Would The Holy Spirit Leave You If You Continue To Sin?

A true Christian will not live a lifestyle of sin continuously according to 1 John 3:6, 9 which says, 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.

Basically, what those two verses mean is that a person with the Holy Spirit will repent and stop doing what displeases God. It does not mean that a Christian will never sin again because we are still in our sinful body but, we will always repent and try not to sin again.

A person who claims to have the Holy Spirit and continues to live a life of sin without ever repenting, that person was never saved in the first place and does not have God’s Spirit living inside of them.

Jesus said that those who believe in Him will receive the Holy Spirit and He will never leave them but, will be with them forever.

John 14:15-17

15 “If you love me, you will keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever. 17 He is the Spirit of truth. The world is unable to receive him because it doesn’t see him or know him. But you do know him, because he remains with you and will be in you.

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(Part 4) Can A Christian Lose Their Salvation?

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Ephesians 1:14

“The Holy Spirit is the down payment on our inheritance, which is applied toward our redemption as God’s own people, resulting in the honor of God’s glory.”

Without the Holy Spirit, there is no salvation let alone the possibility of staying in the faith but would eventually fall away from the truth.

In Genesis 1-2, Adam and Eve were created in perfection (without sin) but in that state couldn’t achieve true perfection (Genesis 3) because they were living sinlessly apart from the indwelling Spirit of God. God was trying to show through the first man that without God living in us we will not stand a chance.

Let us take a look more in depth: Man was brought forth without sin and God gave them (Adam & Eve) 1 command to obey, folks just 1. Satan was allowed to tempt them to see if they would obey the Word of the Lord or sin against the Lord. Even in their perfection (without sin) they couldn’t hold on to it, why? Because apart from God we can do nothing but through God who lives in us we can do all things (1 John 4:4 & Philippians 4:13). Getting back to Adam, Satan deceived Eve but according to 1 Timothy 2:14, Adam knew full well that eating the fruit was sinful in the eyes of God and in their perfect state ate the forbidden fruit anyways having that full knowledge, in Adam’s case, right after they ate it, spiritual death occurred first with physical death occurring slowly.

What a great and awesome God we have that He planned from the beginning to give us His Spirit so that we may not repeat what Adam and Eve did.

What am I trying to say with Adam and Eve is that if one believes that we can lose our salvation then indirectly one is saying that it is up to us to hold the gift of eternal life and by the example of Adam and Eve who couldn’t keep themselves from sinning in a sinless state then holding to our salvation by our strength would be impossible for us to achieve today. If it were up to us to hold to eternal life we could not do it, no one would go to heaven plus it would turn the gift of God through Christ into a work salvation because one would get into heaven because he worked hard in keeping it. Denying Jesus the glory due to Him for giving us eternal life if it’s up to us to determine if we end up in heaven.

When a true Christian sin against the Lord and falls what happens? God goes into action and brings him back. I will show you some illustrations of this truth below.

Psalms 32:3-5

3 When I kept silent, my bones became brittle
from my groaning all day long.
4 For day and night Your hand was heavy on me;
my strength was drained
as in the summer’s heat. Selah
5 Then I acknowledged my sin to You
and did not conceal my iniquity.
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”
and You took away the guilt of my sin. Selah

We see in the Psalms above that God would not leave David alone until he would repent. God put a heavy burden in his heart that even affected him physically until he would turn from his sinful way and repent to get in right standing with the Lord. That’s how the Holy Spirit works, He will burden you until you repent and get right with God.

We also see this protection for the saints in Hebrews…see below.

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.

In verse 11 God’s discipline will not only bring back a Christian from backsliding put will strengthen his/her faith to produce fruits because they would have learned through Christ discipline a strong lesson. We see this with Peter 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.”

Peter denied knowing Jesus Christ and after the third time of Peter’s denial he was heavily convicted by the Holy Spirit and he wept and repented. Jesus prayed to the Father to keep Peter’s faith from failing meaning keeping Peter from abandoning the Lord completely. Now, the question is did Jesus only prayed for Peter and does that include all believers? The answer in found in John 17

John 17:9-12, 20

9 I pray for them. I am not praying for the world but for those You have given Me, because they are Yours. 10 Everything I have is Yours, and everything You have is Mine, and I have been glorified in them. 11 I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to You. Holy Father, protect them by Your name that You have given Me, so that they may be one as We are one. 12 While I was with them, I was protecting them by Your name that You have given Me. I guarded them and not one of them is lost, except the son of destruction, so that the Scripture may be fulfilled.
20 I pray not only for these, but also for those who believe in Me through their message.

Jesus prayed for all Christians that our faith in Christ may not fail and we see through Peter what happens when our faith gets hit, we bounce back up not because we are strong but because our strength comes from the Lord.

(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?

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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?