Eternal Security

Below is a list of posts examining scriptures that seem to challenge the believer’s security. Over the coming weeks I will be doing a whole series on the subject. You can tell from the table which scriptures I intend to cover. Don’t want to miss a post? Then subscribe to E2R today.

Scripture Post
 Mat 3:10  The axe at the root
 Mat 5:20  Chop off your hand?!
 Mat 5:29-30  Chop off your hand?!
 Mat 5:48  Chop off your hand?!
 Mat 7:22-23  The commands of John
 Mat 10:22  Endure to the end and be saved
 Mat 10:28  Fear God who can throw us into hell?
 Mat 24:13  Endure to the end and be saved
 Mat 25:14-30  The parable of the talents
 Mark 13:13  Endure to the end and be saved
 Luke 8:14  7 more things that happen to Christians who stray
 Luke 9:62  Keep plowing or die!
 John 13:34  The commands of Jesus
 John 14:15  The commands of Jesus, The root of obedience
 John 14:24  The root of obedience
 John 15:2  What happens to unfruitful branches?
 John 15:4-6  Abiding in the vine, Post coming soon
 John 15:9  Abiding in the vine
 John 15:10,12  The root of obedience
 Acts 5:1-11  What about Ananias and Sapphira?
 Acts 13:43  Continue in the grace of God
 Rom 11:19-22  The severity of God
 1 Cor 9:27  Disqualified for the prize?
 1 Cor 15:2  Believing in vain
 2 Cor 11:3  What happens to Christians who stray?
 Gal 3:3  What happens to Christians who stray?
 Gal 5:1  What happens to Christians who stray?
 Gal 5:2-4  What happens to Christians who stray?
 Eph 4:14  7 more things that happen to Christians who stray
 Eph 5:6  The root of disobedience
 Php 2:12  Fear and trembling
 Col 1:23  Continue in the faith
 Col 2:8-13  What happens to Christians who stray?
 Col 2:20  What happens to Christians who stray?
 1 Tim 1:6  Seven more things that happen to Christians who stray
 1 Tim 1:18-19  What happens to Christians who stray?
 1 Tim 1:18-20  Shipwrecked faith
 1 Tim 6:10  7 more things that happen to Christians who stray
 2 Tim 2:11-13  What if I deny Jesus?
 2 Tim 2:16-18  7 more things that happen to Christians who stray
 Heb 3:6  Is the Christian race a marathon?
 Heb 3:14  Is the Christian race a marathon?
 Heb 6:4-6  Hebrews 6:4-6
 Heb 10:26-29  Hebrews 10:26
 Heb 12:6  Does God scourge his kids?
 Jas 1:2-4  The testing of your faith
 Jas 1:12  Is the Christian race a marathon?
 Jas 2:24  James 2:24
 Jas 4:4-5  Does God envy?
 Jas 5:11  The “patience” of Job
 1 Pet 1:6-7  The testing of your faith
 1 Pet 4:17  It’s judgment time!
 2 Pet 2  Whose medicine are you taking?
 1 John 2:3  The commands of John
 1 John 2:4  The commands of John
 1 John 2:5-6  The commands of John
 1 John 2:11  The commands of John
 1 John 2:28  7 more things that happen to Christians who stray
 1 John 3:6,9  Abiding in the vine
 1 John 3:23  The commands of Jesus
 1 John 4:17-18  7 more things that happen to Christians who stray
 2 John 1:8  7 more things that happen to Christians who stray
 Rev 2:4  What happens to Christians who stray?
 Rev 2:10  Is the Christian race a marathon?
 Rev 2:20-23  Strike her children dead
 Rev 3:1-4  Incomplete deeds: The zombie church of Sardis
 Rev 3:5  Does God use correction fluid?
 Rev 3:15  Are you lukewarm?Are you hot enough for God?
 Rev 3:16  What makes Jesus sick?
 Rev 3:21  To him who overcomes
 Rev 14:12  Patient endurance

Last updated: Sept 26, 2016

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18 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.

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

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