The salvation of believers is secure
On August 9, 2012 At 5:49 pm
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Before we dive into the main purpose of this series which is to expose the many, many scriptures that confirms that we have a “secure” salvation, I want to encourage readers to refer back to the other three articles in this series so that the sequence of thought can be grasped. This will assist in understanding the processional case that has been built up until this point.
The three articles include:
- Part 1 – Is the Salvation of the Believer ‘Secure’ – Or Can It Be Lost? (Introduction);
- Part 2 – Can believers lose their salvation, or is it secure?; and
- Part 3 – Is salvation a sure thing for believers, or can it be lost? A look at scripture and a pastor's testimony about losing and regaining the faith.
In this article the “fun” (for a lack of better term) begins as we will examine, dissect and exegete many of the scriptures that unequivocally confirms that our salvation is indeed “secure.” Throughout this series, I have made it plain that in order to prove one’s view, one must address the other side position and expose the shortcomings of their perspective. I have certainly taken my own counsel and addressed some of the more notable scriptures that those who support an “unsecure” salvation use to“seemingly”confirm their view. To this point, I encourage those who support an “unsecure” salvation to do as I did and address the many, many scriptures in the Bible that reiterates that we definitely have a salvation that is always in place and can never be lost. I say this, not as a personal challenge because that is not what it is about nor does it have any purpose. Instead, I say this from the perspective that both sides of the argument have to be addressed in their proper context to see if they mesh together or that one or the other arguments stands.
Why should this be done? It is because the Bible absolutely does not contradict itself (as many are in the habit of believing) and especially when it is rightly divided. There is no way that the Bible can support two opposing viewpoints and in connection to this dilemma, as the old Sesame Street song segment once said, “One of these kids is doing their own thing!”
SCRIPTURAL BASIS SUPPORTING A SECURE SALVATION.
I will examine the more prominent scriptures that confirm our “secure” salvation in the same fashion that I examined the more prominent scriptures that “seemingly” supports an “unsecure” salvation. With this said, once again, there are many, many scriptures that proves that our salvation is definitely “secure.” However, in this article I will dissect and examine only five of the more notable scriptures just as I did for the opposing viewpoint. To get right to it:
John 17:12, “While I was with them in the world, I kept them in your name. Those whom You (God the Father) gave Me (Jesus) I have kept; AND NONE OF THEM IS LOST (EXCEPT) THE SON OF PREDITION (Judas) (and the last part of this verse tells why Judas was the only one who ever lost his salvation keeping in mind he exercised he “free will” choice within the scope of his “predestined” purpose to betray Jesus) that the Scriptures might be fulfilled” (NKJV).
Notice that Jesus said, “AND NONE OF THEM IS LOST.” This is Jesus talking to God the Father in prayer. Did Jesus lie? Certainly not! My question to all those who support an “unsecure” salvation is, please tell me how do you interpret “AND NONE OF THEM IS LOST” in its proper context? The last time I checked the word NONE means that not even 1 person was lost, therefore how can one lose their salvation?
The exegetical connective scripture to this verse is found in John 18:8-9. This is Jesus being betrayed and arrested in Gethsemane led by Judas. The verse says,
“Jesus answered, “I have told you that I am He. Therefore, if you seek Me, let these (talking about Judas, the troops and officers from the chief priest and Pharisees in verse 18:3) go their way,” that the saying might be fulfilled which he spoke, “OF THOSE WHOM YOU (God the Father) GAVE ME I HAVE LOST NONE” (NKJV).
Once again, how is this verse interpreted? I think that it is self-explanatory to say the least!
John 10:27-28, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me, (the parallelism is that sheep will follow their Shepherd and they know his voice but sometimes they do go astray. However the Good Shepherd goes and gets them so that none of them is lost) “And I give them eternal life, AND THEY SHALL NEVER PERISH; NEITHER SHALL ANYONE SNATCH THEM OUT OF MY HAND” (NKJV).
Notice that Jesus said, AND THEY SHALL NEVER PERISH; NEITHER SHALL ANYONE SNATCH THEM OUT OF MY HAND.” This is Jesus talking to unsaved Jews at the Feast of Dedication in Jerusalem. I have to raise the question again of how is the words NEVER PERISH? Some preachers have even stated in reference to the phrase NEITHER SHALL ANYONE SNATCH THEM OUT OF MY HAND that the Word did not say that “You could not “JUMP” out of His hand.” This cannot be possible because the phrase in and of itself “NEITHER SHALL ANYONE” also includes “YOU” because “YOU” are a part of the ANYONE! In other words, not even “YOU” can pluck yourself or “JUMP” out of Jesus hand. To provide even more security for us, the next verse, John 10:29-30 says, “My Father, who has given them to Me, (and no one can pluck us out of Jesus hand) is greater than all; AND NO ONE IS ABLE TO *SNATCH THEM OUT OF MY FATHER’S HAND. “I AM MY FATHER ARE ONE.” What this means is that we are in the Holy Spirits hand, the Holy Spirit is in Jesus hand and Jesus is in God the Fathers hand. This means that we have “TRIPLE INVINCIBLE SALVATION SECURITY!” To say that we can lose our salvation is to say that we are stronger than the triple security that God has provided for us by way of Jesus finished work on the cross. Not even the devil himself can snatch us out of God’s hand so how are we able to lose our salvation or “JUMP” out? Some of the things that we come up with to support our views really amazes me. I must admit that it does sound good though!
