What does 'eternal security' mean to Christians? - James C. Bell

As many of you know, I am privileged to have a ministry to our soldiers at the Atlanta Airport.

I talk to men and women there about their relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Most of these fine young people are not Christians and actually have no formal relationship with Jesus Christ. During our conversation, I ask them a very serious and difficult question: "Suppose you died tonight and stood before God and He asked you, why should I let you into my heaven? What would you say?" Most think very hard for a moment or two, and then say, "I have no clue" or "I've been a good person."

I don't let them think too long, for I realize they may be embarrassed; the idea is to make them think of this possible situation and know they have no answer. Some really touch my heart when they answer, "I would say I'm serving my country and fighting for the cause of freedom."

I say, "Now, that's a very good answer and your service and sacrifice is very much appreciated." Then I quickly tell them God would not ask them this question, for He already knows all about us. He knows what we have done and haven't done. He knows we are all sinners. The Bible tells us, "all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23. Actually what one needs to get into heaven is a relationship with God through Jesus Christ, and this relationship is very easy to get, in fact, it's as easy as A, B, C:

"A, we must admit our sin.

B, believe in God, and

C, confess our sins.

I ask them if they would allow me to lead them in a prayer that would establish this relationship with God, and most agree.

As Baptists, we believe in the doctrine of: Once saved, always saved. This means we have eternal security with God through our Savior Jesus Christ. Does it really matter if we believe in eternal security? Yes!

The Bible says in First John 5:13: "These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life."

When we accept Jesus Christ as Savior, we certainly have eternal life. We are assured of this fact by the very death of Jesus Christ and His resurrection. Our relationship with God begins at this time, our eternal life starts immediately, and we don't have to wait till we die, for God promises us we belong to Him forever and that we will spend eternity with our Savior Jesus Christ.

This assurance is found in Ephesians 2:8, 9: "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." John 10:28 says, "And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand."

To me this means eternal security. When I am saved at this time, I am always saved, forever.

Now it is possible for me to sin. In fact, I will sin against God and thus break my fellowship with Him. I may have doubts and fears, I may rebel and sin against Him, but when I repent of my sin and ask for His divine forgiveness, He will forgive me and restore me to complete fellowship with Him.

We find this assurance in First John 1:9, "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us of all unrighteousness."

What does eternal security really mean to you? If you are not a Christian, you may not feel that such security is possible. However, the truth of God's Holy Word, the Holy Bible assures us this is both true and possible.

Please consider believing in God and accepting Jesus Christ as your Savior this very day!

If you own a home, you would not feel secure without insurance. You would not feel safe without health or auto insurance. Why would you not want spiritual insurance as well?

The difference is you cannot buy eternal security. Why? Because it is already paid for by Jesus Christ!

No, it is not free, for Jesus gave His life for us so that we would be able to have this eternal security. Why not take out your policy today?