The Gospel
of Grace

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If you fall into sin tomorrow or next month, is it possible for you to lose your gift of eternal life?

The Bible says:

We are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.  And every priest stands daily ministering and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.  But this man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever [past, present and future] sat down at the right hand of God . . . . For by one offering has He perfected forever those who are being sanctified.  Hebrews 10:10-12, 14
According to the Bible, for which of your sins did Jesus pay when He died?
  • Your past sins.
  • Your past and present sins.
  • All your sins forever: past present and future.
According to this verse, how often are you sanctified (made holy) by the death of Jesus Christ?
Once a week. Once every time you confess your latest sins and ask forgiveness.
Once a month. Once for all.
One does not lose the gift of eternal life because of sin.  That's the very reason that Christ died . . . to pay for your sins!  It is because He died for all sins forever -- past, present, future -- that He is able once and for all to declare you not guilty . . . not only of your past sins, but of all your sins: past, present and future!  To refuse to believe this is to refuse to believe the very gospel itself!
If after you had trusted Christ you were required to keep the law of God to "stay saved" . . . 
Could you honestly say that eternal life was by grace (a free gift)? YES NO
Would that imply that your salvation ultimately depended upon the works of the law? YES NO
Therefore, if someone flatly denies the Bible's teaching on eternal security, how is he actually trying to reach God, by grace, or by the works of the law?
Can anyone be justified (saved) in this way?
How does the Bible say that a man is justified? [See Romans 3:28 for help]
In another passage of the Bible Jesus said:
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, who has given them to Me is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father's hand.  John 10:27-29
In the above verse, what type of life did Jesus say He gives?
Temporary Conditional Eternal

If it is truly eternal as Jesus said could it ever be lost?

In the above verse, who did Jesus say was greater than all?
How great would someone have to be to take himself out of God's grip?
Are you greater than God?
In light of this verse, if you had just 24 hours left to live, what could you do to insure that you would not go to hell?

(For additional passages on eternal security see: Romans 8:38-39, Ephesians 1:12-14, John 6:37-40, Hebrews 13:5)


Although no sin can ever deprive a believer of the eternal life which was freely bestowed upon him once and for all, sin nevertheless has grave consequences both in this life and in the life to come.  Firstly, there are natural consequences of sin.  A person who drinks to excess may kill himself or an innocent victim in an automobile accident.  One who engages in immoral activity may contract AIDS and die.  Knowing Christ as Savior will save one from hell, but it will not save one from the natural consequences of sinful or foolish living.  (Gal. 6:7-8, James 2:14-17).  Secondly, there are eternal consequences for sin.  Receiving a free ticket to a sports event guarantees one entrance to the stadium, but it does not guarantee one a front row seat.  Similarly, receiving the free gift of eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ guarantees a person entrance into God's eternal kingdom, but it in no way guarantees one an exalted position in that kingdom!  Our "position" in heaven and the rewards associated with that position are totally dependent upon the holy life and godly works which we manifest in this lifetime (I Cor. 3:11-17, 9:24-27, II Cor. 5:10-11).  While the pleasures of sin in this life may at times appear more important than some distant hope of future rewards in heaven, scripture teaches that those who barter away their "inheritance" (their future rewards in heaven) for the pleasures of sin will one day weep uncontrollably when they see the unspeakable rewards which they forfeited when they pursued their own sinful pleasures in this lifetime.  (Hebrew 12:14-17, Like 19:11-27, Matthew 14:30)

Clear Gospel Crusade
Ronald R. Shea, President
P.O Box 431
Metairie, Louisiana 70004

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