One of Satan’s favorite tactics is to make believers doubt their salvation. The issue of eternal security or “once saved – always saved” – as it’s often described — has been hotly debated throughout church history. Even today many religions teach that a person can be saved by faith in Jesus Christ, but they also teach that people can sin their way out of God’s grace. They believe that what is received from God has to be maintained by their own efforts. But this is totally wrong. The Bible does not teach that.
In Romans 5 — verses 1-2 — Paul said,
1 Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.
2 Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.
That means we are saved — and we will be in heaven forever – living the same existence that God lives.
Now, the word, “therefore”, in this passage, connects Paul’s present discussion with what he said in preceding chapters. In preceding chapters, he established that believers are saved by God.
So, it’s all done by God – human effort has nothing to do with it. And since we can’t be saved by our own efforts – we can’t keep our salvation by our own efforts either. Once again – it’s all done by God.
So, at the beginning of Chapter 5 Paul says — “therefore” – since we are saved by God — we have peace with God. His statement — “we have peace with God” – is a statement in the present tense. That means we have peace now. The war between God and the sinner is over – and it’s a not temporary truce – it’s a permanent peace. We have peace with God forever.
The problem that human beings have — is their sinful natures. Humans have a defect in character, and it makes them want to break God’s laws. And that upsets a holy and perfect God. Romans 8 — verses 7-8 confirm this.
7 For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will.
8 That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God.
However, Jesus solved the problem on the cross, when He paid for all the sins of the human race. That satisfies God, because His sense of justice is completely satisfied. All sin is paid for. So, He offers to forgive all sinners. And those who accept the offer are completely forgiven and have peace with God.
As we said this peace is permanent. Each believer becomes a PERMANENT child of God. Nothing can ever change that. Jesus confirmed this in John 6 – verses 37-40. He said,
37 However, those the Father has given me will come to me, and I will never reject them.
38 For I have come down from heaven to do the will of God who sent me, not to do my own will.
39 And this is the will of God, that I should not lose even one of all those he has given me, but that I should raise them up at the last day.
40 For it is my Father’s will that all who see his Son and believe in him should have eternal life. I will raise them up at the last day.”
That’s assurance – from the Lord, Jesus Christ Himself.
But there’s more. We also have direct access to God. Now, it’s true we still commit sin, but this doesn’t break our connection to God. Our sin is not more powerful than God’s grace. God’s grace is constantly available. Jesus paid for ALL sins – those committed BEFORE we are saved and those committed AFTER we are saved. So, our position is a place of constant forgiveness.
OK, so what’s the conclusion of all this?
The conclusion is we are saved by God’s grace, and our salvation is permanent. Once we are saved – we are always saved. And the link of constant communication with God is permanently established. I say praise the Lord!
Let me close our discussion with prayer.
Lord, we thank You for our security. We know You saved us, and we know You are in our lives right now. You are changing us and making us like Yourself. You are preparing us for our future relationship with You in heaven which will last for all eternity. In Philippians 1:6 You promise to complete that work. Lord, we are so grateful. In Jesus name we pray. Amen