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Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares for you.    1 Peter 5:6-7

 
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Iowa Bible Conference
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                                         Archive Questions
"What Is A Christian?"

Can They Lose Their Salvation?


Answer: A “Christian” is not a person who has said a prayer, or walked down an aisle, or been raised in a Christian family. While each of these things can be a part of the Christian experience, they are not what “makes” a Christian. A Christian is a person who has, by faith, received and fully trusted in Jesus Christ as the only Savior (John 3:16; Acts 16:31; Ephesians 2:8-9).


A Christian is redeemed. “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect” (1 Peter 1:18-19). The word “redeemed” refers to a purchase being made, a price being paid. For a Christian to lose salvation, God Himself would have to revoke His purchase that He paid for with the precious blood of Christ.

A Christian is justified. “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1). To “justify” means to “declare righteous.” All those who receive Jesus as Savior are “declared righteous” by God. For a Christian to lose salvation, God would have to go back on His Word and “un-declare” what He had previously declared.

A Christian is promised eternal life. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Eternal life is a promise of eternity (forever) in heaven with God. God promises, “Believe and you will have eternal life.” For a Christian to lose salvation, eternal life would have to be taken away. If a Christian is promised to live forever, how then can God break this promise by taking away eternal life?

A Christian is guaranteed glorification. “And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified” (Romans 8:30). As we learned in Romans 5:1, justification is declared at the moment of faith. According to Romans 8:30, glorification is guaranteed for all those whom God justifies. Glorification refers to a Christian receiving a perfect resurrection body in heaven. If a Christian can lose salvation, then Romans 8:30 is in error, because God could not guarantee glorification for all those whom He predestines, calls, and justifies.

No, a Christian cannot lose salvation. Nothing can separate a Christian from God’s love (Romans 8:38-39). Nothing can remove a Christian from God’s hand (John 10:28-29). God is both willing and able to guarantee and maintain the salvation He has given us. Jude 24-25, “To Him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy—to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.”
 
 



 
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Before we begin any study of the Word of God, we must take a few moments to make sure that we are in fellowship with God and filled with the Holy Spirit. The Bible clearly lays out three requirements that must be met before we can expect to understand God’s Word and make proper application of it. All three require nothing from us but faith.

We must be believers in Jesus Christ (John 3:16).

We must be filled with the Holy Spirit (Eph. 5:18), which is accomplished by confessing any known sin to the Father (1 John 1:9) followed by bringing our thoughts into obedience to Christ (2 Cor. 10:5). 1 Cor. 2:11 teaches that only the Spirit of God know the thoughts of God. As believers we are indwelt by the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:11) but when we sin, we cease to function in the power of the Holy Spirit. When we confess our sins, God the Father is faithful and just to forgive us our sins with the result that He purifies us from all unrighteousness.

We must approach the study of the Word of God in faith (Heb.11:6). Only when we approach in humility, with child-like faith, will the Holy Spirit speak to us through the Word of God.