Assurance of Salvation

December 2, 2010

For some reason it seems every Christmas season I go back to an old web site I used to have that’s purpose was to teach apologetics to the younger generation. At the time when I was doing this, I had been working with youth and young adults for 21 years.

What I am pasting below is from the site that is still up for what I hope is a way for God to use as He freely chooses. It was posted August 7, 2005 and I want to share it now. This season always causes us to reflect on many things. One of them being the reason for celebrating Christmas to begin with…the birth of Jesus Christ.

With this great Gift from God the Father, sending His only Son as OUR Gift to bring us eternal life, some begin to question their salvation. If you are one of those or know someon who is, I pray the following can and will help you to understand that once your have received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you can NOT lose the GIFT of eternal life that He has given you.

I pray you are blessed by the following:

“I want to share with you this lesson that I prepared for the College and Career class that I teach at my church. I talk to many people where I work and there are always people that say they gave their hearts to Christ at some point in their past, but because of sin in their lives, they believe they have lost their salvation.

I pray that if you ever are accosted by this lie from the pit of hell, that you will have the confidence from God’s Word to KNOW that once you have been born again, it is IMPOSSIBLE for you to ever be UN-born again. Jesus said you have ETERNAL life.
How can something eternal ever be anything less than eternal? It can’t!

Well, my desire is that if you ever have struggled with this issue that you will find peace in knowing you have ASSURANCE of your salvation. Also, this will be a good tool for witnessing to your friends or relatives who are weak in their faith and doubting their salvation. Share these Scripture verses with them and pray for God to illuminate the Truth of His Word to them. Please feel free to use this in your own life and apply it as you would any lesson from your own Bible study.

The Scriptures that Christ gave about giving ETERNAL life speak for themselves. No Scripture contradicts them. What people are confusing is the matter of those who “behave” as those of us who are born again but in fact never had the regeneration of the Holy Spirit in their lives.

The Apostle Paul speaks very clearly on this matter in 1 John 2. In verses 3-6 he says, “We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. The man who says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him. This is how we KNOW we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.”

He continues to speak about the conduct of true Christians and those who just want to wear the label as he talks about how we are separate from those who are truly NOT believers. In verses 18-19 he makes it abundantly clear that there are some who were “NEVER” with us. He says, “Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour. They went out from us, BUT THEY DID NOT REALLY BELONG TO US.. For if they had belonged to us, they would have REMAINED WITH US; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us. (Emphasis mine)

Again, these passages are referring to church members that have a falsely professed faith in Christ and are not true members of the Church. In other words, they are members of the “visible” Church…the church congregation if you will and have partaken in Covenant things that are not for them to partake in, but have left the fellowship of believers because of their false faith (they are not part of the “invisible Church”). By false faith, I mean that their faith is their own human attempt at faith, not a God-given faith that people who are truly elect and saved have. They cannot handle being part of the Church because they are not capable of “persevering” or “enduring till the end” like a regenerate person who is kept by the power of God through their God-given faith. An apostate, as someone who “falls away”, is someone who has fallen away from the fellowship and ministry of the Church because they never had GENUINE faith to begin with, only an appearance or man-made attempt at such faith. This is why they fall away and “go out from us” as John describes in 1 John. They make their false faith known by leaving the fellowship of believers because they were “NEVER one of us.” And I believe Paul makes this abundantly clear.

Again, eternal means just that…eternal. It can’t be anything less. If Jesus Christ has given you the gift of eternal life, and you accepted that gift, it is an ETERNAL gift. It cannot be revoked. Those who APPEAR to be Christians and leave the faith were never truly a part of the “invisible” body to begin with. And when I say the invisible church body I am speaking of the body of Christ of which we are members in SPIRIT since it is our spirits that have been regenerated by the miraculous saving power of the Holy Spirit in and through us. Those who are members of a local church are just members of a group of people, they are not members in SPIRIT therefore they were “never one of us”.

And here I was answering someone:

“Also Ryan, you seem to be declaring the Scriptures you gave somehow refute the belief of “once saved always saved”. The Bible teaches unequivocally that when people come to know Christ as their Savior, they are brought into a relationship with God that GAURANTEES their salvation as eternally SECURE. There are numerous passages that support this fact. Paul says I Romans 8:30, “And those He predestined, He also called; those He called, He also justified; those He justified, He also glorified.” This verse tells us that from the MOMENT God chooses us, it is as if we are glorified in His presence in heaven. There is nothing that can prevent a believer from one day being glorified because God has already purposed it in heaven. Once a person is justified, his salvation is guaranteed…he is as secure as if he is already glorified in heaven.

