Can you lose your salvation? – Part 3

There are people that sincerely believe that they can lose their salvation. My first question to them is always, what do you have to do to lose it? How many sins do you have to commit? Which ones?

I think if it were possible to lose salvation that God would have clearly laid out in scripture what we can do to lose it. The thing I have seen clearly is that even the people that say you can lose your salvation can’t point clearly to anything in scripture that says what must happen for you to lose it. I actually have seen someone pull a random list of sins out of scripture and say if you do any of these you can lose it but not for others. I have also had someone tell me that all you can do to lose it is to betray Christ or willfully give it up. I have also heard that any sin can cause you to lose your salvation.

If this is possible then how can you gain your salvation back? The same arguments that try to make Hebrews 6 say you can lose salvation often ignore the second part of that passage… which says clearly (if the first part is translated to mean you can lose it) in going along those same lines of interpretation, they must also believe that it is impossible to regain salvation.  If this is true, we are all condemned to hell.

The problem with all of these is once again if you can’t do anything to earn your salvation, then you can’t do anything to lose it either. See the first post in this series for more thoughts on that.

If it is possible to lose it somehow then, what must you do to keep or maintain salvation?

Most say believe or maintain faith. They teach that by our faithfulness we will maintain our salvation. The problem with this is that scripture clearly teaches that only our righteous acts are like filthy rags. We can never be good enough. Even on our best day we have impure motives and sinful thoughts and acts. We can’t maintain or earn our salvation through works. That is religion. Christianity is not a religion. Religion is man’s attempt to reach God. Christianity is God’s attempt to reach man. The difference between Christianity and any other religions of the world is that religions teach us that we must do something to get to heaven. A work is anything that we must do or not do to win favor with God so that He will grant us salvation. Scripture teaches that God did it all by sending His Son as the sacrifice for our sin.

Us being righteous enough or having correct works have nothing to do with salvation.

Titus 3: 5-6 – he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior

When God does something, He does it correctly and completely.  He correctly and completely paid for all or sin that we have committed or will commit in the future by his sacrifice on the cross.  Some people feel the need to do something to try to impress God or earn his favor after salvation.  We see this throughout scripture and Paul always spoke against it.  This is one of the main themes of Galatians.  People tried to be religious or trust in the Law to maintain salvation.  That is a works based system that has nothing to do with grace.  We do good works after we get saved, not to appease God or to earn favor, but because after he changes us we are different, we are new!

2 Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

When we are made new, we are free to do the good things God has called us to do, not to keep his favor, but because He has already granted his favor.  Not to earn his grace, but in response to his grace.

Ephesians 2:10 – For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

In 1 John 5:13, Scripture also clearly teaches that we can know that we are saved.

1 John 5:13 – I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.

If we can lose salvation by something we do in the future, then this verse is not true and we would be unable to know if we have eternal life because the possibility of losing it in the future would be there.  If we could lose it, then it couldn’t be called eternal life, it would be the hope of eternal life one day.  Eternal life starts on this earth for a believer now, not after they leave this earth.  The previous scripture is not a promise to have salvation/eternal life one day, its a promise that we can know we have it now.  Let me show you this with another scripture.

John 6:47 – I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life.

It says we have it now.  It is not something we have to wait for in the future.  Eternal life doesn’t start when we die, it starts the moment Jesus saves us. Thank you Jesus for the mighty way you save us correctly and completely apart from anything we can do.

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