Eternally Secure

Is it possible for Christians to lose the salvation that is received by trusting Jesus Christ as Savior? Not according to the Bible!  There is more than adequate Biblical proof that our eternal life really is eternal.

Christ’s Work is Sufficient to Keep us Saved

Christ’s work on the cross is not an ongoing matter. His work of salvation is finished!

  • Jesus Christ is not continuing to redeem us; He has once and for all redeemed us.

“Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” (Rom. 3:24)

  • Jesus Christ is not continuing to satisfy God’s righteous demands against our sin; He has once and for all satisfied Him.

“And he is the propitiation for our sins and not for ours only but for the sins of the whole world.” (1 Jn. 2:2)

  • Jesus Christ is not continuously becoming a sin substitute for those who trust in Him; He has once and for all become a substitute us.

“For he has made Him who knew no sin to become sin for us that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” (2 Cor. 5:21)

  • Christ’s death did not merely provide a chance for salvation for those who believe; He provided a once and forever salvation.

“And I give unto them eternal life and they shall never perish.” (Jn. 10:28)

Christ Provided Eternal Life, Not Probationary Life

We are given eternal life, which by its very nature is forever life.

“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.” (Jn. 10:27-29)

The life which Christ gives is not said to be temporary life or probationary life or life until we sin again but eternal life. This life is insured by the everlasting hold of God the Son and God the Father.  Would it be possible to do something, anything, to so spurn God’s love that it would cause Him to change His mind about our life and release His grip on us?

“All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of Him who has sent Me. This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day.” (Jn. 6:37-39)

There is nothing that we can ever do, not one thing, to cause God to cast us out. The casting out of a child of God is simply not possible! God said it, and God always says what He means, and He always means exactly what He says.

Immersed Into Union With Christ

At the instant that we trust in Jesus Christ to save us, we are baptized in one Spirit into the body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:13). His characteristics become ours.

When Adam died, every member of the human race died in him. Just as we received death by our physical connection with Adam, we receive life by our connection to Jesus Christ.

“For as in Adam, all die; so also in Christ shall all be made alive.” (1 Cor. 15:22)

What kind of life does the Lord Jesus Christ have? He has eternal life. But He does not merely possess eternal life; He is eternal life. By becoming a part of His body, we inherit that forever life.

“And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; He who does not have the Son of God does not have life. These things have I written unto you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may believe in the name of the Son of God.” (1 Jn. 5:11-13)

His righteousness also becomes our righteousness.

“And be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith.” (Phil. 3:9)

We also receive the same relationship that Christ has with His heavenly Father when we are placed into Him. Since He is the Son of God, we likewise become children of God.

“For you are all sons of God through faith in Jesus Christ. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ (immersed into Him) have put on Christ.” (Gal. 3:26-27)

This is a mysterious truth and that is exactly what Paul calls it.

“For we are members of His body, of his flesh, and of his bones. This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church” (Eph. 5:30,32).

But God not only places us into His Son, He then seals us in Him forever.

Sealed Forever In Christ

At the moment that believers are immersed into the body of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit seals us there. God the Holy Spirit’s seal becomes the guarantee that our position in Christ is secure.

“In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, until the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.” (Eph. 1:11-14)

The word “pledge” is the Greek word arrobon. It was often translated in the ancient world “engagement ring.” An engagement ring is the symbol of a promise. It stands for a guarantee that the person who gave it will fulfill the promise.  It is truly a pledge. God has given to us His Holy Spirit to seal us “in Christ.”  This is God’s pledge that guarantees that we cannot ever get out of Christ. God specifically chose the word arrobon to describe the Holy Spirit’s sealing ministry.

“Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and anointed us is God, who also sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a pledge.” (2 Cor. 1:21-22)

2 Corinthians 5:1-5

“For we know that if the earthly tent” – The tent is a metaphor for our physical body.

“Which is our house is torn down” Our human spirits live in an earthly tent which is our physical body.  One day our physical body will die, if the translation (rapture) does not occur in our lifetime.

“We have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.  We have a body made by the creative genius of God waiting for us!”

“For indeed in this house we groan In our physical bodies we groan.”

“Longing to be clothed with our dwelling from heaven, inasmuch as we, having put it on, will not be found naked. For indeed while we are in this tent, we groan, being burdened, because we do not want to be unclothed but to be clothed, so that what is mortal will be swallowed up by life. Now He who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave to us the Spirit as a pledge. (arrobon).” (2 Cor. 5:1-5)

Note again the mention of God’s pledge, the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is God’s guarantee that we are going to get our new bodies.

Sealed Until

Ephesians 1:14 tell us that we are sealed in Christ “until.” Until is a time word that signals the moment that the seal will be broken. This seal cannot be broken by anyone but God.

“Until” points to the final redemption of the particular purchased possession (the believer). The redemption spoken of here is not that redemption from the penalty of sin (Eph. 1:7). That happens the moment that we believed in Christ. But it speaks of the final removal of the body from the very presence of sin. The Holy Spirit’s seal becomes the guarantee that this future redemption of the body will take place.

“And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body. For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.” (Rom. 8:23-25)

It is as though God places us into His Son and locks us up in Him until He calls us to be with Him. Thus, the Holy Spirit’s seal is the proof of our future redemption.

“For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.” (Heb. 10:14)

This relationship to God created by being “in Christ” is exactly what Paul had in mind when he explained that absolutely nothing could separate the Christian from God’s love.

“For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom. 8:38-39)


New American Standard Bible

Word Pictures in the New Testament; A. T. Robertson