My devotion yesterday entitled, "It's Over", was about a battle we no longer need to fight. That battle "is over". There is no reason why we should beat ourselves up or stress ourselves sick with worry that God will not forgive us for a sin, no matter how terrible it may be, once we are saved. For that reason, we will see murders, rapists, thieves, and such in heaven. All sin is equal in the eyes of God. If we have sin, Romans 6:23 ensures us that the penalty is death. But it also adds that God is offering us a free gift through Jesus Christ. That gift of forgiveness only comes from accepting His Son. The gift is two-fold: Not only does He forgive us our sins, but He also promises us eternal life!
I know the subject of Losing Our Salvation is not viewed the same way by everybody. I am not a bible scholar, but I do have my own opinion. It is my belief that there is only one thing in the world that we can do to receive His gift of Salvation, and there is only one way we can "lose" it. The only way to receive it is to accept His Son Jesus Christ as our personal savior. The only way to lose it is to "give it back to Him" and never accept it again. I believe in order to "give it back to Him", we would have to make a conscious effort to denounce Him for the rest of our life. Of course anybody can be saved or 'rededicated' on their "death bed". The thief on the Cross proved that. Our salvation is not based on works or how much we go to church or anything else that some people "dream up". If we were required to do anything other than accept Christ, then what Christ did on the cross was insufficient. But Jesus clearly said, as he passed His spirit on to the Father, "It is finished." That's it! He did it all. All the things that we do for Christ is not so we can be saved, it is because we are saved. If you have accepted Christ, relax, you are going to heaven, and all of your past sins, or future ones, will never come up again. Not only does God say he has removed our sin "as far as the east is from the west", He also says that He will "remember it no more". God has removed our worry about Salvation this very minute! Now we can replace our worry with energy, and honor and Glorify Him forever. Share His Good News with everyone!
I have found no less than 10 verses in the Bible that lead me to to this conclusion. Once you are saved by the Blood of Jesus, no sin, past, present, or future can "snatch you away from the Father". John 3 15 says, "everyone who believes in Him will have eternal life."
Father, thank you for Your Son Jesus. Please relieve our worry about Salvation. In Jesus name, Amen.