Lesson Two: Eternal Security 

Can someone who is truly saved ever be lost again? 
One issue that every believer must settle in their walk with God is whether or not they can lose their salvation.  This is an important subject, because we will not be able to be effective in serving the Lord and bringing Him glory if we don’t know that we’re saved. Assurance of our salvation is essential in enjoying our fellowship with God. This lesson is designed to show you how your relationship with God has been finally, eternally, and unchangeably affected by God’s salvation and how God has promised to keep us saved. 

I.      You Are Eternally Secure in Jesus Christ 
      A.     The life God gives is eternal life. 
         Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. John 6:47   
          If you were to die and go to hell after believing on Christ, then the life you received could not have been eternal. See John 3:16, 36, and Romans 6:23.  

      B.     You can never change who your birth father is.  
          Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.  John 1:13   
           God has likened our salvation to a physical birth. You can’t change your spiritual birth Father any more than you can change your physical birth father.
             - See John 3:3-7.  

           Not only that, but the Bible also tells us that we’ve been adopted. See Romans 8:15 & Galatians 4:5-7. The laws of adoption are very strong. An adopted child
            can never be abandoned or disinherited.  

       C.     Salvation was not based on our works, but upon Christ.  
           For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast.  Ephesians 2:8-9   
            If you could not do anything to earn salvation, how could you do something to lose it? We can neither do anything to add to or take away 
            Christ’s sacrifice.  - See John 19:30 and Galatians 3:1-3.  

       D.    Jesus Christ has promised us security.  
           The Lord Jesus Christ has promised never to leave us.  

           … for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. Hebrews 13:5   
           The Lord Jesus Christ has promised us that he will never cast us out.  

           … him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. John 6:37   
           The Lord Jesus Christ said that no one could pluck us from His hand.  

          And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which
          gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out    of my Father's hand.
John 10:28-29   
           Notice in this passage, that:  

               1.       Eternal life is a gift.  

               2.      “Shall” is absolute. 

               3.      “Never” is absolute.  

               4.      We’re in the hand of Christ.  

               5.      We’re in the hand of the Father.  

               6.      No one is greater than God! 

       E.    Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ.  
           For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, 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.
Romans 8:38-39   
            This verse makes it clear that we cannot lose our salvation.  

                1.       Death – You can’t lose it when you die.  

                2.      Life – You can’t lose it while you’re alive.  

                3.      Angels – Angels cannot take it from you.  

                4.      Principalities – The government cannot take it from you.  

                5.      Powers – The devil cannot take it from you.  

               6.      Things present – Nothing happening right now can take it from you.  

               7.      Things to come – Nothing in the future can take it from you.  

               8.      Height – Nothing above you can take it.  

               9.      Depth – Nothing below you can take it.  

              10.   Nor any other creature – This should cover everything else! 

          This wonderful love is found in Christ Jesus our Lord. That is precisely where you are located spiritually! See 1 Corinthians 12:12-13, Ephesians 2:6, 5:30, and 
           2 Timothy 2:13.  

       F.     The Godhead (or Trinity) keeps us saved. 
             The power of God keeps us.  

             Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.1 Peter 1:5   
              The Son of God keeps our salvation.  

              For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am
              persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.
2 Timothy 1:12   
              The Holy Spirit has sealed us until Christ comes.  

             And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Ephesians 4:30   
II.         Basic Questions 
       A.     How can I know for sure that I’m saved?  
           You’ll simply have to believe what God has said about salvation.  

           These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life,
           and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
1 John 5:13   
            If you’ve done what God said to do in order to get saved (receive Christ by faith), then believe what He said He would do (save you!).  

       B.     What if I don’t feel saved?  
             Salvation is not based on feelings. This is illustrated in the Ethiopian Eunuch’s conversion in Acts 8:26-39. In this passage you find:  

                  1.       The fact (“scripture” – v. 35): This is what the word of God says.  

                  2.      The faith (“believe” – v. 37): I believe what the word of God says.  

                  3.      The feeling (“rejoice” – v. 39): My emotions begin to respond to what I believe (most of the time!).  

           God gives us a witness in our heart. See Romans 8:15-16. But even this witness is based upon the word of God. See 1 John 5:9. God is trustworthy! 

           And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life. 1 John 2:25