"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16 NASB
In numerous verses, God promises that once we believe the gospel, that Jesus died, paid for our sins and rose again for our justification, we will be saved. Not once does it say, Jesus died so He could watch and see if we could qualify to be saved or continue to be saved. As a matter of fact, it promises just the opposite.
giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light.For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Col 1:12-14 NAS
When God promises that if we place our faith in Christ, we will be saved, what can you do with that if you are the enemy. The enemy is not ignorant and knows that the burden of a promise, like all promises, is on the promise maker. In this case, God, who cannot lie and is powerful enough to fulfill the promise. Satan knows for certain that God will fulfill His promise to us. He does not doubt this truth. The enemy knows He is defeated and that we are saved by the blood of Christ when we first believe.
Now, if it did say, Jesus died to see if we can qualify, the enemy would have a lot of room to work, pointing out our sins and inability to qualify. He would be right too; we would never be able to qualify. So, think from Satan’s perspective for a moment, what is your only option to undermine God’s promise in the thoughts of a believer? God has given humanity a very clear ironclad promise, from Jesus very own mouth in John 3:16, if we believe the gospel we will be saved, we have eternal life, and God Himself is the promise maker. So, what is Satan to do? Satan knows if we simply believe Jesus and rest in the truth of the finished work, we have victory in this life too.
God’s promises are ironclad. Creating doubt is Satan’s only option. It has been his main weapon starting with his first encounter with mankind. The snake replied, "That's not true; you will not die” Gen 3:4 GNT. At every stage of a person’s progression towards freedom, Satan uses doubt in an attempt to undermine God’s promises.
10. He gets believers to doubt they are sanctified and holy, right now by the blood of Christ. Heb 10:10
11. He gets believers to doubt they are perfected, right now in Christ. Heb 10:14
12. He gets believers to doubt they are complete, right now in Christ. Col 2:10
13. He gets believer to doubt they are right now a new creation in Christ. 2 Cor 5:17
14. He gets believers to doubt that God is not counting their sins. Heb 10:17
15. And on and on it goes with every promise God makes us in the Bible Satan attempts to create doubt that leads to fear.
Doubt in God’s promise creates fear and fear is the only thing that kept the Jews out of the promised land in this life, in the Old Testament. They were saved when they placed the blood of the lamb on the doorposts way back in Egypt. In that case, their belief outweighed their doubt and unbelief, and they were set free from slavery and Pharaoh, a picture of Satan. But then the enemy was able to foster doubt in God’s further promises, and they died in the wilderness outside the front door of the promised land.
As a defeated enemy, with a born-again believer, the only option Satan has is to create doubt in our thoughts and minds about God’s promise. To try and steal God’s word away through doubt in God’s promise. To point us away from our Savior and His righteousness that is ours when we are born again. To try and get us to forget that the 3,000 who were saved in the book of Acts 2:37-41, were saved the moment they believed, just as we were, saved for eternity the moment we first believed.
“When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart… Matt 13:19a NAS
Satan tries to get us to doubt God’s further promises even after we have trusted Jesus to save us. He tries to get us to look away from God’s promise to ourselves and towards our self-righteousness that always fails, thus bringing condemnation and guilt.
Satan main method of attack - make us self-conscious instead of Christ conscious. Looking at our still fallen flesh compared to the law creates doubt in our salvation. Satan attempts to get us to think we are still under the law that brings condemnation when Jesus promised there is no condemnation for those who believe. You offered the perfect Lamb of God for your sins. You are saved for all eternity. All of your sins, for your entire life, have been paid for in full. God sees a believer in the perfection of the Spirit, not in our crucified and dead flesh where sin has been condemned.
Satan tries to confuse us by using the truth mixed with a lie so that it kind of looks like the truth, as was done to the Galatians. They knew they were to trust in Jesus and if anyone had told them to trust in another savior, they would have rejected it immediately. So, the enemy told them, yes trust in Jesus but you also must keep the Old Covenant law of Moses to be saved. The best counterfeit always looks the closest to the truth. Paul called the Galatians foolish for falling for this deception and pronounced a double curse on those who had introduced it. He told the Galatians, who were professing Jesus as Savior that adding back the law to grace would make Christ/grace of no effect. Adding the law back is the only way to fall from grace according to the Bible. Grace is higher than the law.
Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. Gal 5:4 KJV
You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace. Gal 5:4 NAS
The disciples also clearly rejected the thought of adding the law to grace in Acts 15, the Jerusalem Council. Yet, it is one of Satan’s main deceptions that believers fall for in varying degrees.
For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace. Rom 6:14 NAS
Grace is the power of the gospel for us. This is why Paul boasted only in his weakness and Christ crucified, so the power of God would rest upon him. Paul never boasted in his ability to keep the law or compared himself to other believers and judged himself more right with God, based on what they were doing. As a matter of fact, Paul knew his freedom in Christ. For example, he knew his freedom was so great, he could eat meat sacrificed to an idol in and idols temple and have a clear conscience. This would have been an abomination to the Jews. Paul could do this because he knew there was only one God. However, he would never do this in front of another believer who had a weak conscience or a non-believer that might be offended. Paul was huge on not offending new believers or the lost. He bent over backwards to protect them from offense and stumbling in the faith. His goal was that they believe God’s promises and not doubt.
The battle is in our minds. If we have faith like a little child, simple, we are saved. Don’t fall for Satan’s deceptions. Simply believe God’s promises. You are 1,000 percent right with God in Christ.
Stop doubting and believe." John 20:27b NAS
More Studies that apply:
I Am Holy, I Am Sanctified, I Am Perfected
God Said a Believer Can Never be Considered Unholy
I Am a New Creation IN CHRIST
Believers are Never Called Sinners in the New Testament
God Sees A Believers Faith Not Their SinsWhy Don't I look Like a New Creation in Christ in the Mirror?Your Flesh is Dead Christian, Not in SchoolIf Your Faith is in Christ, Your Flesh Has Been Circumcised, Cut OffHow Christians Dilute the Power of the Gospel in Their LivesDoubting Your Complete and Total Forgiveness is What Keeps You Sinning, ChristianDoubt and Unbelief are the Precursors for All Sin and Turmoil
Many more New Covenant Bible Studies HERE. Jesus poured out His blood for the New Covenant of grace and truth, replacing the Old Covenant law of Moses. Believers are exclusively under the New Covenant, the last will and testament of Jesus that began after the cross.
And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, "This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood. Luke 22:20