Many Christians would say “yes”, we have eternal safekeeping, that we have freedom from doubt, and the hope for salvation.
A warm story about C.S. Lewis that illustrates the point of the eternal life of Christians:
Sheldon Vanauken was a student of the English professor and Christian apologist C. S. Lewis in the early 1950s. He recounts in his book A Severe Mercy the story of his last meeting with his mentor when Vanauken was leaving Oxford for the United States. Over one final lunch together at a pub, they had spent time wondering aloud about the nature of life after death. When they had finished eating, they stood outside of the pub, talked for a few more minutes, and just before parting ways, Lewis said to Vanauken, “I shan’t say goodbye. We’ll meet again.” The great apologist then plunged into the traffic to cross the street while Vanuaken watched his friend walk away. When Lewis got to the other side of the street, he turned around, anticipating that his friend would still be standing there. With a grin on his face, Lewis shouted over the great roar of cars, “Besides—Christians never say goodbye.” Greg Ogden, in the sermon “Christians Never Say Good-Bye,” Christ Church of Oak Brook (Oak Brook, IL)
Let’s take a look at Biblical passages that support our eternal security. John 10:27-30 We are all sheep and He is our Shepherd. No one can by snatched from Jesus or God. None of Jesus’ sheep will ever perish! He will not lose any of them! The sheep’s security is in the power of the shepherd, not in the power of the sheep. Romans 8:23 The Holy Spirit has been given to guarantee our resurrection! Romans 8:29-30 For those He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of His Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those he predestined, He also called, those He called, He also justified; those He justified, He also glorified. 2 Corinthians 1:21-22, 5:5- Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set His seal of ownership on us, and put His Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. Philippians 1:6 (and Ephesians 2:10) – God does not abort what He conceives and brings to life. He is the one who brings it to completion. He will not let us fall away! His love holds us. Ephesians 1:13-14 – Having believed, you were marked in Him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession- to the praise of His glory. Hebrews 6:19- We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. 1 Peter 1:3-5 –We have a living hope that will never perish, spoil, or fade- kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation. Jude 1,2- We are kept by the Lord Jesus Christ. It is not us that does the holding onto our salvation! Revelation 3:7 – Jesus holds the keys of the City of David. What He opens no one can shut, and what He shuts, no one can open. Salvation is assured for believers and wrathful judgment is assured for unbelievers.
Perhaps those who claim to be no longer Christians, or “who have fallen away” were probably never saved in the first place. That is for God to decide, not us.
1 John 2:19 says, “They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.”
After becoming a Christian, we strive forward, and with the help of the Holy Spirit, we work on our place in heaven, and will receive a crown. More on crowns in the next blog.
Some Christians would say “no” to eternal security, that one can lose their salvation–
Look at this: Hebrews 6:3-6 And God permitting, we will do so and become mature believers. It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age, if they fall away, to be brought back to repentance, because to their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace. Bottom line- those who reject Christ will not be saved. Christ died once for all.
Certain Christian denominations believe that you can lose your salvation: the Nazarenes, Methodists, Assembly of God, some Presbyterian denominations to name a few.
Where do you align yourself?