The Nature of Salvation
Ephesians 2:8-9; Jude 24-25

Introduction:
A. Matthew 21:9
1. Beginning of the Passion Week – Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem
2. If we combine the testimonies of the gospels, the people called out:
a) “Hosanna [‘salvation now’], Son of David: Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel; Blessed be his kingdom. Peace in heaven and glory in the highest” (Mt. 21:9; Mk. 11:9-10; Lk. 19:38; Jn. 12:13)
3. Truths from these words
a) Jesus was identified as the promised heir to David’s throne
b) His mission was “in the name” of, i.e., by the authority of God himself
c) Salvation would accompany his work
d) He would be enthroned as king and usher in his kingdom
e) Peace would result, and God would be glorified

B. Hebrews 10:26
1. A third passage often used in objection to the doctrine of the security of the believer is Hebrews 10:26, which says, “If we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins.”
2. The word “sin” in the book of Hebrews is used for just one kind of sin the sin of unbelief
a) For example, Hebrews 12:1 speaks of “the sin which so easily besets us.”
(1) This phrase has furnished the text for many a sermon on “Besetting Sins,” but this use of the text is not supported by its context.
(2) The “sin which easily besets us” in the book of Hebrews is the sin of unbelief.
(3) Remember that Hebrews 12:1 closely follows the great “Faith Chapter,” Hebrews eleven.
(4) The sin of unbelief is the mother sin, the father sin, the parent sin of all other sins.
3. Hebrews 10:26 means that if we deliberately, willfully reject Jesus Christ after hearing the Gospel and receiving a knowledge of the truth about Christ, then there is absolutely no hope for us, because there is no other sacrifice for sins except the death of Christ.
a) This verse simply says that Christ is the only hope for unsaved man, and that to reject Him is to be utterly hopeless.
4. There are a number of other passages which are believed to teach that a man can have salvation and then lose it, but not one of them does this; in fact, they all teach exactly the opposite.
5. There are many approaches that might be taken to this doctrine, but I want to broadly sum up the doctrine by showing that is not only true, but absolutely necessary.

C. The Doctrine of Salvation – Eternal Security
1. The nature of the Sinner makes this doctrine a necessity.
2. The Nature of the Savior makes this doctrine a necessity.
3. And today, The nature of Salvation itself also makes this doctrine a necessity.
a) The doctrine of the eternal security of every born again person is completely consistent with the total message that the Bible presents about salvation, and the teaching of “falling from grace” is completely inconsistent with that message.
b) Every passage on salvation in the Bible either infers, implies, or plainly states this doctrine.
c) Let’s look at the very Nature of Salvation.

I. The Nature of Salvation
A. Salvation is by grace (Epehsians 2:8-9)
1. Ephesians 2:8 9 stands as a Mount Everest among the peaks of Scriptural revelation about salvation. It says,
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,
9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.
2. This is an absolutely clear statement.
a) There is no question whatsoever that it supplies a definitive statement by design about God’s wonderful salvation.
(1) It clearly tells us that grace is the source, supplier, and sustainer of salvation (the term “you have been saved” (NKJV) is a perfect tense verb;
(2) “you stand forever saved” would be an accurate translation of it
b) And faith is the agent of salvation, and neither man’s character or performance has anything to do with it (“not of works, lest any man should boast.”).
3. If salvation is by grace, and a saved man lost his salvation, then the grace of God is not sufficient for salvation.
4. But not only is the grace of God powerful and adequate in saving sinners, it is equally adequate to sustain and keep eternally secure that person whom it saves.

B. Salvation brings justification by faith (Romans 3:24, 28; Galatians 3:24)
Romans 3:24 “being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus”
Romans 3:28 “Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law.”
Galatians 3:24 “Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith.”

1. When a sinner trusts Christ, he is justified in God’s sight declared and counted perfectly righteous in God’s sight, not because he is himself is ‘righteous in character or conduct, but rather because the righteousness of Christ is credited to him when he trusts Christ.
2. The holiness of the believer’s character and conduct are products of regeneration and sanctification.
a) Regeneration changes his nature, and sanctification progressively changes his character and conduct to conform them to the standard of Christ’s life.
b) But justification by faith secures his standing before God, and by that justification, he is given an absolutely inviolable position before God in which he is always accepted and received as if he were Christ Himself!
c) Again, the key verbs that are used are perfect tense verbs, and they thus present a perfect, eternal, and eternally secure salvation.
d) The perfect tense verb at this point means that, when a sinner is saved, his past, present, and future are cleared of all blame, guilt, and sin in God’s sight as far as salvation is concerned.
e) John 8:36 “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”

