Can You Lose Your Salvation?
- Friday, December 12, 2008
Warnings: Solemn warnings about falling away pepper the Bible throughout, beginning in the law (Genesis through Deuteronomy), then the prophets (Isaiah through Malachi) and finally the New Testament. If it was not an option to walk away from God, why would the Bible need to post warnings? Warnings indicate there is something to be warned about. "Watch out, so that you do not lose the prize for which we have been working so hard. Be diligent so that you will receive your full reward. For if you wander beyond the teaching of Christ, you will not have fellowship with God (2 John 1:8-9)."
So here's the bottom line. If you have truly put your belief in Christ for the forgiveness of your sins in order to receive the free gift of eternal life, you now have a deliberate responsibility, Biblically speaking. You can't accidentally or easily "lose" your salvation, but I believe there is evidence that you can reject it by continuously ignoring God or refusing to obey Him. Like Esau, you can trade in your birthright as a child of God. He won't divorce you, but you can divorce Him. He won't disqualify you, but you will disqualify yourself by faithless rebellion and stiff-necked unbelief, as demonstrated by the way you willfully and consistently live your life.
So how can you and I know if we're saved for sure? "Remember that those who do good prove that they are God's children, and those who do evil prove that they do not know God (1 John 3:11)." It all comes down to how we exercise the miraculous mystery of our free will. And this free will is a beautiful picture of love in action. I can choose to receive because I am loved and desired. I can choose to respond because I love and desire.
Julie Ferwerda is the author of The Perfect Fit: Piecing Together True Love, and has written for publications such as Marriage Partnership, Focus on the Family, and Discipleship Journal. Find out more: www.JulieFerwerda.com.
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