Security in Eternal Life
[Preached at Community Bible Chapel.  Hico, Texas]

The doctrine of perseverance of the saints or eternal security means nothing to those who have not received Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. To argue over whether one can lose salvation or not is a useless subject for one who is lost and on his way to an eternal Hell.

The thing that is necessary is for one to become a Christian. There is only one way to become a Christian and that is by Christ’s shed blood. Being born in a so-called "Christian" nation, or being born into a family which is a member of a church which may call itself Christian, or submitting to some ritual does not make a true child of God--a Christian. One must be born again by the Spirit of God. He must have his sins covered--washed in the blood of the Lamb. A person has to realize that he is a sinner and that he deserves to go to Hell. When, and only when, a person understands and accepts this fact will he come to Jesus and ask forgiveness for his sins. God’s promise to those who come to Him is put very simply.

John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

We must make sure that we have eternal life.
2 Cor 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

In our present-day evangelism, men are urged to be saved before they know they are lost, to believe without being convicted of their need. The fruit is picked before it is ripe, and the work is sure to be destroyed. The Holy Spirit must convict of sin before men can believe. This "accepting Christ" theory without conviction is not the new-birth. It isn’t a born again experience.

Those who say that a Christian can lose his salvation are making excuses to account for the many professing Christians who show no signs of salvation. But Jesus, says of them.

Matt 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I "never" knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

A true Christian cannot lose his salvation because the Bible says that he cannot. A true Christian is kept by the power of God

1 Pet 1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

God keeps His promises. This knowledge is a great encouragement to holy living and a comfort to the child of God who is simply trusting Jesus to keep His promise. With the apostle Paul the TRUE Christian can say with confidence:

2 Tim 1:12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.

The terms eternal and everlasting mean the same thing. John 3:16; Romans 6:23; Titus 3:7 and John 6:40 mention this everlasting life. All of these verses make it clear that the very meaning of everlasting is that once a person has this new life, that it is his FOREVER. A person can KNOW that he has everlasting life.

I John 5:10-13 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

The Christian has a home with the Lord the very second that he accepts Christ as his personal Savior, and this will never be taken away from him, and he can never lose it.

HOW CAN WE KNOW THAT WE ARE SAVED?
I Jn 2:3-5 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.

We can know that we are in Him (that is in Christ) and we know we are SAVED. If we keep His commandments

II John 1:6 And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.

We are to have love. What kind of love? This kind of love. That we walk (we keep) after his commandments

I Jn 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous

We are to love God. How can we know that we love God as He wants us to love Him? We keep his commandments

I Jn 5:2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.

We are to love the other believers. How can we know that we love them enough?

When we love God, and keep his commandments.-- And remember-we know that we love God by keeping His commandments

John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.

WHAT COMMANDMENTS ARE WE TO KEEP?
Matt 22:36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

Matt 22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

Matt 22:38 This is the first and great commandment.

You say--All Right! THIS ONE--But wait

Matt 22:39 And the "second" is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

Matt 22:40 On these "two" commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

If we keep these two, we will keep them ALL.

When was the last time we stole from ourselves, or cheated ourselves, or murdered ourselves? When was the last time we hated ourselves, or were jealous of ourselves, or told untruths about ourselves? Ect GET THE PICTURE

If we love God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. How can we sin against Him. Remember—loving God is keeping His commandments.

If we love our neighbor (all others) as we love ourselves, how can we sin against them? We go back to this again

I Jn 5:2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.

But hey—the Bible teaches no man can keep the commandments perfectly. That’s where Christ comes in.

Acts 20:21 Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

We are to believe (have faith) in what Christ did FOR US. How can that save us when we are to keep God’s commandments?

THIS IS HOW.
Christ paid the penalty for sins already committed under the law, for believers of the gospel of Christ, the power of God unto salvation.

Rom 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

NOW—after we are saved we are taken out from under the law, and put under God’s saving grace, because of this faith.

Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

NOW—the penalty for PAST sins has been paid for us by Jesus Christ, and now that we are no longer under the law we cannot sin anymore according to God. YES, our body of flesh sins sometimes, but not our soul or spirit. This body of flesh will one day be FOREVER DESTROYED, but our souls will live in a new body one day.

1 Cor 15:52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

I Jn 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

You see, Jesus kept the law perfectly. He knew no sin.

2 Cor 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

When we are saved we are "born again" and this time we are born into the Body of Christ. We become members of His Body.

1 Cor 12:27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

NOW—since it is impossible for Christ to sin, and we are members of HIS BODY, how can we sin? Does our foot or arm sin while the rest of us does not? Impossible.

