“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who 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 created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:37-39
Is it possible for a Christian to lose their eternal life and salvation? I believe the answer is absolutely – No. I realize some strongly disagree, but the promises in God’s Word are assuring.
To answer the above question – simply ask; who is responsible for the believer’s salvation? Are we responsible, or is God responsible? If people are responsible for their salvation, it can be easily be lost. But on the other hand, believer’s come to Christ – as hopeless sinners, lost and in need of a savior – only Jesus can and does secure our salvation forever.
A primary problem is that various religions and philosophies have twisted the definition of Christian to mean many different things. A Christian is one who believes Jesus is God and who by faith trusts Him alone for their forgiveness and eternal life. At the moment of belief you’re born again, a new creature, and the Holy Spirit “abides with you and will be in you” John 14:15 Unfortunately contrary requirements of the various religions are for some never-ending stumbling blocks.
Many are a result of sincere people trying to follow the laws of the old testament. But Jesus provided a new covenant which provides salvation on the basis of Jesus paying the penalty for our sins. Because of Christ, forgiveness and eternal life is now a free gift and not something to be earned. “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
So what does “in all these things we are more than conquerors” mean? Since God won the victory over sin for us our victory through him is past tense and it is absolute. The outcome is not reversible. Nothing can separate us from His Love. “All” and “nothing” are absolute words. And it is impossible for God to lie. His free gift to us is secure in His finished work on the cross at Calvary – once for all.
To further clarify, Paul has listed any and everything that we can imagine “neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God” This list is all inclusive.
What about? … You name it, and God covers all in this one verse. Even the unpardonable sin (blasphemy or rejection of God) does not disqualify us here. This promise applies to those who have believed, and already have the Holy Spirit in them – forever guiding them.
Does this mean doing good is not important? Absolutely not. But it does mean that good works are not a condition of our forgiveness and eternal life. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10 But our salvation is “by grace through faith” in Jesus and His promises.
And then you are to “not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2
A first step in renewing your mind is coming to the realization of who you really are as a Christian. We are still in the world in the flesh, but we are no longer of the world in the spirit. As born again believers we are Christ’s ambassadors, forgiven, freed, regenerated, justified, sanctified, saints adopted into the body of Christ, members of his royal priesthood, and much more.
He has left us here with a mission, but his word is clear that once we have believed in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior we may suffer loss of rewards but our salvation in Christ is secure. “If any man’s work which he has built on it (our foundation – Jesus Christ) remains, he will receive a reward. If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.” 1 Corinthians 3:14-15
“If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.” John 15:10-11
Jesus said; “and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.” John 10:28
Praise God – my assurance rests in Christ – not me.
Grace and Peace to you my friends,
Bob West – Geezerdust2020©