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21 Days of Once Saved Always Saved Salvation Assurance – Day #21 Hebrews 13:5

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This is day 21 of a video series called 21 Days of Once Saved Always Saved Salvation Assurance. It’s January 2022 and, in honor of the new year, my church in Marietta GA has asked us to dedicate 21 days to the Lord to draw closer to Him. Over these 21 days, I’ve been going through 1 passage of Scripture a day that proclaims our salvation assurance in Christ and shows how salvation can never be lost or forfeited but is held securely in place for us by our heavenly Father so we can have confidence that we are eternally saved.

To end this series, today’s passage could not be more direct in terms of proving Once Saved, Always Saved. It is Hebrews 13:5, where God declared:

“I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” (Hebrews 13:5 KJV)

This is an unconditional promise made to saved believers in Christ. It could not be more reassuring. It could not be more definite or clear. God is saying that, no matter what, He will never leave us nor forsake us. Never means NEVER, under any circumstances. There are no exclusions or exceptions in this passage. It doesn’t say, “I will never leave you, as long as you rid yourself of sin and obey all my commands.” No. It is a unilateral declaration from God that He will never, under any circumstances, leave or forsake anyone who has placed their faith in Christ. That is a guarantee of eternal salvation. That means you can’t mess it up. Even if we are unfaithful, God remains faithful. 

God’s Word is perfect, which means it never contradicts itself. God doesn’t say one thing in one book and then something completely opposite somewhere else. So, if God says something clearly even one time, that is proof enough. That’s it. End of debate. Or at least it should be.

But there are those who believe you can lose your salvation, who deny our eternal security in Christ. They say, “Christ did His part, but that’s not enough. We have to rid ourselves of sin and walk in obedience, obeying all of Christ’s commandments, or we could still end up in hell.” Honestly, that thinking is a cancer in the Church. It’s a denial of the Gospel, the Gospel which says that Christ’s work on the cross is finished. There’s nothing more that needs to be added to it. He didn’t do part of the job of saving us and now the rest is up to us. No. He did it all. Jesus Himself declared on the cross the words, “It is finished,” which literally means, “paid in full.” Through believing in Christ, our complete record of sins (past, present and future), our debt to God, has been paid in full. 

Once you place your faith in Christ for salvation, God Himself promises to never leave you nor forsake you. That means there’s no way, not even the slightest chance, that you could end up in hell. That means Once Saved, Always Saved. 

Over these past 21 days, I’ve produced a video each day, going through verse after verse which proves that you can never lose or forfeit your salvation, no matter what. 

 

On Day 1, we looked at John 5:24, where Jesus declares that everyone who believes in Him already has eternal life, will never come into condemnation and has already passed from death to life:

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth My word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” (John 5:24 KJV)

That should also end all debate over salvation assurance right there.

 

Then on Day 2, we looked at 1 John 5:1-5, about what it means to be an overcomer:

“Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth Him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of Him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments: and His commandments are not grievous. For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?” (1 John 5:1-5 KJV)

An overcomer is not one who has put an end to sin in their life and is walking in obedience. Biblically, according to this verse, an overcomer is one who believes in Jesus. Everyone who is born again, who has placed their faith in Jesus, is an overcomer, has overcome this world, and is forever victorious.

 

On Day 3, we looked at Revelation 3:5, which again picks up on this word “overcomer” and says that the one who overcomes (believes in Jesus) will never be blotted out of the book of life. Jesus said:

“He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before My Father, and before His angels.” (Revelation 3:5 KJV)

From Day 2, we learned that the word “overcomer” simply means one who believes in Jesus. Nothing more. You can’t have this word defined clearly in 1 John 5 and then say the same word means something completely different here. But that’s what Lordship Salvationists do. They say an overcomer is someone who has put an end to sin in their life and is obedient. No, according to the same author John in 1 John 5, an overcomer is someone who believes in Jesus. To everyone, without exception, who believes in Christ, Jesus Himself promised to never blot out their name from the book of life. That’s Once Saved, Always Saved.

 

On Day 4, we looked at Jude 24-25, about how it is not our responsibility to keep ourselves from falling from the faith. Instead, God Himself keeps us from falling:

“Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.” (Jude 24-25 KJV)

We looked at the many means God uses to keep us from falling, such as warnings, discipline, teachings in His Word and, most importantly, the indwelling of His Holy Spirit in us. If God has taken the responsibility to keep you from falling, will He not succeed? Of course He will. Not one believer in the entire history of Christianity will be lost.

 

On Day 5, we looked at Ephesians 1:13-14, how the moment we place our faith in Christ, God’s Holy Spirit indwells us and seals us until the day of redemption when we will get our eternal bodies:

“…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.” (Ephesians 1:13-14 KJV)

If the Holy Spirit is sealed inside us with the express purpose of leading us and pointing us to Jesus, we can never be lost or fall into unbelief. We are saved forever.

