How Long is Everlasting?

In my nearly 57 years of ministry, the one question that seemingly persists is, “Can a believer lose his salvation?” Of course, the answer is a resounding, “No!”

Still, there is always the need to elaborate. I usually respond to the person by asking a series of questions:

• First, “Do you believe that Jesus has forgiven yours sins so that you may have everlasting life?” Almost always the answer is, “Yes.”

• Second, “How long is everlasting?” The answer is usually the correct one: “It is never ending.”

When Jesus was conversing with Nicodemus about being born again, the Lord told the man, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). 

• That brings about asking a third question. “Do you have everlasting life the moment Christ saves you or do you wait until you die to gain it?” The correct answer is, “I received it at the moment I was saved.”

• I then ask, “Do you think Jesus is a weak Savior?” “No! Of course not!” is the answer given. I then say, “Only a weak Savior would let one whom He has saved slip from His grip.”

• Next question: “Does Jesus ever lie?” Again the answer is, “No!” To which I reply, “But if one lost his or her salvation, that would mean a weak Savior lied, because He promised everlasting — from that point on — salvation from the condemnation of sin.”

The truth is that Jesus Christ is not merely a Promise Maker, He is a Promise Keeper. Once He saves a person, that individual is everlastingly saved and secure in Christ Jesus!

The apostle Paul, by inspiration of the Holy Spirit wrote: “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 8:37-39).

Brothers and sisters, claim the truth — once a person is saved, he or she is always saved… because Christ gives everlasting life!

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