Daily Devotional – I’m Normal.™ I AM Ministries
“To promote Godly living in a culture committed to destroying it”
Monday, June 6, 2016
Can a person lose their salvation? Is the phrase “Once saved, always saved” just wishful thinking or is God’s power to save bigger than the sinful actions of a person who has accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior? The answer to these questions comes from the Bible, which tells us believers in Christ are sealed eternally and our salvation is irreversible.
“And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of Truth, the Gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of His glory.” (Ephesians 1:13-14).
This passage tells us salvation is a four-step process – (1) you hear the Word of Truth; (2) you trust what you hear and believe; (3) you act upon what you have heard and what you believe and carefully surrender to God; and, (4) you are sealed by God as one of His own and the Holy Spirit is placed in your life. Thus, when a man or woman is genuinely saved, God seals the salvation permanently.
The term “sealed” means “to seal as in a signet, a ring, an inscription on a seal; to close up, mark distinctively”. This word picture comes from a custom of ancient kings and royalty. Those in high position often would write a document, a personal letter, or a treaty, roll the document into a scroll and then put a wax seal on the edge to keep it closed. As a final measure, the king would use his royal ring to stamp his personal identification mark into the wax. This sealing did several things: (1) It verified the document had royal origin – it verified the document as valid; and, (2) It sealed the document so only the king or his appointed delegate could re-open it.
The Holy Spirit is God’s seal upon our salvation. When we are saved, God seals our salvation by sending His Holy Spirit into our lives. Just as a king would seal a royal document with wax and ring, so God stamps His seal upon us by sending the Holy Spirit into our hearts. Nothing can remove this seal because the Holy Spirit is eternal, just as God is eternal.
This seal signifies two things: (1) We are genuinely God’s. The presence of the Spirit is as a royal stamp put on us. It identifies us as genuine, as really belonging to God. This is why the Bible says “if any man does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.” (Romans 8:9). Similarly, Jesus told Nicodemus no one could enter Heaven without being born of the Spirit (John 3:5).
If a person claims to be a Christian but doesn’t have God’s seal, or stamp upon Him in the person of the Holy Spirit, he or she is a fraud. God now controls our salvation for all time. Just as the royal seal allowed only the king to re-open a document, it gave him full control of the contents. So the Holy Spirit, as our eternal seal, puts the control of our salvation in God’s hands. Only God can “open “us and allow our entry into His Heavenly Kingdom.
This is why 1 Peter 1:5 says we are “kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation, ready to be revealed in the last day.” This is why Jesus says in John 10:28-30, “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are One.” The only way our salvation could ever be lost would be for Satan and sin to overthrow God and break the seal of His Holy Spirit that has been stamped on our lives. That will not happen.
It is normal for God to seal us with His promise and the Holy Spirit. It is normal for God to protect those who put their trust in Him. It is normal for us to believe He loves us enough and He has enough power to do it.
When a person is genuinely born again, that person can never, ever again become lost. If losing salvation is possible, God’s plan of predestination is interrupted, His purpose is hindered and His praise is removed. To say a man who has been saved by the blood of Christ can be lost again is to question the integrity of God, is to call God an inept God, is to call Him a liar, and it is to say the blood of Christ is powerless over sin. Questioning God’s doctrine of “Once saved, always saved” is definitely not normal, for just as He and the Trinity are eternal, so is the seal on our salvation.
In His love and service,
A servant of Jesus Christ
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