I Want to
Suppose I don't want
to be saved anymore . . .
Some people insist they can lose their salvation if they were to voluntarily refuse it, or give it back to God. "After all," they reason, "If I change my mind and decide I don't want to go to Heaven, surely God won't force me to go against my own free will."
However, this assumes that the saved person has a choice in the matter.
My friend, once you are truly saved, God is the One holding on to you, not the other way around. Jesus Christ promised:
"And I give unto them ETERNAL LIFE; and they shall NEVER PERISH, neither shall any man PLUCK THEM OUT OF MY HAND. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand." John 10:28-29
You may decide you don't want to be saved anymore (a very strange attitude for a truly saved person to have). But try convincing God to let you go. Jesus' reputation as the perfect Saviour is at stake:
"And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I SHOULD LOSE NOTHING, but should raise it up again at the last day." John 6:39
Let's further consider Christ's reputation, particularly His competence as Saviour.
Assuming one did have the ability to unsave themselves, what would exercising that option say about God's ability to save someone in the
first place? For instance, let's assume that, in an attempt to unsave yourself, you stop living righteously.
You stop going to church, stop reading your Bible, stop praying, no longer witness, and instead, begin boozing it up, gambling, swearing, stealing, and fornicating every chance you get.
Suppose that in the midst of all that wicked behavior, you cross that line the Bible never defines, and BAM--you've unsaved yourself.
What would it say about God?
For one thing, it would imply that God is a liar. If you were keeping yourself saved all along, then your righteousness had the real power to ultimately save you.
Thus, God never really had the power to save you. And yet, it is this same powerless God that many call upon for salvation, because God claims: "I, even I, am the LORD; and BESIDE ME THERE IS NO SAVIOUR" (Isa. 43:11). Is God claiming something He is not?
Is He being disingenuous, when His Word 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; Which HE SHED ON US ABUNDANTLY through Jesus Christ OUR SAVIOUR" (Titus 3:5-6)?
Who's the real Saviour, us or God? "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."
THE TRUTH IS, salvation is "not of yourselves[.]" It is never our own "works of righteousness" that get us into Heaven. Salvation is, "Not of works, lest any man should boast." No one will be in a position to boast about how they held on to their salvation, because they had NOTHING to do with getting, much less "staying," saved in the first place.
We get saved because the righteousness of Christ was imputed upon us at salvation (see Romans 4:21-25). When a person truly gets saved, Christ trades His righteousness for his/her sins: "For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him." 2 Cor. 5:21
Therefore, to say that one can lose his
salvation for lack of righteousness is to say
that Christ's righteousness is not good
enough to merit Heaven!
Perhaps, those who claim they could lose or give back their salvation don't realize that they need the righteousness of Christ imputed upon them for salvation. They are still depending upon their own righteousness to ultimately save them.
In essence, they are still practicing a works salvation without realizing it.
They are not simply taking by faith the fact that they are lost, hell-bound, unrighteous sinners in need of Jesus Christ, who has ALREADY done everything necessary, in order to save them.
"For ye are all the children of God BY FAITH IN CHRIST JESUS." Gal. 3:26
Okay, suppose I want to
disinherit myself as God's child . . .
Then it would mean that God ALLOWS His children to disinherit themselves. Again, it would imply that God lied since disinheritance goes
contrary to His own Word. Read the following passage carefully:
"In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: 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." Eph. 1:11-14
First of all, the child of God has obtained an "inheritance, being predestinated[.]" Our inheritance is predestined. That means that we WILL GET our inheritance; it is a done deal.
Furthermore, God has already predestined that every adopted child of His WILL BE conformed to the image of His only begotten Son!
"For whom he did foreknow, he also did PREDESTINATE to be CONFORMED TO THE IMAGE OF HIS SON, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren." Rom. 8:29
Now, if it's a foregone conclusion that every child will ultimately be Christlike, then obviously God WILL keep that child saved.
That's why the rest of the passage says: "...being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:"
What is God's purpose for those saved? It is to be conformed to the image of His Son. Does that conformity depend solely upon our will?
NO! The verse says: "of his own will[.]" One way or another, God's child will be conformed; whether that child is disobedient or cooperative, he/she WILL BE conformed. (That's where God's
discipline sometimes comes in. More about this later.) Our inheritance/conformity is a done deal because it takes place according to His will, NOT OUR'S. So sure is God of His own ability to keep us saved, that notice how the passage ends:
"...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."
Sealed means, "secured, arrested, clamped, preserved;" nothing is "getting out," including a saved soul. Furthermore, the Holy Spirit is "the earnest of our inheritance[,]" like the earnest money you put down on a house you intend to buy. That earnest money proves you are serious about buying that house because if you negate buying it, you forfeit the money.
My friend, God has no intention of forfeiting His Holy Spirit--God's earnest money. Nor is God the type to renege on a deal once He has agreed to it. In fact, once saved, we are God's "purchased possession[.]" Purchased with His own blood.
Okay, but suppose I act like the
worst kid God ever had. Surely
He'll have to disinherit me . . .
NO! If He did, it would make Him a lousy Father.
Does one disinherit his son/daughter when he/she gets out of hand? Neither does God disinherit His own--instead, He disciplines them!
"For WHOM THE LORD LOVETH HE CHASTENETH, and scourgeth EVERY SON WHOM HE RECEIVETH." Heb. 12:6
Once God adopts someone as His child, He does what every loving father should do--correct and discipline, making that some- one Christlike in the end. "If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons;
for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?" (Heb. 12:7). However, the Bible adds the following warning: "But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, AND NOT SONS." Heb. 12:8
The bottom line . . .
Anyone that has a "lose your salvation" argument, should always ask themselves: "What would losing my salvation say about God and His ability to save me in the first place?"
Any argument based upon a person's free- will, desire, or behavior minimizes God's role in salvation. Yet, the Bible teaches that GOD DOES ALL THE SAVING!
"NEITHER IS THERE SALVATION IN ANY OTHER: for there is NONE OTHER NAME [not your's or mine, but Jesus Christ] under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." Acts 4:12 (See also, Heb. 7:25; Matt. 19:25-26; Isa. 45:21; 1 Tim. 4:10; Titus 2:11; Hosea 13:4; 1 Tim. 1:15; John 8:24).
In salvation, God pays the ransom; He buys us back from the bondage of sin. We become HIS PROPERTY; we are His "bond slaves."
Thus, whether or not we become "unsaved" is God's decision, not our's. Once saved, He owns us, we no longer own ourselves. "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." 1 Cor. 6:19-20
Think! What kind of God would Christ be if He couldn't secure the very thing He shed His blood for? What kind of God would start a job without the wherewithal to finish it?
To assume that Christ would go to all that trouble, dying in our place, and then leave it up to us to "remain saved" is absurd. It flies in the face of the loving, almighty, competent God.
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." Romans 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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