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Salvation is simply the saving of our lives from condemnation and alienation from God due to unbelief. We are saved from the world into God’s family through faith in Christ Jesus. Salvation is a gift from God to mankind and His gifts and callings are irrevocable [Romans 11:29]. Praise be to God, the Father Almighty!
Now, to the question, “Is salvation Eternal?”
Yes, it is.
Eternal salvation is a profound truth. We did not choose God neither did we chose to be saved, God chose us. God enabled us to believe in Jesus [John 6:65].
Read this Bible passage with me.
On hearing it, many of his disciples said, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?” Aware that his disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them, “Does this offend you? Then what if you see the Son of Man ascend to where he was before! The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life. Yet there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him. He went on to say, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled them.”
From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.
“You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve.
Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.”
CHOSEN AND CALLED.
A very interesting and profound Bible passage if you ask me.
Salvation is a calling and a gift from God [Ephesians 2:8-9]. It was not by coincidence or great luck that you heard the gospel message when you did and believed in it.
No! You were chosen, handpicked, enabled and gifted with faith to believe in Christ Jesus.
God chose us. God enabled us to believe in his son. He chose us the “foolish things, to shame the wise. He chose the weak things to shame the strong. He chose the lowly and despised things. The wisdom of the wise could not save them. Rather the seeming foolishness of the gospel saved the “foolish” who believed in it.
1 Corinthians 1:29-31: “so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him (God) that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness, and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”
It is because of God (the Father) that you are in Jesus (the son).
It was not a coincidence. It was predestined. You were chosen and called.
GOD CHOSE YOU.
We are God’s adopted children [Ephesians 1:5; Romans 8:14-19]. The adopter chooses the adoptee. It was intentional. God is not wishy-washy. He is an eternal God. It is unbelievable to think that the very same redemption and salvation plan he began, planned, predestined, finished and rested before the foundation of the world is so wishy-washy and can be easily lost.
This call of salvation, when answered with faith, creates life. An Eternal life. We are called from death to life in Christ Jesus.
You might say,
“But I have fallen short and backslide into my old sins. Does that mean that I have lost my salvation?”
As children, we mess up. We offend our parents. But we do not seize to be their children. The prodigal son never seized to be the son of his father despite his sinful and rebellious act [Luke 15:11-32]. The relationship might be sore for a season, but we are still our parents’ children.
Hence, salvation makes us adopted children of God whom he deliberately chose and called to be his own. The truly saved children of God know his voice, even when they mess up, he calls them back and he is ever with them. The seal (Holy Spirit) guides them. And their eternity is secured with him. None will be lost if Jesus is TRULY their savior and Lord.
We are never saved by works and we will never be unsaved by it.
At salvation we enter into a lifetime commitment, discipleship and therapy with God to get us to the very end whole and complete.
SALVATION IS ETERNAL
Now, let’s look at some Bible verses that echoes the eternal nature of salvation.
Hebrews 5:8-9: “Son though he (Jesus) was, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.”
Hebrews 9:12: “He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption.”
Hebrews 10:11-14: “Every Jewish priest performs his services every day and offers the same sacrifices many times, but these sacrifices can never take away sins. Christ, however, offered one sacrifice for sins, an offering that is effective forever, and then he sat down at the right side of God. There he now waits until God puts his enemies as a footstool under his feet. With one sacrifice, then, he has made perfect forever those who are purified from sin.”
John 10:28-29: I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.
IF SALVATION IS NOT ETERNAL, FORGIVENESS IS NOT ETERNAL
If we claim that salvation is not eternal, then forgiveness of sins is not eternal. Because salvation is to be forgiven and delivered forever from the penalty of sin and reconciled back to God through faith in Christ Jesus.
2 Corinthians 5:17-19: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.”
Hebrews 8:12: “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”
Hebrews 10:17: “Then he adds: “Their sins and lawless acts, I will remember no more.”
Psalm 103:12: “as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.”
Gracefully, forgiveness is permanent and eternal. And we need not remain guilty or shameful of our past sins. God kept no record of it. The old has gone and the new is here. You are a new creation. Check out this podcast on the permanence of forgiveness.
Here’s another truth,
GOD IS NOT A LIAR
John 3: 16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
John 3:36: “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.”
1 John 5:11: And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.”
If salvation can be lost and one can perish after believing in Jesus, then God’s a liar ( I know he isn’t).
He promised us eternal life if we BELIEVE in his son, Jesus Christ.
Because we believed we have eternal life.
Hebrews 7:25: “Therefore he (Jesus) is able to save completely those who come to God through him because he always lives to intercede for them.”
Salvation makes us Children of God and God won’t lose any of his children. They may sin, backslide, be disobedient but they don’t stop being his children rather he keeps pruning and transforming them.
You are always your Father’s Child.
You might say,
“But the Bible says I should work out my salvation.”
Yes, it says to work OUT your salvation. Not work FOR your salvation.
You did not work to be saved, neither can you work to keep it.
The admonition in Philippians 2:12 to work out your salvation means to live a life worthy of your calling in Christ Jesus. It is simply telling you to bear fruits consistent with your salvation. If you read a little further verse 13 tells you who works in you to enable you to work OUT your salvation.
Philippians 2:13: “for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.”
God works in you so you can work out your salvation. You are never alone. For more details on what it means to work out your salvation, Click here.
GOD IS FAITHFUL
1 Corinthians 1:8-9 : [The Lord] will sustain you (keep you) to the end, blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, who has CALLED into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”
God has chosen and called us into fellowship with him through his Son, Jesus Christ. And his great faithfulness will keep us in fellowship with him till the very end.
We can trust, hope and have faith in HIS FAITHFULNESS.
It’s God’s faithfulness that keeps us till the very end in Christ Jesus. Not our faith.
GOD IS FAITHFUL. Always remember that.
Because God is faithful, your salvation is eternal.
Romans 8:38-39: “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Philippians 1:6: “I am sure of this, that he who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
Now to him who is able to protect you from stumbling and to make you stand in the presence of his glory, without blemish and with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, power, and authority before all time, now and forever. Amen. [Jude 1:24-25].
I want you to be assured that your salvation in Christ Jesus is eternal if indeed you have believed the gospel message and you continue to hold on to that faith and original convictions till the very end. [Hebrews 3:14].
In the next part, we will answer a commonly asked question “Did Judas lose his salvation?”
God Bless You.
You are Eternally Loved.