Do I need to be saved again?

Mark KellyThere is no basis in Scripture for the idea that a Christian who has sinned needs to be “saved again.”

What the Bible does teach is that when God begins a work of salvation in our hearts, he can be trusted to complete it. Philippians 1:6 says “I am sure that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on that day when Christ Jesus comes back again.” (NLT)

We have no reason to fear that any outside influence or power can change God’s mind about us: “Nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:39 NLT) God planned from the beginning to save us, and we have his promise that we are destined to share his glory in heaven: “Having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And he gave them right standing with himself, and he promised them his glory.” (Romans 8:30 NLT)

We have no reason to doubt Christ’s ability to save and keep us. Hebrews 7:25 says Jesus is “able to save forever those who draw near to God through him.” (NAS) Listen to the promise Jesus makes: “I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them away from me, for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. So no one can take them from me.” (John 10:28-29 NLT) What better assurance of salvation could we ask?!

Now, none of this is to say that obedience to Christ doesn’t matter. Jesus says, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” (John 14:15 NAS) There is no place for complacency or apathy in the Christian life, and the Bible warns us about the consequences of willful disobedience. (See, for example, Luke 12:42-48 or Hebrews 6:4-8.) Jesus says, “Not all people who sound religious are really godly. They may refer to me as ‘Lord,’ but they still won’t enter the Kingdom of Heaven. The decisive issue is whether they obey my Father in heaven.” (Matthew 7:21 NLT)

Our assurance of security in salvation stands on the foundation of God’s trustworthiness. 1 John 1:9 says that “if we confess our sins to God, he will keep his promise and do what is right: he will forgive us our sins and purify us from all our wrongdoing.” (TEV) Even our failures don’t change God’s mind about us: “If we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny himself.” (2 Timothy 2:13 NAS) God promises never to turn his back on one of his own: “I will never fail you. I will never forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5 NLT)

Let’s be honest: Every Christian comes up short of perfect obedience. James says it simply: “We all stumble in many ways.” (James 3:2 NAS) But a believer – someone who takes the risk of living life God’s way and trusts him to keep his promise of salvation – is secure in salvation. People who genuinely came to Christ in the first place and who still desire to follow Christ today should praise God for his amazing grace and forever faithfulness, thank him that Jesus paid the price of our sin on the cross, and set their hearts on discovering and fulfilling the purposes for which God created them.

Then, “let us draw near (to God) with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith …. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:22-25 NAS)

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About Mark Kelly

Jesus follower, Bible reader, husband/father/son/brother/uncle, rider, hiker, snapshooter
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