It is essential for every Christian to understand the clear Biblical teaching that once a person is saved, he can never be lost. God, with His infinite wisdom, emphasized the importance of the doctrine of eternal security by using several different ways to clearly teach this doctrine in Scripture.
The Bible Teaches That the Christian Will Never Perish
One of the clearest passages on eternal security is found in John 10:27-29.
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 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.
It should also be noted that eternal security is clearly taught in the most recognized and most memorized verse in the Bible, John 3:16.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
The strength of the Father guarantees the Christian’s safety and brings assurance to every born-again believer. To deny eternal security is to limit the power of an unlimited God.
The Bible Uses the Word “Eternal” When Describing Salvation
The word eternal means never ending. The saved have eternal life.
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 John 5:13)
God’s salvation is called eternal.
And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him. (Hebrews 5:9)
The saved are redeemed by an eternal redemption.
Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. (Hebrews 9:12)
The saved are assured of an eternal inheritance.
And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. (Hebrews 9:15)
Salvation By Grace Depends on Eternal Security
According to the Bible, the Christian is completely saved by grace.
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)
Therefore, if a person is not saved by what he does, he cannot maintain and/or lose his salvation by what he does or does not do.
Join us next month for a second article regarding this subject of the eternal security of the believer.