Salvation's Assurance


I understand the sincerity of questioning "Can a believer's sin cause him to lose his soul?" (Daily Mountain Eagle 12-14-2019: Religion) but this interpretation of the Bible does the opposite. As a believer in Christ I too would like to secure eternal life for as many as possible but I recognize that the prospect of losing and regaining salvation based on my own "divine power" is too absurd. Only Jesus Christ has the authority to forgive sins (Mark 2:9-12; Luke 24:47). The assurance that my power is so great as to be able forgive my own sins to secure my own "re¬salvation" is not comforting. An eternal doubt results when I attribute to myself the awesome power required to gain my salvation since that inherently presupposes the potentiality of the opposite loss. The result is an inevitable spiritual cancer. Who can really be sure enough and for how long? 

What exactly is the number of times we can be saved or lost: a hundred, a thousand, ten thousand? We are in a dilemma because we cannot deny any number (47 million) if we believe we can lose and regain our salvation based on our own potentiality and actualization of "sinlessness." I cannot help but ask: how much sin is terrible enough that it can tear my soul out of the arms of the creator of the universe? By contrast, how much "sinlessness" do I need to demonstrate to regain eternal salvation again? While I certainly agree we ought to diligently attempt to imitate Jesus Christ in all things I recognize my own utter failure because of my sin. I certainly do not see myself more sinless than the Apostle Paul who called himself the "chief of sinners" (1 Timothy 1:15). 

I am grateful that the Lord of the universe thought me worthy to die for my sins so that I could become of his "eternal companions." I am convinced that not only can I never do enough to earn my salvation I can never do enough to lose it either. So I say no, once my soul is in Jesus Christ it can never be lost. His power is beyond my comprehension and for that I am grateful. I am grateful for the spiritual peace that comes from my confidence in Jesus Christ fulfilling his promise of salvation. My hope is secured by recognizing this fact: (Ephesians 2: 8-9 KJV) "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." 

David A. Cook, PhD

Jasper, Ala.