No one can snatch a true believer out of God’s hand and neither will a true believer fall away from the truth. This is because Jesus is holding on to us for salvation. He holds us even though we may feel like we are weak in faith at times. Jesus will hold on to us through every trial and adversity. He has promised in his word to walk with us through the fire and through the waters of adversity and be our strength in weakness.
The problem that people have in accepting eternal security is that they do not understand how fully Jesus dealt with sin on the cross. They still have an Old Testament view of forgiveness. The Bible tells us that “We are not of those who draw back to perdition” (the Apostate) but rather we are the redeemed that believe and who are eternally saved!
God’s word is written in the born again Christian’s heart because the law giver lives in us. Therefore we no longer need to obey the written code but rather each of us individually and corporately are led by the Spirit of God who dwells in us. Any person who does not have the infilling of the Holy Spirit does not belong to God. Even if they name the name of Jesus Christ, attend church, are baptized, or obey the golden rule. A true Christian will live for Jesus because the heart has been transformed into the new person, the person with a revived spirit which is indwelt by the living God! A true Christian has been changed and will continue to change from one degree of God’s glory into another! Why? Because God indwells them!
Those who sin willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth are believers who have received the word but have never had a changed heart. They know the gospel with the mind but they are not children of God because they have never been born from above.
It is not enough to believe the gospel to be saved! The bible says that the devils believe in God. Both demons and men know the gospel and will even preach the gospel but they are not partakers of the gospel. To taste of heavenly things means to have some understanding and to witness the things of the Spirit such as miracles or answers to prayer but it does not mean to drink of the wells of living water. Taste and drink are two different meanings. Jesus said you must drink of his living water not just taste it!
Those who count the blood of Jesus as unholy are those who desire the law in preference to the blood covenant.
There is no Christian who has never sinned and even willfully sometimes. All have sinned the Bible tells us, even Christians. Scriptures (Hebrews 10) tells us that whoever seeks to be justified by the law falls from grace or in other words they don’t stand the test for salvation. Whoever seeks righteousness by the law makes Jesus Christ’s death to be in vain. Christ is become of no effect to them. Christ’s sacrifice profits them nothing, (Gal. 5:2, 4)
Apostates crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to open shame. “Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite to the Spirit of grace?” (Heb. 10:29)
The Spirit of God calls those who prefer their own righteous after the law rather than Jesus Christ’s righteousness doomed. These are they who are under the law and despise the blood covenant. They add works to their faith or human belief. They trod on the blood of Jesus and do not think it holy enough to save them. Yes, they have heard the gospel many times but still they sin willfully by knowing the truth and yet prefer the law even as Cain preferred the law, his own works of righteousness rather than the slain Lamb of God. To these people Jesus Christ’s substitutionary sacrifice is in vain because they reject it.
Charles Spurgeon wrote “Can I comprehend a gospel which lets saints fall away after they are called, and suffers the children of God to be burned in the fires of damnation after having once believed in Jesus. Such a gospel I abhor. If one dear saint of God had perished, so might all; and then there is no gospel promise true, but the Bible is a lie, and there is nothing in it worth my acceptance? If I did not believe the doctrine of the final perseverance of the saints, I think I should be of all men the most miserable, because I should lack any ground of comfort.”
The Bible says that God keeps his children to the end. He has sealed his own with the seal of his Holy Spirit and the blood of the lamb. Jesus Christ is an anchor to the soul and all that come to him he will never cast out!
“For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.” Hebrews 10:14