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Br. Samuel Babu, Believers Brethren Assembly, (BBA), Majlis - Bahrain For the last few days, we have been relentlessly praying for Br. Samuel Babu, who suffered Cardiac Problems and was admitted in Salmaniya Medical Complex, Bahrain. It was well pleasing for our Lord to call HIS child to the Eternal Home, where there is no pain, no sorrow, no tears, no sickness and no death. He went to be with the LORD around 10:30 PM Bahrain Time today (Friday 23rd 2015). Let us uphold the grieving family members to the Throne of Grace. May the Lord bestow upon them heavenly Grace, Peace and strength and console them with the word of God.
 
 
 
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

IF A BELIEVER SINS,

WILL HE LOSE HIS SALVATION?

Dr. Johnson George, Toronto

 

If a believer sins, will he lose his salvation? This is an important question. Though this issue has been debated extensively, it seems to be the teaching of the scripture that once a person is saved, he/she is saved forever. A saved person cannot forfeit or lose his salvation under any circumstances; his salvation is secure. The following facts make our salvation secure:

 

  1. We get salvation as a gift 

We acquire our salvation only because of God’s grace and only as a gift from God (Eph 2:8). Since we didn’t acquire it based on our merit, we can’t lose it either based on our demerit. It’s unlikely that God takes away a gift he has given.

 

  1. Salvation begins eternal life in us 

The result of salvation is eternal life or everlasting life (John 3:16). The moment a person is saved he enters this eternal life (John 5:24). If this life can be lost at any time because of sin, by definition, it can not be called eternal life. Any other name could have been used in the Bible for such an ‘unstable life’. And also, if it is lost and gained again and again, no one can be said to have eternal life in this world, until the moment of death, but the Bible says that if we believe in the name of the Lord we have eternal life (1 John 5:13). This shows that, once eternal life starts in us, it continues forever.

 

  1. We are secure in the Father’s hand 

Jesus said that every saved person is secure in the Father’s hand (John 10:28-29).

 

  1. Salvation establishes a father-child relationship 

The moment we are saved, we become the children of God (John 1:12). The Father-child relationship is not something which is broken and established again and again. It is forever.

 

  1. We are sealed by the Holy Spirit 

Believers are sealed by the Holy Spirit for the day of redemption (Eph 4:30, 1:13-14), in other words, for the day of resurrection (Rom 8:23). Seal shows the ownership. This means that every believer is the property of God and the seal guarantees that every believer will be resurrected for eternal life in the final day. If salvation were not to stay, God putting his seal on a believer would be ridiculous.

 

  1. The Holy Spirit is a deposit in us 

The Holy Spirit has been given as a deposit or down payment in us (Eph 1:13-14), which means that we are God’s property and finally God will purchase us (2 Cor 1:21-22). The down payment guarantees our inheritance which is salvation (1 Pet 1:3-5).

 

  1. When saved we become the members of the Universal Church 

The moment we are saved, we are placed into the universal church by Jesus Christ through Spirit baptism (Acts 2:47, 1 Cor 12:13). There is no indication in the Bible that a person is admitted into and expelled from this body again and again based on his practical life. Once placed into the church, he is always part of the body. Therefore a believer is always secure.

 

 

  1. It is God’s concern to complete our salvation 

It is God who makes sure that the work of salvation started in us is completed (Phil 1:6). Hence our salvation is secure.

 

  1. Jesus’ intercession makes our salvation secure 

Jesus Christ continuously prays for us to the Father to save us completely (Heb 7:25). This is necessary because whenever we commit a sin, Satan goes to the Father and questions our salvation (Rev 12:10). But because of Jesus’ intercession our salvation is secure. If salvation were to be lost, the effect of Jesus’ intercession is questionable. If the guilty believer is to lose his salvation anyway, what is the use of Jesus’ intercession?

 

  1. Heavenly discipline proves that we never lose our salvation 

If a saved person sins and does not repent, he might be disciplined by God (Heb 12:5-6). This discipline (punishment) proves that we are still God’s children and our saved position is secure (Heb 12:8). If we were to lose our salvation for a sin, there is no point in punishing us, because losing our salvation itself would be the greatest punishment. But God punishes us because we are still His children. God’s discipline might include sickness and even death (1 Cor 11:30-32). There is an example in the Bible where a believer was sentenced to physical affliction or death for sexual immorality, but his spirit was supposed to be saved (1 Cor 5:1-5)

 

  1. The judgement of believers is not to question salvation 

Every saved person will be brought in front of the Judgement seat of Christ (2 Cor 5:10). This is not to check to see if a person is worthy of salvation. Even if a believer’s life is not up to the mark, he will be saved but without any rewards (1 Cor 3:11-15). If our Christian life is not pleasing to God, what we will lose will be our rewards, not salvation (Rev. 3:11).

 

  1. Predestination 

The doctrine of Predestination is a debated one, however, if our understanding of predestination is correct, it would be the strongest argument in favour of the security of salvation (Rom 8:28-30). If God has predestined a person to be saved, nothing can separate him from this position (v 31-39).

 

Now, a final word about perseverance. The Bible says that Christians eagerly wait for the day of redemption “with perseverance” (Rom 8:25 NKJV). Some verses in the Bible might seem to suggest that perseverance is a condition, meaning we might have to persevere until the end to keep our salvation (Col 1:22-23, Heb 3:14). But when we study the whole theme of salvation we understand that perseverance is not a condition, rather it is a consequence. If we are truly born again believers we will persevere no matter what (Rom 8:35-39, 1 Pet 1:6-9).

 

As a conclusion, the above points prove that our salvation is secure in the Lord Jesus Christ. Let’s rejoice in this salvation and thank God for His grace to save us from the penalty of sin forever. Amen!

                                                                                                                    

                                                                                   
 
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