Eternal Security

Below is a list of every scripture guaranteeing the eternal security of the believer. This list is a work-in-progress. Feel free to submit scriptures we’ve missed.

Old Testament (n = 9)
New Testament (n = 132)

Don’t forget to check out the “what about” scriptures.

25 Comments on Eternal Security

  1. It was awesome to Romans 11: 19-23. I have been studying Romans for the past couple weeks taking a chapter a day and the other day it was chapter 11. I read verse 22 and was a little unnerved about it. I asked the Holy Spirit to please explain what this verse means. Not long after I got the Escape to Reality e-mail about Once Shaved, Always Shaved and the Eternal Security List. Prayer was answered. Cannot wait to read it. – Thanks Paul for all that you do.

  2. I’ve been looking for something like this for about a year now. I know about the love of God, I know about grace and the new covenant. However, my desire to simply abide in these truth’s is often jolted by passages that on the surface seem to contradict my rock of security. Eventually, when I gain greater understanding about the issue/verse that confused me – it ends up as though things were not as they seemed – instead they are wonderful and make me leap for joy.

  3. what do you believe 2 Corinthians 13:5-6 means in light of eternal security

    • There are two ways to read 2 Cor 13:5-6: (1) You have to examine yourself periodically to ensure you’re still saved. (2) Examine yourself to see Jesus inside you – prove it to yourself. The Corinthians were testing Paul. He said they should test themselves. “Are you saved? Hopefully you are. Don’t you know Jesus is in you – unless you’re not saved.” This self-examination is about sowing security. It’s about reinforcing information they should already know. It’s a pattern Paul uses elsewhere: “Don’t you know” (Rom 6:3, 16, 7:1, 1 Cor 6:15,16,19).

  4. ericdrobertson // September 12, 2013 at 9:59 am // Reply

    Thank you for your insight!!

  5. Hi Paul,

    I am much blessed by your site.
    Just had a doubt though..In the book of Jude, sandwiched between assurances of being sanctified, preserved and being presented faultless; there seem to be warnings in between. (The Israelites saved out of Egypt didn’t make it to the promised land.)
    How do I understand this in the light of eternal security?

    Really appreciate all your help. May God continue to bless you richly!

    • Hi Sophia, I am literally minutes away from going on vacation with my family. If I remember, I’ll respond to this when we return. But if you can’t wait, you’ll find I talk about these harsh words of Jude on p.64 of my book The Gospel in Twenty Questions. Happy Christmas!

  6. Eternal security which is based on that premise “Once saved, always saved” is something that has been well established in the Baptist circle, but I always retain a level of suspicion concerning it. I do believe that it can potentially give someone a powerful excuse to continue to live in sin, although the proponent of it always reject that outright. But, when meticulously analyzing the word of God it’s quite obvious that a person can lose his salvation if that person backslide and does not come to the source of life which is Jesus.

  7. Thank GOD for you sir, but what about Romans 11:21-22 and 1 Cor. 10:6-12 don’t they clearly contradict the ‘eternal security’ doctrine?

    • Not at all. In Romans 11 Paul is not talking about individuals but two groups – Jews and Gentiles. As a group the nation of Israel was “broken off because of unbelief” (v20). They are not believers but unbelievers and God hasn’t rejected them totally (see v.2), they are still loved (v.28), and they will be grafted right back in “if they do not persist in unbelief” (v.23). What about his warning? It’s directed to the other group – Gentiles as a whole. Paul is not threatening the secure believer. He is saying, “don’t boast over the Jews – you Gentiles have a window of opportunity, like they did, and it won’t last forever.” So put your faith in Jesus.

      Regarding 1 Cor 10, those who preach insecurity must go the whole way and those who grumble will be killed by a destroying angel (v.10). Paul is not saying that at all. He’s the apostle of grace, not works. He is describing the symptoms of obstinate unbelief (eg: grumbling, testing the Lord). What relevance does this have for the Corinthians (and us) who were not unbelievers. Paul is basically saying, “You’re not an unbeliever/sinner, so don’t act like one. Having nothing to do with the old life that you came out of, lest you fall back into the old ways.”

      BTW, eternal security is not a doctrine, it’s a promise made again and again by Jesus.

      • God is totally Holy, God is totally loving,God grants us free will…Jesus accomplished the work of salvation for us..100%…All Jesus,none of us..we appropriate what He did by faith…we choose to trust in that finished work….But a person can later choose, for whatever reason, to no longer trust in what He did…That person has exercised his free choice and is no longer saved…pf

      • Can that which has been born again be unborn? Can man undo what God has done? It’s true that you may let go of his hand, but he will never let go of yours. He promised.

