Now That I Am Saved, Can I Ever Lose My Salvation?
In lesson one, we learned that there are only two spiritual families in the world, God’s family and Adam’s. We also learned that all men were born into Adam’s family through their physical birth, but they are born into God’s family through a spiritual birth when they receive Jesus Christ as their personal Savior (John 1:12-13).
In this lesson, we will study the “security” of the believer’s position in the family of God. As we shall see, the new birth is irreversible; those who have come to the Lord for salvation are also kept securely by Him. Our relationship with the Lord is eternal.
Study the testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ himself on this subject. Jesus Christ promised that the believer would never be cast out of the family of God John 6:37 “…no wise cast out.”
Jesus Christ promised that no man could ever cause us to lose our salvation because God the Father is greater than all men. Therefore no man can take us out of His hand John 10:27-29.
Jesus Christ promised that those who believed on Him would have everlasting life and would NOT come into condemnation John 5:24.
Jesus Christ promised that those who believed in Him would never suffer eternal death. John 11:25-26 “…shall never die.”
You may ask, “But what about my own failures? Can I do something that will cause me to lose my salvation?”
Salvation is the gift of God. It is imparted to us by God’s grace [unmerited favor] because of faith in Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on our behalf and not because of our good works Ephesians 2:8-9 and Titus 3:5. Since we did not receive God’s salvation because of any “good” we have done, we cannot lose it because of any “wrong” we may do. Consider Romans 4:5-8.
If our good works (obedience to the Law of God) were necessary for salvation, we would quickly lose it because we are incapable of keeping the Law Galatians 3:1-3 & 10-11, and James 2:10.
If salvation came by any works of our own, then the death of Jesus Christ on our behalf was in vain Galatians 2:16, 21.
Our salvation is forever secure due to the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. We can safely trust the keeping of our soul to Him. 2 Timothy 1:12, John 17:11, 12, 1 Peter 1:3-5 (especially verse 5). See also Jude 1:1 and Psalm 37:28.
Romans 8:35-39 shows that there is NOTHING that can SEPARATE us from our God and His love. “For I am persuaded (sure) that neither”… [Emphasis adeded].
“Death” – dying will not separate us from Him.
“Life” – nothing in this life will separate us from Him.
“Angels” – the host of heaven cannot separate us from God’s love.
“Principalities” – no one in authority can take us from Him.
“Powers” – Satan and all his forces cannot separate us from the love of God.
“Things Present” – nothing in this world today can take us away.
“Thing to come” – nothing in the future can take us away.
“Height” – nothing above, including heaven, can separate us from His love.
“Depth” – nothing below, including in hell, can separate us from the love of our Father.
“NOR ANY OTHER CREATURE shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Why is this true?
Our relationship with God is now a Father/son relationship. You are His child by BIRTH, John 1:12-13.
Your new birth has been recorded in heaven and sealed by the Holy Spirit of God 1 John 5:11-13, Ephesians 1:13, 4:30.
You are also His child by ADOPTION. In the court records of Heaven, you have been removed from the family of Adam and placed into the family of God, Galatians 4:4-7, Romans 8:15, 16.
You will be your earthly father’s son for all of your life. You could leave the country, change your name, never see him, hear from him or even think of him the rest of your life, but it would never change the fact that he is your father. The same is true of your Heavenly Father. He will never end His relationship with you; you can never be unborn.
What if I don’t feel saved?
Salvation is not dependent on our feelings. It is dependent on the unchanging TRUTH of the Scriptures. REMEMBER: God’s promises cannot be broken, and God cannot lie Titus 1:2.
Satan will work against you to produce fear and doubt. He is the “accuser” of the brethren (Rev.12:10) and will stir up your feelings to cause you to question your salvation and doubt the promises of God. REMEMBER: Satan is a LIAR, John 8:44. Just BELIEVE what God has said in 1 John 2:25.
At times, your own heart will work against you, condemning you when you fail and causing you to question your salvation. REMEMBER: God is greater than your heart, and His Word assures us that we are saved. 1 John 3:20, 2 Timothy 2:19, and Proverbs 28:26.
The book of 1 John was written to give you ASSURANCE concerning your salvation. As a new Christian, 1 John should be read often to help you grow and settle this issue. The key verse is 1 John 5:13. “…that ye may KNOW that ye have eternal life” [Emphasis added].
If salvation were in any way dependent upon human efforts [good works or keeping the law], then it would be impossible to know that you had eternal life. How could one be certain that they had done the necessary amount of good works?
Rest assured in the promise of the Lord Jesus Christ “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life” John 6:47.