Salvation Bible Basics
God’s part is found in the words, ‘hath everlasting life.’ God’s part has to do with giving eternal life, everlasting life. The word hath means to possess right now. If you have something, it is in your present possession. If I believe on Jesus Christ I have, right now, everlasting life. That doesn’t mean that one day I will get everlasting life. It doesn’t mean I have to wait until I die to finally figure out if I have it. It doesn’t mean I have to wait until I die for God to finally give it to me. It means everlasting life is my present possession, right now.
Life — Life is not just existence, but it is a relationship. It is a reason for living. It fills life up. It is not, ‘Okay, I’m here. I’m taking up space. I’m using up food and air, polluting the planet all on my own.’ Life gives a person a reason for living. It is a life to its fullest. It is a man fulfilling the reason he was made.
Don’t you sense that you were made, born for a reason? There has to be more to life than just eating food, sleeping, going to work and eating more food and going back to sleep. There has to be more to it than all this. That is what the Bible is all about. Jesus Christ came so that we can have eternal life, right now.
Everlasting — But this eternal life is also permanent. How long is everlasting? It is forever, eternal, never ending. It is not going to stop a thousand years from now, ten thousand, or a hundred thousand years from now. It is never going to stop. It is not like the ‘permanent’ that ladies get at the beauty shop. Three months or six months later, she is back at the same shop again for another permanent. You would think sooner or later someone would sue the beautician for false advertising. Call them what they are, temporaries, not permanent. God isn’t into false advertising, though. When God gives life, it is everlasting. It is permanent. It never ends.
Some teach that after God gives you eternal life you can sin and lose it. That is a teaching that comes from man, not from the Word of God. I didn’t become a child of God because I was good or because I worked hard. I didn’t become a child of God because I had enough religious things to add up to get me there. I am saved because of the mercy of God. God is the only One who can give salvation, and God is that only One that can take it away. God is not going to do that, because He is the One who said it is everlasting. He is the One who said it could never be taken away (John 10:28‑29). Do you think God is going to lie?
People read what God said and decide it doesn’t make any sense to them, so they invent their own teachings which are not found in the Word of God. They think it makes no sense that God would give eternal life when we still have the ability to sin after we are saved. So they teach that if you sin past a certain point, God will take the salvation away from you. They say eternal security makes no sense to them. Well, it may not make sense to you, but that is how God operates. God does things according to His Own counsel, and God tells us in His Word exactly what He is going to do. You can believe Him.