Seven Reasons You Can’t Lose Your Salvation


When we receive Christ and are saved, we are God’s sons & daughters.  He has imputed His righteousness onto our account (irreversible) and made us part of His family forever.  *See Romans 4:5-9, 16.  Ephesians 1:4-5 says that is His desire [will] and choice that has brought us to Him – that’s impossible to fight against.  John 1:12 says that we believe and become His children.


Marriage covenants are strong, but they are secondary to that of Christ’s covenant with His people (Ephesians 5:25-26).  God hates divorce because if gives a false picture of His faithfulness (book of Hosea).  When we are saved, God covenants with us – never to leave or forsake us (Heb. 13:5, 20).  All believers should expect to share in the marriage supper mentioned in Revelation 19 as His Bride.


God’s love is greater and stronger than whatever man can do.  I didn’t do anything to earn or deserve God’s love, so it is also true that I cannot do anything to make Him stop loving me.  He loved me when I was still a sinner (Romans 5:1-11).  God can’t love me any more or any less – just look at the cross for the most compelling example of this kind of love.  While this doesn’t mean that God saves everyone or that He overlooks sin, it does mean that, because He hath set his love upon me, I can be assured of eternity through grace and faith.  *See John 5:24, 6:37-40; Titus 3:4-5.


God’s grace is connected with His power … and He is far too strong to ever let me go (1 Peter 1:5)!  His gracious commitment to me when I commit my soul to Him precludes my past sins and all my future sins (Phil. 1:6).  God agreed to save me when I was 12 yrs old – even though I hadn’t even committed the bulk of my sins yet.  He knew what I was going to do, and still He graciously saved me from my sins.  Just as my acts of goodness cannot count toward my salvation, neither can my acts of sin and selfishness count against it.  I was saved by grace, and grace is always victorious over sin (Ephesians 2:8-10)!


As a child of God, I understand God’s discipline (Hebrews 12:5-11).  He does not treat me like a convict feeling the need to constant punish (Romans 8:1).  He understands that I am flesh and will require training… and I’m thankful.  Some would say that sins destroy my relationship with God, but John writes in his First Epistle that my relationship with Christ is secure (sin only jeopardizes my fellowship with Him).


The chosen Apostle’s example is one of great encouragement to the worst of sinners.  Peter committed the worst of sins  — the ‘unpardonable sin’ of denying Christ (blasphemy).  Not only once, He denied three times (Mark 14:66-72).  Three wasted opportunities.  The third time he even swore with an oath.  Did not Christ tell Peter that any man denying Him would be denied before the Father (Matt. 10:33)?  Yet Jesus didn’t just throw away this soul to Satan!  He didn’t give up on Him, quite the opposite… He gave Peter three ‘second chances’ to voice His love for His Savior (John 21).


Is God indecisive?  Is the Bible divided?  No!  Yet some would question hundreds of clear Bible teachings (teaching eternal security) because they do not understand a dozen vague passages (seemingly implying insecurity of salvation).  The whole of Scripture has a singular teaching about salvation… either the Bible teaches you CAN or you CAN’T lose your salvation – not both.  Over 10:1, the Scriptures teach that eternal life is a present possession (1 John 5:12) given to those who receive Christ by faith (John 6:37, 10:28-29), guaranteed for our assurance and faith (1 John 5:13-14) to the intent we believe even more.

>> There are far more reasons, this is just a quick list that is personal to me… please add your own reasons in the COMMENTS, below!  Thanks.


*I must admit that I don’t have all the answers!  I firmly believe that many false teachings have been born out of a person’s inability to say “I don’t know” and leave it at that.  We long to be dogmatic and know that we know certain things.  We must agree to study and search the Scriptures, comparing verses with each other, drawing conclusions that gel with the whole of the Bible.

*Let context rule!  Many cults and false teachings are based in the very same book I’ve built my life on.  Consider the audience, date, dispensation, literary type, etc.  of difficult passages.  For example, John 15:6 is part of a parabolic teaching (Jesus doesn’t really give me sap or expect me to grow grapes on my fingers and toes.  So why would I isolate the fire as literal ‘hell-fire’?).  Also, Hebrews 6 is a difficulty to many, but it was written to Messianic Jews.  Don’t try to apply verse 6 to your experience… it is simplify understood when you consider the author is speaking of the Jews who lived along side Jesus and saw His life, miracles, death, and resurrection first-hand, yet did not believe.  He says that if they didn’t believe that, what else would they believe – there’s not another Jesus coming to save them (10:26).

15 thoughts on “Seven Reasons You Can’t Lose Your Salvation

  1. We are only grafted into salvation when we FINISH our race. We can not start a race, be in the lead halfway to the end and then say we won the race just because we ran pretty hard for a while (Hebrews 12:1-3). We can not serve two masters. We must either follow Christ or his adversary, that is up to you, but only one of those options will lead you to eternal life.
    Paul was very clear that those to join the great cloud of witnesses will be those that finish the race with faith in God, not just have a 5 minute alter call “feel good” session.

    It is all explained very clearly with a very strong warning for those that stray away.

    Hebrews 12:15-17
    See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springs up and causes trouble, and through it many become defiled. 16 See to it that no one becomes like Esau, an immoral and godless person, who sold his birthright for a single meal. 17 You know that later, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no chance to repent, even though he sought the blessing with tears.

    Messiah Yeshua be the glory forever, Amen!
    Cory Wasmus

  2. How about Romans 11:

    22 Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off.

    This section speaks of gentiles being grafted. Anb the verse above tells us that we could get cut off, lose our salvation. And it says we must continue or persevere in his kindness.
    It says being saved is conditional.

  3. And from Heb 10:

    26 If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27 but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.
    36 You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.

