Sunday Leftovers: the believer’s security

The security of the believer is the objective reality of what God has done to save believers and keep them saved.  It is different from the believer’s assurance, which is his subjective experience of his salvation.  A believer’s security is unchanging.  Despite what he feels about his salvation, once his name has been penned in the Lamb’s Book of Life, his salvation is eternally secured.

Scripture offers many evidences of the believer’s security:

  • Security means we cannot do anything to corrupt or lose our salvation and no one else can remove us from the salvation of God (Jn. 10:28)
  • The sovereign purpose of God makes us secure  (Rom. 8:28-30; Eph. 1:4, 11-12)
  • The power of God keeps us secure  (John 10:27-29; Rom. 8:31-39; 1 Pt. 1:3-5)
  • Security is a demonstration of the love of God  (Rom 5:8-9)
  • Security is produced by the justification in Christ (Rom. 8:1; Heb. 10:14)
  • The intercession of Christ is a further gift of the believer’s security  (1 Jn. 2:1; Heb. 7:25)
  • Security is guaranteed by the Holy Spirit —
    • His permanent indwelling  (Jn. 14:16-17; Eph. 1:13; 4:30)
    • His sealing unto the day of redemption  (Eph. 4:30)
    • His baptism of the believer into the body of Christ  (1 Cor. 12:13)
  • Security results in Christ presenting us faultless before himself  (Jude 24; Phil. 1:6; 1 Pt. 1:5; 2 Tim. 1:12)

Eternal life is eternal because it is based on the eternal justifying work of Christ and His imputed righteousness.  A believer is secure not because of what he has done to keep himself in God’s love but because of what Christ the Righteous has done to save and keep the believer in God’s love.

4 thoughts on “Sunday Leftovers: the believer’s security

  1. I understand the grace that God offers us, but I struggle with the “once saved always saved” doctrine. It is supported by Scripture, but I think that too many are not reading Rom. 8:1 completely; True it says “…there is therefore now no condemnation for those WHO ARE IN CHRIST JESUS, who do not WALK ACCORDING TO THE FLESH, BUT ACCORDING TO THE SPIRIT.” If I am (for example) gambling, drinking, looking at porn, dishonoring the commandments, etc, I am not “in Christ Jesus” nor am I walking “according to the Spirit.”. Others in Hebrews 6 & 10 ( I am sure you are familiar with the passages), talks about “crucifying again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.” (v. 6:6) & in v. 10:26 sinning willfully after receiving knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, for we are (in v. 10:29) [trampling the Son of God under foot, counting the blood of the covenant by which we were sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace]. Please understand, I am not responding from a platform of prideful challenge or a “know-it-all” spirit; on the contrary, I have “tasted the heavenly gift” Heb. 6:4, and heard the voice of the Holy Spirit urging me from my choices, offering me a way out, and I chose to blatantly disobey and follow my flesh. Therefore I not only question my salvation, but I feel I may have forfeited entering the joy of the Lord. Your response would be much appreciated! Have a great day.

      1. I was looking for your response to the passages in Hebrews chapters 6 (vs 4-6) and 10 (vs 26-29). I don’t understand the “security of salvation” in light of these very clear scriptures. I would love to have this security with all my heart, but God’s truth and His Word must be our guide.

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