If salvation were based upon what man had to do to earn it, then it would have to also be based upon what man had to do to keep it. The Bible is clear as to what salvation is based upon, and none of them mention man’s works or lack of them as the foundation. So let’s take a look at what the Word says salvation is all about:
- God’s grace, not works: ~Ephesians 2:8-9 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. Also, ~Titus 3:5 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;
- One sacrifice for sins for all and for eternity: ~Hebrews 6:4-6 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. Also, ~Hebrews 9:22-28 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation. Also, ~Hebrews 10:12-14 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.
- A promise from God: ~John 3:16 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. Also, ~Joh 6:37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. Also, ~Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
- No based on our ability to keep it: ~2 Timothy 1:12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. Also, ~Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: Also, ~2 Timothy 4:18 And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. As well as, ~2 Corinthians 1:10 Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;
- Never spoken as earthly or temporal in God’s Word: ~John 4:14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. Also ~John 6:40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. As well as, ~John 6:47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. And, ~Hebrews 5:9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;
God’s Word is Truth and He cannot lie. God gave man the promise of eternal salvation based on His grace and based on His Word, which He keeps for all eternity. Critics of eternal salvation base their beliefs on man’s ability. But the one thing we are certain of with man is his ability to continue in sin no matter how many laws there are to keep man moral. But what critics don’t “get” is that Christ died while we were yet sinners – He knew it was hopeless for us to keep the law. It is hopeless for us to be “good enough” or to do so many good things that in the end they will outweigh the sins! That is why salvation is all about what Christ did and nothing about what we have done or need to do. It is a gift from God. We cannot give ourselves this gift.
Only God can give us the gift – all we have to do is sincerely accept it and repent ! That is why there are so many critics of eternal salvation today. Too many have said they are born again but their lives do not show it. Their lives don’t show it because they have not repented. The Gospel has landed on rocky ground and in thorns instead of a fruitful heart.
“Once in Christ and ever in Christ. A star may sooner fall out of its orb than a true believer be plucked away from God (Watson, Religion Our True Interest, 96).”