Eternal Security Proof #2

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ETERNAL SECURITY – PART TWO
Salvation Is Unconditional

 In our previous study on Eternal Security, we indicated that the first proof that a believer is eternally secure is the fact that the work of salvation is totally a work of God.  Since God is in complete charge of a person’s salvation from beginning to end, then there is nothing that can separate the believer from the love and saving grace of God (Rom. 8:31-39).   Having covered the first proof lets us now move on to another biblical proof of eternal security.

Proof #2: Salvation is Offered Unconditionally

Does God offer salvation with conditions attached, or does He offer it with no conditions attached?  If He offers salvation with conditions then it is up to the believer to keep those conditions if he is to hopes to see Heaven.  If he breaks those conditions, he has violated his agreement with God and forfeits his salvation.  However, if salvation has no conditions to be met by the believer, then there is no way in which he can breach the contract and lose his salvation.  As we examine the Bible, it becomes very clear that God offers salvation unconditionally thus the believer is eternally secure.

#1: The Pattern of God’s Past Covenants.  We see that when God entered into covenants in the past they are usually unconditional.  Thus their fulfillment is God’s responsibility not mans.  Let me give a few examples of unconditional covenants God made.

The Covenant of Noah and his descendants (Gen. 9:8-15)

Gen. 9:8-15, “Then God spoke to Noah and to his sons with him, saying: "And as for Me, behold, I establish My covenant with you and with your descendants after you, and with every living creature that is with you: the birds, the cattle, and every beast of the earth with you, of all that go out of the ark, every beast of the earth.  Thus I establish My covenant with you: Never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood; never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth." And God said: "This is the sign of the covenant which I make between Me and you, and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth.  It shall be, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud; and I will remember My covenant which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh.” NKJV

We need to note that God says, “I” make the covenant with Noah and his descendants and it will therefore stand for all time.  In making this covenant, God takes full responsibility to make sure this covenant is never violated.  God does not give even one condition that Noah and his descendants must keep if this covenant was to remain in tack.    Regardless of how humanity would choose to live, God promises He would never again bring a worldwide flood upon the earth. 

The Abrahamic Covenant (Gen. 15): God gives the land of Canaan to Abraham and His descendants, through Isaac, Jacob and his 12 sons.  If you will look closely in this chapter, God never says to Abraham that this covenant will be true only if Abraham and his descendants obey God.  In fact, in making this covenant with God, God is the sole Person responsible for seeing that this covenant is fulfilled.  This can be seen in the fact that Abraham cuts animals in two laying their parts on the left and right sides of a prepared path.  This seems odd to us but in Abraham’s day this was the way a covenant was made between two parties.  With witnesses present, the two parties of a covenant would walk together between these dead animals indicating that if they failed to keep the covenant, may they die in the same manner as the animals.  However, it should be noted that when it came time to make the covenant, only God walks between the animals.  He does this to indicate that only He is responsible to see that this covenant is fulfilled.

Gen. 15:17-21. “And it came to pass, when the sun went down and it was dark, that behold, there appeared a smoking oven and a burning torch that passed between those pieces.  On the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying: "To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the River Euphrates —  the Kenites, the Kenezzites, the Kadmonites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Rephaim, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Girgashites, and the Jebusites."  NKJV

Even though the nation of Israel has often disobeyed God, yet God still keeps His covenant and will restore all of Israel at His Second Coming.

Other unconditional Covenants given in the Scriptures is the Deuteronomic Covenant (Deut. 29-30) and the Davidic Covenant (2 Sam. 7:1-17).

#2: The Offer of Salvation:  We have seen that God has a pattern of making unconditional covenants with individuals even though He knows that they will not always walk in a path of obedience to Him and His law.  With this in mind it is not inconceivable that God would make salvation, the new covenant in His blood (1 Cor. 11:25), unconditional as well.  When we examine God’s offer of salvation we find all the ingredients of an unconditional covenant. 

