A great matter of debate among Christians around the planet today is situated on the “eternal security” of the believer. Many people hold the belief that once a person is saved, they are always secured in Christ, and consequently will stay saved from that point onward. Other people say that someone can be saved for a period of time but then “fall away” because of any number of things such as particular sins or lack of faith. The Bible is quite clear in teaching that a human being who is saved by God will be kept saved by God.
The controlling reason that people are led to think that you can be saved and then lost again is that they place all of the choice and effort in the matter of salvation in the hands of the person, rather than in the hands of God the Savior. When we understand that we do not save ourselves and that it takes a special work of God to save us, we can then understand that the God who saved us will make sure to keep us saved. As Philipians chapter 1 verse 6 says: “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Once God has started a special work in us, he will make sure to complete it.
We have to be careful, after all, to know that not everyone who claims to be saved truly is saved. There are in reality innumerable millions of human beings who profess to have faith in Jesus Christ and attend church each week but are not saved. We can look around and see many human beings who have attended church year after year, only to “fall away” in the end. Does this mean that they were saved and later not? Surely not. The Bible tells us in 1 John chapter 2 verse 19 that “They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us. ”
This verse could not make it any more clear that if you truly are saved that you will endure on in Christ. Those that seem to “fall away” are only making it apparent that they were never in Christ to begin with. Some people abuse the concept of “Once saved always saved” by using it as an excuse to keep on sinning and living like the world. This makes a complete mockery of the Gospel. Those people who are saved will bear good fruit. The Bible tells us “You will know them by their fruit.” Therefore a person who says that they are saved and does not bear good fruit is a liar and the truth is not with them.
In John chapter 6 verse 37 Jesus states: “All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.” Not only does God save us, but he tells us that he will never drive us away from Himself. Jesus also says in John chapter 10 that “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.” The Bible is absolute in its doctrine that a truly saved human being is always secure in Christ.
With the concept of eternal security in mind the question to be asking is not: “Is it true?” But rather: “Am I really Saved?” The catch lies in whether or not a person is truly saved, or simply making faithless professions. If a human being is truly saved, it will be validated by the “fruit” that they bear. Those who seemed to be saved but later “fell away” were not actually saved to start with. For if they had been actually saved, they would not at any time have fallen away.
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