Have you heard the idea that someone can lose his or her salvation? Well, believe it or not, this belief is out there. I do not know when people started this idea of losing your salvation, but it is false.
If Jesus Christ gives us the free gift of salvation, then why would we ever think that He would suddenly take it away from those whom have accepted Jesus Christ to be their Savior? This does not make any sense.
In addition, if we could lose our salvation because of our sins, then why would Jesus have bothered to die on the cross for our sins, if we would still go to Hell because of our sins?
I will discuss some Bible verses people might use towards you to question or tell about losing your salvation.
“But if you don’t forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.” – Matthew 6:15 CEV
This verse is not talking about losing your salvation if you do not forgive others.
You see, when you accept Jesus Christ as your Savior, God forgives your sins in the sense that He will not send you to Hell to pay the price for your sins. Jesus did that on the cross.
However, that does not mean that God will not hold you accountable for what you do on Earth (since being a Christian does not mean that you will not sin anymore).
The verse is saying that if you do not forgive other people for the wrongs they did towards you, then Jesus will not accept your earthly apology for your sins toward Him, even though you are saved from paying the ultimate price for your sins (going to Hell).
“Everyone will hate you because of me. But if you remain faithful until the end, you will be saved.” – Matthew 10:22 CEV
This verse is not talking about losing your salvation.
What this verse is saying is that people will persecute you because you love Jesus. In addition, if you remain faithful to Jesus and endure the hardships, then Jesus will one day end the persecution against you by taking you to Heaven with Him.
This verse might imply that Jesus might let you die earlier if you are faithful to Him, so you will not have to endure persecution for a long time.
Remember that accepting Jesus Christ as your Savior is what will get you to Heaven, not just merely following Jesus’ teachings.
“35 Be ready and keep your lamps burning 36 just like those servants who wait up for their master to return from a wedding feast. As soon as he comes and knocks, they open the door for him. 37 Servants are fortunate if their master finds them awake and ready when he comes! I promise you that he will get ready and have his servants sit down so he can serve them. 38 Those servants are really fortunate if their master finds them ready, even though he comes late at night or early in the morning. 39 You would surely not let a thief break into your home, if you knew when the thief was coming. 40 So always be ready! You don’t know when the Son of Man will come.
41 Peter asked Jesus, “Did you say this just for us or for everyone?”
42 The Lord answered:
Who are faithful and wise servants? Who are the ones the master will put in charge of giving the other servants their food supplies at the proper time? 43 Servants are fortunate if their master comes and finds them doing their job. 44 A servant who is always faithful will surely be put in charge of everything the master owns.
45 But suppose one of the servants thinks that the master won’t return until late. Suppose that servant starts beating all the other servants and eats and drinks and gets drunk. 46 If that happens, the master will come on a day and at a time when the servant least expects him. That servant will then be punished and thrown out with the servants who cannot be trusted.
47 If servants are not ready or willing to do what their master wants them to do, they will be beaten hard. 48 But servants who don’t know what their master wants them to do will not be beaten so hard for doing wrong. If God has been generous with you, he will expect you to serve him well. But if he has been more than generous, he will expect you to serve him even better.” – Luke 12:35-48 CEV
Is Jesus saying that we can lose our salvation if we are living evil lives? Not at all. Jesus is saying that you will be demeritted for the evil you did while you were on Earth. This is not losing your salvation. This is being punished for living evil lives, when you were supposed to be serving God while you were on the Earth.
“I keep my body under control and make it my slave, so I won’t lose out after telling the good news to others.” – 1 Corinthians 9:27 CEV
Is the writer saying that he will lose his salvation (“lose out”) if he does not tell people about Jesus Christ’s free gift of salvation? Nope. He is saying that he is doing his best at avoiding sin, so he will not ruin his testimony to unsaved people.
Now let us go over Bible verses that talk about eternal security (not losing your salvation).
“My Father gave them to me, and he is greater than all others.No one can snatch them from his hands,” – John 10:29 CEV
This verse means that nothing can make you lose your salvation.
“That’s why I am suffering now. But I am not ashamed! I know the one I have faith in, and I am sure that he can guard until the last day what he has trusted me with.” – 2 Timothy 1:12 CEV
Jesus makes sure that you do not lose your salvation.
“By his one sacrifice he has forever set free from sin the people he brings to God.” – Hebrews 10:14 CEV
You will never lose your salvation due to sin.
“3 Praise God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is so good, and by raising Jesus from death, he has given us new life and a hope that lives on. 4 God has something stored up for you in heaven, where it will never decay or be ruined or disappear.
5 You have faith in God, whose power will protect you until the last day. Then he will save you, just as he has always planned to do.” – 1 Peter 1:3-5 CEV
Jesus makes sure that you do not lose your salvation.
If you are someone who is worried about losing your salvation, remember that salvation is a one-time deal. Jesus does not have to save you again, again, and again. Remember Jesus is all-powerful.
“So always trust the Lord
because he is forever
our mighty rock.” – Isaiah 26:4 CEV
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