God offers salvation to the unbeliever as a “gift.”  If something is truly a gift, there will be no strings attached to it.  All the individual must do to make it his is to receive it.  It no longer belongs to the giver but to the recipient.  If there are strings attached it is no longer a gift but rather it becomes wages (Rom. 4:1-4).  For example, if I offer you a $100 bill as a gift but then require that you must wash and wax my car if you are going to receive it, it is no longer a gift but rather the product of my labor or wages.  If we are required of God to meet certain requirements after we receive salvation, it is no longer a gift but rather something we have worked for.  Therefore, when God offers it as a gift he means there are no strings attached. 

Likewise, as the offer of salvation is given to the unbeliever, God never adds any conditions that the recipient must meet if he is going to be saved.  Never does God say if you believe in Jesus and you obey my laws you will be saved.  God never says, if you give up smoking or lying and believe in me then you can be saved.  God unconditionally declares, if you put your faith in Christ for salvation I promise to remove your sin and give you eternal life.  It is just that simple.  But make no mistake.  This is not some pat formula that one says and that is it.  It must come from the heart of the unbeliever as he truly desires the salvation that only Jesus Christ can give.  Let us look at some of the many examples found in the New Testament where God offers salvation unconditionally.

Jn 3:15-17, “That whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.  For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” NKJV  (Nothing other than “believe” is required for salvation.  Likes salvation is a gift.  If something is offered as a true “gift” there are no strings attached.  If there are strings attached it is not a genuine gift)

Jn 3:36, “He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him."  NKJV

Jn 6:40, “And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day." NKJV

Jn 6:47, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life." NKJV

Jn 11:25, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.” NKJV

Jn 20:31, “But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.” NKJV

Acts 2:21, “And it shall come to pass, That whoever calls on the name of the Lord, shall be saved.'  NKJV

Ac 16:30-32, “And he brought them out and said, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" So they said, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household." NKJV

Ro 4:1-4, “What then shall we say that Abraham our father has found according to the flesh?   For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God.  For what does the Scripture say? "Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness."   Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt.” NKJV

Ro 5:2-3, “through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” NKJV

Romans 10:10-13, “For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, "Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame. For "whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” NKJV

Gal 2:16, “knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.” NKJV

Ephesians 2:8-10, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.  For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. NKJV (once again notice it is a gift and a gift is without any strings attached otherwise it becomes wages -

2 Timothy 1:12, “For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day. NKJV

1 Jn 5:11-13, “And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.  He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.  These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.” NKJV

This concept disturbs a lot of people.  How could God offer salvation to everyone without any strings attached like “loving Him,” keeping His commandments, “giving up sin,” and etc.  My response to this is, what does God’s Word say?  All that you must do to be saved is to believe or put your trust in the promise of God.  God promises if we trust in Christ for our salvation, we will never perish and we will immediately have eternal life (Jn. 3:16).  If God has said it then it must be true even if it is difficult to understand or accept. 

When witnessing to unbelievers I do not dwell on the sinful conditions they are presently in.  I do not tell them if they are going to be saved they will have to give up lying, smoking, drinking, dancing, gambling, gossip, adultery, homosexuality, hatred, and etc.  If the Holy Spirit is already at work in their hearts they already know that their lives are full of sin.  I focus on the greatest need of the individual, that he or she turn to Jesus alone for salvation.  If they will do this, the sin issues of their lives will be addressed by the Holy Spirit and they will begin to change more and more into the image of God.

A gentleman stopped by my office one afternoon with a problem and he wanted answers.  He had come to know the Lord just a few weeks before and since then he had a terrible struggle going on in his life.  Before he was saved he used to swear all the time but since he was saved, every time he swore he felt a deep sense of guilt and regret inside.  He thought this was unusual for a Christian and wanted to know if it was an indication he was not truly saved.  I told him that what he was experiencing was actually proof that he was saved.  He was feeling this way when he swore because God’s Spirit was telling him that this was not appropriate and wanted him to give it up.

If we tend to the greatest need of men and women, their need to believe in Jesus Christ alone for salvation, the sin issues will be dealt with by God’s Spirit and the Word of God.  No, there are no strings attached to salvation.  Just acknowledge that you are a sinner, condemned to hell, and unable to do anything to change that fact.  Recognizing your helpless condition, you turn to Jesus Christ to rescue you from your sins and hell and give you eternal life.  Have you taken care of your greatest need?