Eternal Security – Part 3
Last month we examined four clear ways that the Scripture teaches the wonderful doctrine of eternal security. This month we will add four more Biblical reasons why a saved child of God cannot lose his salvation.
The New Birth Demands Eternal Security
To be born again is to be born of God. To have eternal life is to have the incorruptible and immortal nature of God. It is impossible for a person born of the human race to remove himself from it. Just like suicide does not remove a person from the human race, similarly, it is impossible for a person born of the spirit to remove himself from it.
Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. (I Peter 1:23)
The Advocacy of Jesus Teaches Eternal Security
One of the post-resurrection ministries of Jesus is that of an advocate. When a saved person sins, Satan demands the Father’s reproach because that person broke God’s law. Jesus intercedes on our behalf and points to the blood and the cross upon which He died as a substitute for sinners. Our sins have been paid in full, and we are no longer under condemnation.
My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation from it.for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (I John 2:1, 2)
The Chastening of God’s People Teaches Eternal Security
God chastises those Christians who persistently sin in order to bring them back into His will. Chastening clearly teaches the Father-son relationship is maintained and never broken or lost.
For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. (Hebrews 12:6-8)
The Office of the Holy Spirit Demands Eternal Security
One of the ministries of the Holy Spirit is to take up residence in the heart of every born-again believer to convict of sin, judgment, and righteousness. Since the Holy Spirit abides forever in the life of the Christian, how could a saved person ever lose salvation?
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. (John 14:16, 17)
Scripture also teaches that every Christian is sealed by the Holy Spirit unto the day of redemption. The purpose of sealing is to keep something secure for a future use, just like vegetables and fruit are canned in order to keep them fresh to eat at a later time.
And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. (Ephesians 4:30)
So far we have examined eleven direct Biblical arguments for eternal security. Join us next month for the last installment of this series, when we will consider questions that can never be answered by those who deny eternal security as well as examine some thorny Biblical passages related to this topic.