Salvation Is Forever
- by Dr. Ken Matto
- (Eph 4:30 KJV) And grieve not the holy Spirit of God,
whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
One of the strangest things I have been running into lately by many
Christians is their misunderstanding of salvation. It seems that many
Christians feel they can lose their salvation. In fact, some of the
attitudes I have heard concerning this subject is that they are proud of the
belief that they can lose their salvation. Why do so many Christians want to
go to Hell? When we read the Scriptures and find within them the terror of
an eternal Hell, you would think that Christians would be joyous in the fact
that once God has saved a person, there is no way that their salvation can
be lost. In fact, there are some questions which need to be posed to those
people who believe this lie:
1) What works will cause you to lose your salvation?
2) How many works does it take to lose salvation?
3) How do you know you have lost your salvation?
4) How many works will it take to regain your salvation?
5) What type of works will it take to regain your salvation?
If a person believes they can lose their salvation, there is only way to
regain salvation and that is through works. If you believe that you can lose
your salvation, then the following verse must be taken into account.
(Heb 10:26 KJV) For if we sin wilfully after that we have received
the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
Many Christians bank on this verse that if they lose their salvation, then
they cannot get it back. However, the above verse is not dealing with loss
of salvation. If you notice the wording in this verse, you will see that
those who received the “knowledge” of the truth and still continue sinning,
will face the fact that there is no more sacrifice for sin. This is because
the sacrifice of Christ established two truths: 1) He died for His Elect and
they are sealed forever; 2) He did not die for everyone in the whole world,
which means those who are outside the Elect, have no more sacrifice for sin,
as we see in the above verse. Many unbelievers receive the knowledge of the
truth when they hear the preaching of the Gospel. (Mat 22:14 KJV) For
many are called, but few are chosen.
We see many who are called to hear the Gospel but only a few of those called
are chosen for salvation. The chosen not only receive the knowledge of the
truth but they also have that truth of the Gospel implanted in them and
applied to them. This is the great difference between those who have
received only the knowledge of salvation and those that have received actual
salvation. An Evangelist may be preaching to a large crowd and out of that
crowd maybe only a few become truly saved.
- One of the great lies that accompanies the loss of
salvation theory is that the sacrifice of Christ was insufficient for
eternal salvation and inefficient in keeping the children of God saved.
This, of course, is ludicrous because there is nothing in Scripture which
teaches that any true child of God can ever be lost and I will post some of
those verses at the end. Those who believe they can lose their salvation are
also under the false impression that they are sufficient enough in
themselves to complete their salvation. I say that in all honesty, because
if Christ cannot complete their salvation, then it must be up to them to
keep it. Again, I go back to the list of five questions. There is nothing in
Scripture which gives any indication of the amount of works or what we are
to do to keep our salvation.
One of the pet verses which the loss of salvation crowd clings to is Matthew
(Mat 10:22 KJV) And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake:
but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
They believe it is up to them, in their own strength, to endure to the end
of their lives and then hopefully they will have done enough good works to
get into Heaven. The truth of this verse is that only those who are saved
and have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit will be able to endure all the
persecutions and hard times they will face. In Scripture we see false
Christians like Demas who loved this world and forsook the Christian faith.
(Col 4:14 KJV) Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas, greet
(2 Tim 4:10 KJV) For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this
present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus
The difference between Demas and Paul was that Paul was a true Christian and
endured to the end because of his salvation. Demas went back into the world
and forsook the brethren simply because he was not a true believer, which
means he was void of salvation. Without salvation to under gird a person,
they will turn from the true Gospel and will not endure any persecution or
hard times. This is the evidence that those who endure to the end, do so,
because they are saved. Paul endured the Christian life and was taken to the
chopping block but Demas ran away because he did not have salvation to
propel him on. (2 Cor 5:14 KJV) For the love of Christ constraineth
us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:
The word “constraineth” in this verse means “to hold, secure, or keep
together.” Without the love of Christ constraining us we will then leave and
it will seem like we have lost salvation, when in essence, we never had it
to begin with. Now in conclusion I want to give a few verses which
straightforwardly teach that a true Christian cannot lose their salvation. I
also want to give the URL for an article I wrote on the security of the
believer. It is called “Safe in the Arms of Jesus”
(John 6:39 KJV) And this is the Father's will which hath sent me,
that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but
should raise it up again at the last day.
(John 10:29 KJV) My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all;
and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.
(Eph 4:30 KJV) And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are
sealed unto the day of redemption.
(John 3:15 KJV) That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but
have eternal life.
(John 10:28 KJV) And I give unto them eternal life; and they
shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
(Rom 6:23 KJV) For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is
eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Notice the last three verses! It says that the true believer is given
eternal life. If you could lose your salvation, then it would be temporal
life. Have you noticed what is absent in Scripture? It is some type of
formula to regain salvation after loss. It simply does not exist. The next
time someone precedes their statement on this subject with “I take the
position of” or “I see it this way” then just shut them off, because they
are using themselves as the final authority. These same people claim you can
walk away from salvation. How can you walk away if Christ is securing you as
we saw in 2 Corinthians 5:14. How about this one?
(1 Pet 1:5 KJV) Who are kept by the power of God
through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
Loss of salvation theory just calumniates the truths of the effects of the
sacrifice of Christ on behalf of His Elect and it calls God, the Lord Jesus
Christ, and the Holy Spirit liars and weaklings. Don’t allow others
to do your thinking for you. Believe the truths in your King James Bible and
you will stand firm and endure to the end. (6/25/04)