Eternal Security – Part 4
This month we will conclude the last installment of the four-part series on eternal security. So far we have examined eleven direct Biblical arguments concerning this extremely important doctrine. This month we will consider a question that can never be answered by those who deny eternal security; in addition, we will examine some thorny Biblical passages related to this topic.
The Question That Can Never Be Answered By Those Who Deny Eternal Security
“How much sin or what type of sin results in a Christian losing his salvation?” Scripture never teaches that the born-again believer can lose his salvation. If it did, the Bible would clearly teach what is required to do so in order to warn the Christian. Those that reject eternal security introduce doubt and confusion into the Christian’s life. They are in a constant state of insecurity wondering whether they are saved or whether they have sinned enough to lose their salvation. The Christian’s faith is anchored in Christ’s eternal promise and not in indecision.
Verses Against Eternal Security
Hebrews 6:4-8 is used to support the idea of losing one’s salvation.
“For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put [him] to an open shame. For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God: But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.”
This passage of Scripture is a source of debate among many Bible scholars and theologians. Various opinions concerning its meaning and intent can be found in any number of Bible commentaries. One popular viewpoint is that those spoken about in this passage are those who were exposed to Christianity but never truly born again. Notice that faith is never mentioned in these verses. A study of the book of Hebrews will reveal the audience which the author is addressing. The writer of Hebrews is writing to those Jews who left Judaism to follow Christ. Notice in the passage that the terms used are not the normal Biblical terms used for salvation. Such terms as enlightened, tasted, and partakers are never used to describe those who are saved.
Does I Samuel 16:14 teach that one can lose his salvation?
“But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul …” (I Samuel 16:14)
In God’s Word, we see that the Holy Spirit left Samson and King Saul. The Holy Spirit’s presence in the Old Testament was for service and would come upon and leave saints as needed. In the New Testament, the Holy Spirit permanently indwells all believers and will never leave them.
Let’s examine closely Revelation 3:5 and 22:19.
He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. (Revelation 3:5)
And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. (Revelation 22:19)
In Revelation 3:5, John is reassuring the reader that eternal security is real and is trying to instill hope for those that are persecuted. He is telling them to “hold on,” hope is around the corner. In Revelation 22:19, those that tamper with God’s Word are not saved. The admonition here is that these individuals will lose their ability to get saved because God will withdraw the offer-therefore these individuals lose their “part out of the book of life.”
This concludes our brief look into one of the fundamentals of the Christian faith, eternal security. I’m so glad that we serve a wonderful God that gives us everlasting life that He will never take away. When Christ died on the cross for our sins, He paid the debt completely, once and for all. doctrine of eternal security. This month we will add four more Biblical reasons why a saved child of God cannot lose his salvation.