THE ETERNAL SALVATION OF THE BELIEVER
Establishing the Truth of God
2 Corinthians 1:18-20 But as God is faithful, our word to you was not
Yes and No. 19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among
you by us; by me, Silvanus, and Timothy; was not Yes and No, but in Him
was Yes. 20 For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen,
to the glory of God through us.
Hebrews 6:16-18 For men indeed swear by the greater, and an oath for
confirmation is for them an end of all dispute. 17 Thus God, determining
to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His
counsel, confirmed it by an oath, 18 that by two immutable things, in which
it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who
have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us.
Romans 3:1-4 What advantage then has the Jew, or what is the profit
of circumcision? 2 Much in every way! Chiefly because to them were committed
the oracles of God. 3 For what if some did not believe? Will their unbelief
make the faithfulness of God without effect? 4 Certainly not! Indeed, let
God be true but every man a liar. As it is written: "That You may be justified
in Your words, And may overcome when You are judged."
Isaiah 25:1 O LORD, You are my God. I will exalt You, I will praise
Your name, For You have done wonderful things; Your counsels of old are
faithfulness and truth.
Deuteronomy 9:4-6 "Do not think in your heart, after the LORD your God
has cast them out before you, saying, 'Because of my righteousness the
LORD has brought me in to possess this land'; but it is because of the
wickedness of these nations that the LORD is driving them out from before
you. 5 "It is not because of your righteousness or the uprightness of your
heart that you go in to possess their land, but because of the wickedness
of these nations that the LORD your God drives them out from before you,
and that He may fulfill the word which the LORD swore to your fathers,
to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. 6 "Therefore understand that the LORD your
God is not giving you this good land to possess because of your righteousness,
for you are a stiff-necked people.
Titus 1:1-2 Paul, a bondservant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ,
according to the faith of God's elect and the acknowledgment of the truth
which accords with godliness, 2 in hope of eternal life which God, who
cannot lie, promised before time began,
I. Reasons for the eternal salvation of the believer
A. We are His family
1. By adoption
a. Ephesians 1:5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus
Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,
Question: If God has predestined an event to come to pass, can anyone
or anything change it? Psalms 33:10-12 The LORD brings the counsel
of the nations to nothing; He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect.
11 The counsel of the LORD stands forever, The plans of His heart to all
generations. 12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, The people
He has chosen as His own inheritance.
b. Romans 8:15-17 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again
to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, "Abba,
Father." 16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are
children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs; heirs of God and joint
heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified
1.) John 6:37 "All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the
one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.
c. John 1:12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right
to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:
d. Isaiah 49:14-16 But Zion said, "The LORD has forsaken me, And my
Lord has forgotten me." 15 "Can a woman forget her nursing child, And not
have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, Yet I will
not forget you. 16 See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands;
Your walls are continually before Me.
e. Hebrews 2:13 And again: "I will put My trust in Him." And again:
"Here am I and the children whom God has given Me."
B. He prays for us
Question: If God is praying for something, will it come to pass?
John 11:41-42 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead
man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, "Father,
I thank You that You have heard Me. 42 "And
I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing
by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me."
1. John 17:11b-12 "...keep through Your name those whom You have given
Me, that they may be one as We are. 12 "While I was with them in the world,
I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none
of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be
2. John 17:15 "I do not pray that You should take them out of the world,
but that You should keep them from the evil one.
3. Hebrews 7:25 Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost
those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession
4. Isaiah 53:12 Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great,
And He shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His
soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bore
the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors.
5. Romans 8:22-34
1. Hebrews 10:14 For by one offering He has perfected forever those
who are being sanctified.
C. Christ died for us
2. Romans 5:9-10 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood,
we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 10 For if when we were enemies
we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having
been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.
1. Romans 6:8-11 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall
also live with Him, 9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the
dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. 10 For the death
that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives,
He lives to God. 11 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed
to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
D. Christ rose for us (Romans 4:25 who was delivered up because
of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification. )
1. 2 Peter 1:1 Simon Peter, a bondservant and apostle of Jesus Christ,
To those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness
of our God and Savior Jesus Christ:
E. God's righteousness
2. Philippians 3:7-9 But what things were gain to me, these I have
counted loss for Christ. 8 Yet indeed I also count all things loss for
the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have
suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may
gain Christ 9 and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which
is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness
which is from God by faith;
3. Romans 3:20-26 Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be
justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin. 21 But
now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed
by the Law and the Prophets, 22 even the righteousness of God, through
faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference;
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified
freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25
whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate
His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins
that were previously committed, 26 to demonstrate at the present time His
righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has
faith in Jesus.
a. Romans 10:1-3 Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for
Israel is that they may be saved. 2 For I bear them witness that they have
a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. 3 For they being ignorant
of God's righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness,
have not submitted to the righteousness of God.
