Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, 22 set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. 2 Corinthians 1:21-22
A Christian is not simply an “improved” version of a person; a Christian is an entirely new creature.
Have you ever met people who call themselves “backslider”? The bible says that these people, are less likely to become Christian again, if they actually ever did get to experience the love of God. Yes, you can lose your salvation- but not over a few sins. The bible says that once someone accepts Christ, a new creature is born… the exception is that, these people have had to do truly believe.
Have you ever lied about something, or said some things out of pure anger or excitement- to later on think “did I really mean what I said?. It is similar with Christ. Many people can pray and confess Jesus as Lord, but not receive the seal of His spirit because God knows their heart. Some may believe, but not repent (change directions). Or they may be repentant but not change the direction of their life, because of their belief in Jesus. For example, some people change their lives, when they have children. They change the course of their life and give up old ways, because of their children, and not because they desire to be right with God. In that same way, we can be those people to God and “lose” our salvation because we were never saved in the first place. For the Christian to lose their salvation, they have to willingly walk away from God and destroy the work Jesus began in them. Sounds hard to do right? That’s because it is. One of my favorite scriptures is John 10:28, which says “Nothing can take us (Christians) from the hands of God“. If someone was to turn away from God, it would be to go after their own concupiscence.
- to desire, expressing intense yearning, to lust. 2. ardent, usually sensuous, longings, cravings
When and if we neglect our salvation, which the bible warns about, we find that the same demons which we were freed from- come after us. And they do not come alone, they come with seven worst demons. For example, in my case I was delivered from a few demons and demonic oppression: lascivia, depression and mind control. If I was to leave God, or continue to fall into the neglect of my salvation… those 3 entities would come after me. They would join forces with their friends, anxiety, fornication, lunacy, idleness, recklessness, and about 20 others. The enemy of our souls, is Satan. And He is a definite destroyer- he is not an angel of light, or the angel of the morning. He is the father of lies, and he works endlessly to take us out of the race. The kingdom of God has people like us serving Him. In the kingdom of God we serve in love, and promotion of purity and sanctification. While in the devil’s kingdom, his servants (workers) promote worldliness, and hate/envy/confusion.
If someone were to turn from Christ and lose their salvation, they would have to undo the regeneration which the Holy Spirit does. And therefore, because we have the seal of the Spirit in our hearts, we do not have to live afraid of losing our salvation! We can live securely– believing that God has given us a down payment, until the day of redemption; given that we do not deliberately choose to live a life of sin and Godless-ness.
Father God, your word says that you are He who keeps us from falling (Jude 23), and I want to remind you of your own word today. May you keep us all under your shelter, and draw us nearer to you each day. Help our unbelief, or anything that may seduce us away from you in these last days, as we know and understand that the devil has been working overtime to deviate Christ followers so that we may not save and deliver others from darkness and corruption. I pray for all of our salvation, that none may be lost. In Jesus name, Amen.