, to plead before the bar of God. The Saviour has never lost a case. He is “able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them” (Heb. 7:25). For one believer to be lost, the Father would have to reject the intercession of His beloved Son (Jn. 17:24; I Jn. 2:1-2). Christ’s ministry as High Priest would be a failure, and the Lord Jesus’ prayers would have to be rejected. This is all absolutely impossible (Jn. 11:42), indeed, unthinkable. The perfect High Priest never fails, so no Christian can be lost. 9. Salvation can never be lost because of the indwelling and sealing of the Holy Spirit, who indwells the inner man of every redeemed believer (Eph. 3:16), and is "the power that worketh in us" (Eph. 3:20). It is “God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit” (1 Th. 4:8b), Who is the seal of God, the blessed “earnest” or down payment in the believer that guarantees that he will receive ultimate salvation, so that once he is saved, he is always saved. Those who do not have the Holy Spirit in them will be damned (Rom 8:9), but those who “trusted in Christ . . . were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest [downpayment] of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory” (Eph 1:12-14). “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption” (Eph 4:30). “God . . . hath . . . sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts” (2 Cor 1:22). A “seal” used to be attached to goods in transit to indicate ownership and secure possession. The Spirit, whom all believers receive the moment they are regenerated (Rom. 8:9), is God’s pledge that the saints belong to Him and that He will bring them to be with Him eternally (Rom. 8:11). This is also seen from the fact that the Spirit is an “earnest” (Eph. 1:14) of the Christian’s inheritance (cf. 2 Cor. 1:22; 5:5). This word was borrowed from the commercial world and means a deposit or first instalment in a purchase. It was a payment assuring the vendor that the full amount would eventually follow. When confirmed in this manner, no room was left for a change of mind. God gives all believers this earnest of the Spirit. He thus promises that He will bring them into His heavenly kingdom forever. The “redemption” (v. 14) of their bodies in the resurrection unto life is secure (cf. Rom. 8:23; Jn. 5:29). They are already God’s “purchased possession,” which He will not give up. Since all believers have this wonderful seal and earnest, God the Spirit Himself, they will certainly dwell in the house of the Lord forever (Ps. 23:6). 10. Salvation can never be lost because once one is filled with the spiritual water that Christ gives he will never thirst again (Jn. 4). In Jn. 4:13-14 we read,
“Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”
Never thirst again! Here Jesus contrasts physical water and spiritual water, with the former one must keep drinking and drinking or one would get thirsty again but with the spiritual water that Christ gives, a person drinks one time and has the strongest possible guarantee (ou me in Greek) meaning a double negative, that he will never ever thirst again. This contrast of a one-time drink with the need to continually drink is confirmed by the Greek tenses (aorist for the spiritual drink and present tense for the physical water). Every single instance of the word "drink" in the aorist represents a point-in-time action. Jesus is saying here that the sinner who comes to Him spiritually at one point in time can never afterwards be spiritually lost. He is secure from that point on to all eternity future, so that the water that Christ has given him/her is a “well of water springing up into everlasting life.” So Jesus says here that upon one drink the person will never thirst again but you say that one needs to keep drinking and drinking to maintain and feed that thirst, or you will lose it. Who do you think is right? Let me tell you what this passage has in it for eternal security—at least three things. One, the context contrasts lots of drinking (works) with one drink (grace). Jesus was saying that she didn't have to keep drinking, but drink once. Two, the second "drinketh" is aorist tense in the Greek, which means drink completed at one point in time, punctiliar action. Third, "shall never" is a double negative in the Greek (ou me), which means "no, not ever." So this is emphatic. One drink and she will never thirst, contrasted with the physical water that one must keep drinking and drinking. Jn. 6:35 teaches the same: “And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.” Any one who comes to Jesus Christ and believes in Him will never hunger or thirst spiritually again, as it regards eternal life (the subject here). “Life” speaks of spiritual life, the word for spiritual life or everlasting life. The word “never”, again like in Jn. 4, is the most emphatic negative in the Greek language—i.e. communicated as strongly as possible—no room is left for spiritual hunger or thirst after someone has come and believed. These verbs are present tense, of which there are many categories in the Greek, and these are descriptive presents, that is, they indicate what is now going on; the point of this present is to give to the mind a picture of the events as in the process of occurrence. The idea is not believing and believing and believing any more than it is coming and coming and coming— the idea is that as soon as someone comes or believes, they will never hunger or thirst again. Ever. These passages have simply no argument against it. (It is also consistent with the hundreds of other passages on eternal security.) It alone refutes your error. Jesus said it; you should believe it instead of changing His word!
11. Salvation can never be lost because of glorification and Rom. 8:28-39. All that God justifies, He glorifies. None are exempt. “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.” (Rom. 8:29-30). Every born again believer He foreknew and all He foreknew He predestined and whom He predestined He called and whom He called He justified and whom He justified He glorified. Every born again Christian is justified and everyone is absolutely guaranteed glorification. You can have no argument against this because it’s impossible to argue against God. Will you argue against Him? Will you really? Let me tell you what He says about that right here in this very context (vv. 31-39): a) Question (v. 31): “What shall we then say to these things [those things just mentioned in vv. 29-30, quoted above]? If God be for us, who can be against us?” Answer (v. 32): “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” Since God is not against His own Son, He is also not against His children, who are brethren to His Son, and heirs and co-heirs with Him. b) Question (v. 33): “Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect?”
Answer (v. 33): “It is God that justifieth.” No man can ever lay any charge against God’s elect, as they have been purchased through His Son. And God has justified them forever, they can never be unjust again. Into them God has imputed His very own righteousness, which He will never remove. c) Question (v. 34): “Who is he that condemneth?” Answer (v. 34): “It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.” We can never be condemned again, because Christ is risen and He sits at God’s right hand and will always make intercession for us. d) Question (v. 35): “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?” Answer (vv. 37-39): Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, 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.” Nothing anywhere in the realms of the universe, which includes yourself for we are not outside of these things listed, can ever remove the born again believer from the love of God. Nothing and nobody and that includes you! (Nothing present and no creature, and since you are both present and a creature, that includes you!). The believer is positionally righteous from the very moment of salvation and forever (Rom. 6:2-7, 11, 18, 22-23). When God looks at the regenerated sinner, He doesn't see the sinner but He sees His Son, the Lamb of God who provided the perfect sacrifice that atones for all sin. The born again believer stands in Christ's righteousness for all eternity. And it is by this means that his name is "written in the Lamb's book of life" (Rev. 21:27b) and welcomed into Heaven. Sin is not merely pardoned. It is atoned for. Guilt is not simply overlooked. It is gone forever from the eye of God in the cross and blood of His Son. Iniquity is not only forgiven, it is also purged by the blood of the Son of the Highest, and the transgressor is justified from all things. It is after fully establishing all this, that the apostle Paul triumphantly asks: "Who can lay anything to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth! Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea, rather who is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us" (Rom. 8:33-34). "There is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus" (Rom. 8:1). And the reason is this: He Himself took the condemnation, endured the wrath of God, and has made full satisfaction for all the believer's sins. Faith rests on this and fears no more, "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." (Rom. 8:15). "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." (2 Tim. 1:7).
