Eternal Security – Part 2
Last month we began a four-part series on the comforting and vital doctrine of eternal security. This month we will add four more clear and dogmatic ways the Scripture teaches this wonderful doctrine.
Salvation Is the Gift of God
According to the Bible, salvation is a gift that all can receive from God.
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. (Ephesians 2:8, 9)
A gift ceases to become a gift if one must work to earn it or maintain it. Once a person accepts the gift of salvation, it is eternally his. It would be contrary to God’s nature for Him to take the gift back, once it has been bestowed.
Salvation Is Through Faith
Faith is simple trust in God and not a work accomplished by the sinner.
And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. (John 3:14, 15)
It is not a matter of how much faith one has or the strength of one’s faith, but rather the simple exercise of faith that allows grace to save a lost sinner. Faith is simply trust and confidence in Christ’s atonement.
The Purpose of Salvation Is to Praise the Glory of God’s Grace
God saves sinful men because He desires to do it and in order to bring glory and honor to Himself.
To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. (Ephesians 1:6)
Those who deny eternal security must insert some responsibility on man’s part to maintain salvation. If this occurs, man would deserve some praise along with God. Only God is worthy of praise, glory, and honor. Therefore, to deny eternal security is to confirm that it’s acceptable for man to share in God’s praise.
The Substitutionary Death of Christ Depends on Eternal Security
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. (II Corinthians 5:21)
Every person who accepts Jesus as Savior has completely fulfilled the demands of the law and is free from the penalty of death. Christ died for all our past, present, and future sins.
Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God. (Romans 7:4)
If a person who has been saved could once again be lost, then it would be possible to apply the penalty of death to the same person twice. However, Hebrews 9:28 clearly teaches that Jesus died once for sin.
So far we have examined seven direct Biblical arguments for eternal security. Join us next month for Part 3, when we will consider four more teachings.