Can a Christian lose their salvation?
Chances are this is a question that you have heard before. Maybe you have even pondered this subject yourself.
Well, in order to answer this question, we first need to define two terms, Christian, and salvation. Once we understand what those two words truly mean the answer to our question will hopefully be plainly clear. Just a heads up, there are a lot of Bible verses referenced in this post. I didn’t put them in here to make myself look smart, instead, I put this in here because I want you to check them out for yourselves. Digging into the Bible for yourself is the coolest thing you could ever do!
So, what is a Christian? A Christian is someone who, by faith, have put their trust in Jesus, and Him alone, for their salvation. A true Christian would affirm that: they are a sinner in need of a savior, (Rom. 3:23, 6:23) Jesus came to earth and died on the cross for their sins, (Rom. 5:6-8) Jesus rose again from the dead, (Rom. 6:9) and that they are saved as a result of God’s free gift of grace, not their own good works. (Eph. 2:8-9)
A true Christian is also made distinct because at the moment that they place their trust in Jesus they are indwelt by the Holy Spirit. (Eph. 1:13-14, Rom. 8:9, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20) The Holy Spirit seals believers and guides them in righteousness. (2 Corinthians 1:22, Ephesians 1: 13-14) Once a believer is indwelt by the Holy Spirit they are guaranteed a permanent inheritance as a child of God. (Ephesians 1:13-14) This promise of the Holy Spirit living inside of believers, guiding, directing, empowering, and gifting them, is a permanent promise. Believers do not need to worry about the Holy Spirit leaving, He never will.
Now, to define salvation. Ephesians 1:7 says, “In him, we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace…” Salvation is the free gift of God of eternal life and forgiveness of sins that is extended from God to sinful mankind. (Ephesians 2:8, John 3:16)
This salvation is only found in Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ alone. (Acts 4:11-12)
Jesus came to earth and died as a substitute (2 Corinth. 5:9, 1 Peter 3:18) in order to bring life that never ends. (Romans 6:10, John 10:10) This life that Jesus brings to those who believe is freely given, guarded, and guaranteed. (1 Peter 1:3-9)
Another promise given by God is that true believers after they have been saved, will one day be glorified. (Romans 8:30) This Glorification means that one day believers will be perfectly free from sin, pain, fear, and death, and will forever be with God.
Now, since we have an understanding of who a Christian is and what salvation means we can now come to the realization that a person who is a true follower of Jesus Christ cannot lose their salvation.
The true believer’s salvation cannot be lost because:
- The Holy Spirit is indwelling them
- The promise of the Holy Spirit is permanent
- The promise of the life that Jesus gives to believers is permanent
- The promise of Glorification is still yet to be completed
With that being said, security of our salvation is not a license to keep on sinning. We cannot just simply pray a prayer and then continue living our lives however we want to.
True faith results in true life-change.
Romans 6:1-2 Paul addresses this very thing. “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?”
When we become a true Christian, we have died to sin and become completely new. (2 Corinthians 5:17) Therefore, we cannot continue to live unrepentantly in our old sinful lives.
The security of salvation that we have in Jesus is not an excuse to keep sinning “because I prayed a prayer that one time,” rather it should motivate us to more fully love and obey Jesus in every aspect of our lives.