Eternal Security: Part 4

Another argument for eternal security is based upon the meaning of the word “eternal.”[1] The very meaning of the word “eternal” rules out the possibility of the loss of salvation, because if “eternal” means anything, it means “forever.” If someone could lose his salvation, then it is not eternal, but temporary instead. Involved in our salvation are ten eternal things:

First, there is an eternal plan that God has for our lives (Eph. 3:10‑11).

Second, based upon what the Messiah has done, we now have eternal salvation (Heb. 5:9).

Third, we have eternal redemption (Heb. 9:12).

Fourth, believers have an eternal inheritance (Heb. 9:15).

Fifth, those who have this eternal redemption, inheritance and salvation are destined for eternal glory (II Tim. 2:10; I Pet. 5:10).

Sixth, there is an eternal hope, because we have the guarantee of eternal glory (Titus 3:7; Heb. 6:17‑19).

Seventh, eternal hope, in turn, provides eternal comfort (II Thes. 2:16).

Eighth, God has made an eternal covenant with us, and by virtue of His being the covenant-keeping God, He will keep us saved (Heb. 13:20).

Ninth, we are destined for an eternal kingdom (II Pet. 1:11).

Tenth, we do indeed have eternal life now; we have it presently. It is not something we will receive later upon death, but we have eternal life right now (Jn. 3:14‑16, 36; 6:47; 10:28; Titus 3:7).

It cannot be overemphasized that eternal life must mean what it says: if it is not eternal, if a person could lose it, then it is only temporary life.

[1] This post is a modified version of Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum’s original Messianic Bible Study. The full version may be obtained here.

2 thoughts on “Eternal Security: Part 4

    • What about Heb.10:26-31?? Well, first of all, you must take it in context and not isolate it. This letter is to Hebrews, written by a Hebrew about the fact that those who have heard the truth of Jesus as Messiah and then go on sinning(going back to Temple sacrifices for cleansing of their sin) will have no means of salvation. They have rejected Jesus as their Saviour.
      This particular willful sin spoken of here could only be applied to first century Jews because their is no Temple sacrifice today. It is either Christ or judgment.
      For us today, this is something we can learn from. To willfully reject Jesus as the Messiah or combine His work with some work of our own, is to deny Him. It is Christ alone.
      It would have been impossible for one born of the Spirit to go back. The writer goes on to explain what happens to those who profess to be a believer but are not true possessors of belief. In verse 39, he says, But we are not of those who shrink back”……
      Hope this helps. The assurance of the believer lies in the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. He does not come and go. God does not make mistakes about who He chooses to give mercy and grace to. Once He saves you, you are sealed with the Spirit until the day of Redemption.
      The warnings in Hebrews are based on hypotheticals…..if you could do this, then the results would be this. But he makes very clear that true believers cannot lose their salvation.
      Peace.

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