Have you embraced a doctrine of eternal insecurity? Some people argue that it is possible once a person has received salvation, to be lost again. All arguments of this nature really only concern one thing: Who or what are you trusting in? Do you trust your ability to hold on to God or His ability to hold on to you?
Imagine this: If you went up in one of the world's tallest buildings, you would be safe, if you are in the building. The building is in essence holding you, keeping you safe! Let's imagine now that you go to the roof, throw one leg over the side and carefully let yourself down over the edge. Now the only thing that seperates you from certain death is ten fingers! No longer is the building holding onto you and keeping you safe. You are now hanging on for dear life! Which position would you rather be in? The Bible tells us that we are placed in Christ. We were placed there by a sovereign act of God.
The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 1:30
But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification and redemption:
Note this verse says that of Him, we are in Christ Jesus. Who? God the Father! God placed you in Christ Jesus. God made a determination about you before the foundation of the world existed.
He said in Ephesians 1:4
According as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love:
God chose you before the foundation of the world! Imagine that! Before you had any say in the matter God chose you! Some may say, "But wait a minute! We had to come to Christ!" It is true, you did have to come to Christ, but don't you see that unless God drew you to Christ, you never would have come?
Jesus said in John 6:44
No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
There are two mighty truths in this verse. One, you can't come to God unless He draws you and two, if you have come to God through Jesus the Son, He promises to raise you up.
Jesus said in John 10:27-29
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.
What is Jesus saying here? You were His sheep before the foundation of the world and because of that fact you know His voice and follow Him in His salvation. As a result of this you will never perish, because the Father who chose you in Jesus will never let go of you. No one will ever be able to pluck you out of His hand. The apostle Paul echoes this statement in Romans chapter 8 by saying,
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, not things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to seperate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Nothing can seperate you from the love of God or as one popular author put it from His, Grip of Grace.
Someone may come along and said "OK, it's true, nothing can separate you from God once you are in Christ, BUT you can pluck yourself out of His hand!" Let me ask you, "Are you greater or more powerful than God? Do you think that even though nothing else can separate you from His love that you can?" This attitude reveals a lack of understanding in what happened at the cross.
The Bible says that at the cross you died to sin, in Christ's resurrection your very nature was changed into the nature of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible says that when you embraced Christ you became one spirit with the Lord. Let me tell you friend there is not even a trace of sinfulness in your spirit, which is the part of you that is born again. Man consists of spirit, soul and body. The spirit is saved, the soul (mind, will and emotions) are being renewed in the image of God. The flesh is of this world. We must put the flesh under our feet of faith. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.
You, the real you, would never leave God because you are made just like Him, holy, pure, light. Otherwise Jesus dwells in sin and in darkness by dwelling as one with your spirit. Paul rebuked the Corinthians saying that they should not be joined to a prostitute because if they did they would become one flesh with her. Paul then goes on to say that "He that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit with Him."
Don't you see that God would be going against everything He told Paul to write in this verse if He joined Himself to your spirit while you were still in sin? God had to take care of your sin problem. He crucified you in Christ and rebirthed you so that He could join Himself with something holy. The Bible says that we are the temple of the Holy Spirit. In the Old Testament if a priest went into the holy of holies with sin in his life, then he was a dead man. If you had God's Presence living inside of your sinful spirit then you would have died many times over by now.
Also if God joined Himself to something that was not holy, He would annul His own instruction when He said in Mark 2:22
And no man putteth wine into old bottles: else the new wine doth burst the bottles, and the wine is spilled, and the bottles will be marred: but new wine must be put into new bottles.
So God puts Himself into something that He is compatible with, something that is as righteous as He!
God tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:21
For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.
Sin isn't the issue any longer. Jesus took away our sins and our sinful nature that produced those sins. The Bible says that now you are seated with Christ in the heavens. Imagine the impossible things that would have to happen for a Christian to be lost again.
Something eternal and promised eternal life would have to die. Something God has joined to Himself would have to be seperated from Him.
A believer in Christ would have to be pulled from His place, which was seated beside his Almighty Father.
A believer would have to be taken out of God's hand in Christ.
A believer would become a sinner again.
The work of the cross would be annulled.
God's perfect will would be defeated.
God would have to break His promises in His Word.
Friend it's just not going to happen. The basic problem that allows people to teach a doctrine whereby a Christian can lose his/her salvation is that their understanding is still rooted in the works of the law, i.e. what they can do to be or remain saved. Many of these people I presume have never really accepted the gospel of Christ seeing they hold such a low view of it. If you have believed that Jesus has taken away your sins, then you know it is impossible for you to ever be seperated from God by sin or by anything else.
Paul Rupe has served as associate pastor as well as a number of other positions in his local fellowship. Paul currently is web administrator for Gracespirations Daily Devotion an outreach of Teleo Ministries.
You can visit Paul online at http://teleoministries.blogspot.com
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Not sure if I can post a response on my own article but will go ahead and give it a shot.
You had mentioned Judas in your post and there are a couple of things about Judas:
1. The day and age that Judas was living in. Judas lived in an age of Law. Many people think that the New Covenant begins with the four gospels when it doesn't begin until after the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus (Hebrews 9:16-17.)
No one was saved back in that time the way we are today. Jesus had not yet died and sins were not yet forgiven.
In this day and time
Believers were not made righteous through Christ's finished work.
Believers were not seated in the heavens with Jesus
Believers were not sealed until the day of redemption
Believers were not forgiven all trespasses
Believers were not perfected forever
Believers had not died with Christ never to die again
Men were not yet "in Christ."
2. You never hear anything of Judas ever worshipping Christ, calling him Lord or confessing that He was the Son of God which tells me he wasn't even a believer in the kingdom sense - in that age of law.
Today many people attend church that don't know Jesus.
Judas was one that wanted Jesus to overthrow Rome and bring in an earthly kingdom.
When Judas saw that this wasn't going to happen he betrayed Jesus. The other apostles knew Jesus at least in having a relationship with Him - Judas just wanted a revolution. Judas was a man that saw the power of God operate probably everyday and yet like the Phariseas he knew not the scriptures neither the power of God.
Maybe you could interview Judas and share his thoughts about no longer following Jesus after having been chosen, not to be a wise guy, but to be thorough and fair I would like to see an answer to the Judas kind of treason.