Eternal Security

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I believe that once a person has accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord, they are saved and cannot loss their salvation; once saved always saved. The letter P in the five-point acronym TULIP that is associated with Calvinism stands for Perseverance of the Saints.[1] Perseverance of the Saints basically means that the saints will be persevered in their faith; none of the elect will be lost.[2]  The idea that I and all believers are persevered to the end is not rooted in our strength and character but is rooted in God’s omnipotent power and unwavering faithfulness. [3] Jesus says in John 10:27-29 that His sheep (Christians) hear his voice and He knows us; that none of His sleep (Christians) will be snatched out of either His or the Heavenly Father’s hands. I feel that John 10:27-29 gives us assurance of eternal salvation because no one (means outside sources or self) can remove us from God’s security. Since no one this side of heaven is completely mature in Christ (we will be complete in heaven); we will stumble on occasion but God is there is forgive us and restore us. Sin creates a blockage in our fellowship with Christ but it never causes us to lose our salvation. Once sin is confessed, the fellowship with God is restored completely. Some who believe in conditional security feel that general backsliding will cause a person to loss their salvation where others feel that a person can lose their salvation when they willfully sin or a person loses their salvation when they fall into serious apostasy (willfully denying Christ and deliberately spurning his blood).[4] These people tend to use 1 John 2:19 (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, so that it would be shown that they all are not of us.) to support their argument; however, since Christ’s blood has sealed us with an eternal seal this passage means that those who abandon the faith were not truly Christians. [5] The doctrine of eternal security teaches that all Christians are redeemed by Christ’s blood and cannot lose their salvation. John 10:27-29 supports this; the Father and the Son are well able to protect the sheep since they are greater than the enemies who would destroy them.[6]  The assurance of salvation allows a believer to know they are part of the family of God; it’s our position in the family. [7] There are three witnesses that help us to know where we stand. The first is Jesus Christ, who says if we believe in Him we have eternal life.[8] The second is the Holy Spirit, who bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.[9] And the third is the fruit of the new life or the works that accompany salvation.[10]

[1] Gregory A. Boyd & Paul R. Eddy, Across the Spectrum: Understanding issues in Evangelical Theology, (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2009), 184.

[2] Erwin Lutzer, The Doctrines That Divide: A Fresh Look at the Historic Doctrines That Separate Christians. (Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 1998), 188.

[3] Gregory A. Boyd & Paul R. Eddy, Across the Spectrum: Understanding issues in Evangelical Theology, (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2009), 185.

[4] Erwin Lutzer, The Doctrines That Divide: A Fresh Look at the Historic Doctrines That Separate Christians. (Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 1998),227.

[5] Gregory A. Boyd & Paul R. Eddy, Across the Spectrum: Understanding issues in Evangelical Theology, (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2009), 185.

[6] Erwin Lutzer, The Doctrines That Divide: A Fresh Look at the Historic Doctrines That Separate Christians. (Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 1998), 233.

[7] Ibid., 236.

[8] Ibid., 237

[9] Ibid., 238.

[10] Ibid.

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