by Theodore Wright.
If you really want to be sure of your salvation you need to be able to reopen the question.
The Holy Bible clearly instructs us…
Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
– 2 Peter 1:10-11 (NKJV)
You trust that you have received the free gift of eternal life as a believer in Jesus Christ
but do you keep God’s commandments?
Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him.
– 1 John 2:3-6 (NKJV)
Perhaps now you are NOT so sure if you are sure about your salvation after reading these verses. If you habitually and unrepentantly continue in sin, then be sure that you should not be certain about your salvation. If you are now uncertain of your salvation, then you need to ask this question, “How can I be sure of my salvation?” The key to this is not to base your salvation upon false pretenses.
Do you believe you can’t lose your salvation? Have you never read this in the Bible?…
And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight—
There is a conditional “if” about salvation that exists. How many more such Bible verses do you need to see to prove this to you?
Stop ducking the issue. Deal with it. The Bible teaches this so do not avoid this with excuses.
Do you trust that it is impossible to fall away from the faith when the Bible says it is possible?
For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame. – Hebrews 6:4-6 (NKJV)
Do you believe you can lose your salvation? Have you never read this in the Bible?…
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. – Ephesians 1:3-6 (NKJV)
We are “predestined” by God. It is fixed and unchangeable. How many more such Bible verses do you need to see to prove this to you? Stop ducking the issue. Deal with it. The Bible teaches this so do not avoid this with excuses.
Do you trust that since it possible to fall way from the faith that God cannot keep you saved when the Bible says He can?
Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to God our Savior, who alone is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen.
– Jude 24-25 (NKJV)
The fact of the matter is that the Bible says neither that you CAN nor that you CAN’T lose your salvation.
It is called a “dichotomy” when two matters, seeming contradictory as these, are both true at the same time. It is not that we are simultaneously capable of both “losing” and “not losing” salvation. It is that salvation has both its conditional and unconditional characteristics. Certainly, the expression “Once saved, always saved” does not speak on the whole matter. Since the Bible does not literally use the words “can lose” or “can’t lose” regarding salvation, it is best not to use the terms since they lead to confusion and lobsiding the gospel.
A great majority of Christians, once told about this, are able to perceive this truth. However, those Christians who feel that they must be the “darlings” of their denomination will commonly only believe a hard-line stance from one camp or the other on this subject. They may, perhaps, be either Hyper-Calvinist or Hyper-Arminian. Polaric or extreme beliefs on such man-made doctrines does not constitute nor result in declaring the fullness of the Word of God. It is not a sin to be convicted on many (not saying all) Calvinist or Arminian doctrines since both are actually taught by the Holy Scriptures. However, denying what the word God speaks fully on these topics will result in error and may even lead to a false gospel.
The Calvinist–Arminian debate is not unresolvable. It is already resolved by the fullness of the Holy Scriptures. Molinism, an attempt to resolve the controversy is but merely and simply that. It does not recognize that someone’s salvation is already determined by God. The fact of the matter is that people cannot choose otherwise or resist God’s grace or condemnation established already in eternity. This is while it is also true, that in this lifetime, people have a free-will choice for either. God chooses us while we also choose Him.
The gospel of Jesus Christ was established long before John Calvin (1509-1564) and Jacobus Arminius (1560-1609). It even existed before the Roman Catholic Church denomination did, which came into existence in the late 4th century. Christ’s universal (or “catholic”) church, founded by Christ and the apostles which consists of all those who trust solely in Jesus Christ for the free gift of eternal life, did not teach these later invented doctrines. They were developed subsequently over time.
Do you say it cannot be both ways? The Scriptures that Calvinists and Arminianists quote are ALL in the Holy Bible. The Bible speaks on both the Heavenly and Earthly perspectives regarding salvation. The eternal and temporal perspectives are discussed regarding the free gift of eternal life which is received by trusting faith in Jesus Christ.
A prerequisite to salvation is neither believing that you can or can’t lose your salvation. Salvation is based upon whether you have placed your trusting faith solely through Jesus.
“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved,” – Acts 16:31b (NKJV)
Salvation is by trusting faith in God solely through His Son Jesus Christ. It is not as though someone else can save you such as yourself through your works (such as baptism or acts of charity), or someone else through their works, nor through Church saints, nor through any church denomination (whether or not they call themselves one) nor yet by paying money to a church denomination. If salvation was also through another then someone else would be your Savior and Jesus a mere Co-Savior. What blasphemy!
Keeping the commandments of God is the result of saving faith in Jesus Christ.
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. – Ephesians 2:8-10 (NKJV)
Is it possible to reject the salvation you originally accepted?
From an heavenly eternal persective, salvation is unchangable. It has been set already who is going to forever enjoy the bliss of Heaven or to eternally be tormented in the Lake of Fire. However, from an earthly temporal perspective, we have a choice in this lifetime whether or not we are going to continue in the faith in Jesus Christ to be saved.
Holy Scripture has made clear that a “tasting” or “testing” faith does not guarantee salvation.
Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear. – Isaiah 59:1-2 (NIV)
We are saved by a true faith in Jesus Christ, which is an abiding one. Therefore…
provided that you possess abiding faith
solely in God’s Son Jesus Christ.
If your faith in Jesus Christ is an abiding one, then it is not one you will reject later otherwise it would not be an abiding faith.
“Eternal Security” has both its conditional and unconditional aspects. Still, once you receive Jesus as your Savior by trusting faith,
it does not show you as saved by continuing in sin nor does it show you as saved by attempting to earn or work for salvation.
Trusting faith in none other than God through His Son Jesus Christ is the only way to be saved. We are not saved by your denomination’s, nor any other denomination’s, theology. Trusting in man-made inventions about God’s word may deceive you. Rather, trust the testimony of God given through His own Holy Word, the Holy Bible.
This is the LORD, we trusted in him; let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.”
– Isaiah 25:9 (NIV)