If you’ve trusted in Jesus for salvation, can you ever go back on that? Christians have debated “eternal security” for generations. Here’s Pastor Todd’s take on this controversial subject.
The short answer is no, a believer cannot lose their salvation. Actually, when people ask this question it is really more of a question about the Shepherd, Jesus, than about themselves, the sheep.
John 10:27-29 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand.
Jesus says that his sheep know his voice, that they follow him and that he gives them eternal life. It is a gift that he gives. This verse says that no one can snatch us from the hand of God.
Titus 3:5 He saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit.
Ephesians 2:8-9 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.
Since salvation is a gift and we have done nothing to deserve it, it is not ours to lose. However, there are some people who claim to be a Christian but may not really have ever truly committed their lives to Christ
Matthew 7:23 “Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter.
The Bible says that if we believe in the Lord Jesus we will be saved but the word for believe is not simply knowledge. It has to do with placing our faith and trust in Jesus. People who have done this generally look different. Jesus said that some would even do miracles in his name but that they were not truly followers of him. We are saved because we have a relationship with Jesus but that relationship with Jesus causes us to be different. We have eternal security because we have the Holy Spirit within us.
Romans 8:38-39 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Nothing can separate us from the love of God. Salvation is a gift so a true follower of God can not lose their salvation.
- Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
- What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
- Discuss the meaning of the word “believe”. When did you trust Jesus for salvation?
- What would be some visible evidence that someone was a true follower of God? Do you think that you can always tell by outward behavior that someone is saved?
- Discuss the quote, “We are saved by grace through faith alone, but the faith that saves is never alone”.
- Do you ever worry that you are not truly saved? How could you be sure that you have eternal life?
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.