Lesson 11 第十一课

ETERNAL SECURITY OF THE BELIEVER

(John 10:27-29)


“The eternal security of the believer” is the phrase used to express the teachings of the Bible that when a person is truly saved, when they truly have trusted Jesus Christ as their Savior, then they cannot lose that salvation.  There are many truths revealed in the Bible to support this view.


Many Think They are Christian, But Are Not

(Matt. 7:21-23)


    There are many people who look like Christians and act like Christians, but they’ve never been saved.  As Jesus said in Matthew 7:23, He never knew them.  Many people are depending on church membership or some religious rituals such as baptism to get them into heaven, but the Bible makes it clear that only faith in Jesus really saves (Eph. 2:8-9; Titus 3:5).  

    Whereas in Matt. 7 Jesus speaks of those He never knew, notice John 10:27-29….In that passage Jesus says, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow Me, and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of My hand.  My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.”  The group Jesus speaks of in Matt. 7 were religious, but they were never saved; the ones He speaks of in John 10 were truly saved, and they will never perish, which means they will never lose their salvation.  

    There is another verse that speaks about those who think they’re saved, but are not.  That is 1 John 2:19: “They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, so that it would be shown that they all are not of us.”  These people start out for God, and may get involved with the church, and may even do some great things, but they never truly trusted in Jesus, so they never had a personal relationship with Him.  They never really knew the Lord.


God’s Sacred Promise

(Rom. 8:38-39)


    “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  God tells us that there is nothing that can separate us from the love of God – nothing that we can do or that can happen to us.  This is God’s sacred promise to all followers of Jesus.


God’s Determined Purpose

(Phil. 1:6)


    “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”  Whatever God starts, He finishes.  We must remember that salvation is God’s work, not ours.  Jesus said in John 6:44, “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day.”  Romans 3:11 says, “There is none who seeks for God.”  God initiates the whole process of our salvation.  He first convicts our hearts through the work of the Holy Spirit, then He provides our salvation when we respond in faith.  



God’s Sovereign Predestination

(Rom. 8:29-30)


    “For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and those whom He called, He also justified; and those who He justified, He also glorified.”  God knows beforehand those who are going to be saved; and those whom He knows will be saved He predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son.  Notice that with each aspect of salvation, this passage says that God has already accomplished it: being called, justified, and glorified.  


Calvary’s Perfect Provision

(Heb. 10:14)


    “For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.”  Notice it says that Jesus has “perfected for all time” those who are saved.  When a person gets saved, it’s not just that they get a fresh start in life.  Jesus’ one offering gives us eternal perfection.  

    This doesn’t mean that we don’t sin after we get saved.  The New Testament teaches us that our salvation is not based on our behavior.  Although we are forgiven for all our past sins when we get saved, we all still sin even after salvation.  James 4:17 says, “Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.”  Rom. 14:23b says, “…whatever is not from faith is sin.”

    We all will be made accountable for our sins.  2 Cor. 5:10 says, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.”  Rom. 4:5 says, “But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness.”  Another good passage that helps to explain this is 1 Cor. 3:10-15.  In this passage we are told that as believers we have the opportunity to build on the foundation of Jesus Christ.  Some people will build “gold, silver, and precious stones,” which represent doing good works after we get saved.  Others will build “wood, hay, and straw,” which represents those who do not build good works on the foundation of Jesus Christ.  The passage also tells us that in the end our works will be revealed by fire, which means they will be tested.  Wood, hay, and straw are burned up in fire, whereas gold, silver, and precious stones are purified by fire.  Verse 14 says that if a person’s works stand up to the test, they will receive a reward, but if the works are “burned up,” that person will “suffer loss,” but “he himself will be saved.”  So, what this means is that when we stand at the judgment seat of Christ, if we have served God faithfully, we will receive rewards; but if we have not done good things after salvation, we will lose rewards.  However, although some Christians will lose rewards at the judgment, none of them will lose their salvation.


The Saint’s New Position

(2 Cor. 5:17)


    “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”  When we get saved, we have a new position in Christ.  In fact, our very nature is changed.  This verse shares the fact that our security is not in a place, but in a person.  As true followers of Jesus, we are in Christ.  


The Believer’s Eternal Provision

(John 5:24)


    “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.”  Notice that Jesus speaks in the present tense here.  Jesus says that he who has believed in Him has eternal life and that he has passed from death to life.  If eternal life could be lost or taken away, then it is not eternal.  The New Testament speaks of eternal life merely as what we may receive when we die; it speaks of eternal life as that which we receive at the moment we believe.  In John 3:5-8, Jesus speaks of salvation as being born again.  


God’s Almighty Power

(1 Peter 1:3-4)


    “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you.”  God has laid up a treasure in heaven for believers that no power can take away.  We are not kept by our own power, but by God’s power.  2 Tim. 1:12 says, “for I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day.”  

At the moment we are saved, God puts His seal on us, and no one can break that seal: Eph. 1:13-14 “In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation – having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.”


God’s Promise of Assurance


    As noted earlier, God’s promise of salvation is in the present tense; we have eternal life: “He who believes in the Son has eternal life…” (John 3:36).

    We are delivered from condemnation: “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes in Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out or death into life.”  “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 8:1).

    We are passed from death to life and will never die: “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die…” (John 11:25-26).

    The Word of God was given to us so that we can know that we have eternal life: “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life” (1 John 5:`3).