Can Our Salvation Be Lost?

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Wow, I can’t begin to tell you how many opinions this question has. Some believe if we sin enough, we can lose our salvation, others believe we fall away but can come back again, and some believe it’s all been done on the cross, and thereby salvation can not be lost. What category do I fit in? If you’ve read my blog long enough, you’ll probably guess the third one.

This whole idea that we can lose our salvation is really contradicting what Christ did on the cross. Jesus died for ALL sins, past, present, future, so if we say we can lose our salvation, doesn’t that mean there are sins Christ didn’t die for? And then, what sins send us to Hell, and what ones don’t?

I think sometimes, we just don’t understand the glorious love of Christ, and I’m one who has underestimated His love for me more than I can count. We tend base Christ’s love on the way we love, and it’s far from unconditional. I’ll love you if love me back, or I’ll love you if you don’t annoy me. Our love is very conditional, but Christ’s isn’t, which is truly amazing.

When Jesus took His final breath, He said, “It is finished.” He’d completed what He had come to do, and that was to save us. No amount of sin or unrighteousness will ever take that away.

So can we sin and expect forgiveness, even after we have willingly done it? I’m going to step on a lot of toes, but yes, I believe we can. I believe Christ will always forgive us. Does that give us the excuse to do whatever we want and get away with it? The answer is no. Sin will eventually destroy us if we continue to willingly partake in it and avoid God altogether. But the good news is that when we accepted the blood of Christ, He gave us a new life. The old has passed away, and the new has come. The old patterns of life are gone, and we now live in the death of Jesus, washed in His blood, and that’s what He sees. We may do things that are wrong, and sometimes we even want to do things that are wrong, but we can always expect forgiveness, because our relationship with Him isn’t dependent on our actions, but His.

We sometimes believe that when we sin, we feel like we’re being separated from God, and while it can feel like that, He’s always there waiting, tugging, whispering, “I love you my son, I love you my daughter, and I want you to come home.”

One of my favourite stories is the parable of the prodigal son. It’s about this boy who runs from his father and sins against him and Heaven, which is probably the worst one can do, and yet when the boy returns with his head to the ground, the father runs out with open arms. In all the time the boy had run into sin not once did he lose the title of his father’s son. We’re God’s children, called into His family; and families may part ways, but they’ll always be a son or daughter. They’ll always a brother and sister, and it’s the same with Christ. We were called into God’s family when we believed and accepted Christ’s gift of salvation that was given to all.

That’s what I love about my God: I’m eternally His. And though it sometimes may feel like I’ve run from Him, He’s always there and He never hesitates to forgive. Because my salvation is not dependent on what I’ve done, but on what He has done for me. You don’t hold your salvation, He does. If we could live the sinless life, Jesus wouldn’t have had to die.

The last thing I want to look at on this subject is: should we confess our sins to God? When we fall away, yes. Why? Not because He stopped loving or forgiving, but because He wants to have fellowship with you again. He wants you to speak to Him, depend on Him again. So we’re not losing our salvation if we fall away, we’re running from His fellowship, and He’s always there waiting, wanting more than anything that you would return, and soon enough you’ll find that you just can’t help but fall back into His embrace.

And the best news of all? Sin can no longer separate us because we’ve been washed as white as snow in the blood of Jesus. And when God looks at us, He sees only the redeeming blood of His son.

 

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10 thoughts on “Can Our Salvation Be Lost?

  1. Hey mate, I have a bit of a split line decision here. You say that we can’t lose our salvation. BUT Paul says in the Bible in Hebrews 6:4-6:
    “For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit,
    and have tasted he good word of God and the powers of the age to come,
    If they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, and since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.”
    So have I taken that out of context or have you?
    God Bless.

    1. Um mate, not really sure what you’re trying to say as I didn’t actually use that Scripture, so it’s not really possible for me to have taken it out of context, haha! But since you asked, and please don’t take offense, I’ll have to honestly say that you have mate. It’s actually pretty clear that that verse isn’t talking about losing our salvation, it’s about those who claim to know God, yet want nothing to do with Him. Those who know the Word and have tasted the Lord, yet don’t want Him and don’t accept Christ as savior. Just because they were enlightened and have tasted the Heavenly gift, doesn’t mean they were saved, if it was talking about salvation it would have said so. They don’t take that final step in repentance and faith, and therefore are basically crucifying Christ afresh. It’s that idea that our salvation is resting on our performance that is again, so dangerous because we’re saying we don’t need Christ’s death and resurrection, and that idea essentially crucifies Him again.