12. Salvation can never be lost because of the New Covenant. God made several everlasting covenants with Israel and He promised that he would make a New Covenant with “the house of Israel and the house of Judah” in the last days (Jer. 31:31). This New Covenant was referred to by our Lord at the Last Supper when He took the cup and said, “This cup is the new testament [covenant] in my blood, which is shed for you” (Lk. 22:20). The Apostle Paul repeated the Lord’s words when he spoke of the Lord’s supper in 1 Cor. 11:25. The New Covenant is based on the sacrifice of the Lamb of God and therefore produces a different result to that achieved under the Old Covenant at Sinai. The Epistle to the Hebrews shows how much better the New Covenant is to the Old Covenant and is based on better promises, a better sacrifice and a better priesthood. The New Covenant also produced a better experience for those who believed, for under the Old Covenant believers had the Holy Spirit WITH them, but under the New Covenant believers have the Holy Spirit IN them. In Jn. 14:16-17 Jesus speaks to this: “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth WITH you, and SHALL be IN you” The Church has entered into the spiritual blessings of the New Covenant that God will make with Israel and is made a partaker of the “root and fatness of the olive tree [Israel]” (Rom. 11:17). Under the New Covenant “all Israel” will be saved after the “fulness of the Gentiles be come in” (Rom. 11:26) and the Holy Spirit will be poured out upon the nation. Under the the New Covenant Israel will never again turn away from the Lord; Jerusalem “shall not be plucked up, nor thrown down any more for ever” (Jer. 31:40). In Jer. 32:40 God says: “And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me.” Ezekiel says the same thing: “Neither will I hide my face any more from them: for I have poured out my spirit upon the house of Israel, saith the Lord GOD (Ezk. 39:29). Once Israel enters into the New Covenant based on the perfect sacrifice of Christ, she will never be lost; it is an everlasting covenant and the Holy Spirit will be poured out upon the nation. That is eternal security for Israel and since the Church has tapped into the New Covenant, every believer is also secure for all eternity. Joel described the conversion of Israel under the New Covenant in the last days and Peter identified it with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost: “And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit” (Jo. 2:29). Thus we find in the NT, Paul stating that Christians are sealed with the holy Spirit unto the day of redemption (Eph. 1:13-14). That’s eternal security! 13. Salvation can never be lost because of the Greek perfect tense (aorist) moods and verbs regarding justification/ salvation. The indicative mood is taught everywhere in Scripture in relation to salvation. It indicates reality. For example, “we have peace with God,” the “have” is the indicative mood tense. Modern Bible perversions change the “have” to “let us” which changes the tense mood to conjunctive, which is only potential. That changes salvation, from an absolute yea to only potential, a maybe.
If you can somehow seemingly skirt past the previous points with some straw man that it only applies to God’s side and not our side, you can’t get past this one (you can’t get past the either ones either, unless you misinterpret and twist them out of their context and meaning or change the definition of words). God inspired every Word of Scripture. The exact words in Scripture, including the perfect tense, are there on purpose because God choose and authored them. For instance: "hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation, but is passed from death unto life" (Jn. 5:24b). Note these words underlined, all of which have been placed there intentionally by the Divine Author of Scripture. They are a perfect Greek present tense based upon a previous truth, a past event (salvation). It’s an absolute guarantee of God that salvation can never be lost. The person who savingly believes in the Lord Jesus Christ IS passed from death to life at one point in time with that action of passing completely completed in the past with the results ongoing. The same can be said of everlasting life here, completed in the past (“hath”), and shall never come into condemnation. All perfect tense. This is the truth of salvation (and this is only one example). This passage alone refutes his teaching that a person has to keep on believing and keep on believing, in order to keep on having salvation. The true believer presently has all these things because he responded in repentance and faith when he heard the Word of God, and was born again (believing the gospel, like presented here).
The perfect Greek form is the verb tense used to indicate a completed, or "perfected" action or condition. The word perfect means complete, and the perfect tense is a completed action. But the perfect tense is a primary tense because it emphasises the present, or ongoing result of a completed action. According to A Manual Grammar of the Greek New Testament (T.P. Dana & J.R. Mantey, 1955), there are really two fundamentals of viewing action. It may be contemplated in single perspective, as a point, which we may call punctiliar acton; or it may regarded as in progress, as a line, and this we may call linear action. The perfect tense is a combination of these two ideas: it looks in perspective at the action, and regards the result of the action as continuing to exist; that is, in progress at a given point. A basic explanation of this would see the aorist represented by a dot (•), the present by a line (—), and the perfect by a combination of the two (•—). Verbs can appear in any one of three perfect tenses: present perfect, past perfect, and future perfect and may include all three tenses. Verbs in the perfect form use a form of "have" or "had" plus the past participle. In the KJV, the form of words "hath" and "we have" and "shall not" and "now hath" and "ye be" and "ye are" and "ye then be" and "ye shall" and "then shall ye" and "is" and “ye are” all refer to a perfect tense, which means a present condition that resulted from a past action, a present unconditional condition that continues on into the future but was determined in the past by an earlier action.
