God’s Salvation: Forever
“Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look at the earth beneath; for the heavens vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment, and they who dwell in it will die in like manner; but my salvation will be forever, and my righteousness will never be dismayed.” (Isaiah 51:6)
When God saves, He saves forever. Everything He begins He finishes. What He promises, He performs. He is faithful. “Whatever God does endures forever” (Ecclesiastes 3:14).
- “When Christ appeared as a high…he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption” (Hebrews 9:11-12).
Eternal: that which always has been and always will be. Never to cease. Everlasting.
- “This is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day” (John 6:40).
Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. Everyone who is saved is saved forever.
I state this so factually because the bible does. I do not state it to raise an argument (the argument has been going on for centuries) nor do I state it to finish an argument (as long as man is man, the argument will continue). I state this truth in hopes that a storm-tossed and weary soul might find refuge and hope in Christ’s words.
I have never met a Christian that had this assurance from the start. Doubts are inevitable. Thankfully, we are not saved by the strength of our faith or in reverse-proportion to the measure of our doubts (as if the more we doubt the less we are saved), we are saved once for all by the object of our faith: Jesus Christ.
So if you have wrestled from time to time or are constantly seriously concerned, I implore you to rest in Christ. Rest in the knowledge of His eternal salvation. Get to know His word so that you can do battle with your doubts. And don’t think the doubts themselves are a sign that you are lost—you are working out your salvation, and that is healthy if you are seeking Him in the process.
I simply pray that you come to the conclusion that Christ is your Forever-Savior. I pray that you can say with confidence, like Paul, “I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).