Easter — The Eternally Secure Gift!
“Low in the grave He lay, Jesus my Savior,
Waiting the coming day, Jesus my Lord!
Up from the grave He arose,
With a mighty triumph o’er His foes;
He arose a victor from the dark domain,
And He lives forever with His saints to reign;
He arose, He arose,
Hallelujah, Christ arose!”
But how effective was His sacrifice? Can we rest with certain knowledge that His death and resurrection pay the full price? Are we eternally secure?
The Love Reason
“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew Him not.” 1 John 3:1
First of all, Love is the reason we can be eternally secure with Christ. Every man is either under the wrath of God, or under the love of God. Once you are put under the love of God, nothing can separate you from Him.
“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on Him.” John 3:36
“7To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and
honor and immortality, eternal life: 8 But unto them that are contentious,
and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,
9Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; 10But glory, honor, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile.” Romans 2:7-10
The Family Reason
Family is the next reason: Scripture describes salvation as becoming part of God’s family.
- “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.” John 1:12
- “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” Romans 8:14
- “To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.” Galatians 4:5-6
Once you receive Christ as your Savior, you are adopted and born again into the family of God. No one can take you out of that family.
A biological child might disobey and receive discipline from his father, but the father can never remove the child from the biological famiy once that child was born.
The Eternal Reason
Eternal, or Everlasting, is the third reason. God describes salvation as the gift of everlasting life.
“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. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me hath everlasting life.” John 6:40 & 47
“That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 5:21
If everlasting life ever has a condition that ends, the life, categorically, was not everlasting.
The word eternal, or everlasting, means it cannot end. The life in God that He gives you, by definition, has to endure forever and if you have received everlasting life, there cannot be a termination point or point of loss any more than there could be a termination point with God Himself.
The Knowledge Reason
His knowledge is the next reason.
Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name? and in Thy name have cast out devils? and in Thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity.
Jesus didn’t say “I knew you once, but now I don’t know you any more.” He will say, “I never knew you.”
“Nahum 1:7 The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble;
and He knoweth them that trust in Him.” Nahum 1:7
“Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are His. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” 2 Timothy 2:19
The Grace Reason
“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.” Titus 3:5
Since there was nothing you could do to earn salvation, what makes you think there is something you can do to keep it, or to un-do it?
God, in His infinite grace, did all the work to save you, and in that same grace, He keeps you.
We are, in fact, insulting Him when we think we can un-do His act of grace.
Some people say, “I’m too humble to believe I can know for sure that I’m going to Heaven.” This is not truly humility. It is actually arrogance to think that our works have something to do with our salvation. Our works cannot earn salvation nor can they end salvation. “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.” Ephesians 2:8-9
The Absence Reason
The Bible never, ever specifies or mentions a sin that removes or undoes salvation. If we could commit a sin that un-does our salvation, wouldn’t some verse, somewhere, tell us to stay away from that sin?
“But what about the sin Jesus said is unforgivable?”
It is true Jesus taught:
All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.
And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven Him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come. — Matthew 12:31-32
BUT...this one sin being unforgivable does not equal the one sin that makes you lose your salvation. Jesus never defined this as a sin that makes you lose your salvation. Why? Because people who are saved cannot blaspheme the Holy Ghost.
Furthermore, the context of Jesus’ statement helps to illustrate what blasphemy of the Holy Ghost is. “But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation: Because they said, He hath an unclean spirit.” Mark 3:29-30 Blasphemy of the Holy Ghost is attributing the works of Jesus to a devil.
(It is worth noting that — to their shame — many people blaspheme God the Father and God the Son by exclaiming “God,” “Jesus,” or euphemisms such as “Gosh,” but rarely ever do people use the Holy Ghost’s name in vain!)
“But I am not sure that I myself am saved!”
There are two possibilities. You might never have repented and asked Jesus to come into your heart. You’ve been trusting in your works. The remedy is simple. Confess that you can’t earn salvation and trust wholly in Jesus, right away.
The second possibility is that you have repented and asked Jesus into your heart, but you lack the things necessary to remember that you are purged from your sins.
You see, in II Peter, there is a passage specially for people who forget they are saved. We read in II Peter 1:4-9:
4Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises:
that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped
the corruption that is in the world through lust.
5And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
6And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
7And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
8For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
So, if you are saved, but you are not becoming more sanctified -- if you lack these things —
- brotherly kindness
....You can forget that you were purged from your sins, but that doesn’t mean you lost everlasting life. Rather, you can return to the Scriptures and the washing and cleansing of the word, so you may no longer be barren or unfruitful.
So, may you rest in the assurance of salvation — the gift of Easter that can never be lost!