Today in church – during a class session the question was raised about eternal security. – It seems that many were unwilling to chat about the topic – and it made me wonder if they actually were secure or not…
In Jude 24 we read
To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy– to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.
So if it is God’s power that is able to keep us from falling – and to present us before the Father’s glorious presence – we must conclude that our Eternal security is a result of God keeping us – not us maintaining our own salvation… If it were a maintenance of any sort – then this cheapens the cross !
The argument was raised about the sin of all sins – I suggested that we go to the Bible and read in context where this come from… (John 10:25—(vs28)–and on)
Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me.
26But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.
27My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
28And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
29My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.
30I and my Father are one.
31Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.
32Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?
33The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.
34Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?
35If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken;
36Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?
37If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not.
38But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.
The text clearly shows a few things – first that once we are sealed to Christ – The Father keeps us in the palm of his hand and no one (i would say we are part of that no one) can remove us. This is a promise – “they shall never perish” Who could possibly separate us from the grip of both the Father and the Son?
Jesus tells us that he gives eternal life to the sheep, the Christians. He clearly and definitely states that they shall never perish. There is no qualifier here. There is no statement such as, “they shall never perish if they remain faithful.” There is only the clear declaration that they shall never perish. This inability to perish is a result of the Lord Jesus giving them eternal life.
In Ephesians 4 (Ephesians 4:30) we are told that believers are “Sealed for the day of redemption.” Is there an act of unsealing that I am unaware of ? Is there a method of unsealing described in the bible? How can Eternal life – as described in John 3:15-16 be eternal if it has the ability to be taken away. The Greek word aionios is translated both as eternal and everlasting in the New Testament. If you fight Eternal Security – and state that this is not true – then the promise of Aionios life – Eternal life is a lie – and therefore the entire basis of the Bible is – … A lie. This promise of Eternal life in the Bible is not an error.
The most powerful argument for eternal security is Romans 8:38-39, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Our eternal security is based on God’s love for those whom He has redeemed. Our eternal security is purchased by Christ, promised by the Father, and sealed by the Holy Spirit.
Again I ask – how can this seal be broken?
Once a person comes to Christ, they cannot loose his salvation (John 10:26-30). They are eternally saved and will go to heaven when they die. It is not possible for him to be lost. This is a big problem for the Arminian view of freedom. If it is not possible for a person to loose his salvation, then there are two options:
1. It is possible for the believer to later on reject Christ and reject eternal life, but God will still take him to heaven when he dies even though he has rejected it.
2. It is not possible for a believer to ever reject Christ and eternal life once he is saved.
Under option one, clearly the person’s will is violated. For the person would be rejecting Christ but God would be taking him to heaven anyway. He would be saving the person against his will. This would obviously be inconsistent with both the Arminian view of freedom and the Bible.
So we must conclude that a true Christian will never utterly reject Christ and heaven. However – if it is not possible for a person to reject Christ, then the person cannot do other than continue believing. This is another problem for the Arminian view – - on the Arminian view, the minute that you cannot do otherwise, you are not free. Thus, eternal security is inconsistent with the Arminian view of freedom.
For those who do not believe in eternal security, I ask this simple question: In heaven we will no longer sin or reject Christ. So, it is not possible for a saint in heaven to reject God. This leads to the same dilemna as eternal security – does it not?
If God prepares a persons heart and gives them a desire for Christ that is greater than their desire to remain in sin, the person will most certainly come–and will come freely. A Christian – is changed from within, being made a new creature (2 Cor. 5:17). If the old passes away and we become new – new In Christ as a New Creature – then we are a secure in our faith.
1 John 2:4 says, “The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” Those who declare that they are eternally secure and then go out and sin on purpose in any manner they so choose are probably not saved to begin with since this is contradictory to what Scripture teaches. Many use this verse to fight the doctrine of Eternal Security – i argue that if your sinning and planning on Sin – than perhaps God is not in you and you are not a New Creature – moving on we read… (in context)
1 John 2:19. It says, “They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, in order that it might be shown that they all are not of us.”
The context is as follows. In 1:1-4, John speaks about the manifestation of Christ in the world. In 1:5-10 he speaks about God being light and the forgiveness of our sins. In 2:1-6 John says he writes so that we will not sin, that Christ is the propitiation for our sins, and that we are to keep his commandments so as to demonstrate that we are walking in him. 2:7-11 is where John writes about a new commandment about loving your brother and walking in the light rather than darkness. In 2:12-14 tells us that our sins are forgiven, that we have overcome the evil one. In 2:15-17 John tells us not to love the world and that the world is passing away with its lusts. In 2:18-24 he writes about the Antichrist and those who deny the Son. In 2:25 he speaks of the promise of eternal life, of loving one another, etc. John declares that if these people had been “of us, they would have remained.” Antichrists aren’t going to remain, only the true believers will.