I am probably asked this question more than any other. And it normally comes from a professing believer who either can’t recall biblical teaching on the subject or hasn’t read the Bible enough to discover the answer to their question.
In short, “No, you cannot lose your salvation.”
First, we must make sure that we agree that is a Christian is not someone who has made a profession of faith. A Christian is someone who has genuinely had his heart and mind converted as a follower of Jesus Christ. It is someone who knows Him as Lord and Savior. It is not someone who simply says, “I am a Christian” and can offer no evidence.
Second, here are just a few reasons why we cannot lose our salvation.
- We cannot lose our salvation because God does not take back the gifts He gives us (Romans 11:29). God does not accept returns on His gift of salvation. This means we are guaranteed to belong to Him for the duration of our lives on earth. Jesus didn’t die on the cross to offer salvation to us, give salvation to us, and then think to Himself, “You know, I take it back!”
- We cannot lose our salvation because God promised that once we come to Him, we will have eternal life (John 3:16). Jesus never says, “You have eternal life for a time, but you might lose it. So, watch out!”
- We cannot lose our salvation because the Holy Spirit has sealed our salvation (Ephesians 1:13-14). A seal is a guarantee; it is not a “maybe.” When we have been regenerated, the Holy Spirit’s indwelling is a moment of “I am here to stay!”
So no, we cannot lose our salvation.
I commend to read to read I John for more Scriptural proof about the eternal security of the believer. R.C. Sproul’s short book Can I Lose My Salvation? or John MacArthur’s book Saved Without a Doubt are of great value to this question.
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