Once saved always saved, or can you loose your salvation?

Someone asked if the statement “once saved, always saved” is true.

Some say that one can loose one’s salvation. Others say that if you are truly saved, you can not loose your salvation, or “once saved always saved”.

Where you stand on this issue depends on your perspective. Are you looking at it from man’s perspective or from God’s perspective?

Salvation comes from God. There are those who want to say that people who walk away from God lose their salvation, while others want to say that those who walk away from God were never saved to begin with. *shrug* the result is the same – people who will not enter Heaven.

It seems to me that the difference is perspective – the former looks at things from man’s perspective, while the latter looks at things from God’s perspective. Some of us want to believe we had something to do with our salvation. But is that a valid understanding?

Yes, we have to respond in faith. But remember that God is the author of our faith and salvation (Hebrews 2:10; Hebrews 12:2).

Is God all powerful?

Does God not say that His sheep hear His voice and He gives them eternal life and no one can be snatched out of His hand (John 10:27-29)?

Does God not say that those He foreknew he justified and glorified?

Romans 8:29-30

29 For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; 30 and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.

Does God not give us examples of different kinds of seed, where some will produce fruit and others will wither and die (Mk 4:1-20)?

Does God not tell us we need belief in Christ for eternal life (John 3:16-18)?

But then does God not say that if we have no deeds, our faith is dead and can not save us (James 2:14-26)?

Does God not say that we must repent, turn to God, and have deeds that express that faith (Acts 26:20)?

We can not loose what we never truly had. But we can not be taken out of God’s hand if we DO have it. If you do not repent, if you live a pattern of sin that you refuse to let go of, then you must question your salvation. However, if you truly love God, trust in God and the saving work of Christ, then you will have a life where you are changed internally and this will express itself externally.

So can you loose your salvation? Not if you never had it to begin with. But can you loose it if you truly did have it to begin with? No.


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