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Can we loose our salvation?

For the last two weeks we have been talking about the most important decision we will ever make in becoming a follower of Jesus.

Some people think the good that they do in life has an offsetting effect on the bad they know they do as well. Their thought is if my good outweighs the bad then I must be allowed to go to heaven and spend eternity with God. The problem is we didn’t receive our salvation by the good we did and we can’t maintain our salvation that way either. Ephesians 2:8-9 (NKJV) For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. I didn’t earn my salvation so I can’t boast about it either. It was a gift given to me by God by His grace. And when I believe in Him, which is my faith in action, then God accepts me as His own. There is a little more involved in our salvation experience than that but the point is God is the one who changes me when he extends His grace and it’s not by anything I do.  

Now lets say I go astray and start doing bad things. Things we know as sin and not in keeping with what God would want us to do. If we were measuring our ability to make it into heaven and the balance scale tipped suddenly in the other direction then I’m in trouble right? And that’s where this whole issue of earning and loosing our salvation makes no sense.

If we were to fall away from following Jesus we could count on this happening.

 Matthew 18:12-14  – Jesus talks about His Father coming after His own. By His own I mean He is talking about us as believers being compared to sheep owned by a master – lets read this scripture. “If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them wanders away, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others on the hills and go out to search for the one that is lost? 13 And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he will rejoice over it more than over the ninety-nine that didn’t wander away! 14 In the same way, it is not my heavenly Father’s will that even one of these little ones should perish?

Let me ask a question. Does God save us only to wonder and hope that we will make it to the end? That means God has to hope that satan doesn’t take us from the plan and purpose in which God saved us to do in this life. But that doesn’t make sense because of what has been written by God in 1 Peter 1:5 (NIRV) Through faith you are kept safe by God’s power. Your salvation is going to be completed. It is ready to be shown to you in the last days.

 And then does satan have more power than God as to threaten our very salvation? Not according to John 10:29 when it says My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than anyone. No one can steal them out of my Father’s hand.

Friends if you have experienced a true faith in Jesus Christ and are living for Him then you do not have to worry about loosing your salvation. Your salvation is going to be completed and its sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory as said in Ephesians 1:13. Relax – God has this! Now be sure to come to Able Church Friday night to take in the rest of the story in our message “Can I loose my Salvation?”

Pastor Tim 

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