There are very many Biblical examples of the perfect tense of eternal security of salvation/justification such as Matt. 9:22 (“hath made thee whole”); Jn. 1:13 (“were born … of God”); 3:6-8 (“is born” x 2); 4:13-14 (“never thirst”); 5:24 (“hath everlasting life”, “not come into condemnation”, “is passed from death unto life”); 6:39 (“hath given”); 10:28-29 (“I give”, “never perish”, “no man”); 13:10 (“is washed”, “is clean”); 17 (many); Rom. 5:1-2 “have peace”, “have access”, “we stand”), 5 (“Holy Ghost which is given”); 6:4-7 (“are buried”, “have been planted”, “is crucified”, “is dead”); I Cor. 1:2 (“sanctified”); 6:11 (“were some of you”, “ye are” x 3); 2 Cor. 5:17 (“a new creature”, “are become new”); Gal. 2:20 (“I am crucified”); 5:24 “are Christ’s”, “have crucified”); Eph. 2:8 (“saved”); Phil. 1:6 (“being confident”); Col. 2:10 (“are complete”; 3:3 (“is hid”), 12 (“beloved”); I Th. 1:4 (“beloved”); 2 Th. 2:13 (“beloved”); Heb. 9:15 (“called”); 10:2 (“once purged”), 10 (“sanctified”), 14 (“hath perfected”), 22 (“sprinkled”, “washed”); 12:22 (“made perfect”); I Pet. 1:4 (“reserved”), 22 (“purified”); 3:18 (“put to death”); 2 Pet. 1:3 (“hath given”), 4 “given unto us”); I Jn. 2:12 (“are forgiven”), 13 (“have known” x 2, “have overcome”), 14 (“have known”, “have overcome”), 29 (“is born”); 3:1 (“hath bestowed”), 9 (“is born”), 14 (“we know”, “have passed”); 4:4 (“have overcome”), 7 (“is born”), 13 (“hath given”); 5:1 (“is born”, “begotten”), 4 (“is born”), 13 (“might know”), 18 (“is born”), 19 (“and we know”), 20 (“hath given us”); 2 Jn. 1:1 (“known”); Ju. 1:1 (are “sanctified”, “preserved”); Rev. 14:3 (“redeemed”); etc. Those are just some examples. Consider now some of these in greater detail:
Matt. 9:22, “But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.” She was saved (sodzo = saved) at that point (which was in the past when it was written down), with the results of the saving ongoing. The same salvation example of different individuals is found in Mk. 10:52 and Lk. 17:19.
Jn. 1:13 and 1 Jn. 5:1,4, the words “were born . . . of God" are perfect tense, so that a person could not be unborn. A person is born of God, so that birth is complete with the results ongoing, and they cannot become unborn of God. Spiritual birth is by nature permanent. This is indisputable. If the actual tense of the verb says permanence, then it is permanent, unless somewhere else says someone can be unborn, and then those verses would contradict. The Bible doesn't contradict.
Jn. 3:6-8, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.” Jesus is teaching the absolute guarantee. The person born of the Spirt is born, a completed birth at one point in time in the past, with the results of that new birth ongoing. Perfect tense. One that is born can never be unborn. It’s impossible.
Jn. 4:13-14, “Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” Jesus is teaching the absolute guarantee. The person who drinks of the water that Christ gives, will never thirst again. In Greek a double negative makes this an emphatic—he will “no not ever” thirst again. Perfect tense. No wonder that same water that Christ gives (yea I received at salvation) is a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
Jn. 5:24, “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.” He that believeth has completed everlasting life and is passed from death unto life in the past with the results of that life and passing ongoing. To add to the security, Jesus further states that such “shall not come into condemnation”, having passed condemnation at that point of salvation in the past, with the results of an un-condemned state ongoing.
Jn. 6:39-40, “And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at 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.” All those that the Father gave Him was a completed giving in the past, the results of them having been given are ongoing. Those who the Father gives the Son will keep on being His gift unconditionally. The Son will not lose a single one of them. His resurrection is guaranteed. Everlasting life begins the moment someone comes to Jesus Christ and believes in Him and is saved by Him, so that physical death cannot stop that from happening, even as Jesus will raise up those whom the Father has given Him.
Jn. 10:28-29, “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.” The giving of those sheep to the Son was completed by the Father in the past (see also Jn. 6) and the results of that giving are ongoing, which is why no man is able to pluck them from either one of their hands and why they will never perish and why they have eternal life.
Jn. 13:10, “Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all.” The person is washed spiritually with that washing completed in the past with the results ongoing, so that he doesn't need that full washing any longer (the washing of justification — see I Cor. 6:11; Ti. 3:5; Is. 1:18) but only the washing of sanctification represented by the foot washing. This is a perfect indication of what happens to a born again believer—he doesn't lose his salvation, but is sometimes in need of a cleansing that will restore fellowship (I Jn. 1).
Jn. 17, which is a wonderful passage on eternal security, 6 times eternal security is promised with the use of the perfect verbs. The Lord's prayer must be answered, since it surely was in the Father's will.
Rom. 5:1-2 discussed in other areas.
Rom. 5:5, I mentioned under “Unconditional Love” point no. 1(a).
Rom. 6:3-11 & I Cor. 15:1-4. At salvation the gospel of Jesus Christ is fulfilled in our lives, which is the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord. In Rom. 6:4-7 we read that all born again believers “are buried” (v. 4), “have been planted” (v. 5), “is crucified” (v. 6), “is dead . . . is freed” (v. 7). This is an absolute guarantee. Those who are planted together in the likeness of His death, were crucified with Christ at the moment of salvation, are dead and freed from sin, completed in the past with the results ongoing, the guarantee is there for resurrection in the future (condition of reality, first class).
1 Cor. 1:2a. Paul writing to the Corinthians, “to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus”. Once someone is in Christ Jesus, his sanctification is completed at that point in time in the past, with the results of that sanctifying ongoing.
1 Cor. 6:11, “And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” The possession moves here from “such were some of you” to what “ye are” now. Ye were sinners of the nature mentioned in vv. 9-10 and had no inheritance in the kingdom of God; but now ye are washed (cleansed of all sins that ye will ever commit; bear in mind that he is talking in the present concerning a past event that is ongoing, “are washed”, and to a people that were presently living in sin), ye are sanctified (set apart, made holy, became saints) and ye are justified (declared righteousness because of the blood of Jesus Christ, having received the imputation of God’s very own righteousness). Again, all these things are a perfect tense, a present truth based upon a past event. And these things to do not apply to those that are yet unregenerate (vv. 9-10), which includes false believers.
2 Cor. 5:17, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” All things for the believer are become new. The “is a new creature” and “become new” was completed at one point in the past with the result of that “new” ongoing.
Gal. 2:20 and 5:24. “I am crucified with Christ:” . . . “And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.” The believer is crucified [present tense] with Christ — the crucifying was completed at the moment of salvation, at one point in time in the past, that action completed and the results of that crucifying ongoing, and therefore, my living is ongoing. Same with “have crucified the flesh” and further seen with “are Christ’s”, they belong to Christ from a point of time in the past, which is ongoing.
