The promise of eternal salvation is to all that believes in Jesus Christ. Whoever believes in Him (Christ Jesus) will not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16
God is not a liar. If He makes a promise, He will keep it.
It is not a promise premised on performance. God made the promise to all that believes.
If this is true, as it is, why do you hear people talk about the possibility of losing your salvation?
This makes Christianity a land mine where you have to be careful not to lose your salvation because of your mistakes.
The fear of not preaching eternal salvation is that people will take advantage of it to continue in sin.
If God thought it wise to proclaim eternal salvation to the lost, how dare we try to change what God said?
To back up the possibility of losing salvation Hebrews 6 and 10 are quoted.
But, shallow understanding of these scriptures makes these bible chapters scary.
Eternal salvation is clear in the gospels. God did not make it complicated for you.
The promise is that for all that believes in the name of Jesus Christ and confess Him as their Lord and saviour, they have eternal salvation.
If losing your salvation scares you, receive comfort by the words that follow.
It is not God’s plan to save and lose you in the end. Not knowing the heart of God is the reason you still make mistakes.
Open your heart and allow the Holy Spirit to work in you and through you.
You can get to a point when you won’t make silly mistakes. Also, you will never get to that point when you will no longer need the blood of Jesus to stand in for you.
Proofs of eternal salvation.
It is not enough to say you cannot lose your salvation. The Word of God must prove it.
that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:15 (NKJV)
He who believes in the Son has everlasting life, and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” John 3:36 (NKJV)
And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. 1 John 5:11-12 (NKJV)
These scriptures prove one thing – You have eternal salvation through Christ.
The problem is that we have confused eternal salvation with the works of the Law.
Go through the gospels. You will notice that most of the miracles Jesus Christ performed happened on people who only believed Him.
They came to Him and there was never a mention of going to fix their life before they could receive healing or restoration.
The miracles of Jesus Christ happened in situations where there was sin in the life of the people.
Yet, the touch with Him didn’t make the sin continue.
Could it be that the reason that you are not seeing miracles in your life is that you are busy trying to clean yourself up before committing to Jesus?
Hear this clearly-
Eternal salvation is offered to all without reservations. it doesn’t matter what you did or did not do.
Once you confess Jesus Christ as your Lord, you have eternal salvation.
If you are not assured of eternal salvation, how are you going to share your faith with others?
You see my friend, any teaching that makes you doubt that you have eternal salvation dishonours God and the finished work of Christ.
You have eternal salvation by faith through Grace.
Can sin make you lose the eternal salvation that comes through faith?
It is true that some people take advantage of the gospel to continue in sin.
These people will claim that they are under the grace. So because they are under Grace they can continue doing whatever they like.
They are wrong. Sin does not dominate anyone who is under grace.
Believe it or not, you will still make mistakes.
The only time your mistakes will end is when you get to heaven.
Does this then mean that you should go about seeking opportunities to make mistakes?
No! It means you shouldn’t be too hard on yourself when mistakes happen.
You might think the most dangerous mistakes to make are sins of fornication or adultery, stealing, killing and idol worship.
But remember that whatsoever that is not of faith is a sin. Romans 14:23
The last time you doubted the word of God, you sinned.
When you lusted after that woman that wasn’t your wife, the scripture says that is tantamount to adultery.
So you see mistakes will happen.
Yet you must keep your focus on Christ Jesus and His promise of eternal salvation.
If you keep your focus on your mistakes, your mistakes will continue and grow stronger…
But shifting your focus away from the mistakes changes everything.
What about Hebrews 6?
For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame. Hebrews 6:4-6
It is absurd for you to want to start a conversation about Hebrews 6 without taking time to know what transpired between Hebrews 1 to 5.
The book of Hebrews was written to Hebrews.
These people at that time knew about the Law. Also, they had firsthand witness of what Jesus Christ did on the cross.
Yet, some of them decided to go back to temple sacrifices and rituals.
This was the reason the writer of Hebrews started off by comparing Moses and Jesus Christ. He concluded that the ministry of Jesus Christ exceeded what Moses achieved.
They knew these things yet they opted to make sacrifices with the blood of bulls and goats.
The Hebrew congregation was like the mixed congregation that exited Egypt with Moses.
Some knew the truth. While some were there to observe and go back to the beliefs they were not ready to leave.
The warning about in Hebrew 6 is not about fornication or adultery or stealing or killing. Though these things are bad.
