For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
When we make the decision to turn away from our old sinful life and turn toward the light of God our reward is eternal life. Now many will tell you that this gift from God is conditional. They tell us that when God says we are given eternal life He really did not mean it. We can loss it either by not doing enough good works, we are never told exactly how these good works are graded or the magic number needed to get into heaven. We can lose our eternal life by continuing to sin and finally we can just choose to give it away.
So, was God just conditionally giving us eternal life? Let’s first look at what Jesus says in John 10:27-30 “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” Jesus seems very clear here when He says that no one can snatch us out of His hand. It seems clear that once we are His we are eternally His. You cannot lose eternal life nor can you give it away.
Let’s look further. Do good works save us? All we need to do is read Romans and we see that Paul very forcefully tells us only our faith can save us and not works. If we could be saved by works than Jesus would not have needed to die on the cross. If works continues to save us or are needed to ensure salvation then Jesus work on the cross was not enough. Yet Jesus proclaims the His work finished God’s plan.
What about sin, can continued sin cause us to lose our eternal life? Once again, no. Paul writes about himself that he continues to do the things he shouldn’t and does not do the things he should. Even Paul continued to sin. We are still in our sinful bodies and we will continue to sin, though hopefully less and less as we continue on our road to God. Once again if continued sin would keep us from eternal life then we are essentially saying that the death on the cross was not enough to cover all our sins. In doing this we take away from Jesus work.
No, when God tells us we have eternal life if we accept His grace, if we accept Christ’s finished work on the cross, if we accept the resurrection of Jesus, God means it. When God says eternal life with Him he puts no additional conditions. He means what He says.
Have a blessed day,