C. Salvation is a new birth (John 3:3)
John 3:3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
1. Why would Jesus and other Bible writers use a term, “birth” which pictures:
a) a once and for all occurrence,
b) a birth cannot be undone and need not be redone,
c) a birth cannot be repealed, and cannot be repeated,
2. Why would Jesus picture His salvation as a new birth if that salvation can be repealed and might be repeated?
3. If Jesus used a term in such a definitive chapter as John three which cannot be trusted, and that term is amplified in many other places in Scripture as a key term in understanding salvation, then how could we possibly trust any term that is used about salvation?
4. I would insist that those who believe in probated salvation explain that term and show us how it allows a doctrine of insecure salvation.
5. You simply cannot repeal a birth, nor can it be repeated.
a) This is certainly true of physical birth, and that is beyond argument.
b) It is also true of spiritual birth, and though some insist on arguing that a birth can be canceled or repealed, there is absolutely nothing in the evidence that agrees with their argument.
c) Birth is a once for all occurrence.

D. Salvation is purchased by the substitutionary, atoning death of Jesus on the cross. (John 19:30)
John 19:30 So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.
1. When Jesus paid for my sins at Calvary, all of my sins were then future. Yet He paid for all of them!
2. When He cried from the cross, “It is finished!” it is again a perfect tense verb that is used, indicating a perfect settlement for all of my sins.
a) Jesus cried, “It stands forever finished!”
b) Since all of my sins have already been paid for in full by the death of Jesus on the cross, it would be “double jeopardy or double indemnity,” an unnecessary second payment of an already settled account, if I went to hell after being saved.
3. There is a Roman Catholic tract concerning the Catholic “mass,” which they say repeats and completes the sacrifice of Christ on Calvary!
a) The tract says, “By offering mass, we add something to the sacrifice of Christ upon Calvary.”
b) Dear friends, whom are we to believe? It is either this man’s word or God’s Word.
c) You can add nothing to the completed sacrifice of the blood of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary!
4. As far as salvation is concerned, all of my sins have already been removed past, present, or future and paid for by the perfect settlement of Christ’s death on the cross, and God will not require two payments for the same sin one at Christ’s expense, and another at mine!
5. No, “it is finished” means that when I am saved, I am forever secure because of the full and perfect settlement of the cross.

E. Salvation is protected through the intercessory work of Christ in heaven (Hebrews 7:25)
1. Hebrews 7:25 says, “Christ is able to save unto the uttermost those who come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for us.”
2. Intercession in heaven is unnecessary unless believers are threatened on earth. And they are!
a) But if the threat can turn into the eternal destruction of the believer, then the prayers of Christ are either wasted or inadequate.
b) Can you imagine God the Father rejecting a single prayer of Jesus His Son?
3. If you want a model of Christ’s prayers for you during this age, read John 17.
a) Notice the occurrence of the word, “keep,” or “guard,” the verb Jesus uses in appealing to the Father for you.
b) When Christ’s prayer for your security is coupled with the Father’s ability to keep you, do you then dare to challenge the Father’s love and power as well as Christ’s compassion, salvation, and intercession by saying that God will lose some whom He has saved.
c) Jesus said, “I have lost none,” and that is still true!

F. Salvation gives everlasting life (John 5:24)
1. You see, God is as certain about the future as we are about the past, and He wants to impart that certainty and security to us in the present.
2. John 5:24 is one of many clear and decisive verses in revealing the dimensions of God’s salvation.
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.
3. Give careful attention to the verbs in this verse.
a) The word “hears” is in the present tense; it means that the hearing occurs at some present moment, like this moment right now.
b) The word “believes” is also a present tense, indicating that it also happens at some present moment, presumably near the moment of the “hearing.”
c) Now, study this very carefully: The word “has” or “hath” is also a present tense verb.
d) It also refers to some present moment.
e) The clear teaching of the verse is that, in the same moment a sinner “hears” the Word of Christ and “believes” on Him who sent Jesus, at that very moment he “has everlasting life.”
f) The giving of the gift is not postponed to some later time, and the nature of the gift indicates that it cannot be forfeited once it is received.
4. Notice carefully the name of the gift that God gives to you.
a) It does not say that the believer is “put on probation.”
b) Nor does it say he has a temporary life, waiting for the probationary period of his performance on earth to end to see whether it can be elevated to the status of “everlasting fife” in Heaven.
c) He “has” here and now and immediately eternal life!
5. John 5:24 adds this assurance, “And (he) shall not come into condemnation.”
a) This is a future tense verb, and covers the indefinite, infinite, eternal future.
b) A born again Christian will never ever come into condemnation.
c) He may receive severe chastisement, but never will he fact condemnation.
6. “But is passed from death into life.”
a) The verb “is passed” is a perfect tense verb, and it means that the person stands forever in this completed condition.
b) The verb itself means to “migrate.”
c) The born again Christian has already passed out of death into life and he will remain thereforever!

