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ETERNAL SECURITY

 

By: Obed Kirkpatrick

  

Eternal Security

Before we can delve into this subject of eternal security, we need to ascertain a few things:

1)       Is there a God?

2)       If there is, where can we learn about God?

3)       If there is a God, what do we know about Him?

4)       How old is God?

Our subject is eternal security or everlasting life.

You will not believe in eternal security if you do not believe in God.

You will not believe in eternal security if you are not a child of God.

You will not believe in eternal security if you do not believe the Bible is the Word of God; for it is in the Bible that we learn of God.

You will not believe in eternal security if your Bible is a misleading translation.

Is There a God?

Psalms 90:2: Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.

How old is God? He is very, very old. According to the passage he is from everlasting to everlasting; or you might say He is from eternity past to eternity future.

According to Genesis 1:1, God was in the beginning. Look at the verse. In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

Moses wrote in Deuteronomy 33:27: The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them. (Underlining Added)

If God is eternal, and He is, then it would make sense that he has provided eternal life for those who trust Christ as their savior. Wouldn’t it?

Key Words

As you peruse the Bible there are some key words to look for: Eternal Life, everlasting life, and sealed are a few relating to the subject matter at hand.

Eternal is defined in the Free Dictionary by Farlex as:

1. Being without beginning or end; existing outside of time.

2. Continuing without interruption; perpetual.

3. Forever true or changeless: eternal truths.

4. Seemingly endless; interminable.

5. Of or relating to spiritual communion with God, especially in the afterlife.

Noun:

1. Something timeless, uninterrupted, or endless.

2. Eternal God. Used with the.

The word everlasting has a similar meaning.

Strong’s Concordance defines sealed as:

1) to set a seal upon, mark with a seal, to seal

       a) for security: from Satan

       b) since things sealed up are concealed (as the contents of a letter), to hide, keep in silence, keep secret

       c) in order to mark a person or a thing

1) to set a mark upon by the impress of a seal or a stamp

2) angels are said to be sealed by God

       d) in order to prove, confirm, or attest a thing

1) to confirm, authenticate, place beyond doubt

a) of a written document

b) to prove one’s testimony to a person that he is what he professes to be

It is not my intention to simplify the meaning of these words, for they are far from simplistic.  But in order to get a clearer picture of their meanings let me say eternal, everlasting and sealed, as related to God and the believer is: a guarantee from God that if you trust Christ as Savior you are secure from the devil and are insured life with God forever.

However, we must also make you aware that the word saved does not necessarily mean the same as justified by faith. The word saved is often times used in the Bible as being delivered from something: sickness, death, danger, etc. (1 Tim 4:16; Mat 9:21 are examples of that.)

As we study this text, we must be clear that eternal security is based upon what God says and not what we humans suppose or think it says.

Eternal security is the work of God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. It is not acquired by men’s works or deeds. It is not based upon man’s faithfulness.  It is based upon God’s faithfulness.

Eternal and Everlasting Life in the Gospels

Eternal life or life eternal is found fifteen times in the four gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

Everlasting life or life everlasting is found ten times in the four gospels.

For the sake of space I will only list a few of the passages pertaining to the words above.

In Matthew 19:16 we see this: And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?

Jesus answered thusly in Matthew 19:17: And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.

In John 3:16, we read: 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 10:27-30: My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one.

What do we see in these scriptures?

     If you keep the commandments you’ll have eternal Life.

     If you believe in Christ you’ll have everlasting life.

     Christ says if his sheep hear him and follow him, He will give them eternal life.

What we can ascertain from all three scriptures is there is a promise of eternal or everlasting life. We can also see that there were conditions attached to the promise:

1.  Keep the commandments,

2.  Believe in Christ, and

3.  Hear and follow Christ.

Because there are conditions in the passages, some have used that to argue there is no eternal life, no eternal security.  They say we must hold out to the end and never sin.

       There is a passage of scripture that they use to confuse Christians; it is found in 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 passage is talking about people who were enlightened about Christ and had received the Holy Ghost. It goes on to say that if theses people were to “fall away” there would be no chance of their repenting, or there would be no way they could be secure from everlasting death.

What we have here is:

1.  Keep the commandments,

2.  Believe in Christ, and

3.  Hear and follow Christ.

4.  Do not fall back into sin.

If you adhere to the four things above, you will be secure in Christ. The negative side of the issue is if you do not adhere to those things, you will not be secure.

That was true in time past. It is not true today. If you do not rightly divide the Scriptures, as Paul instructs us in 2 Timothy 2:15, you will believe the lie perpetrated by these false teachers.

Eternal and Everlasting life in the Pauline Epistles

Eternal life is found seven times in the Pauline Epistles.

Everlasting life is found three times in the Pauline Epistles.

Sealed, as related to eternal life, is found three times in the Pauline Epistles.

Let’s look at a few of those passages.

Romans 5:20-21: Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 6:23: For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

     Titus 1:2: In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;

Romans 6:22: But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

       1 Timothy 1:16: Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.

What do we see in these scriptures?

  1. Eternal life is by grace through Christ.
  2. The gift of God (Jesus Christ) is eternal life.
  3. God promised eternal life to the Body of Christ before the world began.
  4. Once saved, you were made free from sin and the end is everlasting life.
  5. All who believe the gospel of Christ that Paul preached, who was a pattern for the Body of Christ, will have everlasting life.

Unlike the passages in the four gospels, these passages do not require the believer to do anything.  Everything needed for eternal or everlasting life in this dispensation was furnished as a gift from God through the finished work of Christ on Calvary and sealed by the Holy Spirit.

