Eternal Security

Introduction:

1. What does it mean?

a. Eternal security is the truth that once a person is saved, he is saved forever and cannot in anyway lose his salvation.
b. Eternal security is not the same as assurance of salvation. Assurance is the confidence a believer has that he is saved.
c.Eternal security assumes that the person is indeed a believer in Jesus Christ. Matthew 7:15-23; 13:24-30, 36-42; I John 2:18-19
d. Eternal security is not based on feeling or experience but the Bible. John 17:17

2. Why is eternal security important?
a. It gives the Christian great security that no matter what happens in his life, God is his Father and he will go to heaven.
b. It gives the believer an unshakable cause for serving Christ.
c. It gives the believer a tremendous cause to rejoice.
d. It gives the believer a strong motivation to serve Christ -- gratefulness rather than obligation.

The Bible teaches that once a person is saved, he is saved forever...

I. ...because of the Nature of Salvation in Christ.

A. The believer is totally forgiven of all sin--past, present, and future. Therefore, no sin that a believer commits can cause him to lose his salvation. Colossians 1:13-14, 2:13-14; Hebrews 10:10-14
B. The believer is chosen by God for salvation. Ephesians 1:4; John 6:39-40; I Peter 1:1-2, 2:9; 2 Thessalonians 2:13. Therefore, he cannot lose his salvation because he would have to be "unchosen." Romans 11:29; Isaiah 43:13; Romans 8:29.
C. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit will bring believers into the fullness of their salvation in heaven.
1. God the Father: I Thessalonians 5:23-24; Philippians 1:6.
2. God the Son: I Corinthians 1:6-9; Hebrews 7:24-25; 1 John 2:1-2.
3. God the Holy Spirit: Ephesians 1:13-14; 4:30

(Therefore, the Triune God would have to fail in order for believers to lose their salvation.)

The Bible teaches that once a person is saved, he is saved forever...

II. ...because of the Unconditional Promises of God to the Believer
The believer cannot lose his salvation because God has promised unconditionally that he would be saved forever.
A. The security of these promises
1. These promises are unconditional and thus not dependent on the believer in any way.
2. God is immutable-unchanging and therefore cannot break these promises. Malachi 3:5-6; Titus 1:2

(God says, "I will do it, no matter what you do.")

B. The unconditional promises of eternal security
1. Future resurrection (John 6:37-40 "ALL")
2. Eternal life (John 10:27-29 "NEVER")
3. Eternal love (Romans 8:35-39 "NO ONE")