The Lord Jesus says in John, "My Father has given them to me, and no one can snatch the from my hand," And Saint Paul says in Romans 8 "For I am convinced that nothing can separate us from the love of God."
These verses, of course, must be balanced with the warnings that we not "fall away from the faith."
The important thing to remember is "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this not of yourselves, it is the gift of God."
Salvation is the gift of God given to you in your baptism and it is He who is holding onto you, not you to him. Isn't this a great comfort? It is the Lord who holds onto you and he promises, "No one can snatch you away from me." Satan cannot, sin cannot, you cannot separate yourself from the love of God.
It is however, your choice to walk away from the faith. This would be willingly ceasing to believe in Jesus and refusing to listen to conviction of the Holy Spirit.
The true danger is not that we lose our faith, the true danger is that we take our salvation into our hands. When we place our faith in feelings and good works to gauge if we are still saved, instead of remembering that we are saved by grace and that the Lord will not let us be snatched away from him.
I want you to assure that if you are asking this question you are still saved. A person who is no longer saved would not care.
The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord makes his face smile upon you, and give you peace.
First, we MUST define a "Christian" who has "hope" for "salvation" according to HIS WORD and never "our opinion!"
As you know, "Christian" was a derogatory term used for disciples (Christ Followers); "first in Antioch" (Acts 11:26)!
How does one become a "Christian?" Let's go back to when the FIRST CHURCH was established on The Day of Pentecost (Acts 1 & 2). Jesus commanded the disciples not to depart from Jerusalem, but "WAIT" for the "Promise" which they had heard from HIM before in John 14:26; 16:13 (Acts 1:4). Although they had been baptized "UNTO" repentance, they would now be baptized with the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:5). REMEMBER: The Holy Spirit is our HELPER (John 14:26; 16:13) who gives us "POWER" (Acts 1:8), which is JESUS' POWER, to overcome ALL!
On the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2), "..they were all WITH ONE ACCORD in one place" (Acts 2:1) "when "suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind,, and it filled all the house where they were sitting" (Acts 2:2). (v3) "..it sat upon each of them (v4) And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit..."
Now, I ask, have we ("Christians") "OBSERVED" the disciples example(s) as commanded in Matthew 28:20 which said "Teaching them to "OBSERVE" all things whatsoever I have commanded you...?"
Are we really "Christians?" For without the "POWER" of the Holy Spirit we are only "interpreting" Scripture without "HELP" from the Holy Spirit and consequently creating approximately 33K + denominations in the US alone!
Furthermore, after being filled with the Holy Spirit, Peter advised the disciples that they had killed (Acts 2:22-36) "both Lord (GOD) and Christ (Jesus)!" (v37) "Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? (v38) Then Peter said unto them, REPENT, and be baptized every one of you in the name of JESUS CHRIST for the remissions of sins, and ye shall receive the "gift" of the Holy Spirit."
In order to be a "Christian," one MUST "OBSERVE" the disciples and be baptized in the name of JESUS CHRIST to "receive the gift of the Holy Spirit!" Have you done this? Are you "TRULY" a "Christian" according to HIS WORD or are you a "Christian" according to the Nicene Council or what the world calls "RELIGION?"
Therefore, if you are not a "Christian" according to HIS WORD, you don't have "salvation" to lose!
HARSH? YES! (Hebrews 4:12)! BUT WORD (TRUTH)!
Answer: One must have salvation "according to WORD," before you one can "lose!"
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