Eternal Security 101

Can you lose eternal life that Jesus gave you after being born again?

27 My sheep listen to My voice; I know them, and they follow Me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them out of My hand. 29 My Father who has given them to Me is greater than all. No one can snatch them out of My Father’s hand. -John 10:27-29 BSB

After being cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ, can you revert back to a lifestyle of sin?

6 No one who remains in Him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has seen Him or known Him.
9 Anyone born of God refuses to practice sin, because God’s seed abides in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God.
-1 John 3:6, 9 BSB

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If Jesus Gives You Eternal Life, Can You Lose It?

I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them out of My hand. -John 10:28 BSB

The word “eternal” simply means unending. If Jesus promises a life that never ends to one who puts his trust in Him, how in the world can something unending end?

Let’s say you have a pen that its ink never runs out, what then can you do to make it stop producing ink? There is nothing you can do since its ink is not being produced by you. The same goes with eternal life. After conversion, a person’s spirit can’t stop being eternal because the person did nothing to make it that way. It is God who gives us eternal life through faith in Christ.

Pay attention to this. Those who say that you can lose eternal life are indirectly saying that the word “eternal” doesn’t mean eternal because it could stop being eternal. So, we can’t even trust Jesus’ words, according to most Pentecostals, Catholics, and other denominations that assert this. 

in the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began. -Titus 1:2 BSB

Anyone who says that you can lose your salvation is calling God a liar. Let’s go back to John 10:28 and see what Jesus meant by eternal life. 

“I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them out of My hand.”

John 10:28 clearly defines the word“eternal,” which means “will never perish.” Then how can you perish? My Pentecostal friends say that you can decide to leave Jesus and return to the life you once had of sin. Is that true? John 10:28 destroys that false teaching, but let’s look at another passage that will clarify why one cannot revert to a sinful lifestyle. Before I show the verse, I would like to add one of their arguments that they think that people like myself who believe we can’t lose our salvation that we teach that one can sin all they want and still go to heaven. That is completely untrue. No born-again Christian who believes in eternal security adheres to such nonsense. I brought up their argument because the passage I want to show will answer that. 

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away. Behold, the new has come! -2 Corinthians 5:17 BSB

The spirit of a person before coming to faith in Jesus was full of sin. The moment a person gets saved, the old self dies (passed away), and a brand new spirit (a new creation) is born, meaning all of his sins have been forgiven. If you are a new person and the old is gone, how can you revert to the person that has died? That part of your life that died cannot exist any longer. You won’t leave Jesus because you have become a new person inside through the indwelling Holy Spirit. Your desires have changed, and now your focus is to please the Lord Jesus Christ through His Word.

Friends, don’t just take what others say, including me—look at the Scriptures and see if what we say aligns with God’s Word.

I’m under the authority of Holy Scripture, not above it, and that’s what directs my life and tells me how to do the Lord’s will.

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The Lord Will Keep You From Stumbling And Falling Away

Now to Him who is able to protect you from stumbling and to make you stand in the presence of His glory, blameless and with great joy

Jude 1:24 HCSB

The word “stumbling” means that a person who professes to follow Jesus stumbles and falls, keeping the person from doing God’s will. In other words, it halts the individual from continuing to obey the Scriptures. All Christians without exception stumble at times and then get back up with the power of the Holy Spirit. But in this passage, the word is much stronger. It suggests that one can permanently fall away from the truth. That is what the Lord keeps from happening to those who have the Holy Spirit.

A Christian’s security is not based on their strength, but it is based on Jesus’ strength. He will keep you “standing,” which means that Jesus will keep you from leaving Him permanently. He does this by convicting you of sin so that when you fall into it, you will repent.

The Holy Spirit is our anchor who keeps us secure in Christ. Some enjoy Jesus and the Bible but haven’t yet, for whatever reason, committed themselves to Jesus Christ. These are the ones who are in danger of apostatizing, abandoning their faith in Jesus Christ.

The word “blameless” means to be guiltless or innocent in the presence of God. That is only possible through faith in Jesus Christ. Two things happen when we believe in Jesus. We give Jesus our sins, and He gives us His righteousness, which means that God the Father will see us like if we lived Jesus’s life on earth. 

The blood of Christ covers us from death, having God’s wrath from being poured out upon us. We deserve punishment for our sins, so what Jesus did was that He took our sins and received God’s wrath on the cross. The only way to receive forgiveness of sins is to accept what Jesus did for you and desire to live for Him.