But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and forever. Amen. 2 Peter 3:18
We've been in a series on understanding grace. So far we've seen how we are always accepted with our Father. We are forever forgiven. Our past and present and future sins are completely forgiven and cleansed by Jesus and the Finished Work. We have discovered our worth in light of redemption.
Today, I wish to continue with this series and address the issue of our security in Christ. Far too many believers reject the notion of a secure salvation. When presented with the truth of eternal security alarms go off and red flags are raised.
Many believers start a panic when they even sense you are referencing a secure position in Christ. They immediately produce the "proper" Christian check list. Performance and faithfulness are suddenly the foundation of the Christian faith. Christ and His Finished Work of Redemption are no longer on the forefront. The Finished Work takes on less significance in comparison to a Believer's performance, faithfulness, obedience, achievements and their current level of faith.
When one references our secure salvation we must first understand what salvation is. Just exactly what does it mean to be saved? Does salvation mean we quit cussing and smoking and drunkenness and go to church? Although it is beneficial to attend church, and cut out tobacco and drunkenness, and exchange profane speech for more wholesome speech this is not what salvation is.
Salvation means we have placed all our faith and hope and trust in Jesus Christ alone for redemption, new life and a blessed hope. It means we have passed from death unto life.
Salvation means we have been redeemed and cleansed by the precious Blood of Jesus
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace Ephesians 1:7
Salvation means we are forgiven of all our sins once for all time
...Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. Colossians 2:13b
With his own blood—not the blood of goats and calves—he entered the Most Holy Place once for all time and secured our redemption forever. Hebrews 9:12
I liken Salvation to mean we are:
Saved from the penalty of sin, spiritual death and eternal separation from God. Saved from a guilty conscience and condemnation from the Law and the accusations of the enemy.
Saved for a beautiful and fulfilling relationship with Father God. Made new creations in Him, always acceptable to Him, and made sons and daughters in His Family.
Saved unto a new life with overcoming faith and fruitful life in abundance in Him. It is Christ living through us.
For one to lose this salvation then one would therefore be unredeemed, unforgiven, unclean, unrighteous, and passed from life back to death. If we could lose it this process could be repeated many times throughout our lifetime.
The proponents of eternal insecurity have never been able to pinpoint exactly when someone has in fact forfeited or lost their salvation. Remember this is their standard, confess in order to be forgiven. They then also cannot pinpoint the standing of a believer before God who has just sinned but has yet to "confess" this sin in order to be forgiven.
Why it is vital for the Church to understand Eternal Security
In light of this, we can't confess enough to be forgiven. We can't perform enough to be forgiven. We can't do anything to be forgiven. We simply put our faith and trust in Jesus' Blood for our redemption and forgiveness.
Once you're born again and made righteous you aren't on the indentured servant program attempting to repay Jesus back. You're eternally redeemed and secure. This is grace. This is perfect redemption. Grace is the safety net. This security enables us to freely pursue God and do great things without fear of falling, failing or forfeiting our place in Him.