12 REASONS THE BELIEVER
IN THE GOSPEL OF THE GRACE OF GOD
IS ETERNALLY SECURE
1. THE CROSS PAID FOR ALL SIN
According to I Corinthians 15:1-4, Jesus Christ "died for our sins." He became our substitute and died in our place. His blood paid for our sins giving us "redemption" - freedom from sin by payment of the price (Ephesians 1:7; I Peter 1:18). The good news is, Jesus Christ's death, burial and resurrection paid for all sins. In addition, Romans 3:24,25 says, He is the "propitiation" (full satisfying payment for our sins). God the Father is satisfied with the payment Jesus Christ has made for sin. Salvation is by grace through faith because sins are fully paid for, the work is finished, done! In fact, believers are declared forgiven according to Colossians 1:12-14; and Colossians 2:13; through the blood of Christ. His blood paid for all sins: past, present and future!
Colossians 1:14 & 2:13 says: "In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins ... And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses."
Now "where sin abounded, grace did much more abound" (Romans 5:20). There is no sin unpaid that could send a Believer to hell.
2. GOD ALREADY DECLARED THE BELIEVER RIGHTEOUS
Romans 3:24 says "being justified," Romans 3:26 says "to declare, I say, at this time," and Romans 3:28 concludes "that a man is justified by faith...". Justification is the judicial act of God declaring the sinner righteous, which he does the very moment they "believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification" (Romans 4:24,25). This is the testimony of Abraham (Romans 4:1-5), the blessedness David describes, (Romans 6-8 saying "Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin,") and God's testimony to us (Romans 4:21-5:1) "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." The point is, justification takes place upon believing. It is spoken of in the past tense. God has already declared the Believer righteous. It is not something He will do in the future if we endure. If God declares you righteous, who can say otherwise.
Romans 3:24 We are justified freely by
God's grace - the means
Romans 4:25 We are justified by Christ's resurrection - the guarantee
Romans 5:1 We are justified by faith - the appropriation
Romans 5:9 We are justified by the blood of Jesus Christ - the basis
Romans 8:33 We are justified by God himself - the source
3. JESUS CHRIST MAKES INTERCESSION FOR US
Not only does Romans 8:33 inform us that God has already justified the believer, but Romans 8:34 goes on to tells us that no one can condemn the believer because Christ already died for us and was raised and is now at “the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.”
If anyone would want to condemn us it is Satan, who according to Revelation 12:10 is “the accuser of our brethren …, which accused them before our God day and night.” But whatever anyone, even the Devil thinks he can accuse us of, Jesus Christ is at the right hand of the Father making intercession for us. His hands and His side bears the evidence that our sins are paid for.
The balance of Romans 8 testifies to the fact that there is no one and nothing that can separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus. And when you read I Corinthians 12:13 or II Corinthians 5:17 or Romans 6:3-5, you will see that “in Christ” is where the believer resides and according to Ephesians 1:6 we are “accepted in the beloved” and according to Romans 8:33-39 the believer can never be separated from that love.
"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" (Roman 8:38,39).
4. GOD DID THE SAVING AND HE SAID “YE ARE SAVED”
According to I Corinthians 15:2, if a person believes the gospel that Paul delivered. the gospel he declares in I Corinthians 15:3,4, verse 2 says “…ye are saved.” The very word “saved” implies security, implies safety, implies rescued permanently. Jesus Christ died one time for all sins for all mankind. When a person believes in that, trusts in that for the payment of their sins and their acceptance before God, they are saved eternally not temporarily. God does the saving. He saved those that believe! Then He said “ye are saved.”
If God said it, it's true! Ephesians 2:5 says it also: “Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)” In addition, Titus 3:5 says “he saved us” (notice that is past tense,) and I Corinthians 6:11 says “…ye are washed, ye are sanctified, ye are justified…” and Ecclesiastes 5:13 says “whatsoever God doeth, it
shall be forever.” Therefore salvation is forever.
5. THE GIFT OF SALVATION WE RECEIVED IS “ETERNAL LIFE”
Romans 5:15-18, 21 says: “But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification. For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life…. That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.”
