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Question 67

Q: If you sin again, or turn back to sin, do you lose your salvation?

Asked by: Peter

A: Well Peter, as you might know, some of us are quite strong in our beliefs that the answer to your question is “no.”

That doesn’t mean that sin in the life of a Christian isn’t serious. It simply means this: when we receive Jesus Christ as Savior, we’re responding to the fact that we have been elected unto eternal life.

Furthermore, the Holy Spirit comes to seal us. Jesus made this statement in John 10. He says that, “My sheep hear my voice and I know them, they follow me. And no one shall pluck them out of my hand. The Father who gave them to me is greater than all, and no one can pluck them out of my Father’s hand.”

So, what you have there is hands in harmony: you have the hand of the Son, you have the hand of the Father, and they are hanging on to you. Someone has asked, “can’t you fall out of His hand?” According to the Scriptures, our connection to God is even more direct than that: we’re not just in His hands, we are His hands. The Bible says that if you’re a Christian, you are a member of His body—of His flesh and of His bones.

If we belong to Jesus and we sin and live in deliberate sin, God is obligated to discipline us. In fact, if He doesn’t, the Bible says in the book of Hebrews that we’re not genuine believers.

So in answer to your question, I believe if you are truly saved, God will bring you all the way home. He begins with a hundred sheep, so to speak, in the morning. And in the evening, He still has a hundred sheep no matter how stubborn they were along the trails.

He brings them all home.

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