Can Man Undo What God Has Done?

Picture it: you’ve been going to the same church for a while now. You love your pastor and believe he is a man of God who teaches correct doctrine. Then one Sunday morning during the sermon you hear him say that a person can always reject Christ after they have been saved and thus lose their salvation.

Sadly, there are more and more pastors, ministers, etc. who believe that the eternal security of a believer is a false teaching. They may find a few verses to use as proof texts while ignoring what the Bible as a whole has to say about salvation.

What takes place the moment a person comes to faith in Christ alone? The moment they acknowledge that they are a sinner in need of a Savior? When they believe that Jesus died for their sins and rose again on the third day? What happens to them? They are made a new creation, instantly sealed to, and indwelled with the Holy Spirit. God adopts the believer and they become a child of God. A member of the Church (the body of Christ), an heir and joint heir with Christ. The believer is no longer stamped: GUILTY, but FORGIVEN. They are now justified. In other words: just-as-if-I- never sinned.

As you can see a lot of wonderful things happen the moment we believe the Gospel. After all that, can you honestly say that such a person would then turn around and willfully reject Christ and all these blessings? Throw away heaven and eternal life with God? Since God is love and is not willing for any to perish, but for all to come to repentance, do you really think He would unsave us at a later date? Would He send us back to where we came from: lost and without hope and hell bound? Would Jesus, the Son of God and God the Son, go through such agonizing torture and death on a cross for the sins of the world, only to throw us back to the devil every time we sin or mess up? Would the Holy Spirit who lives inside the believer, keep jumping in and out of us every time we sin and repent? Is our salvation really that insecure and fragile? If you think it is, then think about this:



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5 thoughts on “Can Man Undo What God Has Done?

  1. Like many things, Scriptures taken out of context seem to support this idea. When I was less mature in the faith I went back and forth on this matter, not totally sure about it as I had heard both sides of the argument. Thankfully, I know the truth now, taken in context, of eternal salvation. Too many people are led astray by incorrectly dividing the word of God. I think you can justify just about anything if you twist enough Scriptures.

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  2. I have a dear sister in Christ who had always been taught we could give it up and worried herself sick because her brother had gotten in quite the back slidden condition and she was afraid he had lost his salvation. When I took her through and explained the above passages and a few others she got it finally and suddenly she had a peace and assurance that freed her. She had been worried that if we could loose salvation from back sliding or living sinfully then how much sin did it take, one two five or being unrepentant or not doing enough good works. I asked her to tell me what Romans 8:34-39 says:

    Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
    Romans 8:34‭-‬39 KJV

    She replied that was just for believers living right, and it didn’t say we couldn’t give up our Salvation. So I took her to the gospel and went over it again how we are signed, sealed and delivered in God’s eyes the instant we believe in what Christ already completed:

    In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
    Ephesians 1:13‭-‬14 KJV

    I made sure she understood that then went back to Romans 8 and asked her three questions “what does it say can separate us from Christ? Who does it say can? Is there anything, event, person or entity not covered by the list here?” She was quite for a minute as she took it in and chewed it over then it clicked and she saw that when God says nothing He means nothing. She was then freed from guilt and worry and better able to help her brother because that same wrong teaching was part of what was keeping him in the bondage of sin. He stumbled and then when he tried to straighten up everyone was saying he was lost on account and he believed them and it began a vicious downward spiral that stopped when she was able to show him that God doesn’t have butter fingers and once saved means once sealed forever. It stood out to me because I had never heard that, that we could give up or throw away our Salvation and when I heard it I knew it was wrong. Good post brother!

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  3. It is sad to see so many believers listening to satan and doubting their own salvation or thinking that they can lose it the moment they commit some sin. When we stop to think about who that was on the cross suffering and dying for the sins of the world, that it was GOD, then how can one believe our salvation is so fragile that it can easily be lost?

    God is not an “Indian giver.” He does not give us salvation when we come to Christ by faith and then take it away when we mess up.

    I’m glad you were able to help your friend and she was able to help her brother understand this.

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