"That whoever believes in Him may have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life." John 3:15-16
I like to make John 3:16 very personal by adding my name. You can do this too. Add your name in the blanks.
For God so loved _______, that He gave His only Son, that if _______ believes in Him they should not perish but have eternal life." John 3:15-16
Faith Alone is the Basis For Our Salvation
Our salvation is not based on our own merit or performance. If it was, we would be in a most pitiful state!
"For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast." Ephesians 2:8-9
In the same way, the apostle Paul wrote that those who have trusted in Christ for salvation are eternally saved. He stated, “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1). He went on to say in Romans 8:35-39, that absolutely nothing could separate us from God’s love.
So then, according to the Scriptures, we can confidently believe that we are eternally secure if we have placed our trust solely in what Christ accomplished on the cross as full payment for our sins.
Eternal Means That it Never Ends
If we could somehow lose our salvation in Christ, then Jesus and Paul would be liars since they both described the gift of salvation as eternal in John 3:16 and Titus 3:7. Eternal means that it never ends. Our salvation is permanent. In other words, once we are saved, we are always saved.
God doesn’t give us the gift of eternal life and then take it back if we are bad or if we've lost our way. Our eternal security is not based on our ability to be good or perform, but on the promises of God (John 3:16).
Moreover, any attempt on our part to say that we can somehow earn and maintain a secure relationship in Christ is an offense to God. It strips Him of glory and lessens His remarkable offering of grace and mercy to an undeserving world.
We Can't Lose Our Salvations But We Can Lose Our Fellowship
Have you ever doubted your salvation, and if so, what helped you get past your doubts?
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