It was about leaving the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and going back to temple rituals.
This scripture was not written to you. It was written to the Hebrews. Yet, you can learn from it.
What about Hebrews 10
This is another chapter used to scare you to believe you can lose your eternal salvation.
For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace? Hebrews 10:26-19
Verse 26 is quoted till 29. But remember that this chapter started with verse 1.
If you read from verse 1 you will understand that the conversation was about the sacrifice of bulls and goats…
Compared to the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
Verse 29 proves what the Hebrews were doing with the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace
The Greek will help your understanding at this point –
trampled – katapateó. Strong Exhaustive Concordance describes the word as – to reject with disdain.
insulted – enubrizó. Here is how HELPS Word-study describes this words;
“to insult, injure, showing arrogance”) – to insult (outrage), treat despitefully, reproach. [The root is also used for the pounding, crushing force of ocean waves.]
Despite knowing what our Lord Jesus did, they continued to reject the truth.
So you see that having a knowledge of something does not mean you possess the substance.
You can have the knowledge of how much a Mercedes Benz costs. But it a different thing when you own the car.
These people had the knowledge of what Jesus did. But they didn’t posses eternal salvation by faith.
I know this because they were going back to temple rituals and animals killing as a means for the covering for their sins.
Is the guarantee of eternal salvation the permission to sin?
For our gospel did not come unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance. 1 Thessalonians 1:5 (NKJV)
The apostles held nothing back from the church.
Either we emphasise eternal salvation by faith or not, some people will continue to enjoy the pleasure of sin.
This is the reason the gospel must never be in words alone.
It also has to be in power, in the Holy Ghost and with much assurance.
The reason some well-meaning, yet ignorant, Christians continue in sin is because they don’t know better.
Eternal guarantee of salvation is not to make you continue in sin.
It is to make become conscious of the ever presence of God with you.
If you are conscious of God’s presence at every moment you are about sin, you won’t fall into that sin.
But because you have believed a wrong message, that God leaves you when you are about to sin, you follow through.
The apostle Paul’s word to the church of Corinth when sexual sin was prevalent was-
Know you not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost?
This means at a point they forgot this truth.
The Apostle had to remind them of this truth.
What I am trying to say here is that the reason you sin is that you don’t know how close you are to God.
God is closer to you than your shadow.
He is in you and He is with you.
The guarantee of eternal salvation is the assurance of the gospel. It does not perpetuate sin. It is the solution to your struggle with sin.
Forgiven without qualifications.
Be it known unto therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sin:
And by him all that believes are justified from all things, from which you could not be justified from by the law of Moses. Acts 13:38-39
Apostle Paul concluded a sermon by making these statement. There are no qualifications.
Do you know that thieves, killers, prostitutes, liars, extortioners could have been in that congregation?
They were most likely in that congregation. This didn’t stop the Holy Ghost from speaking these words through Paul.
Do you know the result of the concluding part of that sermon the next sabbath day?
And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God Acts 13:43
Could it be that the reason we are not seeing people come over to hear the gospel is that we have filled our sermons with conditions?
The gospel is an attractive message to the lost. It is a message of hope to you that believes in Jesus Christ.
Anything that contradicts the assurance of eternal salvation in the gospel is against the heart of God.
The Lord made it clear through Paul’s sermon in Acts 13.
If you believe, you have justification. Nothing more nothing less.
Enough of the fear of losing your eternal salvation.
This lie cripples you from making a stand for God in this end time.
Don’t allow ignorant men misguide you. Read the scriptures for yourself and allow the Holy Spirit teach you the truth.
The promise of eternal salvation is to all that believes.
It is not dependent on what you do or what you didn’t do.
If you have made Jesus Christ your Lord and saviour you have eternal salvation.
Your actions and experiences might not currently align with this truth. But this doesn’t take away the truth that you have it.
Hebrew 6 and 10 are quoted as scriptures to back up the possibilities of losing your salvation.
The book of Hebrews was written to Jews who were going back to temple sacrifices after knowing about the once and for all sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
You don’t have any dealings with temple sacrifices and this doesn’t apply to you.
Christ preached eternal salvation. Apostle Paul preached it. If you have made Jesus Christ your Lord and saviour, you have it.
You cannot lose your eternal salvation because you didn’t earn it.
For the scripture says, whosoever believes on him shall not be ashamed. Romans 10:11