Phil. 1:6, “Being confident of this very thing” is perfect tense, so “being confident” at one point the confidence never stops. It keeps going.
Col. 1:12-14, “Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:" So many perfect tenses here, absolute guarantees. Have an inheritance, have been delivered from the power of darkness, have been translated from Satan’s kingdom to God the Sons, have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb; all events that occurred at salvation, referred to here as a past event but an absolute that continues to the present and into the future, with no possibility of ever going away.
Col. 2:10, “And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:” The act of becoming complete is completed in the past at a point in time with the results ongoing.
Col. 2:11, “In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:" The circumcision of the heart from the flesh competed in the past, at salvation, with the results ongoing.
Col. 2:12-14, ”Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; . . . ” The act of becoming completed is completed in the past at a point in time (at salvation), with the results ongoing.
Col. 3:1-4, ”If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory." Again, the same. Completed perfect tense in the past, with the results ongoing.
2 Tim. 1:9-10. The Lord "hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:"
2 Tim. 1:12, “For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.” This is a guarantee. Not maybe, but absolutely. A person believes at one point in time with the results ongoing because that result is guaranteed by the Lord being able to keep him.
Heb. 10:10,14, again. In v. 10, the word “are sanctified" is perfect tense, so that a person who is “sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all”, is sanctified at one point in time in the past, that action of sanctification completed with the results of that sanctifying ongoing. In v. 14, both "hath perfected" and “are sanctified” are perfect tense as well, the act of perfecting is completed at one point in the past, in those that are sanctified, with the results ongoing.
1 Pet. 1:4, “To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,” The reservation of this inheritance for those born again is completed in the past (at salvation), with the results of that reserving ongoing.
2 Pet. 1:3, “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness,…” The act of giving all things that pertain unto life and godliness was completed at one point in the past (at salvation), with ongoing results. The born again believer lacks nothing in this life, of which all is given at the moment of conversion.
1 Jn. 2:12-14. “Are forgiven” in v. 12, “have known him” in v. 13 (the first time), “have overcome” in v. 13, “have known him” in v. 13 (the second time), “have known him” in v. 14 (the third time), and “have overcome” in v. 14 are all perfect tense. The forgiveness and the knowing Him and the overcoming are all complete in the past (at their salvation), but the results of that are ongoing, so that he will never stop being forgiven, never stop knowing, and never stop overcoming.
1 Jn. 3:1, “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.” The Lord bestowed love on us, in part calling us sons at one point in the past with the results of that love ongoing, that is, we cannot have sonship reversed, that bestowal of love cannot be lost.
1 Jn. 3:14, “We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.” Here is one of those “We know” passages. It actually does mean “we know.” An irrefutable truth concerning eternal security, known to every true regenerated believer. At one point in the past a person passes from death to life with the results of that passing (life) are ongoing, and for this reason “we know” at one point in the past, and that knowing is ongoing. When someone passes (seen also in Ac. 26:18), they stay passed from death to life—they don't go from death to life and then back to death again!
1 Jn. 4:4, “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” “Them” is the devil (“spirit of antichrist”) in v. 3; born again believers have completely overcome them –the false spirits of the antichrist– at one point in the past (at salvation), with the results of that overcoming ongoing. Other passages further elaborate on this permanent overcoming, with the same perfect tense (I Jn. 2:14-15, “I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. . . . I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.”). I Jn. 4:4 also tells us how this can be so: “because greater is he that is in you [the Spirit of God], than he that is in the world [the spirit of the antichrist, the devil, “the god of this world” —2 Cor. 4:4].” The indwelling Holy Spirit, who never stops indwelling the born again believer, is stronger than Satan and this is why our overcoming of Satan is ongoing. It isn't because of us, but because of Him, the Holy Spirit.
1 Jn. 4:7, “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.” The event of being born is completed at one point in the past, with the results of that new birth ongoing. I Jn. 2:29 & 5:18 teach the same (both “is born of him”). De. 30:6 and I Th. 4:9 teach that love for God and our brethren is both given by God. Someone that is truly born again cannot become unborn. Being born in Him is something that cannot be reversed.
1 Jn. 5:1,4,18, in each of these passages we read “is born of God” which are all the perfect tense, so that being born of God is completed at one point in the past with the results of that birth ongoing. Once born or begotten, we cannot become unborn or unbegotten, not even a possibility.
Ju. 1:1, “Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:” The sanctifying and preservation and calling are all completed at one point in the past (at salvation), with the results of that ongoing.
The true believer is born in God at one point in the past with the results ongoing (Jn. 1:17; 3:3-8; I Jn. 2:29; 5:18), and one cannot be unborn, and the new birth cannot be reversed, and such a one, also, is buried with Christ (Col. 2:12-14; Rom. 6:5), is dead with Christ (2 Tim. 2:11; Col. 3:3), and is risen with Christ (Rom. 6:3-6; Col. 2:9-14; 3:1-2), and has received eternal (e.g. Jn. 3:15; 10:28) and everlasting life (e.g. Jn. 3:16; 5:24). All these things are a present truth based upon a past reality. A perfect tense.
