Is Salvation Permanent?
I have heard a lot over the years that if a person does not live a Godly life, then they will loose their salvation. I have even heard people say that if a person does not live a Godly life, they were never saved to begin with. I believe that the majority of people believe this to be true. If the Bible is true, which it is, then we are saved by the grace of God. Grace is a free gift from God.
II Timothy 1
9 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,
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
Is there a limit to God's grace? Is there something that we can do that will cancel out God's grace? Some will point to these scriptures and say yes there is.
11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
II Corinthians 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.
There are many scriptures in the Bible that can support the argument that salvation can be lost. Unfortunately these scriptures are taken out of context. The Bible must be studied as a whole. Isolating single verses or small passages can be dangerous, and lead people away from the truth. God wants all people to go to heaven and he makes it as easy as possible. All anyone has to do is believe that Jesus Christ died for their sins and they are saved. This salvation is in fact PERMANENT. If Christs death on the cross was good enough to pay for my sins before I was saved, then why wouldn't it be good enough to pay for my sins after I have been saved. Also, I was not even born when Christ was alive, so all of my sins were in the future when he was dying on the cross. Jesus Christ died, was buried, and rose from the dead as payment for ALL sins past, present, and future. We can not exhaust the Grace of God. Ephesians 2:8 says- salvation is a gift from God. What kind of a person would give someone a gift, then after they open it, tell that person that they now owe them $150 for the gift. How about giving someone a gift and when you see how much they like it, you take it back. This is what losing salvation is, taking back a free gift. Isn't God much more perfect and holy then man? Men won't even give a gift and take it back. Limiting God's grace comes from man's limited mind. People are selfish and proud, they like to pat themselves on the back for their accomplishments. Salvation is no different, people decide they are going to be Christians and they become self righteous and completely miss the boat on salvation. These people get into Christianity for all the wrong reasons. Often it is to look down on others. Most of these people will never get saved.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Christianity is not a lifestyle choice. It is the result of being saved by God's Grace. These holier than thou "Christians" are what turns a lot of people away from Christ. They think, I don't want to become one of those people. This ultimately hurts the cause of Christ. Jesus himself called these people hypocrites and they eventually had him put to death. God wants us all to be good righteous people, unfortunately our sin nature gets in the way, he knew this and that is why he made salvation by grace and not works. There is no way to lose salvation once someone gets saved, it is eternal. Eternal life is sealed and guaranteed the moment a person put's their faith in Jesus Christ.
28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
I John 5
13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
II Corinthians 1
22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
I hope you enjoyed this article. If you are not a Christian, I invite you to get saved now. Tomorrow may be to late. To get saved all you have to do, is admit that you are a sinner and that Jesus Christ died for your sins. The only way to take away sins is with the pure shed blood of Jesus Christ. Good works can not take away sins. If they could, then Jesus Christ died in vain. Jesus died, was buried, and rose from the dead as payment for all sins. Once you believe that, you are saved forever. You did nothing to earn it and you can do nothing to lose it. God Bless!
I Corinthians 15
1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: