- ETERNAL SALVATION/SECURITY OR FOREVER SAVED
In our previous articles we have seen that salvation is from sin. That is salvation releases us from the bondage of sin. So it is really a prevented thinking to think grace license someone to Sin. Anyone who thinks like this does not know what grace is and have not experienced the reality of grace. For grace when received by faith frees us from the yoke of sin. We have also seen that it is Jesus that carries out the work of salvation from sin. Therefore until we meet Him and call upon his name we cannot be free from sin. We have also seen that faith in Christ that brings us into a real union with Christ is the only way to enjoy his salvation. We have learnt not to exclude the fruit of good works that is a product of our being in Christ from our salvation neither should we add the works of the law/human external and religious performance to it. We also learnt that salvation is not an independent reality that exists on its own. Salvation has its sphere; it is in the name of Jesus Christ. So we cannot say we want salvation but we don’t want to be identified with Christ. Such a salvation does not exist. If we must possess this salvation we must possess the Son.
Now we want to look at the nature or quality of the salvation that is in Christ Jesus. Firstly let me say for someone to think that eternal salvation or forever saved means that we can live anyhow we like such a person still does not understand what it means to be saved neither does such a person understands the implication of being saved. Instead of seeing eternal salvation as license to sin while not see it as eternally delivered from the power of sin? It just shows that such a person probably have not seen Jesus as his/her savior. Secondly to say that we don’t have eternal salvation is a direct confrontation on the effectiveness of the priesthood of Christ because one of the faults of Aaron’s priesthood was its inability to procure a salvation that is eternal. So the various rituals and ceremonies under Aaron’s priesthood have to be repeated every year. But Jesus being made Perfect through his sufferings, authored a salvation that his eternal. The Bible says he perfected forever them that are sanctified. (As you read the scriptures in this article, please pay attention to the words in uppercase)
Hebrews 5:9 “And being made perfect, he became THE AUTHOR OF ETERNAL SALVATION unto all them that obey him”;
Hebrews 9:12 “Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, HAVING OBTAINED ETERNAL REDEMPTION FOR US”.
Hebrews 10:14 “For by one offering he hath PERFECTED FOR EVER THEM THAT ARE SANCTIFIED”.
So it is clear that the nature of the salvation that the lord Jesus authored is an eternal one not a temporally one. Jesus Christ is the originator and source of an eternal salvation. If it is not eternal then it is not the salvation that proceeds from Him. If it is not eternal then his suffering would have been in vain. His priesthood would not be different from that of Aarons’. But just the same way that the life that Jesus Christ came to give us is an eternal one so also is the salvation he authored is an eternal salvation. It is incorruptible, undefiled and it does not fade away 1 Peter 1:4. That is why the efficacy of salvation stretches through time and history to save those who believed before Christ came and is saving those who believe today and will continue to save those who will believe in Him in the future offering them the same quality of salvation. Now salvation is only eternal because it is in Christ and Christ is eternal. We need to really understand that salvation in all its dimension is inseparable from Christ and that to enjoy that salvation we have to come into him and cleave to Him. Acts 11:20-23.
- ONCE SAVED
Not only is our salvation eternal, it was accomplished for us once. A lot of times when we talk about once saved, we always focus on ourselves and our works. While others interpret it to mean license to sin. However the focus of “once saved” should be on Jesus and what he did.
Hebrews 9:11 “But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building”;
Hebrews 9:12 “Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood HE ENTERED IN ONCE into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us”.
Hebrews 9:24 “For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us”:
Hebrews 9:25 “NOR YET THAT HE SHOULD OFFER HIMSELF OFTEN, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others”;
Hebrews 9:26 “FOR THEN MUST HE OFTEN HAVE SUFFERED SINCE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD: BUT NOW ONCE in the end of the world HATH HE APPEARED TO PUT AWAY SIN BY THE SACRIFICE OF HIMSELF”.
Hebrews 9:28 “SO CHRIST WAS ONCE OFFERED TO BEAR THE SINS OF MANY; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation”.
Hebrews 10:14 “FOR BY ONE OFFERING he hath perfected forever them that are sanctified”.
So yes we are once saved because Jesus Christ entered once into the presence of God and was once offered to bear sins. He did the work that saved us once. It was one entrance and one suffering that saved us once. So the work need not to be repeated for it has done its job. The high priest of the Old Testament needed to repeat the work because it never did the job so he could not sit down. But Christ suffered once for sins and that completely dealt with sin once and for all so now he sits at the right hand of God. The once offering of Christ of himself to bear the sins of many so dealt with the issue of sin that He does not need to repeat the act again. One offering of himself was enough and it took care of the problem. Glory to God! So rather than being afraid of the power of sin we should be glorying in the lord Jesus Christ and his power to keep us from Sin. My dear what is powerful now is not sin. What is powerful now is the Priesthood of Christ. Glory to God! So I believe that Jesus perfected us forever and He saved us once by one offering.
- THE INTENT OF SALVATION
What then is the implication of salvation whether we say it is eternal or whether we say it is once?
2Co 5:14 “For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead”:
2Co 5:15 “And that he died for all, THAT THEY WHICH LIVE SHOULD NOT HENCEFORTH LIVE UNTO THEMSELVES, BUT UNTO HIM WHICH DIED FOR THEM, AND ROSE AGAIN”.
Rom 10:9 “That IF THOU SHALT CONFESS WITH THY MOUTH THE LORD JESUS, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved”.
Rom 10:10 “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation”.
Now to think that salvation means i can do whatever i want to do or that i can live anyhow I want to live. That is to think that salvation means liberty to live as you like is also a fundamental twist to what salvation implies. In fact from the scripture above it is contrary to the intent of salvation for a saved person to live unto himself. For In order to be saved we had to call upon the name of the lord by confessing him as lord and believing in our heart that God raised him from the dead. Hence salvation implies the lordship of the lord Jesus over the saved once. So salvation implies not living unto ourselves but living for the lord who died and rose again. In fact Hebrews 5:9 says Christ authored eternal salvation for ALL WHO OBEY HIM.
Hebrews 5:9 “And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto ALL THEM THAT OBEY HIM”;
To obey means to hear under as a subordinate, that is, to listen attentively; by implication it means to heed or conform to a command or authority. So salvation implies listening attentively to the author of eternal salvation and following his words. In fact we are warned not to refuse Him that speaks in Hebrews 12:25.
Hebrews 12:25 “See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven”:
We got saved when we listen and believed in the lord through the gospel. We stay saved as we continue to listen to him and believe in Him. For we live by every word that proceeds out of his mouth Matt 4:4. So when we got saved, we gave up our right to do whatever we like so that we can live and please the lord. In essence salvation implies the liberty to listen to the lord, understand his will and his heart and gladly obey Him without any fear.
So salvation does not imply doing as i want or like. It implies not living unto myself but living unto my new lord even Jesus Christ. This is salvation indeed. In fact to draw back from faith in Christ by rejecting Him is to displease God and it leads to Perdition.
Hebrews 10:38 “Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him”.
Hebrews 10:39 “But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul”.
Yes we can lose our salvation when we draw back from faith in Jesus and reject Him that speaks. To draw back from faith in Jesus Christ displeases God, and it ends the person in perdition. In the natural we can only stay alive if we keep breathing in oxygen. To refuse to breathe will only end us in the grave. So we admonish to believe to the saving of the soul. We should never give up our faith in Christ Jesus. Never!
So for those not yet saved while not put your faith in Jesus Christ and call upon Him right now to enjoy the salvation in Him. For those of us already in Christ by faith In Him, let us continue to abide in Him. Let us cleave to Him with purpose of heart. Let us learn of Him and live for Him. He is our salvation, life and glory. Our heart should not be troubled. Let us trust Him and what he has done and is doing and will do for us because of his graciousness. All who have meet him and have enjoyed his grace knows that the enjoyment of his grace produces nothing but love for Him in our heart hence we want to live our lives in honor and obedience to him. Sure you have been blessed by this series. Glory to God! I would love to see your comment or feedback if this series have helped your faith and walk with the Lord.
Father we thank you for salvation that is ours in Christ alone. We thank you that we were saved from sin indeed therefore sin has no rule over us in Christ. We thank you that we are made your righteousness by faith alone without the deeds of the law. We thank you that we are a fruitful vineyard producing fruits unto your glory. We thank you that one offering made by Christ our high priest was sufficient to secure us eternally in Him. Now all we want is to live unto you and obey and serve you every moment of our life. For your love and your grace have captured our heart. Thank you father in Jesus name.