  8. Good morning Paul, Please help me understand “being saved”, I believe, accepted, received Jesus as my savior, with that in mind, I believe I am a saved Christian. I read the bible every day and especially like the NEW TESTAMENT. I come across 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, stating sinners (If a person actively, perpetually, and unrepentantly lives a homosexual lifestyle, the lifestyle of a thief, a greedy lifestyle, a drunken lifestyle, etc., it is not possible for such a person to be a Christian, and such a person will definitely not inherit the kingdom of God.) Additionally at judgment we will be separated (sheep from goats) then, though saved in this life we still face judgment and separation from God. Am to believe once saved not always saved? I fall into the homosexual category, no so much greedy or drunk, I am gay and of course not sinless, I don’t have a boyfriend, and have recently decided having relations is not working for me. I get asked a lot but don’t act on it anymore nor do I frequent bars for enjoyment, though I do perform at one as an entertainer. I wonders sometimes what its all about, being gay was not a choice for me and get confused as to why am I here, I feel my destiny is damnation because of being gay, confused. Thank you.

    • Marion Carter // June 4, 2017 at 7:21 pm // Reply

      Glenn, nothing can separate us from the love of God, bless you heaps man, no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus. If we believe in Jesus then we are in Christ Jesus

    • Being saved is a life time process, at least that’s what some say. But question is, in a life of 80 years, how long does it take to see this “effect of being saved”? Paul said, “If any man be in Christ he is a new creature…” 2 Corinthians 5:17. So, if this be the case, then there must be some evidence of this new creature, and here in 1 Corinthians 6:11, that is just what Paul reveals, as he say’s; “And such were some of you: but you are washed, but you are sanctified, but you are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” Notice the past tense, “were”. They once were “unrighteous” fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, effeminate, abusers of themselves with mankind, thieves, covetous, drunkards, revilers, extortioners, but no longer. And John adds to the fray, when he said; “Do not be deceived, he that does righteousness is righteous, even as he (Jesus) is righteous” 1 John 3:7. This goes right along with the old 70’s song; “If you’re saved and you know it then your life will surly show it”. You mentioned; “I don’t have a boyfriend, and have recently decided having relations is not working for me. I get asked a lot but don’t act on it anymore nor do I frequent bars for enjoyment,…”. This is how a new creation starts out, and it is God working a washing and regeneration in you, by faith!

  9. I agree with what you say but ..please…im stuck on 1 corinthians 3:15

  10. Dear Paul, thank you for your inspirational messages, can you please throw more light on James 5 vs19 –20 because to me as a reader it suggests that salvation can be lost, thank you.

    • “My brethren, if any among you strays from the truth and one turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.” (James 5:19-20)

      Depending on how you read it, this pair of verses has good news for brothers (if you wander, you can be brought back) and sinners (if you turn, you can be saved from death). But confuse brothers with sinners and you’ll end up with no good news for anyone. You’ll think God treats believers like unbelievers, and that those who have received grace must work to maintain it. Not only is this contrary to the many promises of God regarding the believer’s security (see above), but it’s a recipe for anxiety and performance-based religion.

      Can a Christian stray? Sure. Are there bad consequences to straying? There are many. But having your Father unchild you and toss you into hell is not one of them.

      Who needs to turn? Anyone who wanders from the truth. Who is in danger of death in this passage? The sinner, not the saint. James is very clear about this.

      James is not preaching a perverted form of church discipline that involves threatening God’s children with death. He’s encouraging his brothers (and us) to preach the gospel. What covers sins? The love of God (1 Pet 4:8). This is the good news that everyone needs to hear. This is the good news that inspires people to turn to God.

      • Thank you Paul.

      • “Depending on how you read it,…” That’s for sure!
        Thing is, James is speaking to one audience (believer turned sinner), not two different audiences (believer verse’s sinner). Otherwise then the believer part is left hanging in the air, so to speak, and there is confusion. Look; “My brethren, if any among you strays from the truth (from believer to sinner) and one turns him back (from sinner to believer)
        To make sense of “My brethren, if any among you”, in the “first part”, James must be speaking about believers turning to sinners and thus needing to be “turned back” from the error of his (believer turned sinner) way, in the “second part”. As James is not being vague, but very explicit. Our mission, if excepted (sounds like Mission Impossible), is to lead such a one back. James’s reference to “soul salvation” refers to deliverance of erring Christians from premature physical death.
        We can not only be soul winners by leading unbelievers to Christ. We can also be soul winners, so to speak, if we lead fellow Christians back to the Lord.
        The very Grace of God by which we are saved eternally opens the door for the possibility that we might abuse the wonderful gift given to us, thus the wandering saint will be disciplined by the Lord (1 Corinthians 5:5). That is why it is vital that if any of us spots a fellow believer who is AWOL we should endeavor to turn them back to the Lord. A life is at stake.

      • James’ letter is addressed to the Jews generally (see James 1:1). Not all Jews are saved; some are believers, some are not. Like his half-brother Jesus, James had the knack of speaking to crowds and meeting everyone at their point of need. Believers hear what they need to hear, and so do unbelievers. Good news only becomes bad news when you take on board someone else’s medicine.

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