Keep in mind that Paul asks two crucial questions in Romans 8:33-34 “Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is GOD who justifies. Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died more than that, who was raised to life…is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.” Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? NO ONE will, because Christ is our advocate. Who will condemn us? NO ONE will, because Christ, the One who died for us, is the one who condemns. We have both the advocate and judge as our Savior.

We as believers are born again (regenerated) when we believe as spoken of in John 3:3 and Titus 3:5. For a Christian to lose his salvation, he would have to be un-regenerated. The Bible gives NO evidence that the new birth can be taken away. The Holy Spirit indwells all believers (John 14:17; Romans 8:9) and baptizes all believers into the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:13). For a believer to become unsaved, he would have to be “un-indwelt” and detached from the Body of Christ. This is impossible.

John 3:15 states that whoever believes in Jesus Christ will “have ETERNAL life.” If you believe in Christ today and have eternal life, but lose it tomorrow, then it was never “eternal” at all was it? Of course not! Hence if you lose your salvation, the promises of eternal life in the Bible would be in error. For the most conclusive argument, I think Paul says it best, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, NOR ANYTHING ELSE IN ALL CREATION, WILL BE ABLE TO SEPARATE us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” Romans 8:38-39.

Remember Ryan, the same God who saved you is the same God who will keep you. The Lord Jesus Christ proclaimed, “I give them eternal life, and they shall NEVER perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand” John 10:28-29. Both Jesus and the Father have us firmly grasped in their hand. Who could possibly separate us from the grip of both the Father and the Son? No one and no thing!

Ephesians 4:30 tells us that believers are “sealed for the day of redemption.” If believers did not have eternal security Ryan, the sealing could not truly be unto the day of redemption, but only to the day of sinning, apostasy, or disbelief. John 3:15-16 tells us that whoever believes in Jesus Christ will “have eternal life.” Remember, if a person were to be promised eternal life, but then have it taken away, it was never “eternal” to begin with. Again, if eternal security is not true, the promises of eternal life in the Bible would be in error.

Ryan, our eternal security is based on God’s love for those whom He has redeemed. Our eternal security is purchased by Christ, promised by the Father, and sealed by the Holy Spirit. Once we are saved we are always saved. Our salvation is most definitely eternally secure!

I apologize if it takes a while to get back. As most of you know, I don’t have the time as I once did due to family, church and work committments to continue keeping this site as vibrant as I did. I will continue to add to and try to reply when possible. Thanks for being understanding.
Sola Scriptura,
HisServant4Life”

In Christ,

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5 Responses to “Assurance of Salvation”

  1. Marion5522 said

    Thank you for giving us reassurance of the most precious of gifts.

    • Jeff D said

      Marion,

      Bless you for your kind words. I wanted to apologize for the length of the post. If you truly read the entire thing I applaud you for your patience and diligence.

      Are posts like this something you might be more interested in reading? I am still trying to know which the best way to go with this BLOG is.

      Thanks for any input and God bless you always.

      In Christ,

      Jeff

  2. Eli said

    When you wrote this part, i am copying, are people like those who judged me or shamed kelly and you, who you are speaking about here?

    ” By false faith, I mean that their faith is their own human attempt at faith, not a God-given faith that people who are truly elect and saved have. They cannot handle being part of the Church because they are not capable of “persevering” or “enduring till the end” like a regenerate person who is kept by the power of God through their God-given faith. An apostate, as someone who “falls away”, is someone who has fallen away from the fellowship and ministry of the Church because they never had GENUINE faith to begin with, only an appearance or man-made attempt at such faith. ”

    Another question, and Kelly has tried to talk about this with me a few times, but how does someone carnal, like us , get the chance to become ” redeemed” when we are still in the bodily flesh we were born into? Kelly has said redeemed is likened our lives to be traded in for a new model, so to speak by God’s death and gift of new life. I get the remodel,but I can’t wrap my head around God’s part of taking someone like me, a satanic High Priest, and making me Perfectly forgiven just because of him dying.
    Sorry just can’t get that, bro.

  3. Jeff D said

    Eli, first I want to give you a huge thanks for taking part in the BLOG and asking questions that are very legitimate and deserving of answers. Secondly, I pray the time you are here, you KNOW you are WELCOME to be here as is ANY person…no matter there background…no matter their status in life. ANY person is WELCOME here as we pray this is truly a place of REFUGE where you will MEET Jesus Christ in His time.

    You first question is VERY hard to answer on a personal level…and that is why it is so difficult to answer…because I don’t know these people PERSONALLY. I only know what they say and what they DO. And what they DO is NOT what they SAY. They are polar opposites and bro, it happened to all unfold within just days of you showing up at their Forum.

