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Can we lose our salvation?

Another way to put this question is, do we believe that once saved always saved? In our last article we examined the doctrine of eternal or everlasting life. By definition, it is not possible to lose something that is eternal and there is nothing in the Bible that states that we have eternal life unless we lose it. In addition, there are at least two basic principles at work. The first, is that our salvation is a gift and not the payment of a wage. So then let us examine the properties of a gift. In Romans we read, “And if by grace, then it is no longer of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace. But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; other-wise work is no longer work.” (11:6). If we can earn our salvation through our works then grace is the payment of a wage as a result of the work. Then, if we can earn our salvation, it can be something that can be lost. Since it is not of works but of grace as a gift, then once the gift is given, it cannot be taken back. One of the attributes of the Lord our God is that He is immutable, which is that He will not change, once He gives His grace, He cannot change and take it back. This leads us into the second principle which is the sovereignty and omnipotence of our God. This great salvation is a work of the Lord our God who is sovereign over all things and has the power to execute His work and to keep us in His hands. This is why we read in John, “And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.” (10:28). To say that we can lose our salvation is to posit that we are more powerful than God who is omnipotent. Again we read in Romans, “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 created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord (8:38-39). That about covers it, there is no possible way of losing what God has given to us through our faith in the Lord Jesus.

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