A troubling question many Christians have is whether they can lose their salvation. Perhaps when you first believed in the Lord, you were sure that you were saved. But after a while—maybe because you sinned, or failed in some way—you aren’t so sure anymore, and feel like your salvation might be in jeopardy.
However, the Bible tells us that once we believe in Christ, we can never lose our salvation. In this post, we’ll look at seven proofs from the unchanging Word of God that show our salvation in Christ is irreversible and eternally secure.
1. Salvation was initiated by God
“Even as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world to be holy and without blemish before Him in love.”—Ephesians 1:4
Ephesians 1:4 tells us that God chose us before we were born, even before the universe was created. Then, when the time was right for us to be saved, He called us. Do you think that God would choose us so long ago, send His Son to die for us, wait for us to be born, and then call and save us, only to abandon us after we’re finally saved? No, He would not.
2. God’s love and grace are eternal
“I have loved you with an eternal love.”—Jeremiah 31:3
God’s love and grace are eternal and unchanging; they aren’t dependent on what we do. Jeremiah 31:3 tells us God loves us with an eternal love, and 2 Timothy 1:9 says God didn’t save us according to our works but according to His grace, which was given to us in Christ long before the world began. In addition, Romans 8:35-39 tells us that nothing is able to separate us from the eternal love of God.
3. God is righteous
“Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne.”—Psalm 89:14
Although God was motivated by His love to save us from eternal judgment, this love isn’t the base of His salvation. Rather, God’s righteousness is the base of His salvation.
Many sinners fear His righteousness and associate it with His wrath. It is indeed a fearful thing; because He is righteous, He cannot tolerate or overlook sin. However, we need to see how God’s righteousness relates to salvation.
Romans 6:23 tells us that the wages of sin is death. Because of this, in a legal sense the righteous God must judge us with eternal death.
But the Lord Jesus took our place and bore the judgment of death for us on the cross. Because God accepted Christ’s sacrifice, the penalty for our sins has already been paid. Just as a righteous judge can never require a debt to be paid twice, God is bound by His righteousness to honor the price Christ paid for us.
Psalm 89:14 tells us that righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne. If God wants His throne to stand, He must act in accordance with His righteousness. Since God has accepted the death of Christ as the payment for our debt of sins, His righteousness won’t allow Him to demand further payment from us.
Because our salvation is secured by God’s righteousness, He can’t take it away from us. Praise Him for His righteousness!
4. We have become God’s children
“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the authority to become children of God, to those who believe into His name, who were begotten…of God.”—John 1:12-13
When we believed in the Lord Jesus, we were saved from eternal perdition and received Him as our Savior. In addition to this, John 1:12-13 tells us we were begotten of God to be His children. This is something that can’t be undone.
No matter how much children may misbehave, their bad behavior can never negate the fact that they were born of their parents. In the same way, our sins and failures can’t negate the fact that we’re children of God. We may require God’s discipline, but we’ll always be God’s children, born of His divine life.
5. God is strong
“And I give to them eternal life, and they shall by no means perish forever, and no one shall snatch them out of My hand. My Father…is greater than all, and no one can snatch them out of My Father’s hand.”—John 10:28-29
All kinds of things try to snatch us from the Father’s hand—sin, the world, difficulties, even Satan himself. But in John 10:28-29, the Lord Jesus said that it’s impossible for us to be snatched away. No one and nothing is stronger than God. Even if we were to try and remove ourselves from His hands, it’s impossible; He will never let us go.
6. God never changes
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, yes, even forever.”—Hebrews 13:8
Everything changes—people, circumstances, the weather. Even our own emotions fluctuate constantly; we can be up one minute and down the next. However, our salvation is not based on our feelings, but on the unchanging God. God never changes, and neither does His salvation.
7. Christ has promised
“All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and him who comes to Me I shall by no means cast out.”—John 6:37
What a precious, unconditional promise from our Savior! He will never cast out those who come to Him. We can fully trust in Him and His eternal salvation.
As believers, we need to know the solid foundation for our faith found in the Word of God. We shouldn’t live our Christian life in constant fear and doubt. Our salvation is eternally secure, and we can and should trust in the Word of God, which assures us of this fact.