An incomplete list of Old Testament scriptures guaranteeing the believer’s eternal security:
- Numbers 23:19-20 God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill? I have received a command to bless; he has blessed, and I cannot change it. Even Balaam knew we can’t curse what God has blessed.
- Psalm 37:28 For Jehovah loveth justice, And forsaketh not his saints; They are preserved for ever. (ASV)
- Isaiah 49:15 Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! God cannot forget his kids.
- Isaiah 53:5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. All the punishment went on Jesus. In him you are eternally unpunishable.
- Isaiah 54:8 In a surge of anger I hid my face from you for a moment, but with everlasting kindness I will have compassion on you,” says the Lord your Redeemer. Everlasting means everlasting.
- Isaiah 54:9-10 “To me this is like the days of Noah, when I swore that the waters of Noah would never again cover the earth. So now I have sworn not to be angry with you, never to rebuke you again. Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you. No more anger, no more rebukes. His anger was momentary; his favor lasts a lifetime (Ps 30:5).
- Jeremiah 31:33-34 “This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,” declares the Lord. “For I will forgive their wickedness and I will remember their sins no more.” The eternal covenant was signaled in the Garden when God said “I will put enmity between you and the woman” (Gen 3:15). It was echoed in the covenant made with Abraham when God said “I will bless you” (Gen 22:17), and it is signaled here in Jeremiah. There are no ifs in God’s promises to us, no conditions for you to fulfill.
- Jeremiah 32:40 I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will never stop doing good to them, and I will inspire them to fear me, so that they will never turn away from me. Ditto. Incidentally, the fear of the Lord is synonymous with reverential awe (compare Deut 6:13 with Mat 4:10). To fear the Lord is to worship him.
- Ezekiel 36:25-27 I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. The “I wills” of God trump the broken promises of humanity.
Last updated: May 31, 2017