Matthew 24:13 "But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved."
Introduction: Every Church of God, Methodist, Episcopalian, Free Will Baptist, Pentecostal, Lutheran, Nazarene, etc. all believe a person can be saved and lose it if they don't in some way "endure to the end of their life. Our text doesn't say that though. The context of the verse is the tribulation and a person that is left after the Rapture can definitely lose their salvation and go to Hell, if they don't ENDURE to the END OF THE TRIBULATION. However, there is no way anyone in this dispensation can lose their salvation.
If you could lose you salvation, you would have to do the following five things. That is, to lose your salvation, you'd have to lose, return, or reverse ALL the things included in our salvation.
I. ABORT yourself from the new birth.
John 3:3-7 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? 5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
These verses are plainly referring to your first birth, born of water and your new birth by the Holy Spirit.
a. I don't see any way to be unborn. You didn't have anything to do with your first birth, so how can you be unborn. Even you mother and father can't undo what was done. It's the same thing with the new birth or Salvation. All you did was receive the gift of God (Romans 6:23) by believing on the Jesus Christ of the scriptures. When you were born physically all you did was breathe.
II. UNSEAL your
soul (return the Holy Spirit, or take Him to Hell).
Eph 1:12-14 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. 13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 14 Which is the earnest (down payment) of our inheritance (in the 1000 year reign) until the redemption of the purchased possession, (the Rapture) unto the praise of his glory.
a. Now how are you going to unseal your soul? You didn't seal it, God did. Someone out there says, 'well if you do something that's wrong, then God will unseal it." Nope, it won't work, the verse says that the Holy Spirit's seal is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession. We're sealed until our body's redeemed and once we're redeemed we can't sin anymore. You cantake a jar of beans that has been sealed by someone that knows what they're doing and it'll last from now on. I believe the Holy Spirit knows exactly what He's doing when He seals us to the day of redemption!
III. DIVORCE yourself from the family of God.
John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
Gal 4:5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
a. You say now I've got you! I've heard of a boy divorcing his parents. Wrong again, I don't care what that boy did, he is still his father and mother's son. My son will always be my son, we might be out of fellowship with each other, he might change his name, cuss me out or move to another country, but he will still be my son. It's the same way with your Heavenly Father, if you are saved. He will get you home, even if it's the hard way.
1 Corinthians 11:30 "For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep."
Those folks had all kinds of troubles and some even died, but God didn't say they lost it and went to Hell!
IV. UNCIRCUMCISE your heart - REATTACH your soul and flesh.
Rom 2:28-29 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: 29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.
Col 2:11-12 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: 12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
a. According to the above verses, when you were saved God cut your soul loose from your body so the Holy Spirit can indwell you. (Romans 8:9) The sins you commit are applied to your flesh and not your soul like they were before you were saved. That's the reason you can't lose your salvation.
What if you SIN one time
Rev 21:27 And there shall in no wise enter into it (heaven) any thing that defileth,
James 2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
a. How many sins would it take to lose
Here are some BIBLE DEFINITIONS of sin
1. All unrighteousness
2. ALL lawlessness
3. Whatsoever is not of faith
4. A thought of foolishness
5. A high look, a proud heart, and the plowing
of the wicked
6. Failing to do good
8. Respect of persons
9. Hasteth with your feet
10. Despising your neighbor
11. Talking too much
13. Provoking someone to anger
14. Bad testimony
No one reading this has lived a sinless life since you were saved God cut loose your soul from your body, so if you were saved then you are going to Heaven.
V. AMPUTATE yourself from the body of Christ
1 Cor 12:13 (see also verses 12, 18, 27) 1 Cor 12:13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
Eph 4:4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
a. Now how are you going to take yourself out of the body of Christ? If you could, Jesus Christ body would be deformed, mutilated or incomplete.
When we put our faith IN Christ, we get the
faith OF Christ. If ours ever fails - HIS won't!
Gal 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith OF Jesus Christ, even we have believed IN Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith OF Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
2 Tim 2:13 If we (Christians) believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.
I'm trusting in the substitutionary atonememt of the Lord Jesus Christ, if you can lose your salvation then you must be trusting in something else. It is a ridiculous impossibility for a child of God to lose their salvation. The few isolated verses used to pretend that a church age Christian can lose salvation are invariable either not talking about salvation, or not directed at Christians.
A born again child of God can not lose salvation. However, he can lose his assurance, his joy, testimony, rewards, health, inheritance and his life.
We have an absolute Scripture (King James Authorized Bible), an absolute Saviour (Jesus Christ), an absolute Salvation (by grace through faith, not of works or self), and it's absolutely Secure!
John 10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.