Anyone who accepts the free gift of salvation through faith alone in Christ alone receives eternal life at the point of faith or belief. As a child of God (John 1:12), member of the royal family of God and royal priest (I Peter 2:5–7, 9) each believer is eternally secure in Christ. At no time can a believer loose his salvation by irresponsible behavior, or any sin of the mind, speech, and behavior. Eternal security is based upon God’s hold on us, not our hold upon Him (John 10:28–29; Jude 24). Since we are saved by faith it is an act of God’s grace to give eternal life (Ephesians 2:8–9; Titus 3:5). Therefore, it is God’s responsibility to keep us in His love in which He is absolutely capable (Romans 8:38–39). Even if we fall away into sin and deny our salvation, the Lord cannot deny us our salvation although He will deny us rewards (2 Timothy 2:11–13). Believers are assigned titles such as “holy”, “beloved”, and “elect” to indicate their eternal security in Christ (Colossians 3:12; Ephesians 1:7, 2:8–20).
NOTES TO CHAPTER 2 20. [Vicomte François René de Chateaubriand (1768-1848), a forerunner of the romantic movement in French literature, and a royalist of the Bourbon stamp in politics. He served the restored Bourbon monarchy, after Napoleon's fall, as ambassador to England and Germany and as Minister of Foreign Affairs. His most famous works were The Genius of Christianity and Memoirs from beyond the Tomb. —Translator.] End of Notes Start PREVIOUS 6 of 18 NEXT End