A couple of years ago the ocassion arose for me to preach a series of messages on Sunday morning on the eternal security of the believer. The Baptist position on this important issue has often been maligned and scorned in a context of our adversaries own making. They enjoy to characterize it as believing one can be saved and then live however they want, including a life of sin. This is not the Baptist position.
Our position is that when one accepts Christ they are eternally secure. If we did not do anything to get saved (it is by grace) how can we do anything to lose it? We also believe that one who truly believes will have their heart and life transformed from the inside out by the presence of the Holy Spirit of God. The saved will not live in bondage to sin.
When I was preparing that series a couple of years ago I begin to consider all that would have to happen for an individual to lose his salvation. The following is presented for your consideration and edification.
1. Returned to a state of spiritual death.
Eph. 2:1,5 – And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
You go from being spiritually alive to being spiritually dead again.
2. Must be unredeemed.
Gal. 3:13 – Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
1 Pet. 1:18,19 – Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
The ransom price must be counted insufficient.
3. Must be unsanctified.
1 Cor. 6:11 – And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
If you can lose you salvation that means that you are no longer set apart.
4. Must be unjustified.
Rom. 5:1 – Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
If you can lose your salvation then that means you are not longer righteous when judged by the law.
You are pronounced guilty after having been pronounced innocent.
If you are unjustified then you are condemned.
5. Must be recondemned.
Rom. 8:1 – There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Given the right circumstances of which they are the final arbiters you can be recondemned.
Rom. 8:33 – Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.
There are charges that can be brought that condemn us.
Therefore we live under a continual cloud of suspicion.
6. Must be unborn.
Jn. 3:7 – Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
1 Pet. 1:23 – Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
Titus 3:5 – 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;
A birth cannot be reversed.
If you believe you can lose your salvation then you must believe in being unborn.
7. Must be unadopted.
Rom. 8:15-17 – For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
If you believe you can lose your salvation then you must believe that after God adopts us into his family he subsequently determines because of our behavior that he no longer wants us.
This implies that God did not know what our behavior was going to be.
8. Passed from life to death.
John 5:24 – Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
If you believe you can lose your salvation you must accept the premise that you can pass from life to death.
The life is taken from you and the penalty of death is reasserted.
9. Taken out of Christ.
1 Cor. 15:22 – For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
If you can lose your salvation then you go from being in Christ to being back in Adam.
Eph. 1:6 – To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
Mess up too bad and you will be taken out of the beloved and as a consequence not be accepted.
10. Be unsealed.
Eph. 1:13,14 – 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.
Losing your salvation one must be unsealed.
11. Returned to the power of darkness.
Col. 1:13 – Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
God turns us over to Satan.
We are banished from the kingdom of his dear son.
12. Become incomplete.
Col 2:10 – And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
God completes us.
If you can lose your salvation then you become incomplete once again.
If you become incomplete it is an indication you were never really complete.
13. Returned to being an old creature.
2 Cor. 5:17 – Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Losing your salvation means you are an old creature again.
Eph. 2:10 – For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
God’s creative work is unraveled because of my behavior.
14. Assume the identity of an unbeliever again.
Acts 16:31 – And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
Once a believer now I am not.
I would contend you never were.
Does behavior determine your belief?
If you can lose your salvation are you an unbeliever.
How can that be while I continue to believe?
15. You can be taken out of the hand of God.
John 10:27-30 – My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 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. I and my Father are one.
If you believe you can lose your salvation you believe there is a power that is more sovereign and omnipotent than God.
In fact if you can be taken out of the hand of God then God’s power is not infinite.
If his power is not infinite then he is not God.
16. You can be lost after being found.
Matt. 18:11 – For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.
To believe that one can lose your salvation one must likewise believe that God loses what he finds.
John 17:12 – While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.
Judas was lost but he was never found.
17. You can be blinded after receiving sight.
2 Cor. 4:4 – In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
The light had shown at one time but now it is darkness again.
If you believe you can lose your salvation then you must believe that the mind is deprived of understanding.
You must believe that the light of Christ is not sufficient to over come all darkness.