As Christians we need to have a firm conviction regarding our eternal security. But sometimes even after we’ve placed our trust in Jesus Christ as Savior, we may have doubts about our salvation. The problem could be that we can’t remember a specific time or place that we surrendered our lives to Christ. Or perhaps we’ve committed sins that cause us to question whether we were truly saved. To settle this matter in our hearts, we need to understand what God’s Word says about salvation and eternal security. Consider what these verses tell us about salvation:
Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Salvation is the result of God’s grace, not our goodness or performance. Grace is God’s unmerited, undeserved, loving favor. Though we did nothing to deserve it, He chose to save us.
Romans 5:8-9 “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.” Since the Lord is holy, and His justice requires a payment for sin, He couldn’t just ignore our wrongdoing. Jesus’ atoning death on the cross was the sacrifice that satisfied His justice, making salvation available to all who would believe in Christ. Now, through the death of His Son we are reconciled back into a relationship with the Father and saved from His wrath (v. 10).
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” Faith in Christ is required for salvation. However, this isn’t merely believing some facts about Him but acknowledging that Jesus is God’s means of salvation and surrendering our lives fully to Him.
Romans 10:9 “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Confessing Jesus as Lord means we agree that Christ’s death on our behalf provides complete forgiveness of our sin. And we believe that God raised Him from the dead, proving that He accepted Christ’s sacrifice as full payment for our sins.
The Lord doesn’t provide the gift of salvation without also giving us the assurance that it’s ours. That’s why He sent His Spirit to indwell and seal us as His children until the day of our redemption (Eph. 1:13-14). So stand strong in your faith—the Holy Spirit’s seal is the guarantee of our salvation and cannot be broken by anyone.
This article was originally published on June 24, 2016, and is adapted from the Sermon Notes for Dr. Stanley’s message “Your Convictions About Eternal Security” which airs this weekend on TV.