Eternal security is the sovereign work of God which guarantees that when the gift of salvation is received, it becomes the eternal possession of the believer, and cannot be forfeited.

The security of our salvation is grounded in the sovereign purpose of God. Romans 8:28-30 describes five links in the unbroken chain of salvation which are all spoken of in the past tense, signifying that the God’s plan of salvation has been achieved.

For whom He foreknew, He also predestined, and these He also called; and whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified. Therefore, no one can bring a charge against the elect of God. Nothing can separate them from the love of God (Rom. 8:38-39).

The security of our salvation is grounded in the promise of God. Those who believe in Jesus Christ are promised eternal life. They will never perish.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).

The security of our salvation is grounded in the power of God. We are kept secure by the power of God because no one is able to snatch us out of the Father’s hand (John 10:29), which is an answer to the intercessory prayer of God the Son, “Holy Father, keep them in Thy name” (John 17:11).

The security of our salvation is grounded in the provision of God. Because of the sufficiency of the work of Christ on the cross, our salvation is complete. As Jesus hung on the cross, He said, “It is finished,” which means “paid in full” (John 19:30). Salvation is totally a work of God. Since we did nothing to obtain our salvation, we can do nothing to keep it.

Eternal security is evident when God’s work of salvation is understood. The believer is given eternal life (John 3:16), made a child of God (John 1:12), sealed and indwelled by the Holy Spirit (Eph. 1:13; Rom. 8:9), and baptized into the body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:13).

Because God gives man eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives this security.


Last Published: March 6, 2015 5:46 PM