Salvation, Eternal Life, Eternal Security

What about salvation and eternal life?

SALVATION (deliverance)

The word SALVATION is used of the deliverance
of the Israelites from the Egyptians (Exodus 14:13),
and of deliverance generally from evil or danger. In
the New Testament it is specially used with reference to
the great deliverance from the guilt and the pollution of
sin wrought out by Jesus Christ, "the great salvation".
(See also REDEMPTION; REGENERATION)

  • By faith, not works.For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Ephesians 2:8,9).
  • Is of the appointment of God.For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,” (1 Thessalonians 5:9).
  • Is forever.Lift up your eyes to the sky,  Then look to the earth beneath; For the sky will vanish like smoke, And the earth will wear out like a garment And its inhabitants will die in like manner; But My salvation will be forever, And My righteousness will not wane” (Isaiah 51:6).
  • Is the power of God.For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek” (Romans 1:16).
  • Found in no one else. "And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:12).

ETERNAL LIFE

  • How eternal life is gained. "As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:14-18).

    “..and after he brought them out, he said, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" They said, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household" (Acts 16:30,31).
  • Jesus’ definition. “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent” (John 17:3).
  • Only from Jesus.Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me” (John 14:6).
  • Eternity is spent in heaven. “In My Father's house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:2,3).

ETERNAL SECURITY


I believe that, because of the eternal purpose of God toward the objects of His love, because of His freedom to exercise grace toward the meritless on the ground of the propitiatory blood of Christ, because of the very nature of the divine gift of eternal life, because of the present and unending intercession and advocacy of Christ in heaven, because of the immutability of the unchangeable covenants of God, because of the regenerating, abiding presence of the Holy Spirit in the hearts of all who are saved, we and all true believers everywhere, once saved shall be kept saved forever.

I believe, however, that God is a holy and righteous Father and that, since He cannot overlook the sin of His children, He will, when they persistently sin, chasten them and correct them in infinite love; but having undertaken to save them and keep them forever, apart from all human merit, He, who cannot fail, will in the end present every one of them faultless before the presence of His glory and conformed to the image of His Son.
Supporting Scriptures of these statements. (John 5:24; 10:28; 13:1; 14:16–17; 17:11; Romans 8:29; 1 Corinthians 6:19; Hebrews 7:25; 1 John 2:1–2; 5:13; Jude 24).

Assurance of (certainty about something)

I believe it is the privilege, not only of some, but of all who are born again by the Spirit through faith in Christ as revealed in the Scriptures, to be assured of their salvation from the very day they take Him to be their Savior and that this assurance is not founded upon any fancied discovery of their own worthiness or fitness, but wholly upon the testimony of God in His written Word, exciting within His children filial love, gratitude, and obedience. Supporting Scriptures of these statements. (Luke 10:20; 22:32; 2 Corinthians 5:1, 6–8; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 10:22; 1 John 5:13).

Do I believe our salvation can be lost?

Our redemption is possible only because of what Christ did 2000 years ago. It is not what we do today or in the future that redeems us or caused God to choose us for redemption.


It is because Jesus took the sin of the world upon Himself. He shed his blood for the atonement of our sins. This act cannot be undone. It was done once, for all.

Therefore, our behavior after being born again, is not responsible for keeping our salvation. Our obedience to Christ does determine the condition of our life abundant here on earth, the rewards we may or may not receive in heaven, and the fellowship we enjoy with our Father in heaven while here on earth. The question for those who still live in unrepentant sin is not whether they’ve lost their salvation rather, was their heart ever regenerated and born of the Spirit. Jesus says we shall know the tree by it’s fruit.

  • We cannot lose it.My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will 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 the Father's hand” (John 10:27-29).
  • Born into Kingdom, cannot be unborn out of it. “Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit” (John 3:6,7).
  • The Unpardonable Sin. The blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is an act of rejection, lack of faith. It is unforgivable. The person who does not receive the Holy Spirit and His act of regeneration cannot be forgiven of his or her sins. It is not an act that can happen after belief. It therefore is not a way that results in a loss of what has been gained, salvation.
“He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me scatters. Therefore I say to you, any sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven people, but blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven. Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come” (Matthew 12:30-32).

We are sons of God (or sons of Satan) based on whom we worship, whose family we are in, who our father is. Christians have been chosen by God to be adopted as His son and He has given them the faith to say yes. God chose us, we did not choose Him. He will not let us go. He will not leave us. It is a one time transaction. We do not go back and forth between life and death.


Our relationship is secured by His strength, not ours. It is held and sealed by the Holy Spirit, also a gift. Our relationship is secured by His Will, not ours. When saved, we have received the righteousness of Christ by faith and the shed blood of Jesus. Not by anything we have done.


God will chastise His sons, only His sons and not those who are not His sons. Believers (sons) who willfully sin will be disciplined. But they will remain a son. Those who are not His sons have been condemned already. They have reaped their reward; God does not need to chastise them. Our chastisement should be towards the yielding of the fruit of righteousness.


There are those will make it into heaven but just as barely escaping the fire. They will be in heaven but without any rewards or crowns; but they are in heaven. The direction of our life should be towards the upward call of Christ Jesus, not to test the bounds of God’s grace. Those who walk in fellowship with the Father should not think that God loves them more than the wayward son. Rather, they should be grateful that they have been enjoying the abundance of His blessings. We should not look down on the wayward son. We should have pity and mercy and do all that we can to lift them back up.


We can step out of fellowship by sinning without confession, but we cannot leave the family. This is the mystery of God’s grace and faithfulness—how He can love us in spite of ourselves. We can quench the Holy Spirit in our life by continual sinning without confession.


There are those who claim to be His sheep and are not. Jesus knows this. We cannot truly know this as only He can see man’s heart. True fruit brought forth from our heart will be evidence of sonship. Outward righteousness can mask a heart of stone. True evidence of sonship is that we love our brother. This is the will of the Father for us. We cannot claim to love God if we don’t love our brother.

The Extent of Salvation

We believe that when an unregenerate person exercises faith in Christ he passes immediately out of spiritual death into spiritual life, and from the old man into the new creation. He is justified before the Father who now views him as if he had never sinned. The saved one may have occasion to grow in the realization of his blessings and to know a fuller measure of divine power through the yielding of his life more fully to God. But he is, as soon as he is saved, in possession of every spiritual blessing and absolutely complete in Christ. He is not required by God to seek a so-called “second blessing,” or a “second work of grace”

Supporting Scriptures of these statements.
(John 5:24; 17:23; Acts 13:39; Romans 5:1; 1 Corinthians 3:21–23; Ephesians 1:3; Colossians 2:10; 1 John 4:17; 5:11–12).