Can I lose My Salvation?

December 21, 2021

Good morning!

I have heard many debates on this issue; one side just as adamant as the other on the subject. Just as quickly as the question is asked the answer is quickly given in an “absolutely!” or an “absolutely not!” It amazes me how one book can lead to so many different opinions.

Imagine being a child and your family standing depends on your behavior. If you are good today, you can stay; but if you misbehave tomorrow, you have to leave. The love of your parents is then conditional. As a child you would be a neurotic mess; teetering on a tightrope where one misstep would be fatal.
Unfortunately, there are some Christians today who are walking that tightrope, in near despair because they fear losing their salvation, and being kicked out of the family of God.

If you have been born again, you are part of God’s family regardless of your behavior. But, by the same token if you are truly born again, it will show in your behavior. If you belong to Christ, you are part of the family of God and can enjoy the emotional security our Heavenly Father wants us to experience.

Jesus said in John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me, and I give unto them eternal life; 28 And they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.
Believing that one can lose one’s salvation is like saying that Christ’s sacrifice on the cross was inadequate; that all His suffering and His dying was not enough to provide eternal security. On the cross, Christ said in John 19:30 It is finished. These words mean that our sin account was paid in full. He paid the full price. If you truly have accepted the gift of salvation, you are fully forgiven – for sins past, present and future sins. There is a difference between having a relationship and true fellowship with God. Relationship is established by birth, and fellowship is established by life. A Christian out of fellowship may be chastened, but he cannot lose his relationship established by the new birth. Jesus wrote that in blood on the cross.

Corinthians 3:11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; 13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. 14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

Notice that Paul places our works in 2 categories; ones that are nonflammable and those that readily burn. Our works on earth will be tried and what things are good and pleasing to God (gold, silver, precious stone), will stand and only be purified by God’s refining fire, but those that are of not edifying to ourselves or the kingdom (wood, hay, stubble), will be burned and we will suffer some sort of loss but we will still be saved. However, any form of loss when it comes to the kingdom is a dear loss indeed!

This is not a blanket grace that can be thrown over a multitude of sin; but it is knowing that if we INADVERTENTLY sin we can come to God with a repentant heart and receive fellowship again.
1 John 5: 20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

So how do you know that you know? If you believe on the name of Jesus you are as good as there! You cannot then go out and willfully commit sin without suffering loss, but your salvation will be secure in Jesus.

The Apostle John wrote of our Advocate in 1 John 2 beginning in verse 1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. 3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. 4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.

In the middle of these verses there is an “if”. If we keep his commandments. Jesus summarized the commandments when asked by a Sadducee which was the greatest commandment. Matthew 22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Paul gives us a second witness to this in Romans 13 beginning in verse 9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

Jesus is our Advocate in the times when we do not follow Him as we should; we all need Him in this role as our Advocate!

Noah Webster defines advocate as: “One who defends, vindicates, or espouses a cause, by argument; one who is friendly to; as, an advocate for peace, or for the oppressed.” We would call Him our lawyer today. He stands for us when we are accused by the evil one; pleading His own blood as our covering. For a detailed look at the word propitiation, visit our page The Vocabulary of Salvation on our WordPress site http://www.bloggingfortheglory2 it is number 4 in the list.

If you are not sure of your salvation and that Jesus died for you, ask Him into your heart today, turn from your sin, and trust Him for the rest. If you need someone to pray with you, please leave your contact information with us and we will get back to you soon.

Take my word for nothing; go to the Source and read it for yourself. And as always to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ be all the Glory forever.

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