The Assurance of Salvation: Membership Has it’s Privileges
Can a born again Christian lose his/her salvation and go to hell?
How secure is salvation through Jesus Christ?
We tell people they need to be saved in order to miss out on hell and go to heaven but how sure is this promise of safety?
How permanent is Christian salvation?
The Bible says, “And being made perfect, he (Jesus Christ) became the author of eternal salvation,” Heb 5:9.
The Bible says salvation is eternal!
Do you know what eternal means? It means without beginning or ending.
Your salvation has no beginning and it has no ending.
Christian Salvation CANNOT end!
Time began with the creation of the world and the bible says, “…He hath chosen us in him before the foundation (creation) of the world,” Eph 1:4.
The average Christian thinks they “got saved” when they said the Sinner’s Prayer and received Jesus into their heart, but your salvation actually began long before that.
When you received Jesus, all you did was activate the experience of Christian Salvation in your life and began to enjoy the benefits, but in reality you were saved the moment God said that you were saved, which was in eternity before time began!
Let me illustrate this point for you:
The Most Exclusive Spa
Imagine a Spa, the most expensive, exclusive Spa in the whole world.
It’s got all the amenities you can think of; Sauna, Tanning Salon, Personal Masseuse, Health Food Bar, all the most modern exercise equipment you can name, this Spa has it all, however, the lifetime membership fee is one million dollars.
Fortunately I’m rich, so I buy my wife a lifelong membership to this Spa and give her the key to her own private entrance but she never goes to the Spa and uses it.
Is she a bona fide member of the Spa? Yes, her membership fee is fully paid for!
Is her name recorded in the Membership Roster? Yes, her name is written in the Book!
But has she ever experienced the Spa? No!
Has she ever enjoyed the benefits of the Spa? No!
She never used her key to activate her membership! She never walked through the door and used the facilities.
God has purposed many people to experience salvation – They’re saved – Their membership fee has already been fully paid for – But they will never experience salvation until they use the key to activate their membership!
The Key and The Door
Faith is the key that unlocks the door to their salvation.
“The just shall live by faith,” Rom. 1:17
What’s the door? Jesus said, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved…,” John 10:9
Confessing your faith in Jesus Christ is using your key to unlock the door to your salvation.
Faith is the Key – Jesus is the Door!
When someone receives salvation today they are simply using their faith/key to activate their salvation/membership but they actually became a member when their membership fee was paid.
When was their fee paid? When exactly did Jesus die to pay for your sin?
The bible says Jesus is, “…The Lamb who was killed BEFORE the world was made,” Rev. 13:8. (NLT)
There are things that happen in time, in the natural realm that are merely reflections of what has already taken place in eternity, in the spiritual realm!
The spirit realm is more real than the physical realm in which we live.
The Authority to Start and Stop
Continuing with our Spa analogy, your salvation/membership began before the world was made, before time existed, in the realm of the eternal, but you only activated your salvation/membership when you heard the good news about the benefits of salvation/membership.
However, the DECISION to start your salvation/membership WAS NOT YOURS; this was decided by SOMEONE ELSE who had the power to start it.
The ONLY PERSON who can start or stop your salvation/membership is The One who paid the membership fee!
He started it, therefore only He can stop it!
He paid the membership fee so you’re IN, if He withdraws the membership fee you’re OUT!
And He can’t do that, “For God’s gifts and his call can never be withdrawn,” Rom. 11:29 (NLT)
Salvation is a gift; therefore, the word of God prohibits God from ever taking it back.
God decided to save you BEFORE He created you!
The decision to start your salvation was not yours.
God paid for that with the precious life of His own Son, He NEVER gave you the authority to start or stop your membership; He retains full control over that.
The only control you have is how soon you start experiencing the benefits of salvation and what sort of member you’re going to become.
Are you going to become a nominal member, just having your name on the roster or one who participates fully and becomes an exemplary member, reading and studying the “Club’s Instruction Manual,” attending all the “Membership Meetings,” maybe even excelling to the point of becoming an “Instructor” yourself, mentoring younger members as they join “The Club?”
Salvation is eternal, it has no beginning in reference to time as we know it, therefore it has no ending either.
Christian salvation is eternal and cannot end – Therefore it is permanent and cannot be lost.
Jesus said, “My sheep know my voice, and I know them. They follow me, and I give them eternal life, so that they will never be lost. No one can snatch them out of my hand.
My Father gave them to me, and he is greater than all others. No one can snatch them from his hands.” John 10:27-29 (Bold Type & Italics Mine)
After you’re saved the Holy Spirit keeps you and your salvation safe from the inside, then you and your salvation are kept safe in Jesus’ hands which are kept safe in God the Father’s hands, who Jesus said IS GREATER THAN ALL… Explain to me again how you can lose your salvation?