If we could ever lose our salvation Christ would have to sever (cut off) a part of his body each time we sinned in this body of flesh.

But you see-we do not sin IN SPIRIT. Our soul is MADE RIGHTEOUS. So we keep God’s commandments in the spirit, BUT He wants us to TRY and keep them in the flesh too. At this WE ALL fail. Some more miserably than others.

I Jn 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

When we sin do we "feel bad’? Do we know it is wrong and a sin? Does our conscience (soul) bother us? Do we resolve to never do that again? (repent) Do we sin as often as we did before salvation? Are the more grievous sins a thing of the past? If our flesh takes pleasure in sin, what does our conscience say about it? Does it too take pleasure in sin, or does it hate the sin. Does our soul war (battle-fight- oppose) against the flesh (body of flesh)

MORE ON ETERNAL SALVATION
When a person becomes a Christian he becomes a child of God, that is, he is born into God’s family. A few places where the Christian is referred to as being in God are: Galatians 3:26; Romans 8:14, 17 and Acts 9:26. I was born into the Neckar family a little over 61 years ago. The Bible makes it clear that this is a good comparison. There is no way in this world that I can ever lose that relationship. I could have amnesia and forget that I ever was a Neckar, or I could change my name in the courts of the land and call myself by some other name, or I could do terrible things and hurt the Neckar name, but I am still a Neckar. It is the same with God’s family. The Bible history of the saints such as Moses, Abraham and David show the truth of this point. Peter denied and even cursed that he ever knew Christ, but he never lost his salvation. He repented of his evil and God forgave it. The carnal-minded Christians at Corinth never lost their salvation even though they had let their church get in a very bad state of moral decay [see 1 and 2 Corinthians]. Some Christians lose their rewards because of sin [1Co 3:12-15] and others even have their lives cut short because of sin, however, they are still Christians [1Co 11:29-32].

1 Cor 11:29-30 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. (die)

Acts 5:3-6 But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God. And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things. And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him.

"The believer who receives Jesus as Lord in all sincerity and truth will never go back into the practice of sin, will never trample on the Son of God [Heb 10:29] he will never willingly grieve the Holy Spirit. Anyone who can bring himself around to that kind of ungodliness and contempt toward the Savior never gave his heart to Him in the first place"

The following verses of Scripture back up and enforce the above statement.

John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

This verse cannot make it any plainer but that anyone who is truly saved will not come into condemnation. In other words it is impossible for anyone to lose his salvation.

Isa 56:5 Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off.

John 10:28-29 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.

This last verse says that no Christian will ever perish, and that they cannot be plucked out of His hand. What else can I say?

John 17:12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.

The son of perdition refers to Judas Iscariot, who was never a true Christian, or real possessor of salvation.

The next three verses give examples of things that are not able to separate us from God. Therefore if these big things cannot separate us, the belief is that nothing can.

Rom 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

Rom 8:38-39 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Finally the Bible states that you are not your own, and that you are bought with a price. This very clearly shows that once we become a Christian we have no "free will" to decide to leave God, because we are God’s slaves. God owns us. Just as the Negroes were slaves in the old South, we are God’s slaves to do what He bids. When the word "doulos" is used in the New Testament and is simply translated "servant," such as in Philippians 1:1, the definition is "bond servant or slave". The above verses could not make it any clearer, but that a true Christian cannot lose his salvation. He has everlasting life.

ETERNAL SECURITY
Many object to the Bible doctrine of perseverance of the saints. We will now look at some of their most common arguments against eternal security. One of the most common is, "But Judas lost his salvation when a demon entered him just before he betrayed Christ." This is not what the Bible says at all. A closer examination of the Scriptures makes it very clear that, although Judas was one of Christ’s chosen disciples, he was never a Christian–never a true believer. Two passages which bear out this fact are: John 6:64-71 and 12:4-6. Verse 64 of John 6 very plainly says that one of the disciples was not a believer even from the beginning.

John 6:64 But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him.

Verses 70 and 71 names Judas as the one who did not believe from the beginning.

John 6:70-71 Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil? He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve.

John 12:4-6 Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, which should betray him, Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor? This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.

If anyone can call Judas a Christian after reading these verses he is not willing to accept the plain statements of the Scriptures. Judas never was a believer–a true Christian.

John 17:12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.

The son of perdition refers to Judas Iscariot, who was never a true Christian, or real possessor of salvation.

Jesus Christ never lost "one of His" yet and He never will. I BET MY LIFE ON THIS.