“Now That I Am Saved, Can I Ever Lose My Salvation?”
In lesson one, you learned that there are only two spiritual families in the world, God’s family, and Adam’s. You 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 Savior (John 1:12-13).
In this lesson, you will study the “security” of the believer’s position in the family of God. The new birth is irreversible and those who have been saved by the Lord are also kept securely by Him. Your relationship with God continues forever.
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 you to lose your salvation because God your Father is greater than all men. Therefore no man is able to take you 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 given to us by God’s grace because of faith in Jesus Christ and not because of our good works. Since we did not receive God’s salvation because of any “good” that we have done, we cannot lose it because of any sin that we do. Consider Ephesians 2:8-9.
If our good works (keeping the Law of God) were necessary for salvation, we would quickly lose it because we cannot keep the Law. Galatians 3:1-3, 10, 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 has been secured by Jesus Christ forever! 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 1:1and 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 (assured, certain) that neither”…
“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 cause us to be separated 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?
Your 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 and 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 own salvation and doubt the promises of God. REMEMBER: Satan is a LIAR, John 8:44. Just BELIEVE what God has said in 1John 2:25.
At times, your own heart will work against you, condemning when you fail and causing you to question your salvation. REMEMBER: God is greater than your own heart and knows if you are saved. 1 John 3:20, 2 Timothy 2:19, 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 to settle this issue. The key verse is 1John 5:13. “…that ye may KNOW that ye have eternal life.” [Emphasis added]
If salvation were in any way dependent upon human efforts [works] 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?