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ETERNAL SECURITY

I The Doctrine of Eternal Security

1a The doctrine set forth

1b Eternal security address the truth that as believers we are secure in Christ Jesus

2b Because we are secure, there is nothing that can take away our salvation

2a The doctrine supported: it is not an ambiguous doctrine as some like to make it

1b Testimony of election (2 Thes. 2:13-14; 1 Pet. 1:2)

1c The term “elect” merely means “chosen” or “taken for oneself”

2c All believers were chosen by God before all things were created

3c Since time began we were chosen for salvation

2b Testimony of Justification

1c Declare righteous – to declare the slate clean (Rom. 5:8-10)

2c Since there is now no condemnation against us (Rom. 8:1) nothing can separate us from the love of Christ (Rom. 8:28-39)

3b Testimony of Regeneration (Titus 3:5; 2 Cor. 5:17)

1c The work of God whereby He makes us a new creature

2c This change takes place at the moment of salvation

4b Testimony of Sealing (Eph. 1:13; 4:30)

1c Like the seal on a Roman document that means it is kept for the one authorized to open it

2c So our salvation is sealed with the Holy Spirit Who will guard it until the day of Redemption

5b Testimony of Atonement of Christ

1c Christ’s once for all sacrifice purchased an “eternal redemption” (Heb. 9:11-12)

2c If for any reason there would be need for another sacrifice the individual would be lost forever for Christ can not be sacrificed again (Heb. 6:4-6) – Catholic church and Arminan churches

2b Testimony of the Covenant (Heb. 9:14-15)

1c God takes the keeping of a covenant seriously – true in business, marriage, etc.

2c We entered into a covenant with Christ (2 Cor. 11:2) which was purchased with His blood (1 Cor. 11:24) and this covenant is everlasting (Heb. 13:20)

3c However, could this covenant be broken by one party?

1d For a covenant to be broken two factors must be true: the desire to end the covenant and the ability to do so

2d God has the ability but not the desire and even if we had the desire we do not have the ability (Jn. 10:27-29)

3b Testimony of the acquisition of eternal life

1c Jesus indicated that everyone who believes in him will “presently” (present tense) everlasting life (Jn. 3:16, 36; 6:40, 47)

2c If we receive it at salvation and it is eternal – then it is ours forever

4b Testimony of the keeping power of God (Jn. 6:37; 10:28-29; 17:2, 6, 9, 11): those who God the Father has given to His Son, he will keep until the day of redemption

5b Testimony of salvation by faith (Eph. 2:8-10): salvation never begins with works neither does it continue by works

II The Difficulties of Eternal Security: Does not this doctrine give a license to sin?

1a First of all – whether it does or not does not change the fact that it declared over and over in Scripture

2a Secondly – this argument can be used in reverse (as many in the Catholic Church have done) – I go out and do what I want and then get saved all over again

3a Thirdly – it ignores the fact that if a person is genuine believer, the matter of a license to sin will not be an issue (1 Jn. 3:6)

4a Fourthly – there is a danger here for easy believism and we must explain clearly to others that there is more to it then just believing Christ is Savior, it involves embracing it for yourself

III THE BENEFITS OF ETERNAL SECURITY

1a It frees the believer to service: like walking across a high beam to rescue some one – if I have a safety harness so I slip I will not fall how more efficient I will be

2a It gives the believer peace: if one is constantly worried about one’s relationship with God one will never have much peace (Phil. 4:6-7)

3a It keeps a proper perspective – that salvation is not of ourselves but is of God – we serve not because we have too, but because we choose too!