Responding to a question posited on Facebook:
The Security of the Believer in Jesus Christ?
By Rickey D. Holtsclaw, 26 September 2017
I do believe that if one is “truly” saved and born of the Spirit they are eternally saved/secure in the promises of our Lord Jesus Christ. Please permit me to explain…
We see far too many supposed Christians turn away from the faith and seek a life of perversion, lust, greed, covetousness, in the World. A relevant question must be asked, “Were these individuals ever truly saved?” I don’t believe so. Why?
Our Lord has clearly told us that when one is “born again” all things become new and the old life has passed away (2 Corinth. 5:17). Our Lord has also told us that the true believer who has humbled himself/herself, repented and sought forgiveness through our Lord Jesus Christ cannot be snatched out of our Lord’s hand – we are His for Eternity (John 10:28-30).
Jesus warns that there will be those in the day of judgment who will claim to have known Him and to have done many wonderful works in His Name, but our Lord will emphatically tell them to go away for He never knew them (Matthew 7:21-23).
Finally, I believe if a “born again” believer does begin to compromise with the World of sin and death, there is what is called “a sin unto death” (1 John 5:16) and I believe that our Lord, in His mercy, will simply take His child out of this World in lieu of watching His beloved child destroyed by the Evil One.
Clarification: Though an individual is “born again” by the Spirit of God, this does not suggest said individual is immune from the sin nature inherited from our father Adam (Romans 7:14-21). Though one is “born again,” that person must continue to struggle with the Evil One’s temptations and the lust of the World, but we are more than conquerors through our Lord who died to set us free from sin and death (Romans 8:37) – Greater and more powerful is the Spirit of God within us than the temptations of the World and the god of this World – Satan (1 John 4:4) (more on this subject of sin and the believer in a moment…)
In summation, I am a proponent of the “Once saved – Always saved” ideology, but I clarify that with this statement, “Only those who are born of the Spirit subsequent to truly entering into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ are actually saved” (1 Corinthians 12:3).
If one is “truly” a child of God, there is no doubt or question about the authenticity of that salvation for the inner-being of that individual is, for eternity, transformed by the Spirit into a new creation that abhors the World, sin and desperately seeks to honor the Lord Jesus Christ; therefore, any compromise with sin brings immediate sorrow, guilt, depression, loathsomeness, for sin destroys intimacy with our Lord. When a believer sins – makes a mistake, fails to honor the Lord and compromises with the sin nature, that sin does not destroy the promise of God that we are His and nothing will snatch us out of His hand; therefore, when we do sin we immediately ask our Lord for forgiveness of our transgressions, not to reestablish our salvation, but to reestablish the intimacy and joy of our personal relationship with our Lord – for the true child of the Living God knows personally that there is no greater JOY and PEACE than that which comes from walking intimately with Jesus Christ minute-by-minute, hour-by-hour, day-by-day.
Believing that one can lose their salvation relegates the child of God into a life of bondage to fear, worry, fret, which is the antithesis of what our Lord has promised in that Jesus has told us that we are to come to Him and that He would give us Peace – Rest – we have assurance in Jesus Christ our Lord (Matthew 11:28). We are free from the Law of sin and death and it is the death/sacrifice of our Lord that made this freedom possible; therefore, we are free from bondage and fear (Romans 8:2).
In conclusion, let’s consider this scenario. If it is possible for a born-again Christian to lose their salvation, how does that Christian know if they are actually saved? The possibility of losing one’s salvation as a result of our sinful nature leaves the Christian in a state of worry for they never know from one minute to the next if they’ve committed a sin that, if they were to die or fail to ask forgiveness, would relegate them to Hades and ultimately Hell. The doctrine of losing one’s salvation is the anthesis of the peace and joy afforded us by Jesus Christ who fulfilled the arduous Levitical Law and established the Law of Grace through faith…the “work” the “fear” the “burdens” have all been paid by Messiah – if one is “truly” saved, NOTHING in this wicked, lost, dying, futile, World will ever snatch the Christian from the bosom of our Loving God, Jesus Christ…NOTHING; therefore, relax, enjoy your Sabbath rest provided by our beautiful Lord and seek to please Him in all that you do!
If interested, I discuss this concept of Salvation in my recent article titled, “Faith-Repentance and Faux Christianity” https://rickeyholtsclaw.com/2017/09/05/faith-repentance-faux-christianity/
Rickey D. Holtsclaw