There has been much controversy and misunderstanding on the topic of the security of the believer. The fundamental issue is, can the believer in Jesus, once redeemed and sealed with the Holy Spirit of God, lose their salvation. There are two basic camps on opposite ends of this question. The Calvinist, says no; the Arminian, says yes. Calvinists deem the will of God as supreme over the will of man; the Arminians deem that God will not overthrow the freewill of man.
There is truth on both sides. God’s Will does reign supreme, while Man is still given his freewill. It is a holy mystery. However, when we come to the subject of salvation, we must see it in the light of covenant relationship. The understanding of covenant is key to having a proper view. The salvation provided by God in Christ is manifested through covenant. Jesus is the Covenant in flesh. We must see this to have a complete view of our gift of righteousness.
Our security in relationship with God, is found not in man’s choice, but in the finished work of Jesus. I do not stayed saved because I chose to do so. This would make my salvation of works, and not of grace. I remain in relationship with God because once having entered into the covenant through the blood of Jesus, it is He who keeps. He is the author and finisher of our faith.
Once a child, always a child. The question is, what kind of child am I? I can be an obedient child, or I can be disobedient. But I am still a child. If an obedient child, I am simply fulfilling my part of the relationship with my Father. If disobedient, then am I not chastened for my disobedience (Heb.12:9)? Are we more righteous than God? Do we act more righteous toward our own children, than God does his? No matter how disappointing our children may act, the true father’s heart would move heaven and earth to save his child. Where do we think that father’s heart comes from, if not from God himself?
The death, burial, resurrection and ascension of Christ Jesus is the foundation for our standing with God. Our part in salvation is to have complete trust and confidence in His finished work at Golgotha. “This man”, the writer of Hebrews says, “. . .after he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God.” The fact that he ‘sat down’, shows that there is nothing more to accomplish and nothing more to be added.
Based upon this, let us “. . .draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith. . .” Full assurance of faith in what? In the fact that the one offering of Jesus is sufficient to bring us into a right relationship with God, apart from the works of the Law. We will see, that the provision of God in Christ, is sufficient to bring us into relationship with God, and is also more than sufficient to keep us in relationship with Him. Our part is to trust and have confidence in God’s saving ability.