 

On Day 6, we looked at 1 Peter 1:3-5, how we are kept and protected by God’s own power unto salvation:

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to His abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively (living) hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” (1 Peter 1:3-5 KJV)

All of these descriptions of our salvation are in the present tense, meaning they are ongoing forever. Peter said our salvation is:

  • Incorruptible, which means we can’t corrupt it by anything we do or don’t do.
  • Undefiled, which means we can’t defile it with sin. 
  • Fadeth not away, which means our salvation isn’t going anywhere from us.
  • Reserved in heaven, which means it is being held for you by God Himself, Who is using His power to keep you from falling.

 

On Day 7, we looked at Ephesians 2:8-10, the iconic passage about how we are saved by faith and not by any works that we do:

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:8-10 KJV)

Salvation is a gift from God that we receive through faith in Christ alone. Our obedience plays no role in it.

 

On Day 8, we looked at Hebrews 10:14, how Christ’s offering of Himself on the cross perfected forever those who place their faith in Him:

“For by one offering He hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.” (Hebrews 10:14 KJV)

“Sanctified” means to be set apart and made holy. We are sanctified the moment we place our faith in Christ. We don’t sanctify ourselves. God sanctifies us. And if we are perfected in His sight forever, then we can never lose our salvation.

 

On Day 9, we looked at John 6:35-40, where Jesus declared Himself to be the Bread of life. There are so many references in here about how we can never lose our salvation:

“And Jesus said unto them, I am the Bread of Life: he that cometh to Me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on Me shall never thirst. But I said unto you, that ye also have seen Me, and believe not. All that the Father giveth Me shall come to Me; and him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out. For I came down from heaven, not to do Mine own will, but the will of Him that sent Me. And this is the Father’s will which hath sent Me, that of all which He hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of Him that sent Me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on Him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:35-40 KJV)

If, once we believe in Christ, we will never hunger or thirst, and Jesus promises to never cast us out, and the Father’s will is that none be lost but that everyone who believes in Jesus has everlasting life, do you really think it’s possible to lose your salvation? Over and over, this passage screams out the words, “salvation assurance.”

 

On Day 10, we looked at John 11:25-27, where Jesus declared Himself to be the resurrection and the life and that all who believe in Him will live forever:

“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die. Believest thou this? She saith unto Him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.” (John 11:25-27 KJV)

There are no exceptions to this. If you believe in Christ, you will never die.

 

On Day 11, we looked at Matthew 7:21-23, where Jesus said:

“Not every one that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy Name? and in Thy Name have cast out devils? and in Thy Name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity.” (Matthew 7:21-23 KJV)

Only those who do the will of the Father will be saved. But what is the will of the Father. We just looked at this on Day 9. In John 6:39-40, Jesus said:

“And this is the Father’s will which hath sent Me, that of all which He hath given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of Him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on Him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:39-40 KJV)

The will of the Father is to believe in Jesus. To do the will of the Father means to place your faith, your trust in Jesus to save you.

Lordship Salvationists, who believe you can lose your salvation, like to point to this verse in Matthew 7 to supposedly prove that doing His will means obeying commandments and, if you don’t obey, you can lose salvation. They miss the fact that the ones to whom Jesus says, “Depart from Me,” are the one who obeyed. They regarded Him as Lord, just like Lordship Salvationists, and they did great works in His Name. But they never believed Jesus paid for all of their sins on the cross. They thought the way to be saved was through their own obedience. To that, Jesus said, “I never knew you” (showing that they were never saved), and then He says, “Depart from me.”

We are saved forever by doing the will of the Father. What is the Father’s will? John 6:39-40 – to believe in Jesus.

 

On Day 12, we looked at 2 Corinthians 5:21. This lesson is about imputed righteousness, how the moment we place our faith in Christ, all of our sins (past, present and future) are nailed to the cross, imputed or placed on Christ, and then God’s perfect righteousness is imputed or placed on us:

“For He (the Father) Hath made Him (Jesus) to be sin for us, Who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21 KJV)

Once we place our faith in Christ, we stand forever in God’s perfect righteousness, not our own righteousness. We stand in His perfect holiness, not our own. If you don’t understand imputed righteousness, please go back and look at day 12.

 

On Day 13, we looked at Romans 8:1-2, showing how, once we place our faith in Christ, we are forever under no condemnation. We will never be condemned:

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:1-2 KJV)

To be free from the law of sin and death means that sin can no longer condemn us to death. We can’t lose our salvation on account of sin. God WILL discipline us when we sin. But sin has forever been dealt with on the cross. When Christ said, “It is finished,” He really meant it.

