Q&A: Eternal Security

We received this question from Joe:

Q: “I would like to know more about your doctrine of ONE WHO IS SAVED IS EVER SAVED.”

(What that is generally called is the doctrine of eternal security. Another popular phrase used to refer to it is “once saved, always saved.”)

A: Hi Joe,

My name is James Moody. I would like to thank you for sending your question to us here at R U Saved.org. I hope that I am able to help you understand this Bible doctrine.

First off, I would like to say that for this doctrine, and to understand how this doctrine applies, we must first go to the book of Second Timothy, chapter 2 and verse 15, which says, Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. We can see from this verse that we are commanded by God to study His word and divide it accordingly.

Now, I know you would like my opinion on this subject about as much as I would like to eat a mud sandwich, so let me show you out of the Bible (if it’s from the Holy Scriptures of God, it isn’t my opinion) why God through Jesus Christ has given us eternal life and eternal security.

  1. First off, we must have a new birth, Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. – John 3:5-7. All of mankind is born once through their mother; this is the reference in the Scripture to being born of water from our mother’s womb, our fleshly birth. After Jesus established that we have this first birth, He states we must be supernaturally born again of the Holy Spirit. Now the question arises why must we be born again? (“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: […] For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” – Romans 3:10&23; “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” – Romans 5:12 ;“For the wages of sin is death;[…]” – Romans 6:23a) So we can see through the Bible that we must be born again, that we must have that second birth through the Spirit of God (John 3:6), or we are condemned to eternal death in fire (“He that believeth on him [Jesus Christ] is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” – John 3:18; “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” – Revelation 20:15).
  2. So, how can we be saved from this eternal death? (“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” – John 3:16-18; “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8; “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” – Romans 6:23; “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. […] For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” – Romans 10:9-10&13; “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) According to scripture, God’s word, we can be saved from the eternal death of flames through faith in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son.
  3. It is through faith in the works that Jesus Christ performed through His life, death, burial, and resurrection, meaning through His obedience to God the Father that we have eternal life given freely to us. This salvation is provided as a free gift, no works on our parts could make us deserve it or be able to earn it (“Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;  To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.  Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.  Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.” – Romans 3:24-28; “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). This salvation provided through Jesus Christ is also an eternally secure one, one that cannot be lost (“And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” – John 10:28; “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” – 1st John 5:13; “[…] yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; […]” – Romans 3:4b)
  4. Christians, though saved from eternal damnation in the fires of hell through Jesus Christ, still have a daily battle and fight on this earth with their mortal enemy: themselves (meaning any born again, blood bought believer) (“For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.  For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.  If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.  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.  I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.  For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:  But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.  O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?  I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. […]” – Romans 7:14-25). We are able to claim the victory over sin and our flesh through Jesus Christ, though we will battle them until either Jesus Christ returns or God calls us home to Him. If we cannot live the law (no human living or dead can or could live the law. The only man that did was the man Christ Jesus.) and commit no sins, then we have to trust in Christ’s  righteousness for our salvation (“But for us also, to whom it [righteousness – v.22] shall be imputed, if we 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; “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” – 1st John 1:9). If we can lose something that was never ours (Christ’s righteousness, which is God’s righteousness) then we could never gain it again (“And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:” – Philippians 3:9; For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift [Romans 6:23], and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.” – Hebrews 6:4-6).

Ultimately, it comes down to one thing: faith in God. Not only basic faith in God,  but also of His power and ability to do what He wills to be, what He desires to be done, and His ability to perform that which He has promised in His word (“Wherefore, when I came, was there no man?  when I called, was there none to answer?  Is my hand shortened at all, that it cannot redeem?  or have I no power to deliver?  behold, at my rebuke I dry up the sea, I make the rivers a wilderness: […]” – Isaiah 50:2a; “For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?  God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; That thou [God] mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.” – Romans 3:3-4a).

My friend, I hope that through this study of God’s word (2nd Timothy 2:15) that you can see and understand that all mankind must be saved through Jesus (“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name [Jesus Christ – v.10 ] under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” – Acts 4:12); and that once a person believes on Jesus, they have not only eternal life given to them, they also have eternal security given to them (“And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” – John 10:28; “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise[…]” – 2nd Peter 3:9). I sincerely hope that this time I have taken to show what God’s word says on the subject has helped you. We here at R U Saved.org will be praying for you; may God be with you and show you the truth that is found in His word (“Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” John 17:17)