G. Salvation is the believer’s identification with Christ (1 Corinthians 15:22; 2 Corinthians 5:17)
1 Corinthians 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

1. The Bible teaches that when a sinner is saved by the blood of Christ and the power of God, that believer is instantaneously “transplanted” out of Adam and into Christ.
a) The phrase, “in Christ,” is used one hundred and sixty five times by the Apostle Paul alone to show the believer’s new position.
b) From this point on, the believer’s identity and security are established by his position in Christ.
2. Christ is to the believer what the ark was to Noah, his family, and all the animals in it.
a) It was the ark (a picture of Jesus) which saved them all, and they were saved by position, not by performance or personal perfection.
b) Look at the ark for a moment.
(1) There was only one door in that ark. Everyone inside entered through that one door and God shut them in (Genesis 7:16)!
(2) If that door was ever opened during the flood for any to leave or be taken out, the water would have come in and drowned them all!
(3) Once they were inside, if one was lost, they all would have been lost.
(4) But they were all safe until the ark landed on the far side of the flood and so all those who are in Christ are perfectly safe until they land on the far side of death in Heaven!
3. The believer’s identification is not complete when we only discuss our position in Christ.
a) Not only were we entered into Christ when we were saved, but He also entered into us!
b) Not only are we “in Christ,” but Christ is also “in us.”
c) And there is no indication of His ever leaving us once He is there.
4. On one occasion (Matthew 8:23 26), Jesus and His disciples were in a boat on the Sea of Galilee.
a) They were “caught” in a furious storm at sea.
b) They cried out in fright to Jesus, “Master….
c) we’re going to drown!” Child of God, don’t tell me you have never felt like that even with the Son of God on board! I heard of a ship that was carrying a cargo of yo yos.
d) It was caught in a severe storm at sea and sank forty six times! We have all had that feeling.
e) But then Jesus stood up! He simply spoke, and “muzzled” that terrible storm.
f) They were really secure all the time, though they didn’t realize it because of the heavy force of circumstances.
g) There was no way that boat could have sunk with Jesus in it; it was destined to make it to the other side.
h) Though severe storms may threaten us and strike us, we are guaranteed (with an eternal warranty!) to get to “the other side” because Jesus is in us.

II. Conclusion (Jude 24-25)
A. Eternal Salvation Is God’s Plan
1. You see, my dear friend, all of these doctrines are parts of God’s plan, which would come to nothing if a single Christian were permitted to fall out of grace and lose his salvation.
2. And we have only dealt very briefly with a few of the key doctrines of the great, Biblical, theme of salvation.
3. Eternal security offers:
a) the incredible freedom of security in your life instead of the incredible unsteadiness of insecurity.
b) the Biblical assurance of Heaven instead of the terror of the threat of Hell,
c) the possibility of happy faith instead of the necessity of fear,
d) the reality of a self forgetting God centeredness instead of the necessity of self interest and self checking,
4. Eternal security actually encourages service for Christ, not sin in the life of a believer.
5. And it is all because of God’s wonderful grace in providing a salvation that is eternally secure.

B. Frances Ridley Havergal
1. Frances Ridley Havergal was one of the most notable hymn writers of all time. She is perhaps best known for her hymns, “Take My Life and Let It Be,” and “I Gave My Life For Thee.”
2. On the last day of her long and devoted life, Miss Havergal (who had memorized an incredible amount of Scripture during her life) asked one of her friends to read to her the forty second chapter of Isaiah.
3. Verses 6, 7, and 8 contain these words of blessed assurance: “I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a coven ‘ ant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles …. I am the Lord: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.”
4. As the friend came to that special sixth verse and the words, “I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee,” Miss Havergal whispered: “Called, held, kept. I can go home on that! “ And she did!

C. Jude 24-25
24 Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy,
25 to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.
1. Jude was not writing about the possibility of the believer sinning and falling from God’s family.
2. He made it clear in Jude 1 that true believers are “preserved” and cannot be lost.
a) Jude 1:1-2
1 Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and brother of James, To those who are called, beloved in God the Father and kept (preserved) for Jesus Christ:
2 May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.
3. He was writing about the believer’s daily walk with the Lord and the danger of going astray and stumbling.
a) If we do disobey God, we may confess our sins and receive His forgiveness (1 John 1:9-10).
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b) If we persist in disobedience, He will chasten us in love (Hebrews 12:5-11).
c) But He will never permit one of His own to be lost.
4. Remember what Jesus said!
a) John 10:27-30
27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.
28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.
30 I and the Father are one.”