    Keeping on sinning can cause to lose one’s salvation. And I think you cannot say this applies only to Jews. I think it applies to everyone. And v36 pretty much echoes Rom 10:22, the need to persevere.

    1. The particular point deals with those that counted the work of christ as nothing. such are not save, period. If we continue to live as those that are not saved, and we have no urging of the spirit nor shame in our hearts, then you cannot KNOW you are saved. But at what point do we say that if we keep on sinning we have lost our savation? 10 times, 7 times, 7 times 70. We are hid in christ, does christ lose his salvation? to say that we can lose what he has given to those that call upon his name i liken to those that disdain the very nature of God’s work. can this be misused….surely. it is scandalous. but no less true. P>S> thanks for the illustration I can use in tomorrow’s sermon 😉

  4. *I must admit that I don’t have all the answers! We must agree to study and search the Scriptures, comparing verses with each other, drawing conclusions that gel with the whole of the Bible.

    Then why not look at Romans 11: 11 -24 and see and study how it relates to the article above:


    20That is true. They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand fast through faith. So do not become proud, but fear. 21For if God did not spare the natural branches, neither will he spare you. 22Note then the kindness and the severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God’s kindness to you, provided you continue in his kindness. Otherwise you too will be cut off.

  5. Those who attack the OSAS conclusion really need to read the so-called ‘difficult’ passages AGAIN. They are ALL referring to FAITH IN CHRIST’S WORK ON THE CROSS, NOT TO ‘WORKS’.

    WHAT the Bible teaches us all to remain steadfast about (and shows whether OR NOT we are genuine believers) is OUR FAITH IN CHRIST’S WORK ON THE CROSS. To simply ‘believe’ is a work in itself.

    These passages are NOT TELLING us to endure / ‘remain steadfast’ (until the end) with ‘works’. ALL FALSE RELIGIONS AND CULTS TEACH THEIR FOLLOWERS TO REMAIN STEADFAST IN THEIR WORKS (which can’t save anybody). They rely on themselves (through WORKS) . We rely on God (Christ) through FAITH.

    Jesus won’t be saying to those who NEGLECTED what He has ALREADY done FOR US ALL on the cross (His FREE GIFT FOR ALL): “Depart from me . . I knew you for a little while, but you fell away”. He will be saying: “I NEVER knew you”. In other words, they were NEVER Christians to begin with (in the first place). The gift is FREE. So “HOW shall we escape IF WE NEGLECT so GREAT (and easy) salvation.”?

  6. Note that ALL those who will be asked to ‘depart’ from Jesus (by Jesus), are people who have RELIED ON WORKS as a basis for their salvation. Their first defence, in ALL of their responses (quoted by Jesus) is: “Have WE not DONE this. . .”, and “Have WE not DONE that . . .:”! None of the ‘defendants’ (asked to depart from Jesus) are quoted by Jesus as saying: “But we TRUSTED in FAITH in your work on the cross ALONE.”

    It is ‘GOD’S WORK for us’ that we have to trust to be saved. NOT in ‘OUR WORK for God’.

    The Bible clearly teaches that ALL OUR WORKS ARE LIKE FILTHY RAGS BEFORE GOD.

    We therefore totally need to rely on Him (what He has already done) to save us. It is the rejection of this amazing free gift, that is TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE to God and that will force Him to place us OUTSIDE OF HIS KINGDOM.

  7. Note that ALL those who will be asked to ‘depart’ from Jesus (by Jesus), are people who have RELIED ON WORKS as a basis for their salvation. Their first defence, in ALL of their responses (quoted by Jesus) is: “Have WE not DONE this. . .”, and “Have WE not DONE that . . .:”! None of the ‘defendants’ (asked to depart from Jesus) are quoted by Jesus as saying: “But we TRUSTED in FAITH in your work on the cross ALONE.”

    It is ‘GOD’S WORK for us’ that we have to trust to be saved. NOT in ‘OUR WORK for God’.

  8. Only a MINORITY of people rely on FAITH in what God has ALREADY DONE FOR THEM (through Jesus) on the cross ‘to get into’ heaven. The MAJORITY of people in this world rely – to a greater or lesser extent – on their own WORKS for their salvation.

  9. My nephew has forsaken his belief in God. He accepted Christ as his personal Savior as a child and is now calling himself an atheiest. He is an adult now. What is your take on this ? I’m so sad.

    1. God knows his heart. I’ve struggled with this one too. If he truly accepted Jesus as his Saviour, I would have to say he is saved, maybe back-slidden, but satan will take every opportunity to make us question our salvation. Makes me sad too. We have to remember we are not the judge, and God will not judge his works, he show no respect to persons, but he will judge our hearts. Prayers to you and your nephew!

  10. Some say if we keep on sinning we’ll lose our salvation. If so, then think on this: It only took one sin, a simple act of disobedience, to cause the fall of man, so it would only take one sin (even a “small” one) for you to lose your salvation.

  11. I read some of your comments and it appears a few things were taken out of context. Some say if you continue in sin then you will lose your salvation. Then where is the line drawn? If your believe we’re true then it would be after only one sin regardless of how minor it was. If you disagree then read James 2:10. If you were to lose your salvation could you get it back. The answer is simply, no, unless Jesus came back and died again. Again if you disagree read, Hebrews 6:4-6. So what hope would any of us have at salvation if we were forgiven and sinned even a little sin? There are many scriptures that would suggest eternal security but none that I know of that gives clear explanation on how to lose your salvation.

    Ephesians 1:13-14
    2 Corinthians 1:22
    John 10:28-29
    John 17:11-12

    And the list goes on. But my personal favorite illustration is John 4:7-14.

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