Eternal Life: Is salvation eternal?

Published: Monday, September 24, 2012 at 03:03 PM.

Eternal Life

by Ryan Begue, Pastor, FBC Esto


For any one to be wrong on the matter of the security of the believer is a serious matter.  To believe or teach salvation isn't eternal (eternal defined means never ending) is to clearly misinterpret the words of Christ (even if it’s unintentional).  He is the One who told us that whoever comes to Him has everlasting life.  To teach one can lose their salvation is not only a contradiction of the scriptures, but it also subtly undermines the gospel of grace itself as well as confuses believers.  One must have a clear understanding of key terms the Bible uses to describe salvation in order to teach its truths accurately (like...everlasting, eternal, grace, gift, etc). How can a preacher tell you this Sunday that if you give your life to Christ, He will give you everlasting life, and then turn around next Sunday and tell you that it can cease to be eternal?  Is it eternal or not?  That is inconsistent and confusing.  There is no possible way to rightly divide the Word if we can't properly define the words that are used to make up the sentences that comprise the Word.  Below are some passages that will help clarify what has been said.  I would encourage you to have your Bible handy…


1. In John 3:36 Jesus clearly teaches that at conversion we have eternal life ("has eternal life" is in the present tense).  We don't gain eternal life when we die, it begins at conversion for those who truly believe and at that point it is never ending.  The Bible tells us in Hebrews 6:18 that God cannot tell a lie, and by the authority of His Word we can know that our salvation is eternal.  


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