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What would it mean if a child of God were finally and forever lost?


Have you paused to consider what would be true were it possible for one of God’s blood-bought children to fall fully and finally from saving grace? Continue reading . . .

Have you paused to consider what would be true were it possible for one of God’s blood-bought children to fall fully and finally from saving grace? Often I hear people casually speak of “losing” their salvation. But there would be far more involved were it possible for a justified-by-faith-alone-in-Jesus-alone believer to suffer eternal damnation. I was awakened to this yet again on reading Marcus Johnson’s excellent book, One with Christ: An Evangelical Theology of Salvation (Crossway). Here is how Johnson put it:

“When God joins us to Christ through faith, he is making real in our temporal lives what he has already decreed in his eternal will and accomplished in the incarnation, life, death, resurrection, and ascension of his Son. To be severed from the Son would require that the Father rescind what he has already decreed and accomplished. Every benefit that we have received from being united to Christ would have to be undone. Having already justified us in Christ, God would have to re-condemn us and repeal our participation in Christ’s righteousness; having already sanctified us in Christ, God would have to reverse our baptism into Christ’s death, burial, and new resurrection life; having already adopted us in Christ, God would have to make us orphans; having already resurrected us with Christ and raised us in his ascension, God would have to lower us into death and cast us from the heavenly realms; and having already glorified us in Christ, God would have to terminate the end to which he appointed all of his blessings. In sum, having joined us to Christ, God would have to dismember the body of Christ” (175-76).

So, may I suggest that you be careful should you ever find yourself questioning the reality of the saints’ perseverance in faith, fully and finally unto the end. To argue that a redeemed and reconciled child of God can undergo un-redemption and un-reconciliation is to destroy God’s eternal purpose that he ordained for us in Christ. Praise be to God that his unshakable determination is “to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy” (Jude 24b)!


Marcus Johnson is absolutely correct. It seems to me that, although the objections to eternal security are presented as biblical, they are more to do with the old problem of self-determination. In other words, God, somehow, is made subservient to the whims of man.

Aaron, I understand your questions. The best I can do is refer you to my book, Kept for Jesus, where I address at great length the many issues regarding our security in salvation. Blessings.

I have always struggled with this argument. It has cause many of sleepless nights. So, it begs two questions then: #1 How can we know for sure we have in fact been grafted in? I accept the truth of salvation (with all implications) into my life. I try (and fail miserably a lot of the time) to walk it out. #2 Is salvation a journey or a one time event, or a little of both? Is God in the process of redeeming us and we can choose to cut-it-short or is it a one time event to which we are sanctified once and for all?

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