How Secure Is Your Salvation?

While we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.

–Romans 5:6

If you are a Christian, then God has forgiven you. Colossians 1:22 says He’s made you “holy and blameless and beyond reproach.” But in verse 23, Paul added a condition: “if indeed you continue in the faith.” This verse makes it sound as if our salvation is conditioned on our continued obedience. Is that what Paul was saying?

Let me be clear: if you are truly saved, then your eternal future is secure—not because of what you do but because of what Christ has done for you. Anytime you doubt your salvation, remember the word secure:

S is for satisfactory. In John 19:30, as Jesus hung on the cross, He said, “It is finished.” That phrase means “paid in full.” Christ’s death on the cross was satisfactory payment for your sins.

E is for eternal. Hebrews 5:9 says Jesus is the “source of eternal salvation.” Your salvation does not have an expiration date.

C is for complete. Hebrews 9:12 says, “Through His own blood, He entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.” Notice the phrase “once for all.” Jesus’s work of salvation was complete. There is no work or ritual that needs to be added.

U is for undeserved. Romans 5:6 says, “While we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.” Salvation is undeserved. You are saved because God grabbed hold of you. If you were the one who grabbed hold of God, what would happen if you lost your grip because of fear or unbelief? No, God is responsible for saving you, and He is responsible for keeping you saved.

R is for reliable. Romans 11:29 says, “The gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.” Your salvation cannot be taken away.

E is for entrusted. Paul said in 2 Timothy 1:12, “I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him.” Your salvation is secure because it has been entrusted to the immovable rock, Jesus Christ. In John 10:28, He said, “I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.” If you worry that you may lose your salvation, the Bible says never fear—your salvation is secure.

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Today’s devotion is adapted from “Saved and Secured” by Dr. Robert Jeffress, 2011.

Scripture quotations taken from the (NASB®) New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. All rights reserved. www.lockman.org.

 

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