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Dear friend, if you believe that a person can lose his/her
salvation, then what you are about to read could be a
tremendous blessing to you.
It may even change the way you view Jesus Christ.
THE MISCONCEPTION that one can lose their salvation comes from
not truly understanding what Jesus Christ did on the cross. The sad fact is,
the person who believes he/she must "hold out faithful to the end" is not
holding on to the only Saviour described in the Bible. Such a person fails to grasp
the full ramification of what Jesus Christ did for them.
Christ's death provides a salvation you could never earn . . .
The Bible teaches that you and I need a Saviour because we can't save
ourselves: "For what the law could not do, in that it was weak
through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful
flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:" (Rom. 8:3).
Our sinful flesh is too weak, and unable to follow God's law even when our lives
depend on it, "Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not
subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be." (Rom. 8:7) And
because we can't consistently follow His laws to the letter, the Bible pronounces,
"all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;" (Rom. 3:23).
"There is none righteous, no, not one:" Rom. 3:10
That's why Christ HAD TO die on the cross to pay for our sins; He was our only
hope of getting saved from eternal judgment: "Wherefore he is able also
to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing
he ever liveth to make intercession for them." Heb. 7:25
The fact is, Jesus Christ does ALL the saving--start to FINISH. "Neither is there
salvation in any other: for there is none other name under
heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." Acts 4:12
Salvation is not in the name of Buddha, Mohammad, Mary, a denomination, a
minister, and surely NOT OUR OWN NAME! We don't play any part in our own
salvation; not when it comes to earning it, and therefore, NOT WHEN IT COMES
TO KEEPING IT.
Christ's death provides a salvation you can't lose . . .
You can't hang on to what YOU were never able
to earn in the first place!
If you could keep from losing your salvation through your faithfulness and acts of
righteousness, then you would have had the strength to EARN your salvation in the first
place. "...for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily
righteousness should have been by the law." Gal. 3:21
Furthermore, if you could have earned it yourself all along, you would not have needed a
Saviour, meaning Christ died for nothing. But the Bible says: "I do not frustrate the grace
of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is
dead in vain." Gal. 2:21
Those who believe they must do their best to hang on to their salvation are trusting in
TWO saviours, Jesus Christ AND themselves, initially trusting Christ to earn it for them
and then spending the rest of their lives trusting in themselves to keep it.
BUT YOU CAN'T GET SAVED TRUSTING TWO SAVIOURS!
"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto
the Father, but by me." (John 14:6) No man cometh to the Father but by Jesus
Christ, and Him ALONE. If "staying saved" depended on you, then you would be going to
Heaven through Christ AND yourself, not CHRIST ALONE. You would end up in Heaven
making Jesus Christ out to be a liar, as well as having something to brag about! "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." Eph. 2:8-9
The Bible says it is Christ who delivers us from "so great a death[.]" We can't deliver
ourselves, so why should we trust in ourselves and our ability to "Stay faithful to the
end"? "But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not
trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead: Who delivered
us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will
yet deliver us;" 2 Cor. 1:9-10.
To claim that you can lose your salvaton is to say that Christ has not paid your sin debt in
full, and therefore, you must help Him pay the rest of it through your faithfulness and good
works. Yet, Romans 3:24 says we are: "justified freely by his grace
through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:" JUSTIFIED means, "JUSTIce
HAS BEEN satisFIED." GRACE means, "unmerited, unearned favor." REDEMPTION
means, "to buy back."
If our "final salvation" depends on us justifying ourselves by maintaining God's favor,
then God's grace isn't unmerited, and Christ didn't fully buy us back from sin and its awful
judgment. The same chapter of Romans goes on to say:
"To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness[Christ's, not our own]: 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." Rom. 3:26-28
Often, the assumption is made that somehow, someway, God expects you to play a part in
your own salvation. Somehow, you just can't believe there's absolutely nothing you can
do to earn, much less, keep your salvation. But ask yourself this:
Do you really think Christ suffered and died on a cross, getting
you a salvation you couldn't earn, only to turn around
and leave it in your hand?
Granted, after salvation, you're a new creature in Christ (1 Cor. 5:17), but you still have the
same sin-nature following you around creating havoc in your spiritual life. You and I
would "drop" our salvation five minutes after He handed it to us.
My friend, you can't trust the best five minutes of your life to save you! After all, how
many sins would it take to lose your salvation? Ten? A hundred? Every sin in the Book? The
Bible says even if you were perfect in every way except one, that one sin would be enough
to condemn you: "For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in
one point, he is guilty of all." James 2:10
How reasonable, then, would it be for God to expect you to hang on to your salvation when
it requires perfection to do so? "for it is written, Cursed is every one that
continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to
do them." (Gal. 3:10) That's why Christ had to do ALL the saving.
The salvation Christ provides is PERMANENT. It can't be taken away, not even by
ourselves. Notice the words the Bible uses to describe the salvation (and consequently, the
inheritance) that Christ bought for us through HIS blood and preserves for us through HIS
POWER: "To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that
fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the
power of God [not our own power] through faith [saving faith, not staying faith!]
unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time." 1 Pet. 1:4-5
Friend, you may agree that salvation can't be earned through your good works, but if you
still believe that you must try to stay saved through your good works, then you are still
practicing a "works salvation" and haven't fully grasped the full ramification of what Christ
did when He shed His precious blood for you. Jesus promised: "And I give unto them
eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man
[that includes yourself] pluck them out of my hand." John 10:28
IF you were to die today, are you 100% SURE
you would go to Heaven? The Bible says
YOU CAN BE SURE (1 John 5:13).
BUT FIRST, you must realize that what keeps you
from going to Heaven are your sins, because:
"...your iniquities [sins] have separated
between you and your God," Isaiah 59:2.
In fact, in God's eyes YOU ARE A SINNER: "For
all have sinned, and come short
of the glory of God;" Romans 3:23.
SECONDLY, you must realize that there is
NOTHING you can do to save yourself and earn
Heaven: "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." Eph. 2:8-9 Baptism, good
deeds, church membership, self-righteousness are
all examples of good works that cannot save you,
because: "Not by works of
righteousness which we have done, but
according to his mercy he [Christ] saved
us," Titus 3:5.
THE ONLY WAY you can get saved is through
Jesus Christ. He said: "I am the way, the
truth, and the life: no man cometh unto
the Father, but by me." (John 14:6) THAT'S
WHY: "...while we were yet sinners, Christ
died for us." (Rom. 5:8-9)
THEREFORE: You must REPENT (change your
mind); admit that you are a Hell deserving sinner
and can't save yourself. And call upon Christ, and
Him alone, to save you. "if thou shalt confess
with thy mouth the Lord Jesus [REPENT], and
shalt believe in thine heart [TRUST] that God
hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be
saved." Romans 10:9
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