"Are You Eternally Secure?"
We all must wonder at some point of our lives about "When I die, what happens then?" It seems to me that all the evidence points to that one fact that sooner or later we all die. But why is death such a scary subject? Perhaps nobody likes to think about dying, or even talk about it. However, it is an issue that needs to be addressed by everyone as well. So let's see what God's Word, the Bible has to say about death. The Bible tells us that Adam received the curse of death for all when he got booted out of the Garden where it has, "In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return." (Genesis 3:19) And it also tells us in Hebrews 9:27, "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment." So we are right, everyone does die. The daily newspaper carries a list of obituaries every day as a reminder of this fact. But notice that last verse also says after death comes judgment? This is what we should know because there are no second chances!!!
The Bible tells us a few things by which we can know where we go after death. When Jesus was asked, what shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. (John 6:28, 29+47) Now well go to Ephesians 1:13+14 where it says, 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. Sounds pretty much like a sure thing, especially when you can add verses like this, My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. (John 10:27, 28, +29
You’re probably wondering about the many verses that appear to be conditional such as in Philippians 2:12 where it says work out your own salvation with fear and trembling? What if we don’t do this? Or what about Colossians 1:23 that says, If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, What about those that have fallen away? Well I could cop out and simply say, as it does in 1 John 2:19, They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us. But that doesn’t fit everyone because there are many that grew up in Christian homes, talking the talk, walking the walk that are now mixed up, some are even staunch apologists against Christianity. I guess then it isn’t so easy to know who is saved. But then if you are just hoping to squeeze in, playing games trying to just make it while also enjoying as much sin as possible, then are you saved in the first place? "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; But he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting." (Galatians 6:7, 8)
However, the one thing that the Bible is clear about is that whosoever believes is saved. And what we are to believe in is clear, Jesus did finish all of the work to save us from our sins. His shed blood justifies us (Romans 5:9,) purchased us (Acts 20:28), redeemed us (Ephesians 1:7, Colossians 1:14, 1 Peter 1:18+19), made peace with us (Colossians 1:20), purged us of our sins (Hebrews 1:3) sanctified us (Hebrews 10:10-12, 14) cleansed us (1 John 1:9) and washed us (Rev.1:5). It is By His stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5).
We attain this by faith alone just as Abraham did in Romans 4:5 where it tells us, but to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. It is a free gift for us who believe. (Romans 6:23) It cannot be attained by works (Ephesians 2:8+9) although our faith is shown by our works (Ephesians 2:10 and James 2:14 to 26).
In closing I ask you, what are you trusting in? What Jesus did at Calvary or what you are doing today? There is one other point. 1 John 1:6 tells us, If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth. If you are trusting in your religion, such as masses, priestly confessions, prayers to those that have died already, purgatory, or any works that you do to get saved, then you aren't covered by His blood. Jesus didn't create sacraments to have you get cleansed or purified, He died for that purpose and finished everything that was needed to get us saved. You should live with this in mind, eternal security doesn't depend upon Jesus believing in you, but rather you are to believe in Him. And knowing with a believing heart that He took your sins to the cross, you then can receive His righteousness credited to your account. Now that's being eternally secure!