1 John 5:13 “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.”
One of the greatest truths that grip my soul is the biblical truth of eternal security. When I read this today, my heart rejoiced in the fact that I am God’s child, and there is absolutely NOTHING that can change that.
This confidence is not something I have worked up in myself. It has been given to me by God. It has also confirmed in the witness of the Holy Spirit within me.
1 John 5:10 “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.”
Salvation is solely a matter of faith. You cannot add to, nor take away anything from this simple truth. Should God have made His sonship to us conditional, much of the Word of God would have to be changed to accommodate. Should it be dependent upon our behavior and not His eternal promise, we would not have as mighty a Savior as we once thought.
His promise of ‘eternal’ and ‘forever’ would be dependent on our ability to keep what we are given, thus changing the very meaning of the word.
I am born of God, not by any power, will, or desire of my own.
John 1:12-13 “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: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”
I became a child of God because I received, by faith, the forgiveness of sins offered to me.
Colossians 1:14 “In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:”
His promise of salvation was eternal life through Jesus.
John 3:16 “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.”
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 salvation is the gift of eternal life through Jesus alone.
Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Our enemy, Satan, would have us to believe that we could lose the very thing God promises to be eternal. His attack comes when we fall or fail. His accusations are directed at our character.
“How could someone who is ‘saved’ do what you did, or say what you said?”
“Why would God want to be around someone who thinks the thoughts you just thought?”
“You are unworthy of such holiness, righteousness, and love.”
He plays on our guilt and shame.
God has given us the opportunity and ability to come for a cleansing.
1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Some would be used by the devil to cast a shadow on this truth of eternal security. They mishandle the scriptures like this one:
Hebrews 6:4-6 “For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.”
The true interpretation of this passage would place the burden of proof on the fact of what constitutes salvation – the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It was pictured in the application of blood at the first Passover and revealed when Christ used His blood at the mercy seat in Heaven — now offered as a gift to all who will receive it.
To lose that which God gave and gain it once again would mean that Jesus would need to be crucified over and over again every time we fell away.
Verse 6 in Hebrews 6 says, “If they should fall away…” meaning to fall from being saved. The writer of Hebrews exposes the absurdity of it.
“seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.”
To consider this as truth is to put the promise of God in question. To base doctrine on this fallacy is deceive others and put yourself in league with the devil himself.
Having faith enough to believe God and trust His Word will bring the security for which our soul longs. It is a personal confidence that God gives to each of His children once they trust Him as Savior. His power, promise, protection, and presence are all there for us who are saved.
I am saved by God and kept by Him. My prayer is that you have this same confidence.