There are literally hundreds of blogs and websites out there that deny the eternal security of the believer. The doctrine of eternal security teaches that born again believers can never lose their salvation. Opponents will say things such as, “Eternal security is a lie from hell,” or, “Eternal security is giving people a false sense of security.” Once you truly understand salvation, you will never have doubts again about eternal security.
Most false teaching has its roots in a misunderstanding of the Mosaic Law. Therefore, it is important to understand the Law and what happened to it. God gave the Law of Moses ONLY to the children of Israel, NEVER to the Gentiles. The Law was based on works (human self-effort). The first major thing that Jesus accomplished while here on the earth was to fulfill the Law by His sinless life. In doing so, He ended the Law and replaced it with the New Covenant. Instead of an external law based on human works, the righteousness of the Law was moved inside, into the hearts of born again believers. New Covenant grace is based on the power of Jesus Christ living in you, not human works. Today, being made righteous and living righteously come through Jesus Christ, not through any human attempt to follow the Law.
Romans 10:4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.
Many centuries ago, false teachers forced the Law on the Gentiles and made it part of the Gospel message. This led to a sin-obsessed religious system where people are focused on sin instead of righteousness. If you are wrongly focused on sin, then it is natural to think that commiting certain sins or sinning too often might jeopardize your salvation. This illustrates the failings of both Catholicism and Protestantism. The Catholics teach that if your sins are particularly bad (mortal sins), you will lose the salvation you once possessed. The Protestants says that if you sin too often, it may indicate that you never were really saved. The result of this teaching is a salvation that is based on works since it is up to you to keep or secure your own salvation. This keeps you focused on sin instead of righteousness.
Opponents of eternal security do not understand salvation. They teach that you are still a sinner with an inner nature to sin. The Bible teaches that God forgave and forgot all sins of all people for all time on the Cross of Jesus Christ. Forgiveness was fully accomplished 2,000 years ago. Even though all are forgiven, not all are saved because there is still the issue of the sinful nature that is in every unbeliever. When you turn from unbelief to faith in Jesus Christ, God removes your old sinful nature and gives you a brand new, clean heart filled with His Holy Spirit. God makes you righteous in your born again heart. Having a new, righteous heart is specifically what saves you.
As a believer, you cannot sin in your born again heart because the Holy Spirit in you cannot sin (1 John 3:9). Therefore, there can never be a reason why you could lose your salvation.
But, you still live in the same mortal body that has not yet been redeemed and made righteous. You can still sin in your mortal body. This is the very reason you live by faith; faith is living by the power of Christ in you instead of your own human power.
This will help you understand this better: when you die, your body goes to the grave since it has not yet been redeemed or made righteous; but, your spirit goes to be with the Lord forever because it has already been redeemed and made righteous.
Also, the opponents of eternal security do not properly consider the context of the passages they use. Most of the verses used to dispute eternal security are about life under the Mosaic Law. The Law was conditional. God told the children of Israel that He would bless them if they followed the Law and curse them if they did not follow the Law. One of the most often used passage is:
Mark 11:26 But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in heaven forgive your transgressions.
Under the Law, given only to the children of Israel, a refusal to forgive resulted in God not forgiving as well. The Gentiles were never put under the Law.
There are two passages in Hebrews are always used to argue against eternal security: Hebrews 6:4-6 and Hebrews 10:26-29. Here is the context: on July 19, 64 AD, Rome burned for 6 days; the fire consumed three quarters of the city. The people of Rome suspected that Nero was to blame. To deflect attention from himself, Nero blamed the Christians and great persecution ensued. Many Jewish believers became so fearful of being killed that they returned to Judaism and the Law of Moses.
Hebrews was written in response to those events. Both of these passages are saying the very same thing: if you return to the Law for your salvation, it will not save you because you are again crucifying “the Son of God and put(ting) Him to open shame” (Hebrews 6:6), and you are regarding “as unclean the blood of the covenant” (Hebrews 10:29). The Law was symbolic ritual that pictured and foreshadowed Jesus Christ; it had to be repeated over and over because it was not the real thing. Jesus died on the Cross once for all time. Going back to the Law was the same as crucifying Christ over and over again, thus denying the Cross (which defeated sin) and the resurrection (which defeated death).
These verses will be helpful in understanding this blog.
All Sins Forgiven: Mark 3: 28; John 1:29; Acts 13:38; Romans 5:10a; 2 Corinthians 5:19; Colossians 1:20; Colossians 2:13; Hebrews 8:12; Hebrews 9:22,26; Hebrews 10:12,17,18; Hebrew 2:9; Hebrews 7:27; 1 Peter 3:18; 1 John 2:2,12.
Believers Receive a New, Clean Heart: Ezekiel 11:19; Ezekiel 36:25; John 3:3,7; Acts 11:9; Romans 6:1-2,6,7,11,14,17-18,22; 1 Corinthians 6:11; Galatians 5:24; Titus 3:5; 1 John 1:9b; 1 Peter 2:24a.
God Makes Believers Righteous in Their Born Again Heart: Ezekiel 36:26; Romans 5:17,19; Romans 6:18; Romans 8:10b; 1 Corinthians 6:16-17; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 1:4; Ephesians 4:24; Hebrews 10:14; 1 Peter 1:23; 2 Peter 1:4; 1 John 3:9.
Jesus Literally Lives in You as His Holy Spirit: John 14:20,23; Romans 5:5b; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 6:17,19; 2 Corinthians 13:5; Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 1:23; Ephesians 3:19b; Ephesians 5:30; Colossians 1:27; 2 Timothy 1:14a; 1 John 4:15-16.
Believers Still Live in a Not-Yet-Redeemed Body: Romans 8:10; Galatians 2:20; Philippians 3:3; Romans 8:23b; 2 Corinthians 4:7; 2 Corinthians 5:1-4.
Gentiles Never Under Law of Moses: John 1:17; Romans 2:12, 14a; Romans 3:20a; Romans 9:4; Romans 10:4; 1 Corinthians 9:20b; Galatians 3:12; Hebrews 8:6-10,13; Hebrews 9:15; Hebrews 10:1,9b;