Can a person ‘lose’ their salvation? Part 2
(A more Biblical answer to a difficult question…)
I’ve been getting a lot of hits through search engines to my first post about that. First, I commend anyone who would search hard enough and long enough on this topic to find my blog. Second, I know why someone might search that hard. Been there. Please take heart. If you do believe that people can lose or reject their salvation, and you’re questioning if it’s possible you lost yours… if it’s something you’re concerned about then no, you haven’t lost your salvation. If you did, why would you care that you had?
However, from a more Biblical perspective, no, a person can’t lose their salvation. I previously posted on this question in a slightly light-hearted or philosophical way, but truly no, salvation can’t be lost. Some would say that a person can reject salvation, but if that’s possible it would be a rare thing.
Here’s a quick synopsis of a few verses that might help.
1 Cor 3 says: 10By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should be careful how he builds. 11For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work. 14If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward. 15If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames.
According to this, if your foundation is Jesus then you can build with the wrong materials (beliefs, teachings, actions?) on that foundation, but the foundation itself will remain sure. Your ‘building’ may be shaken, but Jesus can’t be shaken… so if you believe the wrong things or do the wrong things you may suffer loss, but you will still be saved (v15).
Another verse-and one that I discredited for a long time (I didn’t look it up and thought there was a different surrounding text!) is John 10:27My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. 29My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. 30I and the Father are one.” Look it up. He’s not just talking about the disciples!!!
Romans 8 is my all time favorite: 38For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
NOTHING can separate us from God. I used to hear people say, “yeah, nothing and no one but yourself!” But that’s not what the verse says. It gives a list and then says “nor anything else in all creation”. Wait, now. Stop and think. Are you a part of creation? If so, you are included in the NOTHING. God’s love is greater, is more powerful, than death, life, angels, demons, principalities, powers, the present, the future… and it’s more powerful and greater than you are, too. God loves you. Not for now, not because you…, not as long as you… Permanently. Eternally. Very, very much.
Posted on August 11, 2011, in Christianity and tagged bible, bible study, Christianity, church, eternal security, faith, God, grace, love, peace of God, salvation, saved, scripture. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.