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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

Security of Eternal Life (John 6)

One of the greatest doctrinal lessons I have learned is not to stand on an obscure verse of Scripture. Scripture always supports doctrinal truths in multiple verses. Thankfully that is also the case regarding Eternal Security.

So, what does Scripture teach us about salvation? Can we lose our salvation? Can we only be saved if God chooses us? Does God choose some and not others for salvation?

John 6:39 This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day.

What this means is when we repent of our sins and put our faith in Jesus as the Savior who paid the debt of our sins and submit to Him as the Lord God of our life, the Holy Spirit comes within us as the guarantee of our eternal inheritance. Once we have submitted our lives to Jesus, we can’t lose our salvation because it’s not up to us; it’s up to God to keep us.

Ephesians 1:13-14 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, [14] who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.

But there are two false teachings about eternal security that we need to be aware of:

1) The Calvinist teaching that God only chooses some people to be given to Jesus and others not to be given based on John 6:39, “that of all He has given Me.” They interpret this as meaning God doesn’t give some to Jesus to be saved. In other words, rather than free will, God chooses who will be saved and who will spend eternity in the Lake of Fire.

The problem with that interpretation is that it does not match Scripture. That interpretation would say God chooses some to receive eternal damnation rather than eternal life. That doesn’t sound like a loving God, full of grace, does it? Of course not. And it doesn’t match the rest of Scripture.

For Example:

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

God sent Jesus so that whoever chooses to trust in Jesus according to their own free will, will be saved.

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.

What does God want? He wants absolutely everyone to repent and believe so that they will not perish. But He gives all of us free will, the right to choose our own eternal destination. Those who choose to repent and trust in Jesus will not lose their salvation because the Holy Spirit indwells them as their guarantee. Those who according to their free will, choose not to repent and turn to Jesus, will be granted their wish to be eternally separated from Jesus for all eternity.

2) The second false teaching is that someone can lose their salvation.

We can certainly understand how people might think this. We see people who say they believed who suddenly stop going to church and become an atheist because a professing Christian wronged them in some way or something bad happened to them.

But Ephesians 1:13-14, above clearly says otherwise doesn’t it? So what is happening in those cases where someone who was going to church suddenly stops and becomes an atheist?

Very simply that person had some head knowledge but had never surrendered their life to Jesus’s Lordship. They might have liked the idea of Jesus dying in their place and being their savior but had never committed their life to Him and submitted to Him as their Lord God. It is when we submit to Jesus and commit our life to Him that the Holy Spirit comes within us as our guarantee.

Please don’t let anyone pluck a piece of a verse out of context and get you to think that our Lord God is not full of grace and love for all people, wishing all to choose to repent and follow Jesus but giving us the free will to choose our eternal destination.

Dear God, I pray that more would repent of their sins and choose to trust in Jesus as not only their savior but as their Lord God so that they may be sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of Your glory. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Jan Weihl

Living Word Ministries

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