Hello everyone! Please read that verse in Romans very carefully and take in the full peace and security of that truth! I am fired up in the Holy Spirit tonight and I want to make something very clear. I have seen a disturbing trend throughout my 22 year walk with Jesus of Christians who preach the false doctrine that a person can lose their salvation in Jesus Christ. Let me get straight to the point here–YOU CANNOT LOSE YOUR SALVATION IN JESUS CHRIST! Once you receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior you are sealed with the Holy Spirit and your salvation is guaranteed! That’s right, I said guaranteed!
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–not by works, so that no one can boast.”
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
“And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–to the praise of his glory.”
It is all about what God did for us, not what you can do for God! There is nothing we could ever do for God to save ourselves! Sometimes as we walk with Christ we can forget that. We need to remember it was our sin that put Jesus on that cross and we only have eternal life through Him! Our salvation was bought and paid for in the Blood of Christ! Please remember that!
Now, that does not mean that a person can just go off and keep living a sinful life after accepting Christ. No! Do not trample on God’s grace. If you keep on in your sins after receiving the Holy Spirit through faith in Jesus, then of course there will be discipline and consequences, but you still belong to Him and you are saved! Nothing can snatch you out of His hand and our salvation is a free gift from God that we could never earn!
“In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons:
“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son.”
“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.”
“Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”
So, if you keep living a sinful life after you have accepted Christ, the Lord will love you and help you by disciplining you, including rebuking and punishment, so that He can produce a harvest of righteousness and peace in your life. You are still saved, but there will be consequences and discipline that will be painful. Believers take heart though! That means He loves you and He will never leave you! Your salvation is secure the very moment you put your faith in Jesus Christ! My Pastor always said, “Jesus accepts you as you are, but He refuses to leave you that way.” Jesus will empower you in the Holy Spirit to live a righteous life and He will never leave you nor forsake you!
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”
Jesus speaking in John 14:1-4
We all struggle with sin sometimes and we are not perfect. We can fall and mess up, but His grace is sufficient and He will discipline us and pick us back up. Remember the Apostle Paul’s struggle (Romans 7:7-25)? God still loves us and we are still His adopted children in Christ! He will never leave us nor forsake us and don’t let anybody ever try to tell you otherwise!
“What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God–through Jesus Christ our Lord!..”
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.”
“…because God has said,
“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
If the Apostle Paul struggled with sin, who are we to think we won’t? Paul was powerful in the Holy Spirit, but he was human like the rest of us and he pressed on always striving for holiness and perfection! When we fall, we need to immediately repent and turn from it. Do not engage in it! Run from it! He will forgive, encourage, and strengthen you! The farther down a dark path we go, the harder the discipline and consequences are going to be. Believe me, I have been disciplined by the Lord plenty of times in my 22 year walk with Him and it has definitely trained me and produced a harvest of righteousness and peace in my life! I am not perfect brothers and sisters, but I strive every day in the power of the Holy Spirit and I rest fully in His grace knowing my salvation is fully secure by faith in my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
I ask Christians who think you can lose your salvation, why did Jesus have to die for us? Is there something you can do on your own to save yourself? Is there something you could have done before accepting Christ or after to save yourself? No, you were saved by grace like everybody else who accepted Jesus Christ by faith. All of your good works are dirty rags to the Lord and they will never save you! Quit beating people over the head with fear mongering based on your misunderstandings of Scripture.
I want to make it clear that I do not stand with anyone who preaches that a believer in Jesus Christ can lose their salvation. That is not a teaching found in the Bible and you will never hear that from my mouth or in my writings. The Bible makes it clear that we are saved by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone.
Here is the verse that fear preachers usually use to scare people:
“Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed–not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence–continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.”
You notice Paul didn’t say continue to “work for” your salvation. The words fear and trembling in the Greek translate reverence and awe. The phrase “work out” in Greek translates to strive. He is saying to strive to live out your faith with reverence and awe of God. He is not saying you can lose your salvation! Paul makes it clear it is God who works in us by His will and actions according to His good purpose, not us. We don’t save ourselves and any good works we do are done through Him by the power of the Holy Spirit that we received when we first believed in Jesus. That Holy Spirit sealed us in Jesus Christ and that is a free gift deposited in us by God that guarantees our inheritance in Heaven! Thank You Jesus!
“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”
I point you to Jesus Christ regarding the salvation He offers every person on earth. Those are His words. If any believer wants to argue with Jesus, I don’t recommend it, but okay, you are going to lose that argument every time for all eternity. Are you greater than Jesus and God the Father? I pray the Lord comforts and encourages the hearts of any believer who has been under a false teaching of fear. Jesus Christ finished it at the cross and you are a fully redeemed child of God and nothing is going to change that!
Grace and peace to you all!
“When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.”