These are one after another clear and simple statements; not inferences and not implications, as you argue from your egregious position, but statements. We do not get our doctrine from inferences and implications and conjecture but from clear and simple statements. There is so much in these passages that speak of eternal security of salvation, without even considering the perfect tense! But this point alone nevertheless, proves your teaching as unscriptural and egregious and eternal security as absolutely sure and steadfast. All these passages make it clear that salvation can never be lost. More than clear, it is explicitly said so. To believe in “losing salvation” one has to ignore all this seventh grade grammar (that is in the textbook we find this in) and interpret the obviously clear passages in the light of the completely muddled (although they are not really muddled, they are made out to be like that). If our understanding is — “completed action in past with results continuing into present and future” —it still indicates something that can’t be lost. Why? Because no qualifications are given in any instance. For instance, being born of God in I Jn. 4:7 would apply to everyone who had been born of God, not just those who had kept from sin. No qualifications are given here, or any other passage for that matter. Read all the top passages, and there are hundreds more like it. Everyone that was born of God in the past, up to the moment of this writing, which would have been up to 30 years in length at least, would still be born of God. Without, again, any qualifications. No one would have lost it. No exceptions are made. No qualifications. Same with 2 Pet. 1:3, “hath given unto us all things” which was up to 30 years ago, and the things given continues to be theirs, which is “all things that pertain unto life and godliness”. Anybody that reads the verse, its up to that point when you read it. Its a present truth, based upon a previous event, which makes it a perfect tense, and one that has no qualifications (besides the salvation that of course had to take place in order for this to be true in that person) but is ongoing. We can go through one by one all the examples above of the perfect tense (and many more like it) as it relates to salvation, and find this very same thing in every case. I am not trying to make the Bible say this; that is what its saying. I am not saying, ‘what is a clever way for me to make the Bible teach eternal security because I have that belief and I want it to say that, so I gotta go to these verses and make them say that’. I am not doing that at all, in any shape or form. Thats what it says! It’s just simple english and applying grammatical rules that really apply to any literature. I’m getting my doctrine from the Bible verses. But you on the other hand do exactly what the believer in God’s eternal security doesn’t have to. You twist and manipulate the Scriptures to your liking. You have to put in to put out (eisegesis). Why not just like this? Its what it says. The Bible teaches eternal security of salvation everywhere; why not like it and believe it? Why not embrace this obvious truth, as opposed to saying I don't want it to be that way because it'll go against what I want to believe. Or opposed to saying something different, which contradicts the Bible? If what you believe is wrong, which it very clearly is, why not change from that error? Why fight against the truth of God’s Word with error? I think I know the answers to these questions, which I will touch on towards the end of this letter. This point alone would make any true believer and repent of their evil they have taught, of the multitudes whose lives have been destroyed and are on their way to a fiery torment in the unquenchable and eternal lake of fire! 14. Salvation can never be lost because of the things that WE KNOW, that are absolutely sure and God has revealed them and promised them to His redeemed. Its plainly obvious through the Greek perfect tense to anyone with spiritual eyes (opened saved eyes) that salvation can never lost and all true believers are eternally secure, yet there are many more reasons, one of which is because of the many things “we know”, which God has revealed to us. God wants His children through the new birth to know certain things and He wants them to know these things because He is Faithful and True and His promises are yea not nay, and His counsel is immutable. “Know” is translated from the verb "eido" carries the idea of force and meaning of something which has definite meaning. Its used in 1 Th 5:12 to have regard for one, to cherish, to pay attention to.
We KNOW that we are never again under the law. "Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God." (Rom. 3:19). A true believer was once under the law, but then the law became his schoolmaster to bring him to Christ (Gal. 3:23-25); now he is "dead to the law" (Rom. 7:4; Gal. 2:19). Points to eternal security.
We KNOW that we are baptised into Christ’s death and our old man is crucified with Him, and that this is a Greek perfect, a permanent condition based upon a past event. "Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin." (Rom. 6:3, 6). Again, clearly points to eternal security.
We KNOW that every day that goes by is a day closer to the consummation of our salvation: ”And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed." (Rom. 13:11). Again, points to eternal security.
We KNOW the things that God has freely given to us, because we have the Holy Spirit. "Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God." (1 Cor. 2:12). Again, points to eternal security.
We KNOW that true believers will be raised up by God just like Jesus was raised up. "Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you." (2 Cor. 4:14). Again, points to eternal security.
We KNOW that were we to die, we have an eternal home in heaven, which knowledge is so certain and sure and unremovable, that we continuously desire this. We have this confidence because we have received the earnest of the Spirit: “For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: . . . Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit. Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:” (2 Cor. 5:1-6). Like Jn. 14:1-4, this clearly points to eternal security. There will be no empty mansions in heaven nor empty seats at the marriage supper of the Lamb because so-called members of the Bride have turned back to sin and lost their salvation.
We KNOW that salvation is entirely of Christ and we have no part in saving ourselves or keeping ourselves saved: “Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.” (Gal. 2:16). Again, clearly points to eternal security; and not only that, it exposes the false teaching of losing salvation.
We KNOW that we have the complete forgiveness of all sins forever (past and future) through the precious blood of Jesus: “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:” (1 Pet. 1:18-19). Again, clearly points to eternal security, especially considering this was written many years after the salvation of those he was writing to.
We KNOW that we are in God, because we obey His Word: “But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.” (1 Jn. 2:5). Again, eternal security.
We KNOW that at Christ’s appearance (the rapture), we shall be just like Him: “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” (1 Jn. 3:2). Knowing we will be like Him in that day, points to eternal security.
We KNOW that we have passed from death unto life, which we know is permanent (Greek perfect). “We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.” (1 Jn. 3:14). Knowing that death has passed and life has been received, points to eternal security.
We KNOW that we never stop abiding in God, nor He abiding in us by the Holy Spirit that we have received, and because we obey him. “And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us. . . . Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit." (1 Jn. 3:23-24; 4:13). Knowing that God abides is us because of His indwelling Spirit, and we in Him, obviously points to eternal security.
We KNOW that God’s love is unconditional towards His children. "And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us." (I Jn. 4:16a). Again, points to eternal security.
We KNOW, of course, that we have eternal life and that life can never be lost. “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” (I Jn. 5:13). Knowing one has eternal life obviously points to eternal security.
We KNOW that God hears us always because we are always saved, thus we can make petitions to Him: “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” (I Jn. 5:14-15). Again, points to eternal security.
We KNOW that we are washed of all our sin, and God never imputes sin to us again (Rom. 4:5-8), and the Devil does not touch us: “We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.” (1 Jn. 5:18). Again, points to eternal security.
We KNOW that every true believer is always of God. "And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness." (1 Jn. 5:19). Again, points to eternal security.
