Never, No One

John 10:27, 28 – “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.” (NIV 1978)

My Musings – The only reason to doubt eternal security is if the “salvation” experience was not genuine. But if it was genuine, it cannot be lost or taken away.

My Advice – You cannot lose your salvation by anything that you say or do, because “no one” includes you. But this does not mean you should live your life as you wish without concerns. God will discipline to bring correction (sometimes He even takes people home early), there may be lasting negative consequences (for this life) and you can lose blessings and rewards (this life and the next).

2 thoughts on “Never, No One”

  1. Just a quick question. So you can have salvation and be a satanist and still have salvation? You mentioned you cannot live your life as you please and that if you do, there are consequence including leaving this earth early.

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    1. Thanks for reading my blog and for your question. I’ll do my best to respond. No, you cannot have your salvation and be a Satanist. “No one can serve two masters” (Matthew 6:24). While the immediate context of this verse may have applied to people trying to serve both God and money, the principal applies to anything that might divide man’s loyalty to God. So, as it relates to the text quoted in my blog, if someone has professed faith in Christ and subsequently becomes a Satanist, does that mean that Satan can snatch them out of Jesus’ hands resulting in the loss of their salvation (and making Jesus out to be a liar)? Once again, the answer is no. In my view, the likely scenario is that the profession to Christ was never genuine in the first place, meaning that the person was never saved. As John states in his 1st Epistle, “they went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us (1 John 2:19).”

      Of course, true Christians can and do lapse into sinful lifestyles on occasion that sometimes last for an extended period (although I do not believe a true Christian would lapse into outright Satan worship). They do not lose their salvation, but there usually are consequences of some kind. For whoever God loves He “rebuke[s] and discipline[s]” (Revelation 3:19) however He determines, including a “premature” death (see Acts 5:1-11 and 1 Corinthians 11:27-32).

      I would not presume to be the final judge as to whether a sinful “professor” of Christ is the former (never saved in the first place) or the latter (a true believer who has wandered from the path). Ultimately it will be Jesus who will separate the sheep from the goats. Some “professors” will hear Him say “I never knew you” (Matthew 7:23).

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