The Simple Definition
If you were to die today, do you know where you would be spending eternity? Or would you agree with one who claimed, “I don’t think it’s possible to know where we will spend eternity until we die.”
We believe such knowledge is possible long before death shows up for its appointment. In fact, such knowledge is essential if you are to experience the rest prepared for the people of God while here on earth.
When it comes to knowing God in a personal way, and knowing that we will be with Him when we die, all of us fall into one of four categories. Some don’t know, nor do they know that they don’t know. They are lost, but don’t realize it. Some, however, don’t know, and know they don’t know. But the most tragic category includes those who know, but don’t know that they know. They are the believers who are saved and whose destiny is certain, yet do not know they are saved; they are unsure of their salvation and ultimate destiny. It’s important to understand the message of eternal security so that we can enter into the fourth category of people who know, and know they know.
No one has more peace and rest in this life than the person who knows God the Father through God the Son and knows that he knows Him. But are people in this fourth category presumptuous and spiritually over-confident? Let’s examine this subject in this Bible plan under five categories:
· The Simple Definition
· The Theological Possibility
· The Basic Support
· The Primary Objections
· The Practical Benefits
Perhaps the simplest, shortest definition of eternal security is, “Once saved, always saved.” Of course, the all-inclusive word “always” causes immediate reactions. When we hear the words “always,” “never,” or “every,” we start looking for exceptions. Nevertheless, this definition can withstand the bombardment. It shines as one of the brightest doctrinal lights in the Bible. Once you believe, you can never be lost; you can never go to hell. Christ will always be your Savior. You can nail down your eternal destiny once and for all, so you never have to worry about it. Obviously, any doctrine so sprinkled with qualifying terms like “never,” “always,” and “all,” is going to be challenged. Can it meet the test?