15. Salvation can never be lost because so many passages abundantly clarify this. There is no partial or temporal salvation in the Bible. The following Bible passages, among so many, clearly show that when a person is saved, he is fully, eternally saved: Jn. 5:24; 6:27-58; 10:27-30; 2 Cor. 5:17; Ti. 3:5-7; Eph. 1:3-7; Rom. 5:1-2; 8:28-39; Col. 1:12-14; 1 Jn. 5:12-13. Jn. 6:39-40, Jesus said: “And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at 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.” Those who believe on Christ are those whom the Father gave to His Son. God has decreed that none of these would ever be lost. They are therefore eternally secure. Christ also promised that He “will” raise them up in the resurrection of the just. This is a second promise of eternal security in this passage, and its a guarantee. A third reason is that this passage presents both the positive and negative aspects of eternal security. The positive presentation is being raised up in the last day. The negative is not being cast. A fourth reason is that, upon believing, God gives them “everlasting” or eternal life, not temporary or conditional life. Unconditional life. If something is everlasting, it must ever-last—it must continue forever. Many verses (like Jn. 6:40) promise that as soon as you believe in the Lord, you possess “everlasting” or “eternal” life (e.g. Jn. 3:15-16; 3:36; 5:24; 6:47). You do not need to wait until the return of Christ or the time of your death to get eternal life. The moment you trust Christ with your soul, you have unconditional everlasting life, just like the saints did who are already in heaven. Each of these verses promise eternal security for all who ever place their faith in the Saviour and are converted. Changing the meaning of “eternal” and “everlasting” doesn’t change the Word of God. Rom. 5:1 states that those who are justified by faith have “peace with God”—His wrath is no longer on them. They have perfect peace with God, always, which is received at the moment of conversion. Its also a Greek perfect. “Losing salvation” theology would be considered an antonym of peace. The born again believer has peace with God and stands in grace—if you assert that peace with God can’t secure my salvation, you would have to deny at least two things: (1) Deny that the sacrifice of Christ is adequate to cover all sin and keep the peace, and (2) Deny that maintaining the peace is beyond the ability of Christ, who “ever liveth to make intercession for [me]” (Heb. 7:25). So you would be denying who Christ is and also His past and present work. The high-priestly work of Christ is going on right now. He maintains our peace with God and applies His grace to us. Rom. 5:10 says, “For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” Since a dying Saviour succeeded in bringing us to God, a living Saviour can certainly keep us there. The grace “wherein we stand” (Rom. 5:2) is the perfect tense, meaning that at one point the stand in grace was completed in the past with the results of that stand continuing into the present and future. That tense of verb also guarantees eternal security. 1 Cor. 3:11-15. This passage deals with what will happen to Christians when they stand before God for judgment. The justified will not stand before God to determine if they have done enough good to enter heaven, or enough evil to merit hell, and if they have unrepentant sin, so they will be cast into hell. The eternal death in hell that the saints deserve was already judged at the cross, and their condemnation was forever removed the moment they believed on the Lord Jesus Christ (e.g. Jn. 3:18, 36; 5:24). Their judgment is based upon their faithfulness. Good works, faithful living, is here compared to “gold, silver, [and] precious stones.” As these valuable items will withstand a fire, so the things a Christian does that glorify God will stand the test in judgment, and “he shall receive a reward” for them. The disobedience and sins, works of the flesh, of the Christian are compared to “wood, hay, [and] stubble.” The bad works of the justified will be burned up in the judgment; rather than receiving a reward, the Christian will “suffer loss” for them. He will no doubt deeply regret his disobedience and will have less glory in heaven forever than he would have had if he had done what was right, for “He shall suffer loss,” and his bad works will be destroyed “as by fire.” But will the disobedient child of God be sent to hell? Can he be cast away and lost? No, absolutely not, for the very passage tells us: “he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire”! The redeemed cannot be lost eternally. It is impossible. 2 Cor. 5. This chapter is loaded with eternal security of salvation. For example vv. 1-8 is one of the clearest passages in Scripture on the absolutely security of ones salvation. It’s an absolute confidence because of the nature of salvation. Verse 10 is a guarantee of “all [believers to] appear before the judgment seat of Christ”, and vv. 17-21, where every born again believer is immediately a “new creature [in Christ]” with “old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” and all these things that “are become new” are of God, “And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;” and “not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, . . . For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” There is so much here, it is literally mind boggling and absolutely incredible. New creatures. Old things are gone forever. Reconciled to God. Received the ministry of reconciliation, committed unto the word of reconciliation. Trespasses (sins) are not imputed ever again. Ambassadors for Christ. Christ became my sin bearer and I was imputed with His righteousness. What an exchange! And it continues in the next chapter with the truth that all born again believers are workers with God (6:1). And all perfect tense verbs. Dost thou dare claim all these things are not true?! Of course you imply that, if you claim they all can be lost. Then they are obviously not what they are made out to be here in these passages. But there are no qualifications here. These things are all true, they did happen at the moment of conversion and they do continue on in every born again believers life unto eternity. Eph. 2:8-10. Even the word “saved” tells us that salvation is eternally secure. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” At one point in time the saving of those who believed in Him was completed with the results ongoing. The word “Saved” is actually made up of two Greek words which form what is called a “perfect participle”. “Este” = you are. This is a verb that is an indicative, active present tense, second person plural. “Sesohsmenoi” = having been saved. This is the actual perfect participle. It is in fact a passive perfect participle that is nominative in agreement with its second person plural status. The passive perfect participle means: an action performed at some point in the past. That action has continued up to the present moment at which we read this. It is an action that continues past the moment we read it. Its an action that cannot be stopped! It is an unstoppable, unalterable action. It is an action that started at the past and continues into the present moment and has no end in the future. Since its passive, this means that it isn't us that is doing the saving, but Him, which is another reason why its not by works and salvation is eternally secure. The passage in fact tells us both those things as well, to hammer this home: “and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” From v. 10 we see that we are His workmanship, completed by Him, which again rejects the security of salvation. Why would you deny this? Why? Phil. 1:6. The God who gave salvation, who justified and regenerated the believer, will continue that good work in them until they meet Christ. The preservation of the saints is based on His faithfulness, not our own. It is God that perseveres the believer, not the believer preserving himself. Ju. 1:1 declares we are “preserved IN Jesus Christ” The word preserve means to maintain; to protect; to keep and can found in this regard many times in Scripture (e.g. Gen. 45:5,7; Jos. 24:17; I Sam. 30:23; 2 Sam. 8:6; Neh. 9:6; Ps. 16:1; 31:23; 32:7; 36:6; 40:11; 64:1; 79:11; 86:2; 97:10; 116:6; 121:7-8; 140:1; 145:20; 146:9; Is. 49:8). The Bible says God preserves His saints (Ps. 37:28; 41:2; 97:10; Matt. 9:17; I Th. 5:23; 2 Tim.4:18; Ju. 1:1). Even repentance exercised in salvation is a gift of God, granted by God to all those under the preaching of God’s Word (e.g. Rom. 2:4; Ac. 5:31; 11:18; 2 Tim. 2:24-25). Your supposed exposition of this passage in defence of your “losing salvation” was really bad. It was completely wrested out of its context. 1 Pet. 1:3-4. Those begotten again have an inheritance in heaven reserved for them, leaving them with a lively hope (vv. 3-4), which is an eternally secure “hope . . . an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast” (Heb. 6:17-20). Those begotten of the Lord are guaranteed “an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you” (v. 4). Unlike anything in this life, which may be corrupted, decay, grow old, rust, corrode, be stolen, or lose its value, an inheritance is reserved for every born again Christian in heaven where it remains incorruptible, undefiled, and unfading. a full inheritance will one day by the elimination of the living hope of Christians. It is “reserved in heaven”, and not like a hotel room which may be unexpectedly canceled, but permanently and unchangeably. “Reserved” is in the perfect tense — reservation completed, results of that reservation ongoing. It can’t be cancelled. It is reserved permanently!
