Do you wonder if maybe you have blown it – too much this time? Do you find yourself afraid that you might not make it to Heaven after all? Or maybe you feel that some kind of penance is in order before you could ever be confident of God’s forgiveness.
If that describes you or someone you know, you should work through this short Bible study. Even if it isn’t you, you will benefit from the encouragement and assurance you will find in these passages.
Try to read them without the baggage you have learned and just soak in what the Lord is telling you. (This isn’t really about the theological controversy of eternal security, just a word of encouragement for those with troubled hearts.)
1. Your salvation is the work of:
The Father – Romans 8:29-30
The Son – John 5:24, 6:37; 10:27-28; Col. 2:11-15
The Holy Spirit – Romans 8:9; 2 Cor. 1:22; 5:5; Eph. 1:13-14; Titus 3:5
2. The Lord is responsible for your salvation, both for initiating it and for completing it. The Scripture says that He will do whatever is necessary to get and keep you saved.
Phil. 1:6; Rom. 4:21; 14:4; 2 Tim. 1:12; 1Peter 1:5; Jude 24
3. There is no condemnation for those who belong to Jesus, nothing that would keep them out of Heaven once they find salvation in Him.
John 5:24; 1 Cor 1:8-9; Romans 8:1; Eph. 1:6
4. Those who belong to Him will never be separated from Him.
Romans 8:35-39; John 10:29
5. Salvation, once received, is forever.
Hebrews 7:25; 10:14; 10:17; Eph. 4:30; 1 Peter 1:23
6. Jesus is our Life.
Colossians 3:3-4; Galatians 2:20
7. The only contrast is with the unbeliever. If you believe, trust Him, then you are saved. If you do not, then no matter what you have learned or what good works you have done, you will not be saved.
John 3:36; 1 John 5:11-13
It is my firm belief, based on the plain teaching of Scripture, that Jesus’ work is a completed work, that I am just as saved today as I will ever be and that my eternal life has been secure since the day I first believed. This is not based on my consistency of action or even faith, but on His promise and His faithfulness. (1 Cor. 1:4-9; 2 Cor. 1:18-22; 1 Thes. 5:23-24; Hebrews 10:23)