Firm Foundations Three (29 of 55) In Christ, I Am Eternally Secure

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In Christ, I Am Eternally Secure.

New Assurance: In Jesus Christ, you have a new assurance from God. Our salvation is freely given to us by God and forever kept by Him. This makes the gospel more distinct than any other religious message in the world because it frees us to pursue God out of joy and not fear. It is comforting to know, in Christ, we are saved by God through faith in Jesus and given eternal life that can never be lost or taken away. Our salvation is guaranteed through the seal of the Holy Spirit and we are given the Bible so that we can know that we have this eternal life.
Romans 6:23; 1 John 5:13

In Christ, I Am Eternally Saved (The Promises Of Eternal Life)

  • Our salvation is freely given to us by God and forever maintained by Him. Our salvation does not rely on our good works or personal goodness to earn and keep it, but it relies on the grace of God who, through Jesus Christ and according to His own goodness, chose to save us and keep us eternally.
    Titus 3:4–8: Ephesians 2:8-10
  • Jesus promises that when He saves us He gives us eternal life. This means that from the point of salvation on we will never perish. After our bodies die, we will not be sent to hell, but eternally live with God. This promise is guaranteed because we are securely in the hands of Jesus and God the Father and no one is able to snatch us out of their hands, not even ourselves. Remember, it is not the strength of our faith that saves us, but the strength of God in whom we put our faith that saves us.
    John 10:25–30
  • Jesus promises to never cast us out, to lose us, to leave us, or to forsake us. The will of God is that everyone who believes in Jesus as the Son of God will have everlasting life and be raised by Jesus at the last day.
    John 6:37-39; Hebrews 13:5
  • We are sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise for the day of redemption. This seal guarantees our eternal redemption until we acquire possession of it.
    Ephesians 1:13–14; 4:30

In Christ, I Will Eternally Live (The Meaning Of Eternal Life)

  • Believers will live with God for all eternity. “Eternal” signifies that we will always have this salvation and that we can do nothing to ever lose it. This is possible because it is kept by the power of God. Therefore, all true believers receive eternal life and will keep that eternal life for all eternity.
    1 Peter 1:5; John 6:40
  • Believers will not pass into condemnation. Jesus tells us anyone who hears His words and believes in God has everlasting life. At the point of salvation you received everlasting life, so you never come into condemnation but pass from death into life. We will never be judge for sin, go to hell, or be rejected by God for any reason.
    John 5:24; Romans 8:1

In Christ, I Am Eternally Changed (The Evidences Of Eternal Life)

  • Believers bear good fruit showing we abide in Jesus (the true vine). For a believer, bearing fruit is a natural result of repentance and faith in Jesus. Now that we are in Christ, we will produce good fruit because Christ is good. Therefore, the fruit we bear gives evidence to the faith that we say we believe. What kind of fruit are you bearing?
    Matthew 3:8,10; 7:15–20; 12:33; 13:23; John 15:1–9
  • Believers can examine themselves to see whether they are in the faith. Once we believe in Jesus we begin to experience many changes, some happen instantly and others happen subtly over time. Therefore, these changes can be evidences of true biblical salvation. Below are a few evidences to consider:
    2 Corinthians 13:5–6; 2:26; James 1:22–25

– Are you trusting in Jesus alone for your salvation or are you trusting in the works that you are doing for Jesus to save you? He that has Jesus has life and he that doesn’t have Jesus doesn’t have life.
1 John 5:12; Matthew 7:21–23; Romans 11:6

– Is your way of life defined by practicing sin or practicing righteousness? Each day are you becoming more like the devil or more like Jesus?
1 John 2:1–6; 1 John 3:1–10

– Do you have new desires, such as, a yearning to do the will of God, a willingness to learn and obey the Word of God, and a desire to love one another?
1 John 4:7–12; John 13:35

– When you sin are you disciplined by God, revealing that He loves you and treats you as a Son?
Hebrews 12:5–8

– Does the Holy Spirit of God bear witness with your spirit that you are a child of God and that God abides in you?
Romans 8:16; 1 John 3:24; 4:2; 13

  • Believers need to battle doubt with the truth of God’s Word. Often we doubt the promises of God, our salvation, and whether we have eternal life. Some of the reasons we doubt are because: we are ignorant of what the Bible teaches; we don’t understand fully how salvation works; we have misplaced our focus on our works instead of the power of God; we sin or struggle with sin and think we lost our salvation; or we are being disciplined by the Holy Spirit which makes us feel uncomfortable. We combat these doubts through filling our minds with Scripture so that we can build our faith and confidence in the truth that, in Christ, we are eternally secure.

Review Questions

  • What is my new assurance in Christ?
  • Our salvation is given by whom and maintained by whom?
  • What are we sealed with that guarantees we will receive eternal life?
  • How do we examine ourselves to see if we are in the faith?
  • If we doubt our salvation, what should we do?

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