 

On Day 14, we looked at John 10:27-30. This is another passage where it says multiple times that we can never lose our salvation:

“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. I and My Father are one.” (John 10:27-30 KJV)

No one, absolutely NO ONE, can pluck you out of the Father’s hand. Lordship Salvationists like to say, “But you can pluck yourself out.” Nope. We went into that as well. No one, including YOU, can pluck you out of the Father’s hand. Once Saved, Always Saved.

 

On Day 15, we looked at 1 John 2:19, about how there is no such thing in Scripture as a saved believer who once again becomes an unbeliever. It’s impossible. According to John, those who left the church after appearing to be saved were never really saved:

“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.” (1 John 2:19 KJV)

John said there was no doubt that a saved believer will remain in the faith. This means you can never forfeit your salvation by becoming an unbeliever once again. In this lesson and in several other lessons, I went into great detail on why that is true, how a saved believer who has the Holy Spirit sealed inside them cannot fall into unbelief, because the Holy Spirit is right there inside that believer, pointing that believer to Christ. Nowhere in the New Testament do we see even one example of a saved believer falling into unbelief. It’s impossible. You cannot forfeit your salvation by returning to unbelief when the Holy Spirit’s right there inside you, pointing you, constantly pointing you to Christ.

 

On Day 16, we looked at 1 Corinthians 11:32, speaking of how every single person who places their faith in Christ will not be condemned with the world.

“But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.” (1 Corinthians 11:32 KJV)

The moment we believe in Jesus, we become a child of God, adopted into His family. He will chasten us as needed but He will never condemn us with the world.

 

On Day 17, we looked at John 3:16, another iconic verse. Jesus said:

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16 KJV)

There’s only one requirement for having everlasting life and that’s to believe in Jesus.

 

On Day 18, we looked at John 1:12-13, again stating that the only requirement for being saved is to believe in Christ:

“But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, [even] to them that believe on His Name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” (John 1:12-13 KJV)

 

On Day 19, we looked at Romans 3:23-24, how salvation is a free gift, one we do not earn through obedience but through faith in Christ, one where our entire debt of sin has been paid for by Christ, who paid our ransom with His blood so that we could be redeemed, set free and live forever:

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:” (Romans 3:23-24 KJV)

 

On Day 20, we looked at Galatians 3:18 and 1 John 2:25, how eternal salvation is a gift from God that is based solely on His promise, not on our obedience to any laws or commandments.

“For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.” (Galatians 3:18 KJV)

“And this is the promise that He hath promised us, even eternal life.” (1 John 2:25 KJV)

God has promised to give eternal life to every single person who places their faith in Christ.

 

And then finally, that brings us to Day 21, Hebrews 13:5:

“I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” (Hebrews 13:5 KJV)

It doesn’t get any clearer than that. We can never lose or forfeit our salvation because our salvation is not being secured by us. We didn’t do anything to earn it and we don’t do anything to keep it. God said that He will keep us from falling and will never leave us nor forsake us. He is our guarantee of eternal life. His Word. His promise. His gift of Christ. There’s only one requirement for receiving this gift of eternal life and that is to believe in Jesus.

The real question, then, is this: Have you received this gift of eternal life? Are you certain God will save you?

Being saved comes down to this:

Salvation = God’s Grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.

Nothing more. Nothing less. There are no other requirements to be saved than to believe in Jesus. The question is: do you believe this? Or are you like those who are not trusting in the finished work of Christ but are trying to prove yourself worthy through your own obedience. Well, you’re not worthy! You never will be. None of us are. It is Christ who is worthy. We stand in His obedience by faith, not our own. We stand in His righteousness by faith, not our own. He makes us worthy. He makes us righteous.

Once you believe in Him, you are born again, and you are forever a child of God. Our Father is a good Father Who will never abandon you but will preserve you in the faith and never let you go. 

If you are not certain about your salvation, time is getting very late. Don’t take the chance of missing out on God. Prophetically, the current “Age of Grace” where God is giving people time to turn to Him for forgiveness is almost over. When it ends, it will be too late. God’s judgment is coming. Those who are not saved will be separated from God for all eternity. Don’t take chances with God. Don’t play with Him. Take Him seriously.

If you are not 100% sure you are saved, don’t put it off any longer. 

Making Sure You Are Saved Is As Easy As ABC

Admit to God that you have sinned.

Believe that Jesus, God’s Son, died to pay for
your sins 100%, was buried and rose from the dead.

Call upon Jesus and ask Him to forgive you and save you.

If you make that decision to call upon Him, God gives you this assurance:

“For whosoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13 KJV)

If you are still not sure, I’ll include a link to a video I did called, “What is the Gospel (in 6 Words)?”

Thank you for watching.


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