Can a Christian lose their salvation?

Can a Christian lose his or her salvation?

Matthew Cserhati

Can a Christian lose his or her salvation? Is it possible for me to do something really disobedient or grow so cold so I just drop out of my salvation and go to hell forever? This hard question has caused much mental anguish to Christians, including myself at one point in my life. Let me attempt to give the listener some consolation if he or she is struggling with this very question.

Let me answer this question briefly and succinctly. The answer is a definitive NO. Let’s examine this question from a number of different angles. We know from the Gospels and the book of Revelation that the church is the bride of Christ. When we are born again, we become a child of God. We enter into a loving relationship with God Our father, the Creator of the universe.  The relationship between a man and his wife mirrors the relationship between God and the church.

Jesus Christ so loved His church that he laid down His life for us. Ephesians 5:25 says: “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it”. We are one with Christ, the church is the body of Christ, and Jesus is head of the church. Furthermore, Malachi 2:16 says: “For the Lord, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away”.

How could God, Who ordained marriage and by His very nature hates divorce, put away any member of the church that He sent His Son to die for? By His very own nature God cannot reject His own church and willfully throw His own children into the flames of hell forever.

The idea that one can lose their salvation presupposes that one can then do something for their own salvation. Meaning that in order to stay in salvation, one has to do something, since one has to do something in order to attain salvation. This is wrong, because it then means that salvation is works-based.

Ephesians 2:8-9 says “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

The concept of losing one’s salvation comes from Arminian churches which teach that you have to choose God in order to attain salvation. This is an active, conscious choice on the part of an unregenerate man. If you can choose God, it is logical that you can also “un-choose”, and therefore forfeit your relationship with Him, and be in danger of hell if you die.

This is not so according to the teaching of election. Ephesians 2:10 says “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

God has ordained us from the beginning of the world to walk with Him and produce good works. Romans 8:30 says: “Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.” This verse means that if somebody is elect (in other words, predestined), then all of the events in this chain will occur in his or her life: predestination, calling, justification, and glorification in Heaven. Nobody will dropout mid-way, the chain will not break, and what God has begun, He will finish on the last day. It is not a question of man’s will. You cannot lose your salvation.

Can you lose your salvation because of some sin or disobedience? Just think, God chose you before the world began. Knowing ahead of time, he chose you despite the fact that He knew already what kinds of sins you will commit. Jesus Christ died for all of your sins – past, present and future.

Jesus’ parable of the lost sheep in Luke 15 is so beautiful, in verses 4-6: “What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.” Jesus is an ever-watchful Shepherd Who watches carefully over His flock, the church. Remember, He is the Good Shepherd. Jesus knows when and where any of His sheep might start going astray. He will go after every single stray sheep and bring it back to the fold. All the time, every time, because the Son of God is consistent.

Does this mean that we can live any which way we want? No, because if we live continuously in sin, we will feel uncomfortable because of it. A true believer will be bothered by his sin, but a non-believer will not. Salvation is meaningless to him. So, if you are listening to this video because this issue troubles you, fear not, because it is the Holy Spirit working in you to remind you of your sin and also to forsake it.

God bless you.

Commentary on John 14:1-18

In preparation for prayer meeting… July 22, 2018

John 14:1-18

1-3: In these verses Jesus calls His disciples to have faith before their trial, since soon Jesus must face the cross. Verses 2-3 teach us about he assurance of our salvation. This is the greatest gift that we can ever receive. Just like in Luke 20:10 Jesus tells His disciples that they should rejoice not that the spirits submit themselves to the disciples, but rather that their names are written in the book of life. Jesus says that there are many mansions (not just rooms), where He will come to gather His people. Projecting forward to the end of time that where He is, there will we also be.

4-7: Jesus tells His disciples that they also know where He is going and that they also know they way. However, Thomas displays his hardness of understanding of where and in what way Jesus is going. In verse 6 Jesus says one of the most profound statements of the Gospels. Jesus is the truth, the life, and the way. He is the Alpha and the Omega (Rev. 1:8), the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Jesus was with the Father at creation (John 1), but He will also be there at the end. He is also the Way. Following Jesus is the way. That is why Jesus also commands His disciples to do His commandments, if they truly love Him. One can only know God by knowing Jesus, the Son. If we have seen Jesus, we have also seen the Father. There is no salvation outside of Jesus. But Jesus is enough, to get us through from the beginning to the end. Jesus is the way, and the only way.

8-12: Now it is Phillip’s turn to express his hardness of understanding and doubt. He also does not understand how Jesus is the way. Jesus deals with Phillip’s little faith just as He did when John the Baptist was doubting in prison. Just as in Mt. 11:5 Jesus mentions the works that the Father has done through Him (the lame walk, the blind see, etc.). God has done so many wonderful things since the beginning of time that we have no reason to doubt or to have fear. The one who believes in Jesus shall do even greater things than what He has done on earth. Calvin explains it this way, that after He ascends into Heaven He shall continue to work (e.g. at Pentecost, Acts 2), through His believers, diffused through the church.

13-15: Jesus reassures us that whatsoever we ask in His name, He shall give to us. This He does do that the Father may be glorified in the Son. We must have faith that God will give us our requests, because He is more than willing to help His people in whatever need they have. However, as verse 15 points out, we must ask it with an obedient heart. God will not bless rebellion, He will not bless the greedy who look upon Him only as a slot machine. We must first seek the kingdom of God, and then all these things will be added unto us (Mt. 6:33).

16-18: Lastly Jesus speaks more word of comfort. Namely that He will leave not leave us by ourselves but will leave another Comforter. Just as the son of God comforts us by His sacrifice on the cross, so will the other Comforter be with us, and will abide with us forever. He is the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of truth, Who will guide us unto all truth (John 18:38). Again, Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega, the way, the truth and the life. In all these verses we can see how the three persons of the Trinity, Father, Son and Holy spirit all work together to comfort and guide God’s people.

With this testimony and great reason for trust in God, let us now turn to Him in prayer and ask humbly, yet boldly for our needs.