Do you know you are saved? Are you sure? You can know and you can be sure! Satan will do every thing he can to trouble us so that we will not have the peace that our Lord wanted us to have and render us ineffective in our witness and Christian service. We, as Baptists have stood for this great doctrine steadfastly since the time of Christ. Let me give you some reasons that prove that once a person is saved they are eternally saved.
Galatians 3:3,10; 5:3; Matthew 5:48.
A. We are not perfect and we cannot be perfect. Romans 3:23 states "All have sinned and come short of the Glory of God." God tells us we are sinners. I Timothy 1: 15 states, "This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief." Paul claimed to be a sinner. We all are sinners. We have disobeyed God's laws. We have not fully obeyed the Ten Commandments.
Exodus 20:1 And God spake all these words, saying,
2 I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
7 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
13 Thou shalt not kill.
14 Thou shalt not commit adultery.
15 Thou shalt not steal.
16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.
These commandments are summed up by our Saviour in Mark 12: 28-31. "And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all? And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these."
Thus we have fallen short of God's demands. We are sinners! We need to become a Christian by accepting Christ as our Saviour. John 1:11 states, "He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God."
Acts 13:38, 39 states, "Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses."
Revelation 3:20 states, "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me."
We must receive Christ into our heart as our Saviour. He is knocking at our heart's door and He wants to come in and save us, and make a new creation of us. However the knob is on the inside and we must open the door and invite Him in.
B. After we become a Christian, we cannot keep ourselves saved by then living up to the law. Some of the Galatians taught and believed this doctrine. However, the Apostle Paul refuted this when He wrote to the Galatian churches which is found in Galatians 3:1-3. O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you (pulled the wool over your eyes)? Did you receive the Holy Spirit by living uo to the law or by trusting Christ as your Saviour?
The answer is obvious that we all are saved through and by trusting Christ. So He says in verse three, are you so foolish, having gotten saved by receiving Christ as a result of the Holy Spirit working in your life, are you now going to stay perfect by the works of the flesh? God knew, we could not live up to the law before we were saved and that we could not live up to the law after we were saved either, so Jesus took the punishment for all of our sin. All of our sin was yet future when Jesus died on the Cross, and He took the just punishment for all of our sin, past, present and future.
C. Some people believe they can be saved by living up to the teachings of the "Sermon on the Mount." This was a sermon Jesus preached and it is recorded in Matthew chapters 5, 6, and 7. However a close study of this sermon reveals that the key verse is Matthew 5:48. This verse says, "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." We cannot be as perfect as God, for He is Holiness personified. He is sinless, always was, and always will be, so this is an unattainable behavior for us mortals. No, to believe any other way than through trusting Jesus Christ and His atoning death for us, is to demand perfection and we can not be perfect.
D. Further, there never was a law that could give life. Note Galatians 3:19-26 "Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator. Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one. Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus."
The law was a schoolteacher to reveal to us that we are sinners, that we could never live up to it and by realizing our failure we would see our need for Christ's salvation provision for us. Perfection only comes by Christ's finished work on Calvary and our trusting Him as our Saviour. Chapter 3:10 says that everyone who does not keep the whole law continuously is cursed. That curse is removed when we accept Christ as our Savior, for verse thirteen says. "Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us." Only one has ever kept he whole law and that was the Lord Jesus. "All have sinned," Romans 3:23.
John 10:28-30; Ephesians 4:30; I Peter 1:5; Ephesians 1:13-14.
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."
Jesus tells us that He holds us in His Hand and His Father (our Heavenly Father) holds us in His Hand. There is no power in the universe that can overcome that power and take us out of their Hands.
Ephesians 4:30 AAnd grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption." God's seal secures us in His power. A seal is not to be broken and God's seal cannot be broken. In Ephesians 1: 13, states that when we believed, we were sealed with that Holy Spirit of Promise.
I Peter 1: 5 states that we are "kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time." God's power is sufficient to keep us forever.
I Timothy 1:15,16; II Timothy 1:12.
Paul claimed he was the chief of sinners. I Timothy 1:15-16, "This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. 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."
He not only was the chief of sinners but an example to all others that they could be assured they could be saved, also. No one is beyond the forgiving grace of our Lord if they will trust Him as their Savior.
Paul committed his soul's keeping to the Savior. He had confidence he was saved for all of his future life. II Timothy 1:12 states, "For I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day."
Paul furthered believed some astounding things about our present condition in Christ. He believed we were positionally buried with Christ. Rom 6:4-11, "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. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. 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."
We are Dead with Christ! We are Buried with Christ!
Paul believed we are positionally risen with Christ. Colossians2:12-13. "Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with Him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together (made alive) with him, having forgiven you all trespasses."
We are Risen with Christ!
Paul believed we are positionally seated with Christ in Heaven. Ephesians 2:6. "And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus."
We are Seated with Christ!
I John 5:9-15; John 6:40.
