Can a Believer Lose His/Her Salvation?
John 3:16 KJV – For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life
1 John 3:9 – No one born (begotten) of God [deliberately, knowingly, and habitually] practices sin, for God’s nature abides in him [His principle of life, the divine sperm, remains permanently within him]; and he cannot practice sinning because he is born (begotten) of God
1 John 3:10 – By this it is made clear who take their nature from God and are His children and who take their nature from the devil and are his children: no one who does not practice righteousness [who does not conform to God’s will in purpose, thought, and action] is of God; neither is anyone who does not love his brother (his fellow believer in Christ)
1 John 2:19 KJV – They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out , that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us
The concept of eternal salvation has been a topic of divide in the body of Christ. The fear of losing one’s salvation has been regularly exploited by evangelists hoping to lead many to Christ. The truth is if we look at scriptures carefully, we will all come to the conclusion that a believer cannot lose his salvation. John said “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.” Ephesians 1:13 tells us that after we believed, we were sealed with the Holy Spirit.
Jesus walked the earth and after His ascension, He gave us the Holy Spirit to be with us. So, every believer carries the Holy Spirit. One of the things He does is that every time we go astray, He reminds us that that’s not the way to go. Now, Jesus came to deal with the sin nature, he destroyed the sin nature that we may no longer be slaves to sin. A believer may fall (not will fall) and John says if he falls he has an advocate in heaven. Paul spoke of an inward war in him between his desire to do good and his flesh doing what he does not want to do. This is something a believer will go through at some point in his life, but thanks be to God that He is able to keep us standing strong and doing God’s will. Even if he falls, it’s not his nature and the Holy Spirit will remind him of that and that’s why 1 John 3 tells us that a child of God does not make a continuous practice of sin because it is not his nature.
No time in the bible has believer in Christ ever been used in the past tense. Hebrews 6 paints a picture of a believer falling so bad that nothing can be done for him again. We are not saved by works and do not sustain our salvation by works. Repentance in its basic form means to turn around. It’s not just saying the sinner’s prayer. It is a conviction in your heart that you need God. It starts in the heart. Many times people have said the prayer without first having a change in their heart. Maybe it was said out of fear of hell, or just to impress a friend or family or maybe to get it over with and be free from the preacher’s disturbance. So John tells us that such people may go out and if they eventually go out, it just means they were never part of us. They did all the religious things with us but their hearts were never with us for if they were one of us they would have continued with us. Going back to Hebrews 6, it’s very possible for a believer to exercise himself to ungodliness and this may cause such a person to have a reprobate mind. So the writer in Hebrew 6 says there is nothing that can be done for such a person, and such a person would live on the earth outside of God’s will, but I pray we never be that person. Eternal life is predicated on our belief in Jesus.
So, can a believer lose his salvation? No he can’t because Jesus whom he has believed and still believes has given him eternal life, and he will never perish, and no one will snatch him out of Jesus’s hand. Finally, Jesus said “And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day”, so do not be afraid, you have eternal life in you.
Dear Lord, I submit myself to You totally, help me to walk in You daily as I live that I may not stumble, Amen
Author – Andy