“I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.” Vs. 28 (NIV)
Dr. Tom Dow was my theology teacher. He told me one day that I just might be too pragmatic to be a theologian. That came at the end of a discussion with several students around the “eternal security” question. If you are unfamiliar with that issue, there are two schools of thought. First, one theological position is that once we accept Jesus as saviour, we can never lose our salvation. The second position is that God holds us, protects us and keeps us but not against our will and we can walk away from salvation if we choose.
My position is that you can prove both points from scripture, therefore my final theological stance is this: As long as you are in Christ, you are eternally secure. Apparently too pragmatic to be of any theological value.
But when the Bible talks about the assurance of our salvation, it is completely different. There’s nothing said about the “likelihood” of being saved. Instead there’s the ironclad promise of Jesus himself.
The Bible teaches us that, first, Christ gives us salvation. And he personally makes sure that no one can snatch us out of his hand. That’s why those of us who know Jesus as Lord and Savior don’t have to worry about the probability of salvation. Instead we can serve him with joy and thanksgiving.
Don’t worry about the theology of eternal security. Be constant in your love for Jesus and you will be blessed with the blessed assurance of Jesus salvation and God’s love.
Jesus, thank you for your salvation, forgiveness, and love. Father, thank you for your firm grip that holds me in safely and securely in your hand. Amen.