Ephesians 1:13-14, “In Him (Jesus) you also trusted, after you heard the word of *truth, the gospel of your *salvation; in whom also, having *believed, YOU WERE SEALED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT OF PROMISE, WHO IS THE GAURANTEE* OF OUR INHERITANCE UNTIL THE *REDEMPTION OF THE PURCHASED POSSESSION, to the praise of His glory” (NKJV).
Some theologians and Biblicist really believe that this SEAL by the Holy Spirit can be broken by us, thus losing our salvation. Really think about this for a second, if the scriptures we have examined already is not enough, to say that we can break the Holy Spirit’s SEAL is to say that we are stronger than God. Are we stronger than God? Is our sin stronger than God? ABSOLUTELY NOT! We are however, instructed in Ephesians 4:30 not to grieve the Holy Spirit of God, BY WHOM YOU WERE SEALED FOR THE DAY OF *REDEMPTION. Notice that we are still SEALED though. If I can go a step further, if we were strong enough to break the Holy Spirit’s SEAL don’t you think that Satan would have done it a long time ago by beating us to the punch? Satan hates us and wants to take as many people to Hell with him because he knows his time is short so I don’t think the enemy of our soul would wait around for us to break the SEAL in order to get us, in the words of the “unsecure” salvation supporters to “fall” away. In the next verse (14) it said that the Holy Spirit is the GAURANTEE* OF OUR INHERITANCE UNTIL THE *REDEMPTION OF THE PURCHASED POSSESSION which is us. The word “GAURANTEE” in this verse means “deposit” “down payment” or “first installment” which means that the Holy Spirit’s investment in us is God’s title to us belonging to Him ENTIRELY and FOREVER period.
1 Peter 1:3-5, “Blessed be the God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again (who are now saved) to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead TO AN INHERITANCE INCORRUPTABLE AND UNDEFILED AND THAT DOES NOT FADE AWAY, RESERVED (right now in the present as you read this article) IN HEAVEN FOR YOU WHO ARE KEPT BY THE POWER OF GOD THROUGH FAITH FOR SALVATION ready to be revealed in the last time” (NKJV).
The word INCORRUPTABLE means that our salvation CANNOT BE CORRUPTED not even by sin or you or anyone one or anything. The word UNDFILED means that our salvation CANNOT BE DEFILED not even by sin or you or anyone or anything. Do I even need to address the phrase DOES NOT FADE AWAY? I do not think I have to so I will move on.
Romans 8:38-39, “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, neither height nor depth, nor any other created thing (this includes you because you are a created thing) SHALL BE ABLE TO SEPARATE US FROM THE LOVE OF GOD WHICH IS IN CHRIST JESUS OUR LORD” (NKJV).
Wow! would you look at this list of things that God Himself said would not be able to separate us from His love which is in Christ Jesus our Lord?
- Principalities (The highest forces of evil in Satan’s hierarchical army – Ephesians 6:12a)
- Powers (The second highest forces of evil in Satan’s hierarchical army – Ephesians 6:12b)
- Things present
- Things to come
- Neither height
- Neither depth
- Nor any created thing (this includes you because you are a created thing)
“SHALL BE ABLE TO SEPARATE US FROM THE LOVE OF GOD WHICH IS IN CHRIST JESUS OUR LORD” (NKJV).
If everything on this list cannot separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus, this also means that we cannot lose our salvation by sin or you or anyone one or anything.
In closing, there are many, many more scriptures that confirm that our salvation is definitely “secure” but I cannot address them all because just like the other side’s view, this series would never end. I have taken my own counsel by examining and giving attention to both sides of the argument as it pertains to our “secure” or “unsecure” salvation. Based on my researched, theological and sound doctrinal findings, as I have stated before, our salvation is definitely “secure.” AS I HAVE STATED OVER AND OVER AGAIN THROUGHOUT THIS SERIES, OUR “SECURE” SALVATION DOES NOT MEAN THAT WE GET AN E-Z PASS TO LIVE A LIFE OF SIN. More than this, this is what the Bible confirms, not me. Once again, pull out your personal study tools and research what I have found for yourself but I must warn you ahead of time that if you exegete correctly, you will find what I have laid out in this series. With this said, I do understand that one’s doctrinal and theological stance will most likely remain the same as it was prior to reading this series despite what I have conveyed and that is perfectly fine. The ultimate goal, as I stated before, is to arrive at Biblical truth and to share that truth with others. Whether they receive it or not is really between them and God. Comparable to a mail man, I have delivered the truth so that people may know the truth. However, just as G.I. Joe always says, “Knowing is half the battle.” I would like to add that the other half of the battle is one choosing to believe that truth in their hearts and then applying that same truth to their lives. Jesus said it even better than G.I. Joe did because in John 8:32, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Nonetheless, even this second part is still between you and God.
Whatever the case, we are still one body and even if we cannot agree, let’s just agree to disagree without any anger, hostility or animosity. Just think for a moment, supporters on both sides of argument will be worshiping together when we all get to Heaven so we mind as well start working on it now, even with our disputes. Be blessed!