My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” John 10:27-30
I have often used today’s verses when answering someone’s questions about losing their salvation. There are many who think if they screw-up, God will just forget them and not let them into heaven. Fortunately God is a God of second chances. One only need look at Israel to see how many times they messed up and even abandoned God, yet God constantly forgave them and He never abandoned them.
Once we are His we are eternally His. Yes we will mess up. We may even turn away from God think we can do it on our own. In fact we will continue to mess up until we finally graduate from this life to the next. God however, will never give up on us. He has promised to finish what He starts in each of us.
Satan cannot take away our salvation. He may fool us and may get us to sin but he has no power to change our eternal destiny. Our friends cannot take away our salvation. They may lead us astray but they too cannot upset God’s plan for us. We cannot give our salvation away, we may sin and we may fall but God will not abandon us. Jesus tells us no one can take us out of His hand, no one.
Jesus does not say almost no one can take us out of His hand. He does no say a few may be able to take us out of His hand but most cannot. No, He says no one can take us away from him. When someone tells me what about his situation, won’t that end our salvation; I tell them what part of no one is hard to understand. Once we have accepted Christ we are His. And once we are His we are eternally His, no ifs ands or buts.
What I cannot answer, what no person can answer is if a person is really saved. We cannot really know another’s heart. There are many people going through the motions of being Christian, but they have never accepted Christ into their lives. They have not confessed their sins and asked Him into their lives. You aren’t saved by osmosis; salvation is an act, one that each person must take on their own.
The Bible tells us that if we confess Jesus as our Lord and confess (take responsibility) for our sine and repent then we are His. Once that is done you will know and those around you will start seeing a changed life. Will you have doubts, unfortunately most likely yes? We are still in our sinful flesh so at times we will do something that causes us to doubt. And, Satan will never miss a chance to put doubt in our minds. But doubts do not equal loss of salvation.
We are His and we are eternally His. Jesus did all the work all we have to do is accept His work on the cross. Then, for all eternity we are His and no one can change that.
Have a blessed day,