Many people think that you can lose or reject your salvation, and thereby become
unsaved. Is this true? Let's examine the Bible to see if you can.
Once you are saved, Christ promises that he will never leave you:
All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. (John 6:37)
Most people with whom this is an issue acknowledge
that once they have accepted that Christ died for them, He takes away their
sin. If such a person is then asked if Christ died for the sin that that person
has committed in the past, that person will say yes. And then if such a person
is asked if Christ died for the sin that that person will commit in the future,
that person will again say yes. So now, if all of that person's sin has been
paid for, past and future, should that person stray, what sin will that person
be going to Hell for, it all having been laid on Christ?
...for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. (Hebrews 13:5)
Obviously, you cannot go to Hell if you sin has been removed.
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way;
and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah 53:6)
Some say that people who were truly saved can reject
Christ. Is this correct thinking? I don't believe so. For the main reason
being, how can anyone who has been truly saved decide they do not want Christ
anymore? I believe it is purely hypothetical, and absolutely impossible. There
may be cases where one who has thought to have been saved has strayed from God,
but I would tend to think that that person was never saved. I emphasize, how
can anyone who has been following and walking with Christ reject him? No true
believer would do this.
As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. (Psalms 103:12)
Here are a few other verses I feel could be helpful on the subject:
Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. (1 Peter 1:5)
If it were true that we have to try to keep our salvation, it would be implied that we have to
do good works, which from the following verses we can see that this is
certainly not the case:
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, (Ephesians 1:13)
Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ
Jesus before the world began, (2 Timothy 1:9)
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. (Ephesians 2:8,9)
Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. (Romans 3:27)
Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the
faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law
shall no flesh be justified. (Galatians 2:16)
Salvation is purely by faith, not by our works.
Nothing we do can save us; only by trusting in Jesus Christ can we be saved.
But this certainly does not mean that you can live any way your flesh wants,
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; (Titus 3:5)
What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can
faith save him? [yes, but the fruit of faith will be works, so the absence of works shows there
is no faith!] (James 2:14)
Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. (James 2:17)
But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? (James 2:20)
And let ours also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful. (Titus 3:14)
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10)
I agree that there are some passages that by
themselves may seem to suggest that you can lose your salvation, but in the context of the other
scriptures, this is not so.
So many promises have been given to the believer, including:
They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate. (Titus 1:16)
...I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. (Matthew 28:20)
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. (Ephesians 6:10)