Sealed in the Pauline Epistles

Let’s look at the three passages of scripture that speaks of being sealed.

2 Cor 1:21-22: Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.

Ephesians 1:13: In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

Ephesians 4:30: And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

What do we see in theses scriptures?

  1. God established us in Christ and sealed us with the Spirit.
  2. Once we believed the gospel of Christ, trusting him as Savior, we were sealed with the Holy Spirit.
  3. The Spirit of God seals us until the day of redemption, which is the rapture. Hello! Once you believe, the Holy Spirit seals you until God calls you home.

These passages of Scripture also takes the responsibly for eternal security off the believer and puts that responsibility on God. God, who cannot lie, sealed us with the Holy Spirit. What God has sealed, only God can unseal.  That, my fellow believer, is eternal security. 

Comparing the four gospels with the Pauline Epistles

In the four gospels we had:

1.  Keep the commandments,

2.  Believe in Christ, and

3.  Hear and follow Christ.

4.  Do not fall back into sin.

       In the Pauline Epistles we have:

1        Eternal life is by grace through Christ.

2        The gift of God (Jesus Christ) is eternal life.

3        God promised eternal life to the Body of Christ before the world began. (Eph. 1:4)

4        Once saved, you were made free from sin and the end is everlasting life.

5        All who believe the gospel of Christ taught by Paul, who was a pattern for the Body of Christ, will have everlasting life.

6        God established us in Christ and sealed us with the Spirit.

7        Once we believed the gospel of Christ, trusting him as Savior, we were sealed with the Holy Spirit.

8        The Spirit of God seals us until the day of redemption, which is the rapture.

Under the dispensation of the Law (the Old Testament and the four gospels) eternal security was a reality but with stipulations.

Under the dispensation of the grace of God, eternal life is a gift given by God and guaranteed by the sealing with the Holy Spirit.

If you do not rightly divide the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15) you may be confused that there seems to be differences in scripture.

There are those who would deceive you.

       I was searching the internet recently and came across a web site on eternal security.

The author thinks that the believer is not secure in Christ and he gave “seven deceptions” to look for with scripture to validate his point of view.

The following are the seven deceptions he listed:

  1. Deception # 1: The carnal Christian will be saved. He goes on to say that if someone is carnal (fleshly), he really does not believe; therefore he is not justified by faith. The Bible says otherwise and we have already shown you that.
  2. Deception # 2: No one can stop committing sin. He says that Satan wants you to believe that lie. If he is right, and he is not, then the apostle Paul was not justified by faith. Look at Romans 7.
  3. Deception # 3: All Christians commit sin. He then proceeds to say if one sins unknowingly it is a sin of ignorance and he does not commit sin; but if he sins deliberately it is a presumptuous sin and this person does commit sin. I wonder what he has to say about Romans 3: 12 which says there is none that doeth good, no not one. Another error he makes is that Paul wrote Hebrews, when evidence shows he did not.
  4. Deception # 4: God’s love is unconditional. He goes on to challenge us to prove that God’s love is unconditional and proceeds to quote non-grace passages of scripture. It is obvious that he does not understand the mystery revealed to the apostle Paul.
  5. Deception # 5: All men are neighbors.  He then proceeds to say that if you do not love your neighbor you will die.  That is what Jesus said when he narrowed the 10 commandments down to two.  But Paul says in Galatians the law was never intended to justify the believer, it was given to show that we were all sinners.
  6. Deception # 6: I can fail the test. It should be obvious by now that this brother worries about his salvation.  In this part he quotes from the book of James and about Abraham being justified by works.  I wonder if he ever read Ephesians 2:8-10.
  7. Deception # 7: No Sabbath.

If you have not already realized it by now, you should deduce that this brother is either 7th Day Adventist or Jehovah’s Witness as they think Saturday is the day God chose for all to worship and rest. I suppose he believes that he is spiritual Israel, because God gave the command to keep the Sabbath to Israel.

I do not want to sound mean spirited; I simply want you to see the difference between being religious and being a child of God.

Do not become religious. Just simply become a child of God. Many denominations will lead you astray, if you let them. They are generally more interested in the denominations’ creed than they are in the Word of God.

These are the Facts as Found in Scripture

If I believe the gospel of Christ, 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, I become a child of God.

Once I believe, I am spiritually baptized into the Body of Christ. 1 Corinthians 12:13: For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

I know that once I am spiritually baptized into the body of Christ, I have also put on Christ. Galatians 3:27: For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

I also know that since I was spiritually baptized into Christ, I also was spiritually baptized into his death. Romans 6:3-4: Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

I know that I am dead with Christ and because I am, I will live wherever He lives. Romans 6:8-11: Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Since I am dead in sins and trespasses, Christ has quickened me together with him and all my sins are forgiven because He took care of that at Calvary.  Colossians 2:13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;

Since I am quickened together with Christ I am already sitting with him in heaven. Ephesians 2:4-6: But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

Once I believe the gospel, I am sealed with the Holy Spirit until I am raptured out of the earth. Ephesians 1:13: In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Ephesians 4:30: And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

 

The Word of God tells me that once I believe the Gospel of Christ there is nothing that can separate me from Christ. Romans 8:35-39: Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Can I loose my salvation in this dispensation of grace?

 No!

How can I be so sure?

Answer: Because the Word of God tells me so. Colossians 3:1-4: If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

Can you see the affirmation in the words “shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory”?

       Quit believing what others say and start believing the Word of God.  The word of God says if you trusted in the finished work of Christ you are secure eternally. Why?  Because my security is based upon the faithfulness of God and not on what man does or does not do.

Believe God!