Is eternal life really eternal? Many people believe that salvation can be lost. To them, salvation is dependent upon what the person does with the salvation given to them. They believe it can be thrown away or lost. They argue that there is no way a person can be saved, then do some dastardly deed (definition of dastardly will vary from person to person), and still go to heaven. Therefore, according to them, there must be something that can cause us to lose our salvation.
Most of this stems from a misunderstanding of what salvation really is. While we often address what the Bible says about our eternal security, we seldom think about what the Bible does not tell us. Think for a moment about what the Bible doesn't say.
There are no verses that say we can lose our salvation.
There are no verses that tell us what would cause us to lose our salvation.
There are no verses that tell that we can get our salvation back.
There is no instruction for those who have lost their salvation.
There are no verses that tell believers how to deal with people who have lost thier salvation.
There are no verses that tell us that we have sins that are not already forgiven.
There are no instructions on how a Christian should receive forgiveness.
Scriptures do not teach that believers can lose fellowship with God.
The Bible never says keeping salvation is dependent upon our works or our behavior.
The Word of God does not address these things because they are impossible. The Bible does not say we can lose our salvation, because we cannot. It does not address how to gain it back, because it cannot be lost to begin with. All of these are not addressed because salvation is just what it claims. We have been "saved" from death. How can you be saved from spiritual death and yet die spiritually? It is an impossibility.
Salvation is eternal life. To see what the Bible does say on this matter, see our page Eternal Security. We pray that you will realize what salvation is and then rest in the assurance and know that you are saved by faith alone in Jesus Christ our Lord.
1 John 5:11 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. 13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.