(Part 3) Can A Christian Lose Their Salvation?

John 11:26

Everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die—ever. Do you believe this?”

Here Jesus was referring to the resurrection unto eternal life. He clearly states that anyone who has put their faith in Him will never taste death (Hades) but will live forever (eternal life) and Jesus is asking you the same question today, “Do you believe this?” In other words, do you believe that He can keep His promise of giving you eternal life, that which cannot be lost because of His promise (1 John 2:25) He will keep you from committing apostasy?

We can trust God’s promises

We see this promise of not dying spiritually or losing our salvation in Psalms 55:22 which says, “Cast your burden on the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.” The word shaken in this verse in Hebrew is Mot which means: to totter, shake or slip-Strong’s #4131. Whatever lot God has assigned or allowed for you to have, He will give you His strength to sustain you from falling away because of His promise to you He will never allow it. Peter also addressed of God’s power keeping us from falling away in 1 Peter 1:5 which says, “5 You are being protected by God’s power through faith for a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.”

An example of Jesus’ strength protecting you from being overwhelmed by the enemy is found in 2 Corinthians 12:9 which says, “But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me.” The word grace means favor or kindness which in the context refers to His power. Jesus is saying that even though it might seem to us that our faith is ebbing away, His grace (favor) will uphold us and through His power He will sustain our faith in Him. Through the ordeal that we are facing, Jesus will cause our faith to grow as seen in James 1:2-4 that says, “2 Consider it a great joy, my brothers, whenever you experience various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4 But endurance must do its complete work, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing.”

 John 17:15,24

15 I am not praying that You take them out of the world but that You protect them from the evil one.

24 Father, I desire those You have given Me to be with Me where I am. Then they will see My glory, which You have given Me because You loved Me before the world’s foundation.

Jesus prayed to the Father to keep and protect us from the evil one. We know that the devil’s purpose is to sift us like wheat by destroying our faith. Jesus not only prayed for the disciples put also for those who would in the future believe in the message of Christ which is found in John 17:20 and it says, “I pray not only for these, but also for those who believe in Me through their message.” The scripture gives us an example of what happens when Jesus prays that our faith won’t fail and it is seen in Luke 22:31-32 which says, “31 “Simon, Simon, look out! Satan has asked to sift you like wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And you, when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” Jesus’ prayer for us did not go unanswered by the Father so we can have great confidence that our faith will never fail when we get an attack from the enemy regardless in what form he does it in. 

1 John 4:4

You are from God, little children, and you have conquered them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

The “them” in this verse is referring to those who are trying to deceive you through a false gospel by denying faith in Jesus alone, denying Jesus as being God and denying the resurrection. No false gospel or anything for that matter will be able to conquer you because He who is in you is greater than those from the world (false teachers who are directed by demons). The ones who lose their salvation and got conquered by deception or the worries of life never had the Holy Spirit inside of them to begin with because if they did, they would still be followers of Jesus. 

Who is the liar but Satan who wants you to believe that Jesus doesn’t keep His promise of Eternal life to those who believe? Do not believe this my friends because if Jesus cannot keep His word, then what hope do we have when we die?

(Part 2) Can A Christian Lose Their Salvation?

The Holy Spirit dwells in every believer

Ephesians 1:13-14

13 When you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and when you believed in Him, you were also sealed with the promised Holy Spirit. 14 He is the down payment of our inheritance, for the redemption of the possession, to the praise of His glory.

Down payment in Greek is arrabón (ar-hrab-ohn’) is the regular term in NT times for “earnest-money,” i.e. advance-payment that guarantees the rest will be given. 728 (arrhabṓn) then represents full security backed by the purchaser who supplies sufficient proof they will fulfill the entire pledge (promise). Strong’s number 728

When a person believes in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, he is immediately given the Holy Spirit as a down payment, guaranteed by God Himself that the person will spend eternity with Jesus and never have a possibility of losing eternal life that is given to us by the Holy Spirit.

 Romans 8:16

16 The Spirit Himself testifies together with our spirit that we are God’s children

The Holy Spirit bears witness with our spirit (the inner man) that we are saved and have eternal life. The way we know that it is the Spirit of God is because the love of the truth which is found in scripture compels us to live and proclaim it to a world void of it. The Spirit of God drives us to live in the truth and love the things of God.

 Romans 8:1-2

Therefore, no condemnation now exists for those in Christ Jesus, 2 because the Spirit’s law of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.

The ones who are born again have been freed from the law of sin and of eternal separation (death) from God. Christians will not be condemned because we have passed from death to life through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us and keeps us safe by the power of God as seen in 1 Peter 1:3-5 that says, 3 Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. According to His great mercy, He has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead 4 and into an inheritance that is imperishable, uncorrupted, and unfading, kept in heaven for you. 5 You are being protected by God’s power through faith for a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.

The Greek word for power is dunamis (doo’-nam-is), meaning:  might, power, marvelous works.

Dunamis is where we get the English word for dynamite. A dynamite has great power and this power comes from God who has no limit. Who can go against such power and prevail by taking you away from saving faith in Jesus Christ, if He is the One who is holding your faith by His great and mighty power? Only a person who believes that God will not uphold His promise will think that God’s dunamis can be overpowered by a person or spiritual forces of evil in the heavens by stating that a Christian can lose their salvation.

1 Corinthians 11:32

But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world.