All the above is summed up in Romans 6:22,23 by saying: “But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
These verses affirm two facts. First that salvation is a free gift from God, and secondly, that gift is ETERNAL LIFE. When a person trusts the gospel they receive eternal life. God gives them eternal life that very moment. How long does eternal life last? Forever! It is not possible to have eternal life today and not have it tomorrow!
6. THE MOMENT A PERSON GETS SAVED, A SPIRITUAL CIRCUMCISION TAKES PLACE
Philippians 3:3 says “we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.” That is because the Apostle Paul is speaking about a spiritual circumcision that has separated us from the flesh. Colossians 2:9-11 explains:
“For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ. ”
This circumcision is made without hands. It is something God does. He has removed the sins of the flesh from us. Our flesh which is called "the body of sin" (Romans 6:6) has been separated from us. We are then placed “in Christ,” and in Christ we have been disassociated from the flesh and the sins of the flesh. The flesh will sin, and the flesh will die, but the Believer is no longer in the flesh before God. Romans 8:9 says “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you…”.
This is way Paul can say what he does in Romans 7:17-20 “Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.” Therefore the believer is disassociated from the sins of the flesh in the eyes of God and eternally secure in Christ.
7. THE MOMENT A PERSON GETS SAVED HE IS REGENERATED
Titus 3:5 says: “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.”
"Regeneration" means to be made new, it is sometimes referred to as" born again." The prefix “Re” means “new” and the last part of the word “Generated” is from the word “Genesis” or “generation” meaning “beginning.” When we get saved have a new beginning. II Corinthians 5:17 says we are “a new creature.” Ephesians 2:15 we are made “one new man.” We have a new life, and according to the same verse (Titus 3:5) we are kept new by the Holy Ghost. This new life in Christ, this new creature in Christ, this one new man in Christ, is eternal!
The believer today, in the age of the dispensation of the grace of God, is made a new eternal creature in Christ. This is the point of II Corinthians 5:14-21 and the statement of verse 17: "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." The "all things" is not speaking of a person's habits, it is speaking of who the believer is, the "new creature" he has become, now that he is "in Christ."
8. THE MOMENT A PERSON GETS SAVED HE IS INDWELT BY THE HOLY SPIRIT
The imparting of God’s Spirit to our spirit is the imparting of God’s life. Romans 8:2 the Holy Spirit is called “the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus” and Romans 8:9 declares “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.”
The Spirit of God in the Believer makes us a child of God, and an heir, according to Romans 8:15-17 “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him that we may be also glorified together.”
The very Spirit of God has entered into our being, into our soul, and joined to our spirit imparting the very life of God in us. I Corinthians 3:16 and 6:19,20 remind us of this truth, saying: “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
….What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.”
Because the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of life and He indwells the believer, then this life is a present possession. The believer has eternal life as a present possession.
9. THE MOMENT A PERSON GETS SAVED HE IS BAPTIZED INTO JESUS CHRIST
When a person trusts the gospel the Holy Spirit of God baptizes them into the Body of Christ. I Corinthians 12:13 and 12:27 says: “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….Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.”
This is not a water baptism. This is not a minister baptizing a person in water. It is the Holy Spirit baptizing (placing the believer) into Jesus Christ. The word “Baptize” means to be placed into for the purpose of identification. Upon believing the gospel a person is placed into and identified with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ as taught in Romans 6:3-7 which says: “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. 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.”
Every believer in this age of grace is made a member of the Body of Christ. We are one with Him. He is the head and we are His body. If it were possible for a saved person to lose their salvation and end up in hell, then a part of Jesus Christ would be in hell.
10. THE MOMENT A PERSON GETS SAVED HE IS SEALED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT
Clearly from Ephesians 1:13,14, when a person trusts the gospel, they are not only sealed with the Spirit of God but that sealing last until God takes possession of the person purchased by the blood of Jesus Christ. Ephesians 1:12-14 says: “That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. 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, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.”
The Holy Spirit himself is the seal. We are not just sealed by the Spirit, but with the Spirit. The word “Earnest” speaks of sincerity. It is a financial expression meaning a deposit or down payment. God has promised us eternal life with Him in heaven. The full price of our salvation has been paid in full already by the death of Jesus Christ on the cross and by his burial and resurrection. Upon trusting the gospel, the Holy Spirit is given to the believer as a down payment of life until such time as Jesus Christ returns to rapture us unto himself in new resurrected, glorified bodies, in which we shall be caught up into heavenly places.