John wrote that we can know we have eternal life. In I John 5: 9-15 he wrote, "If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son. He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him."
We do accept the witness of men, although so often, with scepticism. However we must believe what we hear from the mouths of others and we do. We must also believe what God has to say about salvation and the work of Jesus Christ on Calvary for He is more credible.
The record God gives us about eternal life is that it (eternal life) is in His Son. He that has the Son has (present tense verb which signifies present possession) eternal life. When we receive Jesus Christ into our heart as our Savior, he comes in, and when He comes in, we have eternal life as a present possession.
How do we know He comes in when we receive Him as our Savior? We know it because He said He would. Jesus said in Revelation 3:20 these words, "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and He with me." Jesus will always do what He says He will do.
First John 5:13 says these things were written so that we can know we have eternal life. When we have eternal life, we can not lose it. If we could lose it, it would not be eternal life since eternal means forever.
God wants us to have confidence in Him and confidence in our secure position pertaining to eternal life. He wants us to be certain that once we are saved, we are saved forever. Verse 14, says, if we ask anything according to His will He heareth us. Verse 15 says, if we know He hears us, whatever it may be, we know that we have it. Now let us look at something thta tells us what His will is. The Gospel of John 6:40 says, "And this is the will of Him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day." The will of God is that everyone that sees that Jesus is the Savior and believes on Him for salvation ( trusts Him for salvation) will have everlasting life. What marvelous assurance we have that once we are saved we are saved forever. Salvation is based on God keeping His word and not on any works that we can do. God cannot lie. Titus 1:2.
John 6:37-40; 14:19; 5:24.
John 6:37 "All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day."
Jesus is God and God cannot lie. Titus 1:2. "In no wise" means for no reason. We have the promise of the Lord Jesus that there are no circumstances by which we will ever be cast out. Anyone who sees Jesus as the Savior and trusts Him for their soul's salvation has everlasting life and is promised to be raised at the last day by the Savior.
We have another promise recorded in John 14:19. "Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. The resurrection is the best attested fact in history! We know He lives and because He lives, we shall live with Him forever.
We have another promise in John 5:24. "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life." Those who are Born- again Christians have everlasting life. They will never be condemned for they have passed from spiritual death to spiritual life. Notice His statement, Ais passed from death unto life." We are secure in Him forever.
Galatians 3:26, "for ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus."
When we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior, we become a child of God's. John 1:12 says,"But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God."
When we think of the importance of this relationship and the bond of this relationship, we realize that it is inconceivable that a child of God could ever be cast into Hell. The greatest and strongest bond in the world is that bond that a parent has for his or her child. The bond that God has for His child is even greater.
Romans 4:8; Psalm 51:12; Galatians 2:16; Acts 13:38-39.
Romans 4:8 "Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin." There are people who can not have sin charged to their account. They are those who have been saved by trusting Jesus to save them.
When David committed the terrible sins of adultery with Bathsheba and the murder of Ariah, her husband, he did not pray for salvation to be restored to him again. He prayed that God would restore to him the joy of God's salvation. He never lost his salvation.
Notice a portion of David's prayer of repentance in Psalm 51:12-17. "Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee. Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness. O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise. For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise."
When we sin, we should not worry about our lost salvation for God is keeping us. We do need to be greatly concerned about our lost fellowship with our Lord and immediately repent of our sin and ask Him for forgiveness. The sacrifices God is pleased to accept from a saved sinner is the sacrifices of a broken spirit and a contrite heart.
We should remember that we have been justified which means we have been brought into a right relationship with our Lord. CF. Galatians 2:16. "Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified."
We should remember also, that we have been acquitted of all charges. Acts 13:38-39. "Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses." All (past, present, future) charges that could send us to Hell or condemnation have been dropped. We can no longer be charged with sin. We have diplomatic immunity.
Hebrews 7:25; Roman 5:10; John 17:20-24
Hebrews 7:25 says, " Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them." Jesus is able to save us for He ever liveth and prays for us. The book of James tells us in James 5:16, "The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." Jesus was the only righteous man that ever lived. We can be sure His prayer is answered.
Rom 5:10 says, "For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. Jesus will live forever and intercede for those He has reconciled.
John 17:20--24 records Jesus' prayer for us. "Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world."
Jesus prayed that all who would believe on Him would be one in Him and with Him. He also prayed that we would be with Him in Glory. We can be assured that His prayer was and will be answered.
Jesus said as stated in John 14:1, "Let not your heart be troubled, ye believe in God, believe also in me". Then in verse 27, He said, "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid".
Jesus wants us to have peace in our heart at all times. This is not possible if we are not sure we are saved. Salvation is by grace, plus nothing and minus nothing. We are saved by the grace of God which means we are saved by the unmerited favor of God. Ephesians 2:8,9 says, "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast".
Jesus paid it all; All to Him I owe; Sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow!
Let us rejoice in the finished work of Christ on Calvary and realize once we are saved we are saved forever. Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ Jesus our Lord!