Commentary By: Gordon King
I have had many believers tell me that I am wrong in my belief that if we are saved then we are always saved! They argue with me ardently about this issue, saying that the bible says believers can in fact lose their salvation, that we can go to Hell. Is this the truth? Can we as believers in Jesus Christ actually lose our salvation, can we be sent to Hell?!
I am always searching for the truth, it may not always be pleasant, there may be things we find which we really don’t want to hear or really understand, on the other hand we may just find some of the most wonderful things!
I for one believe that the bible is infallible, that it never contradicts itself, that God never makes mistakes, and that He cannot lie! If all of this is true, and it is, then scripture is very clear about our salvation!
Jesus said that whoever hears His word and believes in His Father has everlasting life! He didn’t say that they “will have” everlasting life, but that they “have” everlasting life! We have already passed from death into life.
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.“
Most of us have always heard that if we believe in Jesus Christ then we shall have eternal life, but Jesus goes a step further and says that if we hear His word and believe in His Father then we have everlasting life. Sounds like a contradiction of what other verses tell us, but it is not!
If we believe the words of Jesus Christ, which tell us that He and His Father are one, then we must also believe that Christ is who He says that He is and has done what He has done for us, and if we believe in the Father then we must also believe in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior! For God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life! No one has seen the Father but the one who was sent from the Father, Jesus Christ! When we see Jesus Christ for who He really is, then we also see our Father in heaven.
“Not that anyone has seen the Father, except He who is from God; He has seen the Father.“
‘ “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.”
8 Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.”
9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. 11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.’
“And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.“
Whomever believes in Jesus Christ should not perish but have eternal life.
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life.“
Scripture tells us that if we believe in Jesus Christ then we already have everlasting life! Not that we “will” have, but that we “have” everlasting life! And if we already have it, then how can we lose it?! He tells us “most assuredly”, why did He say that? Because He wants us to be “assured” that we have everlasting life, but He added “most”, meaning that He really wants us to be assured that we have everlasting life! Without a doubt, having confidence, knowing that we are saved. The KJV uses the word “verily” two times, verily, verily, which in the Hebrew is amen, amen.
Of Hebrew origin (‘amen); properly, firm, i.e. (figuratively) trustworthy; adverbially, surely (often as interjection, so be it) — amen, verily.
If Jesus used this word not once but twice, then He must be wanting to make a very strong point, something in which is unwavering, powerful, firm, and trustworthy. Amen.
The only way for us to have everlasting life it is necessary for the shedding of blood.
“And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.“
There is no remission of sins without the shedding of blood, and Jesus Christ shed His blood for the remission of all of our sins! He nailed them to the cross for now and forever more! He removed our sins from us as far as the East is from the West!
“As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.“
In the eyes of God, we are justified, sanctified and glorified, it has already been done! We will not be justified, sanctified, and glorified, it has already been finished by the work of Jesus Christ on the cross, by the shedding of His blood!
As Christians we are a completed work in Christ, we have eternal life now, and we now share in the inheritance of Jesus Christ and our Father in heaven!
There are no preconditions for our salvation, just as we cannot be saved by any of our works. And if we say that we can lose our salvation, then we are saying that the work of Jesus Christ on the cross is not enough to save us, that the shedding of His blood is not enough, when in fact it is!
And this is the simple message of the cross, that all who believe in Jesus Christ shall be saved! Does this mean that we have to change ourselves first? No. Does this mean that we need to acknowledge that we are sinners? I believe that it does, and I believe that we need to repent of our sins, have a change of heart towards them and believe in Jesus Christ!
2 Peter 3:9
“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.“
‘Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” ‘
“Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
Believing in Jesus Christ alone is not merely enough, for even the demons believe. We must have a change of heart, we must acknowledge that we are sinners, we must have a change of heart towards our sins, this is the belief that Jesus is speaking about! It isn’t merely believing that Christ is God or that He died on the cross for us, but turning from our sin and accepting Him as our Lord and Savior.
“You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! 20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?”
We must have faith in God, faith that if we turn from our sins then He is faithful and true to save us!
If the bible tells us that we are saved by our faith in Jesus Christ alone, then where in the bible does it tell us that we can lose our salvation? And if there are scriptures which tell us that we can, we either are not understanding correctly, not rightly dividing the word of God, or the bible is a lie! I know that God cannot lie. And if a believer can lose his or her salvation, then God has made a mistake! And I know that God is not capable of making any mistakes!
All of this may sound irrational to the human mind and human reasoning. But God is not human nor does He rely on human reasoning! God is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent. He has always been and will always be, His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts! God is love, perfect love, intense and unconditional love. We cannot truly understand all of the ways of God, but we must try to see things from His perspective, from a heavenly perspective and not a human perspective!
God knew each and every one of us before we even existed! He foreknew what we would do in our lives and what we wouldn’t, therefore He predestined us for adoption as His children because He knew beforehand who would accept Him and who would not.
“For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.“
If the death and crucifixion of Jesus Christ on the cross was enough to pay our sin debt, and it was, then how could we then be found guilty and condemned by our sin? If the blood of Jesus paid our sin debt then it paid for it all, not just past and present, but also future! If not then it was a failed plan for all of us will sin!
“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.“
“But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.“
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written:
“For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”
37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.“
The apostle Paul tells us in Romans that nothing can separate us from the love of God. Not death or life, not things present or things to come, not any created thing, would this not include even ourselves? I believe that it not only would but that it does!
You can believe that a saved, born-again person in Jesus Christ can lose their salvation, but I just don’t see it, or you can believe that once we are a prized possession of God then we shall always be. As for myself, I will continue to believe what the bible tells me is the truth, that once saved filled with the Holy Spirit, sealed by the Spirit as a guarantee of my inheritance until the day of my redemption! No matter what I do or don’t do, no matter what happens to me in this life or doesn’t, I will always belong to God Almighty, Jesus Christ will always be my Lord and Savior! Amen.
God bless my friends! Maranatha!