In life, things change from time to time, from day to day and even from moment to moment. Sometimes these changes can make big impacts upon us. Life can seem so temporal and fleeting. But, did you know that in one of the most important aspects of life you can be completely and totally secure?
If you know Christ as your Savior – you can be secure in the knowledge that you are His forever and always. There’s nothing that can happen in your life or nothing that you can do or no other force in this world that can separate you from God and from His love.
How do I know this? Simple. It’s in the word of God.
I know of someone who accepted Christ in their early life but had no spiritual leading, guiding or knowledge of just what it meant to be saved. When this person would do something wrong, they thought they had to ask for forgiveness all over again to be accepted by God. There was a sense of uncertainty and insecurity. It wasn’t until much later in that person’s life when someone showed him through God’s word that once saved – always saved. This completely changed that person’s life.
There’s something absolutely wonderful in knowing that you are secure in Christ. This knowledge gives a certain perspective to all other events and people in our lives. This knowledge gives us hope and purpose in our lives. This knowledge brings joy and peace.
So, how can you know for certain that you are secure in Christ?
You are Saved by Grace
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
Some believe that in order to be saved or to have a relationship with Christ, they must live right and do good deeds to earn salvation. There’s nothing we can do on our own to be complete in Christ. We cannot do enough to earn our salvation. There’s no benchmark and there’s no set of criteria. Once saved, we should strive to live right to honor God, not to earn His love.
You are Sealed by the Holy Spirit
“In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,” Ephesians 1:13
The term sealed can be understood as similar to a seal on a document by someone of importance, such as a king. This protected and brought authority to the document sealed. This indicated authority, protection, confirmation, proof, and possession. The moment we accept Christ – the Holy Spirit is the seal – the proof that we belong to God.
Nothing Can Separate Us from the Love of God
“What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:31-39
Absolutely nothing can separate us from the love of God; not ourselves, not circumstances – nothing!
Christ’s Sacrifice Was the Only Way to God
“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. And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: 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 9:26-28
The payment for the sin of all mankind was made once by the only one who could, Christ Jesus. There’s nothing we need to our could add to gain anything more in our salvation.
Before Time Began – God and Christ Chose to Love Us and to Provide Salvation to Us
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.” Ephesians 1:3-6
Here’s the amazing thing. God knowing all things knew that when the world and man were created that there would be a point when Adam would sin and bring the penalty of death and separation to all mankind. He and Jesus decided beforehand to provide a way to redeem anyone who chose Christ. They ‘predetermined’ to love us and to provide salvation to anyone who believed.
More verses to know on Eternal Security in Christ
“And I give unto them eternal life, and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” John 10: 28
“These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” I John 5:13
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
“That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.” Hebrews 6:18-20
“Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” I Peter 1:5
“And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.” John 6:39
Nothing we can do or go through or any other influence can separate us from God once we are saved. It is impossible! So, then how shall we now live?
Live with joy and peace each day. Strive hard to do all you can for others. Do right whenever possible. Continue to grow in Him.
And when you fail? God is faithful and just. He promised and He will forgive. Repent, turn and go on about trying again to do the right things and to honor God with our lives. This part is on us. We are now responsible for our growth. Isn’t it better to strive to grow in Christ to better the relationship rather than to try to attain salvation through works?
This is a new day – those things we’ve done or those events are passed. What will you do today to grow in Christ? What will you do for another?
Will you share with them that they too can know Him. Will you love others as Christ has done for you? Will you forgive and forget.
Imagine. If God held us responsible for all those bad things and didn’t completely forgive us – where would we be?
Know that as part of God’s character He cannot lie and He cannot change what He’s promised. Isn’t that marvelous?! Isn’t it worth all knowing that nothing can separate us from God…so, then, let’s go today and live with joy and peace taking it one day at a time…one step at a time until one day when we can see Jesus face to face – and thank Him.