Sometimes, I just need to stop talking! In wrapping up last weeks sermon, I inadvertently segued into another message. I have to chalk this up to the Holy Spirit — apparently He wasn’t finished with me.
After talking about walking in newness, God started pouring out about whether or not it is possible for one to lose their salvation. I had at least a few that asked if I could teach on that.
So, here we go…
(Romans 8:38-39 ESV) 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
First of all, nothing can separated us from God while we’re in Christ.
Secondly, it takes free will to be saved.
There is a certain faction of folks who will disagree with me on this because they will say you had no choice in becoming a sinner or saint.
The chief premise, here, is that Adam sinned willingly. And because of his transgression against God, he passed on the sickness of sin to future generations. One man’s choice affected billions of lives downstream. Thousands of years later, Jesus — the last Adam — was obedient to God in every way because of His understanding of relationship. Through Him, we have the opportunity to be reconciled with God.
Notice I said, “opportunity.” Salvation is freely given but it must be received. I can offer to give you money but if you do not take it, it’s of no use to you. This doesn’t change my willingness to give. Salvation must be appropriated!
(Romans 10:9-13 ESV) 9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11 For the Scripture says, “ Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. 13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
I teach that the Gospel is all about the DONE rather than the DOING. However, God has done His part but there is something we, too, must to.
Accept. Believe. And Confess.
When we confess our sins — when we confess that we are a sinner in need of a savior, that is, our state before we are saved , God is faithful to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). And, what God cleanses in Him stays clean — as long as it remains IN HIM.
So, I believe that Salvation is so big and great that it is impossible to lose. You can no more lose your salvation than you can misplace a building! It permeates every fabric of your life. When the Holy Spirit takes up residence in you, He does so at your invitation and He plans on remaining with you eternally.
However, the Holy Spirit is a Gentleman and the best houseguest you’ll ever have. He will come in and begin a complete renovation in your life.
One thing we need to remember is that part of Salvation is an escape plan (Hebrews 2:3-4 ESV). Contrary to popular belief, though, it is not an escape from hell, it is an escape into the abundance of God. One of the main reasons folks are avoiding church by the thousands is that there’s too much preaching about what you need to be saved from instead of what you can be saved into!
And now, for the second key part of the message:
(Hebrews 6:4-6 ESV) 4 For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, 5 and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, 6 and then have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, since they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up to contempt. (emphasis mine)
If you are on a cruise ship and have the misfortune of falling overboard, hopefully someone will see you and call for a rescue party. When you are rescued, you are retrieved from the water and restored to your rightful place on the ship. At this point, you have a choice — you can remain in the safety of the ship with all it’s wonderful accommodations and accouterments or you can jump back into the water and try and swim with the sharks.
In other words, just like it took free will to get saved, it takes free will to stay saved. You cannot lose your salvation but you can give it away.
Let me clear something up before I go any further — adultery, fornication, drunkenness, lust, gluttony are all bad but none of them will separate you from God. The only thing that can do that is to reject Jesus. Watch what the Lord, Himself, has to say:
(John 16:8-11 ESV) 8 And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: 9 concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; 10 concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; 11 concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged
Did you catch that? CONCERNING SIN, BECAUSE THEY DO NOT BELIEVE IN ME! Friends, that is the only sin that separates anyone from God. It is SIN (noun) not SINS (verb). Unbelief unto rejection is the only thing that will condemn anyone. And for those of you who will cite “blasphemy against the Holy Spirit,” rejecting Christ IS the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost! You can go back and read Matthew 12, Mark 3, or Luke 12.
And the only reason why anyone would ever reject Christ is because their righteousness in Him was never completely revealed! This is why righteousness-consciousness is so critically important! A righteousness-conscious person would never reject the salvation they’ve received, the righteousness that is imputed to them, and the holiness that is imparted to them.
This is why we remain so focused on God’s unconditional Love and Grace, because they are the only means by which anyone will ever know how valued they are by God. God does not trump our will with His; rather, He wants us to surrender our will to His so that our will can be transformed to manifest His will in the earth!
© 2016 Derrick Day (www.derrickday.com)