Jesus replied, I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. But you haven’t believed in me even though you have seen me. However, those the Father has given me will come to me, and I will never reject them. For I have come down from heaven to do the will of God who sent me, not to do my own will. And this is the will of God, that I should not lose even one of all those he has given me, but that I should raise them up at the last day. For it is my Father’s will that all who see his Son and believe in him should have eternal life. I will raise them up at the last day (John 6:35-40 NLT).
Jesus’ life, death, resurrection and ascension to His original position of authority with our Father and God, purchased our security in salvation. We have received the greatest gift of all times from God, salvation from Sin and death. We also with this Gift, received the greatest reassurance that we are waiting to live with God, in God’s presence, for all eternity.
Imagine the possibility of having this salvation all snatched away! That would be a greater travesty and a more tragic event than the fall of man. That we could loose our salvation would be a greater lie and a greater betrayal from God towards humankind than how we humankind betrayed our Creator and God in the garden of Eden.
God is not a man that He can lie. God is not man that He can betray people and fall from grace. And we are not God that we can provide, give, keep and fulfill the promise of salvation. That’s our human thinking that God is like us. No, we are like God, made in his likeness and image. Even when we become perfect our perfection will be in relation to God, not the same as God’s perfection. We will not be omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent. We are like God, not God.
Believing that we can loose our salvation is the same as putting God in the same category as people and thinking that we can do something to keep salvation is putting people in the same category as God. God gives us innumerable guarantees that He is able to keep us from falling. We will not be able to loose our salvation. Because God cannot lie and He promised to keep us to the end and glorify us with himself.
Think of the insecurity instead of security that believers in Jesus Christ would have if we think we are able to loose our salvation. Think of the fear, discomfort, worry, doubt and all manner of death delivering, destructive thoughts, we would be assaulted with, from the kingdom of darkness, if we could loose our salvation.
Being a Christian would be the worse gamble anyone could take part in. But we know that being a Christian is not a gamble. It is the most secure, comforting relationship under the sun, in heaven and in all eternity. No one, including me, would want any part of a God who could not guarantee us what He promised. I’d rather be on my own, trusting my life in my own hands rather than in the hands of a God who cannot bring to pass what He promised. Who would trust in a God who can’t do what He promised?
But the fact, the truth and the very great and immeasurable blessing that I am not on my own is evidence that the Holy Spirit of God is in me, and in you, and He guarantees us that He who began a good work in us is able to complete it. “It is God who enables us, along with you, to stand firm for Christ. He has commissioned us, and he has identified us as his own by placing the Holy Spirit in our hearts as the first installment that guarantees everything he has promised us (2 Corinthians 1:21-22 NLT).” God will glorify everyone who have the gift of salvation that we received by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.
We didn’t get salvation because we worked for it. We can’t boast about our effort to get it and keep it. We began by the Spirit, so how can we now say we can complete the journey in salvation by our own effort? “And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago. The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify him (Ephesians 1:13-14 NLT).” We would have nothing to praise God for if we could loose our salvation.
Why would we praise God for something that was not sure? Our hope in God is sure, that’s why we praise Him. We do not have to wait for salvation to be completed, it is already completed, that’s why we praise Him. Because salvation has been completed we can praise God by faith right now, knowing Christ has absolutely completed the works needed for salvation and have given the completed works to us. That’s why we praise God now.
Because Salvation is finished! No one can snatch us out of God’s hand. No power of death and hell, nothing anywhere can separate us who belong to God from the love of God. When we accept Jesus, the Holy Spirit sealed us and place us in Christ and Christ is in God. It is finished, salvation is complete. When we receive the gift of salvation we receive the complete work of Christ and nothing more is needed.
Christ has already defeated all of our enemies. Our enemies are no more than shadows that we see as we walk through the valleys of the shadow of death. But we fear no evil. Because God’s rod and staff comfort and gives us full peace and security. “For the LORD delights in his people; he crowns the humble with victory. Let the faithful rejoice that he honors them. Let them sing for joy as they lie on their beds.” (Psalms 149:4-5 NLT)