Can a person ‘lose’ their salvation?
Many people have taught that a person can “lose” his/her salvation. If people don’t do the right things, go the right places, and so forth, then they won’t be saved.
I agree that there are some fruits of the spirit that Christians will begin to show–not always right away–because they ARE saved. But to lose their salvation?
How big is what Jesus did for you? What He did for me was huge. Enormous. So big that it’s impossible to ‘lose’. I could reject it, perhaps, but if I am really saved, would I? And still, again, how could I lose something that big? I’ve lost my keys… I’ve even lost my car a couple of times amongst all the others in the parking lot. But those are so small in comparison. For me, to ‘lose’ my salvation would be akin to someone ‘losing’ the Empire State Building or the Great Wall of China. A person could get lost and miss it (though if they’d stop and ask for directions that might be a bit difficult, too), but they couldn’t ‘lose’ it. It’s too big to be lost.
How does salvation work, anyway? Is some poor angel trying to keep a score board in Heaven? Saved: IIIIIIII Lost IIIIIII… Oops! Another tally for lost. Nope, saved. Nah, lost again! Aha! Sav–los–save–ah, forget it. Silly human! I hardly think so. Nor should we go around day to day or moment by moment wondering if there’s anything we said or did that we should repent of “so if God came back this instant I’d be saved”. We should instead live conscious moment to moment and day to day that we want to do our best for Him, not so we can be saved, but just because we love Him and want to please Him (because He first loved us).
Nor does a person turn around one day and say, “oh, my! Where did my salvation go?!?! It was here a bit ago, I’m sure!” It’s not something that slips through your fingers and disappears slowly over time. Salvation doesn’t wear out or fade away. It doesn’t “leak” out of your life. You can neglect it, but God is still there, drawing you back. You can intentionally walk away from it, but you still remember where it is. You haven’t lost salvation in those cases, but instead have made a conscious decision to go in another direction. But does that make us “unsaved”? Can we undo what God’s already done for us? I believe in free choice, so I guess if someone rejected salvation, God wouldn’t force them to stay saved if they didn’t want to be. I’m just still not sure how anyone who was once saved could reject such a wonderful gift. Question it? Yes, I’ve been there. Doubt some things? Sure. Reject it? Maybe. Lose it? No. It’s too big to lose.
We see things ‘in time’. One moment to the next. But God is eternal. His vision stretches far beyond our own. We may FEEL closer or further from Him in a moment, but that doesnt’ mean He actually IS more or less distant.
He promised never to leave us or forsake us. Never. No matter what.
Part 2, a more Biblical perspective: https://thrugracealone.wordpress.com/2011/08/11/can-a-person-lose-their-salvation-part-2/