Even when we sometimes grieve the Holy Spirit, Ephesians 4:30 says we remain sealed: “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.” This promise is referred to again in II Corinthians 1:20-22, where again the Holy Spirit is called “the earnest.” Redemption spoken of in Ephesians 1:14 and 4:30 is not speaking of the soul. The soul has been redeemed by the blood of Christ. It is the “redemption of the body” that the believer is waiting for according to Romans 8:24-25.
A “Seal” is a guarantee. We see how it was used in the Persian Empire in Esther 8:7,8 where it is written: “Then the king Ahasuerus said unto Esther the queen and to Mordecai the Jew, … Write ye also for the Jews, as it liketh you, in the king's name, and seal it with the king's ring: for the writing which is written in the king's name, and sealed with the king's ring, may no man reverse.” A “Seal” is a sign of ownership, of authority, of absolute power, an unchanging decree; hence security!
11. THE REASON WE HAVVE THIS ABSOLUTE SECURITY IS TO THE PRAISE OF GOD’S GLORY.
Looking again at Ephesians 1:3-14, we can see that salvation is not only for the benefit of those who are saved by the grace of God, but that God himself has a purpose in saving us. Notice these verses in Ephesians 1:
In verse 6, after telling us how blessed the believer is according to the good pleasure of God’s will, the verse then explains why, saying: “To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.”
Verses 9,10 explain God's eternal purpose to make Jesus Christ the head of all things in heaven and earth.
Then Verse 11 explains, the believer today has been given “an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will.” God is working out a purpose of his own will.
A will in which God's purpose according to Verse 12 is: “That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.”
For that reason, according to Verses 13 and 14, God has sealed the believer with the Holy Spirit until He takes us for His possession as Verse 14 concludes: “ unto the praise of his glory.”
If a person could lose their salvation, then God’s purpose in saving us would have been over turned. God would lose some of the praise of his glory. But that will not happen, because God has sealed the believer … "unto the praise of his glory."
The whole reason we are saved by grace through faith is to display “the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus,” in the heavenly places, as stated in Ephesians 2:5-9 which reads as follows:
“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: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. 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.”
12. WE ARE ETERNALLY SECURE IN CHRIST BECAUSE GOD IS FAITHFUL
As we said earlier, a person is saved and sealed the moment they trust the gospel because it is Christ who died for them and rose again, and it is God who saved them and the Holy Spirit who sealed them, as God said in His Word. A person is saved by the grace of God, meaning they cannot earn it and they do not deserve it. They are saved by faith and not by works as Ephesians 2:8,9 clearly 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.”
Since it is God and His grace that saves, then the actions whether good or bad, or unfaithfulness of a person, even choosing sometime later, after they believed, if they would choose not to be save or not to believe, these things cannot keep God from keeping His word.
This is the point of the following verses (notice especially the words in bold):
"I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge; Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord." - I Corinthians 1:4-9
"Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness; In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;" - Titus 1:1,2
"Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God; Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel: Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles. For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: 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." - II Timothy 1:8-12
"Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things. Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel: Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound. Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him we shall also live with him: If we suffer, we shall also reign with him if we deny him he also will deny us: If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself." - II Timothy 2:7-13
What a glorious promise, what blessed assurance we have. If we believe the gospel of the grace of God, we have been placed into the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ (Romans 6:3-5), and therefore we are "dead with him" and therefore guaranteed "we shall live with him." The added glory is," if we suffer" in service for the Lord, we will also "reign." We shall be rewarded a reigning position with the Lord Jesus Christ eternally. "If we deny him" instead of suffering in service, we will be denied that reign. Yet, even more than denying him, "if we believe not" (something in life causes us to lose our faith;) God remains faithful. Upon faith we were made a member of the "body of Christ" ( I Corinthians 12:13,27) and God "cannot deny himself." We may not abide faithful, but God will be faithful to his Word, "he abideth faithful."
That is eternal security!