    Do they have a “False faith”? Their actions would certainly indicate so. And we all know that “Actions speak louder than words”. Jesus Himself has quite a bit to say about this type of person in Matthew 7:13-23 as taken from http://www.biblegateway.com

    “The Narrow and Wide Gates

    13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life and only a few find it.

    True and False Prophets

    15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.
    True and False Disciples

    21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

    Eli, I would say that the Lord pretty much sums it up right there. Again, I cannot judge whether or not they TRULY have the “False faith” you are asking of simply because I do not know them personally. I just know what I have witnessed through their own actions.

    You next question is one we ALL deal with because we ALL are sinners. Eli, I have said it many times on the radio that even if ADOLPH HITLER had TRULY come to the Lord and AGREED with God that HE IS A SINNER and REPENTED of those sins the Lord WOULD have FORGIVEN him. The reason is because God CANNOT go against his Word. In 1 John 1:9, the Lord says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

    The word “Confess” used here doesn’t mean you say “I confess…I was wrong”. No. The word “Confess” means that YOU, by an act of your free will, AGREE with God that HIS WORD IS TRUE that you ARE a SINNER and that there is NO way you can be rid of this sin and the person you are NOW unless you come to Him just as you are…whatever you are…whoever you are. God, knowing your heart…then replaces that OLD DEAD heart and gives you HIS heart. This is all done in the spirit realm which is why it is called “SUPER-NATURAL”.

    ALL of us, when we were born, were born spiritually dead to God. That is why we MUST be “Born Again”. Jesus had to explain this very thing to Nicodemus who one of the most well known teachers of Jesus’ day. This is how it is recorded in John 3 again by http://www.biblegateway.com

    John 3
    Jesus Teaches Nicodemus
    1 Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. 2 He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.”
    3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.[a]”
    4 “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”
    5 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit[b] gives birth to spirit. 7 You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You[c] must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”[d]
    9 “How can this be?” Nicodemus asked.
    10 “You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things? 11 Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. 12 I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? 13 No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man.[e] 14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,[f] 15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”[g]
    16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.
    John Testifies Again About Jesus
    22 After this, Jesus and his disciples went out into the Judean countryside, where he spent some time with them, and baptized. 23 Now John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because there was plenty of water, and people were coming and being baptized. 24 (This was before John was put in prison.) 25 An argument developed between some of John’s disciples and a certain Jew over the matter of ceremonial washing. 26 They came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, that man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan—the one you testified about—look, he is baptizing, and everyone is going to him.”
    27 To this John replied, “A person can receive only what is given them from heaven. 28 You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah but am sent ahead of him.’ 29 The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. 30 He must become greater; I must become less.”[h]
    31 The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth, and speaks as one from the earth. The one who comes from heaven is above all. 32 He testifies to what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony. 33 Whoever has accepted it has certified that God is truthful. 34 For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God[i] gives the Spirit without limit. 35 The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands. 36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.

    Footnotes:
    a. John 3:3 The Greek for again also means from above; also in verse 7.
    b. John 3:6 Or but spirit
    c. John 3:7 The Greek is plural.
    d. John 3:8 The Greek for Spirit is the same as that for wind.
    e. John 3:13 Some manuscripts Man, who is in heaven
    f. John 3:14 The Greek for lifted up also means exalted.
    g. John 3:15 Some interpreters end the quotation with verse 21.
    h. John 3:30 Some interpreters end the quotation with verse 36.
    i. John 3:34 Greek he

    Eli, I have NO doubt that you now have more questions than before. I don’t even know if the answers I presented to you are what you were looking for. The IMPORTANT thing is that we have a starting point. Questions lead to more questions and THAT is how you grow in your faith. The more your HEART LONGS to know the TRUTH, the more that the TRUTH…Jesus Christ…will be revealed to you.

    Talk to me…ask the questions I KNOW you have 

    Just keep ‘em coming buddy OK?

    Your friend in Jesus,

    Jeff

  4. Eli said

    kelly wrote me this quote last week –
    ” So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” karen said thats a bible verse, but all I can remember is this part off the top of my head.

    I guess i am confused beause if people live for God, like ruggie and that other moderator woman said they do,how can this bible verse be true in their lives if they aren’t hearing what God says, or being visible to people like me and the other members who participated in covens.

    How can that woman Rose even says she lives for god, if all she did was cut me down because of living as a HP, , or cut you and Kelly down for being true to God by loving me even though I dont believe the way you guys do? How is that faith in acting or living like Jesus if all they do is judge me by the covers they dont know anything about?

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