Is “Once Saved, Always Saved” True? – John 5:1-24

From my reading in John 5:1-24 in the One Year New Testament.

Can you lose your salvation? Is someone really “once saved, always saved?”

I memorized a powerful verse in college that leads me to believe that once someone truly is saved then they will stay saved.

“I tell you the truth, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life.” John 5:24

I tell you the truth…

He’s not lying! He is about to say something very important and true!

Those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me…

Those to listen and put their trust in God are the ones who will be saved. This listening is a not a passive listening but a listening with the willingness to obey.

In this context, believing in the one who sent Jesus is a way of affirming Jesus himself.  We must turn from our sin and place our faith in Jesus to be saved.

Have eternal life…

Eternal life is something you can have! Notice, it doesn’t say that someday you can have; it it says you HAVE eternal life.

Eternal life starts the moment you receive Christ and continues forever! The nature of eternal life being eternal and all makes me think that we cannot lose something that last forever!

They will never be condemned for their sins…

When you receive Christ your past, present, and future sins are forgiven. You will not be condemned for the wrong you have done. Instead Jesus was condemned for us on the cross. The fact that even our future sins were paid for makes be believe you cannot lose your salvation.

But they have already passed from death into life.

A transaction took place when you placed your trust in Jesus.

Through the cross you crossed over from death to life. Once you have crossed over to the side of life, there is no turning back.

This one verse shows several reasons that I believe you cannot lose your salvation. Now, I do believe that if we are saved we will persevere, and I believe that those that thought they were “saved” but then turned away proved they were never truly saved in the first place.

If you have given you life to follow Jesus and have seen undeniable fruit of your salvation, then you can know that you have eternal life and that’s something to celebrate!

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About David Worcester

I am the founder and director of a campus ministry at San Diego State called Challenge. I am also serving as an ordained elder at Mission Trails Church. I love speaking and writing about college ministry, gospel appointments, and practical ways to live out God’s Word! I am also passionate about: leadership training, learning, missions, church planting, surfing, hiking, sports, photography and traveling (So far I’ve visited 23 countries & all 50 states). I’m married to Jessica Worcester who I fell in love with while doing college ministry together and we have a two year old son named Samuel. I graduated from from the University of Oklahoma (OU) with a degree in Film & Video Studies. And I received my Masters in Theological Studies from Gateway Seminary. I am an ordained minister who loves speaking and writing about practical ways to live out God’s Word in life and ministry.

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