-If one could lose his salvation, no one could be saved. (Psalm 130:3)
-We have forgiveness of sins and the imputed righteousness of Christ, seen 34 times in Romans (Romans 4; 2 Corinthians 5:21)
-We are not righteous because we are declared righteous. We are righteous because we are righteous–because we have been made righteous in Christ.
-We are not under law but under grace!
-Assurance: has to do with the believer’s understanding and sense that he does indeed possess eternal life.
-Eternal Security: This doesn’t refer to one who just attends church or has changed his life in such a way that he conforms to Christian standards.
-Justified: Romans 8:29-30 The completion of one act necessitates the next. Sanctification is omitted because it would have to be after justification and sanctification cannot necessitate glorification. It is God’s work from start to finish. Romans 8:31-39. Who could condemn? Only God. But He is the One Who justifies. (John 6:37-39; John 10:27-29; John 17:6-7; Romans 11:29)
-False professions: Matthew 7:21-23 What believer would point to his owrks that he has done? We point to our Savior!
-1 John 5:11-12- past tense: “has given eternal life”
-Hebrews 10:14- perfected; forever; that are being sanctified (vs. 17-18- “no more sacrifice for sins because there are no more sins to be atoned for)
-Hebrews 13:5; 1 Peter 1:2-4
-Ephesians 1:13-14- A seal was used a symbol of ownership and security. For example, Pilate placed a seal on the tomb of Jesus. Only Pilate or someone greater than Pilate could legally break the seal. The Holy Spirit is seen as both the seal and the One who does the sealing. You are owned and kept by God. The only one who can break that seal is God or someone greater than God. The believer is sealed until the day of redemption.
-If someone believed they could lose their salvation by some sin, who are they depending upon for salvation?
-Does your salvation depend on you or on God? If on you, you will ever have assurance. (Romans 3:20, Philippians 1:6, 2 Timothy 1:12)
-Psalm 23- Security is not an issue here for the sheep (vs.1- total provision; vs. 2a- He controls and directs; vs. 2b- He provides rest and refreshment; vs. 3a- He maintains life; vs. 3b- straight paths; vs. 4- through the deep dark valleys, the staff protects and prods)