It is logical enough to think that a believer can at some point lose their salvation. After all, we’ve all gotten to a point where we lost what we cherished most. We’ve lost people, money, properties, jobs and so on. Seldom, we even lose them as a consequence of our negligence. So, it is logical to also think that we may lose our salvation because of our carelessness.
Nevertheless, there is a problem with our perception of salvation as a gift from God when we begin to see it from the same lens through which we view things we receive from people. Jesus would always say “if your earthly wicked fathers can do this, how much more God?” So, we don’t get to compare God’s character with the characters of perhaps loving but greatly flawed men whose love are not guaranteed.
In God’s salvation plan, he factored in your carelessness, he factored in your weaknesses, he factored in your failures and he didn’t give you the burden to sustain your salvation. The only responsibility we were given is to show forth our salvation, to make full proof of it, not to earn it or sustain it. The Bible tells us
“Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear.” Philippians 2:12NLT
We have a responsibility to show the result of our salvation, not a responsibility to maintain the salvation or keep ourselves saved. You couldn’t save yourself, how then did you ever think that you could maintain your salvation that you didn’t even earn by yourself? The Bible tells us again in Jude 1:24NLT
“Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault.”
God saved you through Jesus and he will keep you through Jesus. All you’ve got to do is to engage yourself in living the way God wants you to, in being a good diplomat of God’s kingdom. However, God’s salvation isn’t like your father’s gifts that you lost, it is not like those friends who left you. His once and for all salvation is more than enough and nothing can change that.
Word’s on Marble from St. Peter, the Apostle
“For you have a new life. It was not passed on to you from your parents, for the life they gave you will fade away. This new one will last forever, for it comes from Christ, God’s ever-living Message to men.” – 1 Peter 1:23TLB
Peter didn’t say “you’ll have a new life”, he said, “you have a new life!” This new life is not something still under construction, it is something you received at the new birth. It is the life of Christ based on Christ’s merit. Paul makes a remarkable statement in this regard
“I have been crucified with Christ: and I myself no longer live, but Christ lives in me. And the real life I now have within this body is a result of my trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20TLB
We are saved and saved FOREVER!
ONCE SAVED is FOREVER SAVED for anyone who has RECEIVED THE LIFE.
This is the word of the Lord.