F. God's power
Question: If we can lose our salvation, then who is maintaining it?
Galatians 3:1-3 O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should
not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed
among you as crucified? 2 This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive
the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? 3 Are you
so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect
by the flesh?
1. 1 Peter 1:3-5 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope
through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance
incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven
for you, 5 who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation
ready to be revealed in the last time.
2. Jude 1:24 Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, And
to present you faultless Before the presence of His glory with exceeding
3. 2 Timothy 1:12 For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless
I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that
He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.
4. 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify
you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved
blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 He who calls you is
faithful, who also will do it.
1. His Spirit
G. God's promises
a. The Seal, Deposit and Guarantee
1.) Ephesians 1:13-14 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the
word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed,
you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who is the guarantee
of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to
the praise of His glory.
2.) 2 Corinthians 1:20-22 For all the promises of God in Him are Yes,
and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. 21 Now He who establishes
us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, 22 who also has sealed
us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.
3.) John 14:16 "And I will pray the Father, and
He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever;
Question: Will the Spirit seal us, put a deposit on our hearts, and
be with us forever...in hell?
2. His Truth
a. John 14:6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the
life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
b. 2 John 1:1-2 THE ELDER, To the elect lady and her children, whom
I love in truth, and not only I, but also all those who have known the
truth, 2 because of the truth which abides in us and will be with us forever:
a. John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten
Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting
3. Everlasting life
b. John 6:40,47 "And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone
who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will
raise him up at the last day." 47 "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who
believes in Me has everlasting life.
Do we have everlasting life right now as believers? 1 John 5:13
These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of
God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue
to believe in the name of the Son of God.
Question: If we can lose our salvation, then will we have everlasting
life and everlasting death (punishment) at the same time? John 5:24
"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.
Is God a liar?
4. His Word
a. Philippians 1:6 being confident of this very thing, that He who
has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;
b. Romans 4:21 and being fully convinced that what He had promised
He was also able to perform.
c. John 10:28-29 "And I give them eternal life,
and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My
hand. 29 "My Father, who has given them to
Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father's
d. Psalms 37:28 For the LORD loves justice, And does not forsake His
saints; They are preserved forever, But the descendants of the wicked shall
be cut off.
e. 2 Timothy 2:19 Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands,
having this seal: "The Lord knows those who are His," and, "Let everyone
who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity."
f. 2 Timothy 1:12 For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless
I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that
He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.
g. Romans 8:33-39
STATEMENTS AND PROMISES OF GOD THAT WOULD BE NULLIFIED IF ONE COULD
LOSE THEIR SALVATION.
Please confer errors with respective scriptural refutations.
ERROR vs. TRUTH
1. He is not able to perform what He had promised Romans 4:21
2. He will not present me blameless 1 Thessalonians 5:24
3. He did not predestine me unto the adoption as a child Ephesians
4. There is condemnation for me even though I am in Christ Jesus Romans
5. Christ has not risen from the dead Romans 6:8-12
6. The Holy Spirit will take back His deposit Ephesians 1:13-14
7. The Holy Spirit did not seal us 2 Corinthians 1:22
8. He will leave me and He will forsake me Hebrews 13:5
9. He will not keep me from falling Jude 24
10. He will not preserve me forever Psalm 37:28
11. The truth (Jesus Christ) will not be with me forever 2 John 2
12. He did not cleanse me from all unrighteousness 1 John 1:9
13. His foundation is not sure 2 Timothy 2:19
14. He does not know them that are His 2 Timothy 2:19
15. He will cast me out John 6:37
16. He did not perfect me Hebrews 10:14
17. His prayer for me was not answered John 17:11-12
18. He is not interceding for me Hebrews 7:25
19. He did not complete the work He began in me Philippians 1:6
20. My life is not hid with Christ in God Colossians 3:3
21. I have not passed from death unto life John 5:24
22. He is not able to keep that which I have committed to Him 2 Timothy
23. I am not at peace with God Romans 5:1
24. I can be plucked out of His hand John 10:28-29
25. I can be separated from the love of God Romans 8:39
26. His righteousness is not everlasting Psalm 119:142
27. His love is not everlasting Jeremiah 31:3
28. He is not immutable Hebrews 6:18
29. He did not keep His promise Hebrews 6:17
30. He is a liar Titus 1:2
The consequences of believing a person can lose their salvation create
obvious theological problems that contradict scripture. For what
if some did not believe? Will their unbelief make the faithfulness of God
without effect? Certainly not! Indeed, let God be true but every man a
liar. Romans 3:3-4a
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