Suppose you learned that you had been given a brand new home in your favorite part of the world, fully furnished and completely paid. In addition transportation to take you there with all the food you’d ever want and a housekeeper so you never have to clean. You could brag about your new lifestyle, plan for it, and dream about it. But until you pack up and leave your current home, the new life is never really yours. You cannot live in the new home and your current hometown at the same time. Many people approach Christianity the same way. They love the idea of eternal life, escaping hell, and having Jesus at their beck and call. But they are not willing to leave the life they now live. Their desires, lifestyle, and sinful habits are too precious to them. Their lives may exhibit a token change—starting to attend church or giving up a major sin—but they want to retain ownership of everything else.
Paul explains in Ephesians 2:8-9 “by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” Eternal life comes as a result of God’s grace. It is His gift, unearned, and undeserved on our part. No one will ever be able to boast that he or she has earned or deserves the gift of eternal life.
But can doing things—or not doing things —disqualify us from receiving that wonderful gift from God?
If there is an authority on receiving eternal life and spending eternity with God, it has to be Jesus Christ. After all, He is the one through whom we receive the gift of salvation. Jesus is called the author of our salvation: “Though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him.” – In Hebrews 5:8-9
Jesus says, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.” Jesus made it clear that merely acknowledging Him as Lord and Master—saying “Lord, Lord”—is not sufficient. To inherit the Kingdom, we must do something. We must do the will of the Father, as He clearly stated.
Jesus wants us to understand that there is more to receiving eternal life than just mental acceptance. Our conviction that He is our Savior must be more than just a warm, comforting thought or intellectual concept. Jesus warns that simply calling on His name or recognizing Him as “Lord “is not enough.
“If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:26-27).
Our love for and commitment to Jesus Christ and God the Father must be more important to us than any other relationship. Each of us must be willing to bear his “cross,” to faithfully follow Jesus even through life’s most difficult challenges.
As Jesus Christ gave His life for us, we must be willing to give our lives to follow Him!
Most Christians have probably had moments of doubt about their salvation. After all, we’ve all entertained thoughts and have committed acts that we knew were displeasing to God. We’ve all experienced that sense of remorse and sometimes questioned the reality of our salvation afterwards. Backsliding can no doubt cause such feelings to arise, and should hopefully move us to repentance (1 John 1:9).
Can You Lose Your Salvation- Eternal Security
However, when it comes to the issue of eternal security, the Bible makes it absolutely clear that those who have been saved will never be lost. Jesus emphatically pointed this out in the Gospel of John when, in reference to believers, He said, “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand…” (John 10:28). In this passage, Christ explicitly declared that no one who has received eternal life will ever lose it.
Can You Lose Your Salvation- The Holy Spirit
Furthermore, in such passages as 2 Corinthians 1:22, and Ephesians 1:13, the apostle Paul indicated that the Holy Spirit acts as the very seal of God’s ownership of the believer; He serves as the guarantee of our inheritance to come – namely, eternal life (John 5:24; 1 John 5:13). In describing our inheritance the apostle Peter used some very powerful words – words like “imperishable,” “undefiled,” and “unfading” (1 Pet. 1:5). With these words He underscored the everlasting assurance believers have with respect to God’s gift of salvation.
Can You Lose Your Salvation- Abandoning the Faith
Now I know what you’re asking: “What about the Christians who have completely abandoned their faith?” Well, according to what we’re taught through Scripture we can only conclude that they were never saved in the first place. Finite man can only look at the outward appearance thus cannot always accurately assess who is really saved in the first place. The question therefore is not whether someone lost their salvation, but whether they had ever had it at all. As Romans chapter eight says, “there is nothing that can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (v. 38-29). He is the very source of our salvation.
Remember, eternal life that comes to the believer through faith in Christ is not life for two weeks, two months, or even two years; eternal life is everlasting life. It begins at the moment of conversion and stretches on through the eons of time.