In this article, I will be proving the doctrine of eternal security from the Bible. This doctrine has been attacked by so many people who hated the truth.
The Clearest Doctrine in the Bible
The Bible teaches that anyone who has put their faith in Jesus instead of themselves to justify themselves before God has Eternal Life and cannot lose their Salvation. Every single sin that they have committed or will ever commit has been paid for. Here are the 10 best verses clearly showing this from the Word of God:
Now we will go through these one at a time to comment on them and emphasize just what makes them so remarkable:
Verse 1 – John 6:39-40
39 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.
40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.
In verse 39 Jesus states that He will not lose a single one of those who the Father has given Him. Then in verse 40, He defines that group as those that believe in Jesus. This is because we, as believers, are “kept by the power of God through faith unto Salvation” (1 Peter 1:5) until a fixed point in time – which we learn from verse 40, is the day of Resurrection.
This passage is also important because it defines the “will of the Father”, which sheds light on the oft-twisted passage in Matthew 7:21, where we are told that only those who “do the will of the Father” will enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
The will of the Father is that every believer is to be eternally secure, and will be raised up from the dead to live forever with God in the new creation. That’s why we are told in 1 John 2:17 that “he that doeth the will of God abideth forever”. You can only have a place in the will of God, then, if you trust Jesus Christ as your Savior.
Verse 2 – 1 John 5:1
1 John 5:1
1 Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.
This verse states plainly that if you believe in Jesus, you have been born again into God’s family. That means that you are made a sibling of Jesus Christ by faith alone, as John 1:12 and Galatians 3:26 also attest to. It doesn’t say “will be born of God”, it says “is born of God”, present tense. The moment you put your faith in Christ to save you, you receive the new birth.
This new birth is born of “incorruptible seed” (1 Peter 1:23), and “cannot sin” (1 John 3:9). When we die, this is all that will remain, which is why we will never sin in Heaven. The New Man within every born-again believer is therefore as perfect as Jesus Christ, and absolutely nothing can alter that, which is why we are predestinated to be just like Him after we die (Romans 8:29).
While we live on earth, this nature of our new birth struggles against our old nature (Galatians 5:17), which is the flesh of our old birth, something I cover in-depth in an article titled Every Believer Has Two Natures. The new creature that’s born of God however, is incorruptible and sinless, and so obviously cannot possibly go to Hell.
The part of you that is even capable of sinning is not the real “you” that God sees, if you have been born again. It’s merely a remnant of your first birth which has absolutely no affect whatsoever on your new nature from the new birth.
Verse 3 – John 10:28-29
28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.
Notice in verse 28 that there is not any man that can pluck a believer out of Christ’s hand. Any man includes the believer themselves. Verse 29 also says that we are in the Father’s hand – yet another witness to the fact that our Salvation is guaranteed by God Almighty. Those “given” to Christ are the ones being discussed (verse 29), and as we saw in John 6:39-40, this refers to believers in Jesus.
Going further, we are not only in Jesus’s hand, we are a part of His hand and His body (Ephesians 5:30). For a believer to lose their Salvation would require the body of Jesus Christ to be mutilated – it cannot happen.
6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then it is no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.
Now please, stop worrying about losing your Salvation! This fear is the #1 hindrance to evangelism, as why would I tell someone how to be saved if I don’t know I’m saved myself?
Most Christians don’t have a clue where they are going when they die because they are never taught any of this. This is why this is such a vital doctrine, and I hope that this article has shown you that it’s also a doctrine firmly rooted in the Word of God.