      For Christians who have received salvation (and this view comes from the partakers of the Holy Spirit part, which talks about Christians), the key word in this passage is IF. So it’s hypothetical. He’s saying (IF a Christian falls away) it would be impossible to renew salvation. Why? Because it was all done on the cross. We can’t “renew” our salvation, it’s impossible. The way you have displayed that passage leads to an absurd conclusion that Jesus would have to die again and again in a hopeless, redundant cycle. So in the end, that passage only enforces our salvation in Christ and not in our works.

      So in the end, we have two ways to look at the Scripture: from those who claim to know Christ but don’t want Him, and for Christians, and both affirm our solid salvation through Jesus’ death on the cross. And that Scripture, plus a plethora of others, claims salvation is eternal. If you’d like me to give you some, let me know.

      Hope this helps mate, God bless!

      1. Well yes, I admit I got a bit muddled up there. But What would you call someone who accepts God two years before, than throws it away two years later thinking it was all a joke? He had child like faith accepting Jesus then becoming a youth, he rejected it, thinking it was rules and a restriction. A barrier from the world. He had been given salvation and he gave it away. When God says he wants us to come home, he isn’t demanding us to come home, that is why it is called freewill. So we have that choice of coming home. Don’t you think? The prodigal Son came home. His Father was there waiting for him, and he didn’t demand him to come home. And that Prodigal son came home. He had freewill and came home. His father didn’t keep looking for him. The prodigal Son was brought up as royalty and he wanted to go out to the world. He wanted to sin. If we sin, we are separated from God. If we look at pornography, we are automatically separating ourselves form God. He isn’t sitting there waiting for him to get off the site. But he still wants us to come back to him. God will always wait for us. But it is our choice, not God’s. Remember the Garden of Eden. I hope you understand, and lets not argue about this to much. Haha. God Bless.

      2. That’s all good mate, I love having a good healthy discussion on topics such as this. It can benefit all of us if we’re willing to have an open mind. For your question on leaving completely and freewill, read my reply to Christian. On your reasons of the Christian leaving, that’s all mans doing, not God’s. That’s religious condemnation, and that is not from the Lord. If that happened, like it did to us one time, He’s always there and He’ll embrace us when we seek Him. I’m not sure about you, but that’s enough to make me believe those who condemned were wrong. I’ll be quick with your other words: it’s all an issue of the heart. Pornography is a sinful addiction. There are hundreds of people who want so bad to break free, but they can’t. If you can look at porn, or any addictive sin, and not get hooked, well, it’s impossible, and no one ever WANTS to indulge and feed an addiction. So are they unrighteous, even if their hearts are set on Christ? To answer, do you remember my post on being lukewarm? It was called The Gray Side of the Line. That might explain a few things so I won’t write it all down here again.

        I’ll leave you with one more question, what does salvation require? I’ll leave the answer to you mate. God bless! And don’t feel bad about any disagreements, that’s why having discussions like this is helpful and informative.

  2. Hi again, interesting post. A controversial subject for sure. My stance on the matter isn’t too firm, I don’t find it to be something I need to have a rock solid stance on. However, I did notice some flaws in your argument.

    “so if we say we can lose our salvation, doesn’t that mean there are sins Christ didn’t die for?”
    Jesus died for all sins, yes. Does that mean every person in the world is justified through grace? No. What then, is the difference between a saved person and one not saved? The saved individual has seen his sin, turned to God through faith and received salvation. This much you’ve said. Christ also died for the unsaved person, however that persons sin will be held against them until they receive grace through Jesus.
    Christ died for all sin, but not all sin will be forgiven.

    A verse comes to mind:
    “Anyone who has set aside the Law of Moses dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace?”

    So say a person decided their entire faith was a lie, and they turned from grace to sin. this isn’t simply a matter of intentional sin. I’m talking complete rejection. Does that not destroy the worth of Jesus’ blood in their life? Are they still being sanctified while actively rejecting grace?

    “He’d completed what He had come to do, and that was to save us. No amount of sin or unrighteousness will ever take that away.”

    This statement is somewhat incomplete. No amount of sin can separate us from God, if we are justified by Jesus’ blood and living by the spirit. But apart from Him, ANY amount of sin will separate us from Him.