One of the ways we are kept from falling away or committing apostasy is by God disciplining us to stay in His will. This is seen by a human father who sees his son straying from his commands, the father will choose from a variety of punishments to ensure that his son starts to obey him once again. Discipline is a way to keep us safe from physical or spiritual harm. How many times has a child holding his father’s hand when crossing the streets wants to pull away from him? The father holds the child’s hand even tighter and even speaks with an angry voice to put fear so that the child would not let go of his father’s hand because unknown to the child he can be struck by a car and die.

Hebrews 12 deals with God disciplining us to keep us in obedience to His Word and only those who are truly His (born again) receives discipline but not illegitimate children, only those who have the Spirit of the Living God inside of them. If a person claims to be a Christian but never receives God’s discipline, he/she was never saved in the first place and is not a child of God.

 Hebrews 12:4-11

4 In struggling against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. 5 And you have forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons:
My son, do not take the Lord’s discipline lightly
or faint when you are reproved by Him,
6 for the Lord disciplines the one He loves
and punishes every son He receives.
7 Endure suffering as discipline: God is dealing with you as sons. For what son is there that a father does not discipline? 8 But if you are without discipline—which all receive—then you are illegitimate children and not sons. 9 Furthermore, we had natural fathers discipline us, and we respected them. Shouldn’t we submit even more to the Father of spirits and live? 10 For they disciplined us for a short time based on what seemed good to them, but He does it for our benefit, so that we can share His holiness. 11 No discipline seems enjoyable at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it yields the fruit of peace and righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

(Part 1) Can A Christian Lose Their Salvation?

What father will allow his child to be taken from his hands?

 John 10:28-30

28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish—ever! No one will snatch them out of My hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all. No one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. 30 The Father and I are one.”

The definition of eternal life is found in John 10:28 which states, “they will never perish.” The reason is given in verse 29, Jesus declares that all believers are safe in the hands of God the Father and no one is able to snatch them away from God, meaning to trick, convince to leave the truth, lure away through worldly lust and pleasures, trials, hardship and so forth. No human or fallen angel will have the strength to convince you to leave the Lord by any means.

Paul was convinced of this by the Holy Spirit, in Romans 8:33-39 it says,  33 Who can bring an accusation against God’s elect? God is the One who justifies. 34 Who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is the One who died, but even more, has been raised; He also is at the right hand of God and intercedes for us.
 35 Who can separate us from the love of Christ?
Can affliction or anguish or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written: Because of You we are being put to death all day long; we are counted as sheep to be slaughtered.
37 No, in all these things we are more than victorious
through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that not even death or life, angels or rulers, things present or things to come, hostile powers,
39 height or depth, or any other created thing will have the power to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord!

Here, some think that the phrase “love of God” in verse 39 is a general term that means God loves us all, believers and nonbelievers. That interpretation is incorrect in this context because it’s talking about Christians. According to Jude 1:21 which says, keep yourselves in the love of God, expecting the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ for eternal life.

“Keep yourselves” means to be obedient to the Word of God which a true believer who has the Holy Spirit will be kept in right standing with the Lord as seen in Jude 1:24 which says, 24 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, 25 to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, power, and authority before all time, now and forever. Amen. The phrase “love of God” refers to a person that’s born again. The word “expecting” here means that we can trust Jesus’ promises found in scripture that we can expect on the day of our death to be with Him forever.

The promises are found in these verses:

Titus 1:1-2

1 Paul, a slave of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to build up the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness, 2 in the hope of eternal life that God, who cannot lie, promised before time began.

1 John 2:25

And this is the promise that He Himself made to us: eternal life. (Clearly, it isn’t eternal if you can lose it)

John 6:37-40

37 Everyone the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will never cast out. 38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do My will, but the will of Him who sent Me. 39 This is the will of Him who sent Me: that I should lose none of those He has given Me but should raise them up on the last day. 40 For this is the will of My Father: that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”

Matthew 24:13

But he who endures to the end shall be saved.  

Who are the ones who endure to the end? The answer is found in Philippians 1:6 that says, ” I am sure of this, that He who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” The believers will endure to the end because they are empowered to do so by the Spirit of God who indwells them and keeps them safe.

 1 John 3:6,9

6 No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him.
9 No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him; and he cannot keep on sinning, because he has been born of God.

A person that’s truly born again is a changed man/woman and their desires are now for the will of God. How can a person revert back to something that they are not? It’s like vomiting and somehow you take delight in scooping that same vomit into your plate.

1 John 5:18

We know that everyone who has been born of God does not keep on sinning, but he who was born of God protects him, and the evil one does not touch him.

The reason we cannot abandon God is He has sealed us with the promise of His Spirit who will transform us into the image of Christ, keeping us from living a continuous sinful lifestyle and protecting us from falling away through the enticement of the evil one. The Holy Spirit lives in us to make sure we continue in the righteousness of God through various discipline and convictions to bring us to repentance.

1 John 2:19

19 They went out from us, but they did not belong to us; for if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us. However, they went out so that it might be made clear that none of them belongs to us.

Those who claimed to have been followers of Jesus Christ and yet apostatized were never saved in the first place as also seen in Matthew 7:22-23 which says, 22 On that day many will say to Me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in Your name, drive out demons in Your name, and do many miracles in Your name?’ 23 Then I will announce to them, ‘I never knew you! Depart from Me, you lawbreakers!’

As you can see Jesus never knew them, in other words, they never had a relationship with Jesus Christ, they were never saved as evident with fruits of unholiness. A person who claims to be a Christian but lives like the world without repenting is an unregenerated person and void of any evidence that the Spirit of God dwells in them.