How can a Christian be Lost Again?
Can a person once saved ever be lost again?
Our question relates only to the person who is saved in the true
Eternal life is the gift of God. If one has it, he has it for
The true child of God has received eternal life and is already a
citizen of heaven. From the moment he is saved, he is indwelt by the Holy Spirit and by
Christ. He has been regenerated and sealed by the Spirit. He is a new creature by the
recreative power of God.
At the heart of the question is the eternal purpose of God. In the
eternal past the believer was in the thought and purpose of God. The born again believer
was chosen in Him before the foundation of the earth. God the Father elects
the believer. He is chosen in Christ (Eph. 1:4).
The apostle Paul wrote, For those whom He foreknew, He also
predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn
among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He
called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified (Romans
Gods goal is that we be holy and without blame before
Him. We are the trophies of Gods grace for all eternity. Even now, He
raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus
(Eph. 2:6). That is not something off in the distant future. It is true of the
believer in Christ now.
In the eternity to come God will demonstrate the exceeding
riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus (Eph. 2:7).
Is God fully capable of accomplishing His eternal purpose? Is He
baffled and uncertain as to His goals for redeemed humanity?
The apostle Paul said in Philippians 1:6, For I am confident of
this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of
God never starts a project that He cannot finish. He began His
project with the believer way back in the beginning in eternity past and He will complete
it when He presents us complete in Christ at His second coming. Does Gods ability to
accomplish His goal in the believer depend upon human abilities or does it depend upon
Gods creative and sustaining power? He is able and willing to do for His child that
which He purposed long ago in eternity past. God will do what is the exceeding
greatness of His power toward us who believe (Eph. 1:19a). He will accomplish it
in accordance with the working of the strength of His might which He brought about
in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the
heavenly places (Eph. 1:19b-20). That does not sound like it depends on frail human
beings to accomplish. Our eternal destiny and security depends on Gods saving grace
On our part we can claim the promise of God in 2 Timothy 1:12,
For this reason I also suffer these things, but I am not ashamed; for I know whom I
have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him
until that day. This promise is true because of what Jesus said in John 10:27-29.
My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life
to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. My
Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them
out of the Fathers hand.
The omnipotent Father secures the flock of Jesus by His mighty power
and protection. No power created in heaven or earth is capable of removing the believer
out of the hand of God. No one can ever snatch His sheep out of His hand. No one is ever
strong enough to snatch any of Jesus flock from the Fathers hand. What He has
promised He is able to perform.
God has His sheep and He knows who they are. They will hear His voice
and respond to His will. God the Father elects and in the time and place of His choosing
the Holy Spirit has His messenger who proclaims the saving Word of God and the sinner
hears that God loves Him and Jesus died for his sins. The response of the person elected
is to receive the gift of eternal life by trusting in Christ as his Savior. When he
believes on Christ he becomes Gods child and sheep in His flock. It is then that he
learns that He was chosen in Christ before the foundation of the earth (Eph.
The child of God is secure in Jesus hand and the Fathers
hand. They shall never perish (Jn. 3:16; 6:39; 17:12; 18:9). The Good Shepherd
protects His sheep throughout eternity. Jesus is talking about true believers, not
professors of Christianity. Jesus did not promise eternal security to anyone other than
His true sheep. It is a loving, living, and lasting relationship between the Shepherd and
God is infinite in power to keep the believer for eternity. Again
Paul testified, For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor
principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth,
nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in
Christ Jesus our Lord (Rom. 8:38-39).
Such a promise should
cause us to break forth with the great doxology: Now unto Him that is able to keep
you from falling and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with
exceeding joy (Jude 24).
They will indeed, not ever perish (Jn. 10:28). Such
security does not depend upon the ability of frail sheep.
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006
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