16. Salvation can never be lost for very many reasons other than those mentioned above and also because of all the soul-saving doctrines directly connected to eternal security that further describe salvation. All which come to pass at the moment of conversion such as “saved” and “redemption” and “atonement” and “propitiation” and “regeneration” and “justification” and “imputation of God’s righteousness” and “reconciliation” and "adoption" and “sanctification” and “election” and “predestination” and “glorification” and “hope”. Salvation could be loss if none of these existed but then salvation wouldn't be salvation, and Jesus wouldn't be the way, the truth, and the life unto the Father. In fact, the Bible wouldn't even exist, since salvation has always been exactly the same. All these things given at salvation, continue on in the believers life. They don’t stop. Yes indeed, the gospel of Jesus Christ surely and securely delivers the true believer “from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God” (Ac. 26:18), “from every evil work,” and preserved “unto [the Lord’s] heavenly kingdom” (2 Tim. 4:18). The redeemed has already been “translated” into the eternal kingdom of the Lord Jesus. He will “not come into condemnation” but has “passed from death unto life” (Jn. 5:24), and has already been delivered “from the wrath to come” (1 Th. 1:10). His life prior to salvation was complete darkness, but now he is complete light (Matt. 6:22-23), for he has been made “light in the Lord” (Eph. 5:8). He is forever light and never darkness again: “Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.” (I Th. 5:5). No longer is he an alien outside of God’s family, but has been “accepted in the beloved” (Eph. 1:6). Furthermore, all of his sins has been forgiven forever, and he is “justified freely by his grace” (Rom. 3:24). Because we have been forgiven and justified, God gives us His Spirit as the earnest of our inheritance, Who seals us “unto the day of redemption” (Eph. 4:30). And since this is an eternal transaction brought about by a transcendent Creator, the believer has been raised “up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places” (Eph. 2:6). Already we have the “earnest of our inheritance” (Eph. 1:14) and the assurance that we will “obtain a better resurrection” (Heb. 11:35). And this is only the beginning of all that could be written as such we have and can NEVER be lost. Along with the forgiveness of all our sin, every true believer at the very moment of salvation is redeemed (Col. 1:14), regenerated (Jn. 1:13; 3:8; Ti. 3:5), justified (Ac. 13:38-39; Rom. 4:25; 5:1; Ti. 3:7), imputed with God's righteousness (Rom. 4:1-8; 2 Cor. 5:18-21), sanctified (Jude 1:1), reconciled (Col. 1:21-22), adopted (Jn. 1:12; Rom. 8:15, 23; 9:4; Gal. 4:5; Eph. 1:5, 14) and propitiated (I Jn. 2:2). All these blessings are connected with our standing or position in Christ (next section will discuss) through salvation. We cannot add to, nor take away from, what God has made us in Christ. We have even many more things in Christ Jesus that will never be removed from the saint, such things as seen in Ephesians 2: "made nigh" to Jesus Christ (v. 13), "peace" with God (vv. 14-15), a "new man" (v. 15), access to God through His Spirit (v. 18), "no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God" (v. 19), part of Gods perfect "building fitly framed together (vv. 20-22). This is made possible because of the complete forgiveness of all sins forever. Consequently we have for eternity a perfect and unassailable standing before God. Worlds may be wrecked and the heavens pass away, but the believer in the Lord Jesus Christ stands in absolute security, free of all condemnation (Jn. 3:18, 36). In spite of all our sins and failures the repentant sinner is "justified by faith," and thus has "peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ" (Rom. 5:1). The believer is justified from all things (Ac. 13:38-39). It is the perfect sacrifice of God the Son and the imputation of God’s very own righteousness that enables us to be presented “holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight” (Col. 1:22; see also Rom. 8:31-34). Where the righteousness of Christ is imputed, sin CANNOT be imputed. It would be impossible. God will not impute sin to whom He has imputed His righteousness (Rom. 4:1-8; 2 Cor. 5:21; Is. 53:5-6). The born again Christian is eternally secure because of the hundreds of plain promises in Scripture. All who truly repent and personally receive Christ as both Lord and Saviour at one point in time, thus have been bought by the blood of the Lamb are freely given the following blessings, among many others, at salvation: blinded eyes opened to the truth (Ac. 26:18); "forgiveness of sins" (Ac. 26:18) and that's complete cleansing of all sins: past, present, and future forever (Ps. 32:1-2; Is. 1:18; 53:5-6; Jn. 13:10; 15:3; Ac. 13:38; Rom. 4:6-8; 6:1-18; 7:6; 8:2, 10-11; 2 Cor. 5:19; Eph. 1:7; Col. 1:14; 2:13-14; Heb. 10:16-23; 1 Pet. 2:24; 2 Pet. 1:9; 1 Jn. 2:12; Rev. 1:5-6); become “dead to sin" (1 Pet. 2:24 Rom. 6:); redeemed forever (Jn. 21; Rom. 3:24-26; 1 Cor. 1:30; Eph. 1:7; Heb. 9:12; Rev. 1:5; 5:9; Is. 44:22); quickened with Christ (Eph. 2:1; Col. 2:13); "justified" (Rom. 5:1; Ac. 13:39; Gal. 3:24; Ti. 3:7); "risen with Christ" (Col. 2:12; Eph. 2:5-7); imputed with the righteousness of Christ (Rom. 3:23-25; I Cor. 1:30; 2 Cor. 5:21; Phil. 3:9); indwelled by the Spirit of God (I Cor. 3:16; 6:16) and sealed by the Spirit until the day of redemption (Eph. 1:13-14; 4:30); received “life” (Jn. 5:39-40) which is "eternal life" (Jn. 3:15-18; 6:54; 10:10, 27-29; 1 Jn. 1:2; 2:25; 5:11-13; Ti. 1:2; 3:7; Heb. 5:9; 9:12; 10:22-23) and "everlasting life" (Jn. 3:16, 36; 5:24; 6:27, 40, 47), both of which are the same; "all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ" (Eph. 1:3); "fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God" (Eph. 2:19-20; Phil. 3:20), promise of the "reward of the inheritance" and an "inheritance among them which are sanctified" (Ac. 26:18; Eph. 1:11; Col. 1:12; 3:24) which inheritance is incorruptible, undefiled, reserved in heaven and eternal (I Pet. 1:4); an "heir of God" (Rom. 8:17) and "joint-heirs with Christ" (Gal. 3:29; 4:7; Rom. 8:17) and "heirs . . . of eternal life" (Ti. 3:7), thus "heirs of promise" (Heb. 6:17) and "heirs of the kingdom" (Jam. 2:25), and to guarantee this, the LORD gave His Spirt as the "earnest of our inheritance" (Eph. 1:14); translated from "darkness to light" (Ac. 26:18; I Pet. 2:9b), that is, "delivered . . . from the power of darkness" and "translated . . . into the kingdom of his dear Son" (Col. 1:13), having been "called . . . out of darkness into his marvelous light" (Ju. 1:1; I Pet. 2:9); "chosen" in Christ (I Pet. 2:9; Jn. 15:16) which is the same as "elect of God" (Jn. 6:40; Col. 3:12; 1 Pet. 1:2a); passed from death unto life (Jn. 5:24); have perfect "peace with God" (Lk. 2:14; Jn. 14:27; 16:33; 20:19-21; Ac. 10:36; Rom 5:1; 10:15; Eph. 2:13-17) and the "peace of God" (Col. 3:15); become "a new creature" (2 Cor. 5:17; 1 Pet. 1:23); a "people of God" (1 Pet. 2:10); receive the "adoption" (Rom. 8:15; Gal. 4:5; Eph. 1:5) and become "sons of God" (Jn. 1:12; 1 Jn. 3:1-2; Gal. 4:5; Eph. 1:5,14); become brothers to Christ (Heb. 2:11b); promised guaranteed home in heaven (Jn. 14:1-4; 2 Cor. 5:1-8); receive the covenant of promise (Eph. 2:12-13; Heb. 10:16-18); "accepted in the beloved" (Eph. 1:6); part of the foundation of God (1 Cor. 3:10); recipients of "wisdom" (1 Cor. 1:30; Col. 2:3; Pr. 3:13-18,35a); "sanctified" (Ju. 1:1; 1 Cor. 1:30; Heb. 10:14-15a; Ac. 26:18); "friends" with God (Jn. 15:15); "names are written in heaven" (Lk. 10:20); promise of "eternal glory" (1 Pet. 5:10); Gods dealing (chastening) with the believer as a "son" and not a "bastard" (Heb. 12:5-11; Pr. 3:11-12; Rev. 3:11); deliverance from fear (2 Tim. 1:7-9; Lk. 12:32) including the fear of death (Heb. 2:15); "perfected forever" (Heb. 10:14); freedom forever from the condemnation of God (Jn. 3:18; 5:24); freed forever from the wrath of God (Rom. 5:9-10; 1 Th. 1:10; 5:9); freed forever from the power of darkness, that is Satan (Col. 1:13; Ac. 26:18); "kept by the power of God" (1 Pet. 1:5-6a); the promise that God will "never leave or forsake" us (Heb. 13:5); "kings and priests unto God" (Rev. 1:6; 5:10); our "life is hid with Christ" (Col. 3:3); we will "appear with Christ in glory" (Col. 3:4); never to be lost again (Jn. 6:27-59; 17:12); never to be forsaken (Ps. 37:28; Heb. 13:4); promised to be confirmed to the end (1 Cor. 1:8); and Gods working in the believer will continue till the rapture (Phil. 1:6); and all are a “path . . . of shining light" (Pr. 4:18); preserved forever by the Father (Ps. 37:28) and by Jesus Christ (Ju. 1:1) and by the Holy Spirit Who puts His seal on the preserved saint (Eph. 1:13; 4:30)—thus we see the entire Trinity involved in the saints preservation, seen together here "For the LORD . . . preserveth the way of his saints" (Pr. 2:8); "priests unto God", a "holy" and "royal priesthood" (Rev. 1:6; 5:10; 1 Pet. 2:5,9); reconciled to God (2 Cor. 5:17-18; Col. 1:21-22); graven upon Gods hand (Is. 49:16); never to be removed from God the Son’s or Father's hands (Jn. 10:28-30); "saints" (2 Cor. 2:1); "just" (Rom. 1:16-17; 3:26; Heb. 10:38-39); "saved to the uttermost" (Heb. 7:25); indwelled with truth forever (2 Jn. 1:2) and know the truth (Jn. 8:31-32; 1 Jn. 2:20-21, 27); become ministers of reconciliation, ministers of the word, and ambassadors of Christ, workers and labourers together with God (2 Cor. 5:17–6:1); never separated from the love of God (Rom. 8:35-39); saved to the uttermost (Heb. 7:25); never to perish (Jn. 10:28); ordained to be fruitful (Jn. 15:16); never to be lost (Jn. 6:39; 17:12); glorified (Rom. 8:29-30); never cast out or away (Jn. 6:37); never to hunger or thirst again (Jn. 4:13-14; 6:35); resurrected at the last day (Jn. 6:39-40, 44); etc. We see the Bible is full of eternal security of salvation, for many, many reasons.
17. Salvation can never be lost not only because of all those hundreds of passages that teach we can't lose it but also because there is no passage of Scripture that says we can. Not one. To get to this false philosophy Scripture has to be misinterpreted, misused, abused, manipulated, and wrested out of context and harmony with the rest of the Bible and out of grammatical meaning. Since God is not the author of confusion or contradiction, this results in a big dilemma for those that believe like the heresy of losing salvation.. Since the Bible’s grand theme is the salvation of mankind, if that salvation could be lost, surely much of the Word of God would be given over to how to keep from losing it, and how it is lost, and how to regain it if it has been lost. But the Bible is silent on all those points and rather speaks on the contrary, hundreds if not thousands of times, on how salvation is eternally secure and can never be lost. Which position is right?
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