Can Salvation be Lost? Part 3
Assurance and Peace Come from God
We have stated before that we can know that our relationship with God is secure through faith in Jesus Christ (I John 5:13). We may not always feel saved but we have to learn to mistrust our feelings. They tend to change with the weather, the circumstances or with our health. We can indeed be fickle and our feelings often have nothing to do with the Spiritual progress we are making.
I. The True Basis of Assurance
The basis for our knowledge that we're eternally in a relationship with the God of the universe must be something more permanent. That basis is that God has told us that we are. He wants us to have assurance and peace that we are His forever. The world sees assurance as a peace of mind that all is well for the future. Psychology defines it as a personality free of all frustration. But the Bible sees the gift of assurance as a certainty, a knowledge or confidence concerning our relationship with God.
Among the verses that give us that confidence is chapter 8 of Romans. From verse 1 we see that there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. And of course there are many good verses in between, but if we go to the end starting with verse 31 we see Paul asking a lot of questions. He begins: "What shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?" Then Paul asks the questions: "Who shall bring a charge to God's elect? God is the one who justifies. And then he asks: "Who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised , who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us." Chirst is the only one who can condemn us and He died to save our souls. Again the Apostle asks: Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?" These are all rhetorical questions leading up to the big finish:
"For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalties, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
It would seem that Paul is trying to tell us something here. There is nothing in the entire universe and beyond that will ever cause us to lose our relationship with the God who saved us!
II. Our Salvation is Part of God's Eternal Plan
The Bible plainly teaches that the salvation of the believer was a part of God's eternal plan. Ephesians 1:4,5 tells us that the believer was actually chosen by God before the foundation of the world that we should be holy and blameless before Him. Verse 5:
He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved" (Jesus Christ).
No matter what you may think of the doctrine of election, the Scriptures teach that those chosen (the elect), can have assurance of salvation.
Jesus indicates in John 6 that believers were given by the Father to the Son as a gift for His sufferings. And our Lord tells us plainly: "All that the Father gives me will come to me, and the one who comes to me I will certainly not cast out."
We can further see, in our Lord's intercessory prayer in John 17 that Jesus speaks seven times of believers as given to Him by the Father (2, 6, 9,11, 12 and 24). And we see from this prayer that it is our Lord's desire that they which the Father has given Him will be able to share in His glory.
On top of all of this, the Holy Spirit indwells every believer and He is seen as a type of down payment or a pledge that God is serious about finishing what He started before the world began (Ephesians 1:13,14). So Jesus' prayer will ultimately be answered and we will be with Him. We need to address the Holy Spirit's role in our salvation a little further, but we'll save that for the next article.
Assurance of salvation can be ours if we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior. Satan may try to cause us to doubt this, but he is a liar. God has given His word that we are His and He is ours. Let us not rely on our ever-shifting feelings again. Rather, may we rely on the Father who loves us enough to give us the very best that He had, our Lord Jesus Christ.