How Do We Know That We Have a Secure Salvation?

Any individual who makes a true obligation to have faith in Jesus Christ as Savior is secure in God's guarantee of an endless life. Christ will not leave his people alone to be defeated by Satan and lose their salvation.

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What does the word secure mean? One definition implies that it is to be fixed, as not to give away, become loose, or be lost, fix firmly so that it cannot be moved.

What does the word salvation mean? Salvation is preservation or deliverance from harm, ruin, or loss. Regarding theology, salvation is the deliverance from sin, brought about by a person putting his or her faith and trust, and believing in Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

Numerous Christians accept that those individuals who die with unforgiven sins will not get into heaven (some call it paradise, I call it my future home).

Salvation implies being saved from transgression, and Christians accept that salvation is fundamental to having a relationship with God while on earth, and to have an endless existence with God in heaven in the afterlife, which means after physical death.

Jesus did not work autonomously from God the Father, yet as one. This gives us significantly more confirmation of being invited into his presence and being ensured by him.

Jesus' motivation was to do the desire of God, not to fulfill his own human desires. When we follow Jesus, we ought to have the same purpose, to do the will of the Father.

Jesus said he would not lose even one individual that the Father had given him. In this manner, any individual who makes a true obligation to have faith in Jesus Christ as Savior is secure in God's guarantee of an endless life. Christ will not leave his people alone to be defeated by Satan and lose their salvation (John 17:12; Philippians 1:6).

Those individuals who put their faith in Jesus will be resurrected from death to everlasting life with God when Christ comes back once more (1 Corinthians 15:52; 1 Thessalonians 4:16).

Similarly, as a shepherd secures his sheep, Jesus shields his people from endless harm. While Christians can expect to endure some suffering here on earth, Satan cannot touch or hurt our souls, nor can he remove our everlasting existence with God.

There are numerous reasons to be apprehensive here on earth since this is Satan's area. If we decide to accept and follow Jesus, he will give us eternal life.

Does Secure Salvation Mean We Will Never Die?

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26).

Jesus has control over life and death and the ability to pardon sins. This is because he is the Creator of life (John 14:6). He who is life can definitely re-establish life. Whoever trusts in him has a spiritual life that death cannot contact or lessen in any capacity.

When we understand the power of Christ and how great this offer to us truly is, how can we not submit our lives to him? To those of us who believe, what impressive confirmation and assurance we have: “Because I live, ye shall live also” (14:19).

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:35-39).

This passage of Scripture holds quite possibly the most consoling guarantees in all Scripture. Christians have consistently needed to confront difficulties in numerous structures: abuse, sickness, detainment, even death. These could make them dread that Christ has deserted them.

Yet, Paul declares that it is impossible to be separated from Christ. His death and resurrection are confirmation of his unconquerable love. Nothing can stop his consistent presence with us.

God shows us how extraordinary his affection is so we will have a sense of security in him. If we accept these staggering confirmations, we should not be apprehensive or afraid.

And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession — to the praise of his glory (Ephesians 1:13-14).

The Holy Spirit is God's seal that we have a place with him and his assurance to us that he will do what he has guaranteed. He stands for an upfront installment, an approving mark on the agreement, or a deposit.

The presence of the Holy Spirit in us shows the validity of our faith, it shows that we are his children, and it obtains endless life for us. The power of the Holy Spirit works in us by changing us now and is a sample of the all-out transformation we will have.

Can We Lose Our Salvation?

This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time (1 Peter 1:4-5).

God will help us with staying consistent with our faith, whatever troublesome occasions we should confront. The "last time" is the day of atonement (judgment) of Christ portrayed in Romans 14:10 and Revelation 20:11-15.

We might suffer tribulations, abuse, or death. If we have accepted the gift of salvation that Christ has offered, our souls cannot be hurt or harmed. We can be sure that we will obtain the promised rewards.

To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy — (Jude 24).

The epistle of Jude begins with and ends with assurance. God holds believers back from succumbing to false teachers. In spite of the fact that they are inescapable and perilous, we do not need to be apprehensive if we trust God and are proved and grounded in him.

To be perfect and pure will be the definitive state of the Christian when the believer finally sees Christ. When we are pardoned of our transgressions and given new bodies, we will resemble Christ (1 John 3:2).

What Does This Mean?

So, the question today is this, do you have secure salvation?

For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2).

There is an old hymn titled, Oh Why Not Tonight stressing the call to Salvation.

O do not let the Word depart, And close thine eyes against the light; Poor sinner, harden not your heart, Be saved, O tonight. O why not tonight? O why not tonight? Wilt thou be saved? Then why not tonight? Tomorrow’s sun may never rise, To bless thy long-deluded sight; This is the time, O then be wise, Be saved, O tonight.

For further reading:

Is it True Once Saved Always Saved?

If I Am Saved, Do I Still Need to Repent?

Can a Christian Lose Salvation?

Can Anyone Fall from Grace?

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Chris SwansonChris Swanson answered the call into the ministry over 20 years ago. He has served as a Sunday School teacher, a youth director along with his wife, a music director, an associate pastor, and an interim pastor. Chris is a retired Navy Chief Hospital Corpsman with over 30 years of combined active and reserve service. During his service, he received numerous awards and citations. Chris holds a Doctor of Ministry, an M.B.A., and a B.S. in health administration. Chris and his wife Vicki of 24 years reside in Madison, Alabama. If you are interested in having Chris deliver God's Word at your place of worship, you can reach him here.