A lack of eternal security is one of the biggest lies with which Satan tries to defeat us.
If our trust isn’t kept in the finished, complete, eternal work of Christ, then we are also relying on our own abilities to keep us.
Jesus’ death and resurrection on the cross was His work alone, and our salvation is His work alone. Our only participation is to receive it. This receptivity or acceptance on our part establishes our trust or belief in His work on the cross.
Our salvation has always been Christ’s work.
A lack of eternal security is saying Christ’s work plus my work is required to preserve me. It’s saying Christ initially won my salvation, but I have to keep my salvation. How do we think this is possible if it was never possible in the first place? How do we think this is possible if we still daily battle the flesh within?
God’s Spirit within us is what empowers us to obey the Lord.
Our salvation was never won by ourselves. We were incapable of producing it, and we are incapable of keeping/securing it.
Jesus sealed our salvation and then imparted His Spirit within us to begin the transformation or sanctification process of our souls and bodies.
Our salvation was never based upon our performance, and it never will be.
Our sanctification was also never based upon our own abilities but rather upon the power of Christ at work in our lives.
Another way to put it is, our sanctification isn’t based upon our performance but is based upon our yielding to Christ’s working and to the conviction of the Holy Spirit within us.
Trying to keep our salvation is still self-reliance. It’s legalism and work- or performance-based. It’s an attempt at self-glorification. (See a previous blog, in regards to this: https://graceinthemoment.wordpress.com/2015/12/05/the-flesh-test.)
In reality, it’s when we let go of our own attempts (the flesh) and surrender ourselves to God — to trust and obey His authority in our lives — we will be sanctified.
A lack of eternal security reveals there is still an issue with trusting fully in God. There is a lie about God we are still believing.
Those that lack eternal security may be relying more on their own feelings rather than on the truth in God’s Word. (See verses following, concerning eternal security.)
Feelings come from the soul. If our souls are not under the control of the Spirit of God, our thinking, emotions, and desires will be under the influence and deception of Satan.
This is why we need to allow the truth of God’s Word to transform our minds, emotions, and desires.
It is the Spirit of God that accurately applies the truth of God to our lives.
The following passages contain verses that explain why we can rely on the finished work of Christ. He is perfect, and everything He does, He does perfectly!
Rest secure in His perfection, and with trust, yield yourselves to His authority in your life.
10 By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
12 But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God,
14 For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.
1 Peter 1:18-19
18 knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.
28 And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.
36 Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.
19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil,
37 All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.
39 This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day.
40 And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”
13 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who[a] is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.