By Christopher L. Scott
The question had troubled him for years. “Can a person lose his salvation?” The question came up when I visited a men’s Bible study at our church. He explained a scenario to me: “Christopher, right now you are saved and you are a Christian. You serve the Lord faithfully and are a man of God. However, let’s say that something drastic happens in your life and you walk away from God and your faith. Furthermore, you not only walk away from God but you become an active Satan worshiper. If you start to worship Satan and have walked away from God, are you still saved?” The men’s group shared that they often struggle with that same question, can I lose my salvation? And to be honest, as a pastor I also struggle with this question, too.
Jesus explains how Christians are safe and secure with him using the metaphor of sheep (which are Christians), “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand” (John 10:27-29, New Living Translation).
There are three points we need to notice from this passage. First, eternal life is a gift. Jesus tells us, “I give them eternal life.” Eternal life is a gift that we receive and accept; we do not earn it and we do not deserve it. Yet God gives us eternal life. Second, no one can snatch a believer away from God. The sheep (Christians) listen to Jesus’ voice, Jesus knows them and they follow him. Jesus gives them eternal life and “they will never perish.” This should cause the sheep to feel secure because they receive eternal life from God and no wolf or bandit or demon or even Satan can take the sheep away from Jesus. Third, believers are secure in his hand. The security of believers is based on the shepherd (Jesus), not the sheep (Christians). What a relief that is to many of us!
I am not sure about you, but I am comforted knowing that I am safe in God’s hand and not my own. My salvation is not dependent on my own wandering thoughts or wicked behavior. It is based on God, and I am secure in his hand. There are many things in this world I can worry about, but whether or not I will lose my salvation should not be one of them. I know that I am saved and I am going to spend eternity with God in heaven, and nothing can change that.
Christopher Scott is small groups pastor at Rocky Hill Community Church in Exeter. He may be reached by calling 559-730-1906.
Prays Together is a rotating column between the pastors of the First Presbyterian Church of Exeter, Church of Christ of Exeter, Nazarene Church of Exeter, Church of God of Exeter, the New Life Assembly of God and Rocky Hill Community Church as well as the Lemon Cove Presbyterian Church.
This column is not a news article but the opinion of the writer and does not reflect the views of The Sun-Gazette newspaper.