Is Our Salvation Eternal?

The table below came from a handout from Dan Hall at the first Witnesses Now for Jesus conference that I attended back in 1998. I’ve used it here with his permission.

When we are saved,  we are: When we sin,  does God:
Reconciled to God
Romans 5:10 – ” For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more,  having been reconciled,  we shall be saved by His life”
Un-reconcile us?
Romans 3: 23, 24 – “for all has sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus.”
Un-justify us?
Totally forgiven
Colossians 2:13 – “When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions.”
Un-forgive us?
Totally cleansed
1 Cor 6:11 – “Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.”Titus 3:5 – “He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit”
Un-cleanse us?
Made holy and blameless
Colossians 1:22 – “yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach”
Take back our holiness and blamelessness?
Clothed with Christ
Galatians 3:27 – “For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ”
Rip off our “Christ clothes”?
Sealed in Christ
Eph 1:13, 14 – “In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation, having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory”
Break the seal of Christ?
Take back the pledge of our inheritance?
Given Christ’s righteousness
2 Cor 5:21 – “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him”
Take away Christ’s righteousness?
Reborn by the Spirit of God
1 Pet 1:3 – “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”
Reverse our being reborn?
Indwelt by the Holy Spirit
Romans 8:9 – “However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him”
Take back the Holy Spirit?
Indwelt, Made into a new creation
2 Cor 5:17 – “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come.”
Make us back into an old creation?
Made a child of God
John 1:12, 13 – “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become Children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.”
Deny that we are His children?
Adopted into God’s family
Romans 8:15 – “For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out ‘Abba! Father!'”
Un-adopt us?
Made heirs of God
Gal 4:7 – “Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son then an heir through God.”
Take back our inheritance?
In fellowship with God
1 Cor 1:9 – “God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord”
Disfellowship us?
Given every spiritual blessing
Eph 1:3 – “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.”
Take back every spiritual blessing?
Written down in the book of life
Phil 4:3 -” Indeed, true companion, I ask you also to help these women who have shared my struggle in the cause of the gospel, together with Clement also and the rest of my fellow workers, who names are in the book of life.”
Erase our name from the book of life?


“What Assurance of Salvation Does For Us”

“The Holy Spirit assures us that God is our Father and loves us. God has poured out his love into our hearts. (Rom. 5:5) Romans 8:15-16 says that when we cry “Abba, Father,” the Holy Spirit is witnessing to our spirit that we are God’s children. Few experiences can provide more power in our lives than to have the assurance of salvation. Think of what it could do for us:

  • We would be joyous in our service for God, but not driven in our works, or mistaken in the notion that our works would save us.
  • We would be delivered from frantic preoccupation with taking our spiritual temperature minute by minute.
  • We would be free and spontaneous in our witness, exercising patience, and understanding as well as speaking with conviction and challenge.
  • We would not get overwrought with our friends about future security, for we would be assured of our present relationship with Christ – who loves us with an immeasurable love.

“This We Believe” pp 201,202