    “we can always expect forgiveness because our relationship with Him isn’t dependent on our actions, but His.”

    Our *salvation* is not dependent on our actions, but His. The relationship, however, is almost entirely based on our own actions. He says if we draw near to Him, he will draw near to us. It takes our participation, and not as a secondary element. Our involvement is the primary part of our relationship. We can build it up, and we can tear it down, all by ourselves. Try furthering your relationship with God by letting him do the work; it’s impossible (again, I’m not talking about salvation, but the intimate part of our relationship with Him).

    I think I’m getting a little off track. My main point is, most of your post was written from the perspective of a believer who is feeling guilty for his sin, not a person who has completely rejected his faith and is “treating as an unholy thing the blood of Christ.” To those who are apart from Him, sin does indeed separate them from the love of God. If a believer separates himself from grace, I think it’s too generous to assume that God will still see him as righteous.

    Again, my stance isn’t too firm, in spite of this comment. I just think the subject deserves some more consideration than a simple, “Yay, Jesus, yay grace, God, love, woohoo.” Haha.

    God bless man, and grace be with you.

    1. Thank you for the comment Christian, really appreciate others thoughts about the issue. I know there are so much more views on this subject, but my post was simply aimed at Christians who feel guilty for what they’ve done and therefore think they will eventually lose their salvation. I might further it in another post, but that’s as far as I decided to go. For your words on those who have found their faith to be a lie and have therefore decided to leave it completely, I’ll have to respectfully disagree. I believe that once we have given our hearts to Christ, we’ll always be drawn back into His embrace. If someone finds their faith to be a lie and departs from it completely, I’ll have to question if that person actually gave their full heart to Christ, or just said the prayer out of obligation or fear, which never truly saves us. C.S. Lewis called God, “The hound of Heaven,” because He’s always there, drawing us back. As for those who haven’t received Christ, you’re spot on in your words that any and all sin separates them from God. And again further on, this post was simply about salvation, not our relationship with Christ (which I’ll post about another time), and again you’re completely right and I fully agree with what you said. For those who have separated themselves from grace, like I said, they have fallen from fellowship, and if they truly had given their heart and lives to Christ, they’ll find that walking away isn’t an option. To explain, one of my favourite pastors, Pastor Bob Beeman, explained it like this, “There’s a child who runs from His parents, but when he gets to the road, he finds that he can’t cross without his parents, so he goes back.” He finds he can’t make it on his own, so he goes back, and it’s the same with us and God. Overall though, this subject is just too broad to completely cover in one post, so again, thank you for the comment.

      God bless mate!

      1. Hey mate, I will give that question a think over, and if you haven’t done this, could you do a tiny, teeny, itty bitty favor for me. LOOK AT MY POST, IT IS SOMETHING WE HAVE BEN TALKING ABOUT FOR MONTHS, AND I HAVE DONE IT. Thank you. God bless.

  3. Thanks Luc. The glorious Blood of Jesus, and the most profound words ever spoken, “it is finished”. Isn’t it sad that some Christians continue to debate the topic of salvation when it is so abundantly clear? I agree with your comment to Christian questioning the salvation of people to begin with. When you are truly saved you will be changed and continue to change into His likeness. When the love of Christ is established in our hearts, we yearn to draw near to Him, and really can’t resist! The law is fulfilled in one word, “love”. What a shame that most Christians are so busy arguing and debating, they’ve forgotten the one thing they’re required to do. If we are afraid we’re not good enough, or just can’t conquer a particular sin, how can we approach the Lord if we feel continually guilty? I wonder if any of your followers have looked at themselves today and found no sin? Did they have envy, lose tempers, argue, point fingers, judge, give the Lord time (& I don’t mean 2 minutes) in prayer and worship? Were they thankful with an attitude of gratitude, etc? Be honest. If based on our behaviour at times, not one of us would make it to Heaven. We have all sinned and fallen short. Praise Jesus that He is enough! My favourite quote from Wiggilsworth when asked this very question, “Can you lose your salvation?” His reply, “Do you believe? Then keep on believing and you will land!” Praise God!

    1. Thanks Victorious! Salvation isn’t in the when we were saved, it’s in the who saved us: Jesus. Everyone has been offered salvation, but not everyone realizes what they’ve been given.
      God bless!

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