Security Despite the Possibility of Apostasy


Psalm 37:28  “For the Lord loves Justice, and does not forsake His godly ones; they are preserved forever; but the descendants of the wicked will be cut off.”

John 3:16  “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”

John 3:36  “He who believes in the Son has eternal life.”  (See also John 5:24 and 6:47)

John 6:37  “All that the Father gives Me shall come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out.”

John 10:27-29  “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow me; and I give eternal life to them, and they shall never perish; and no one shall snatch them out of My hand.  My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.”

Romans 4:8  “Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will not take into account.”

Romans 8:38-39  “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

1 Corinthians 10:13  “No temptation has overtaken you such as is common to man, and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, that you may be able to endure it.”

Hebrews 13:5  “I will never desert you nor will I ever forsake you.”

1 Peter 1:5  [You] “are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last times.”

1 John 1:7  “If we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.”

Jude 1:1  “Jude, a bondservant of Jesus Christ and brother of James, to those who are the called, beloved in God the Father, and kept for Jesus Christ.”

Is it possible to quit believing?

2 Chronicles 15:1-2  “Now the Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Obed and he went out to meet Asa, and said to him, ‘Listen to me Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin: the Lord is with you when you are with Him.  And if you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.”

Luke 8:13  “And those on the rocky soil are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no firm root; they believe for a while, and in time of temptation fall away.”

John 17:11-12  Judas was one of those given to Jesus (see John 6:37) yet he was lost.

Romans 11:20-23  “They were broken off for their unbelief…if they do not continue in their unbelief, they will be grafted in again.”

1 Corinthians 10:12  “Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.”

2 Corinthians 6:1  “We also urge you not to receive the grace of God in vain.” (those who receive the grace of God reign in life and not death, Romans 5:17)

Galatians 5:4  “You have been severed from Christ…you have fallen from grace.”  (Salvation is the grace that came to us.  1 Peter 1:9-10)

1 Timothy 4:1-2  “The Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own consciences as with a branding iron.”

2 Peter 1:10-11  “Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble; for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to you.”

Hebrews 3:12  “Take care brethren, lest there be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart, in falling away from the living God.”

Hebrews 6:4-6  “For in the case of those who have once been enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gift and have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit and have tasted the good word of God and the power of the age to come and then have fallen away, it is impossible to renew them again to repentance, since they again crucify to themselves the Son of God and put Him to open shame.”

Hebrews 10:26-29  “For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain terrifying expectation of judgment and the fury of fire which will consume the adversaries.  Anyone who sets aside the Law of Moses dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses.  How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled underfoot the Son of God and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the spirit of grace?”

James 5:19-20  “My brethren, if any among you strays from the truth, and one turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death, and will cover a multitude of sins.”

2 Peter 2:20  “For if after they have escaped the defilements of the world by the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and are overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first.”  (Worse than an unbeliever.  1 Timothy 5:8)

Revelation 3:5  “He who has overcome shall be clothed in white garments and I will not erase his name from the book of life.”  (on the book of life, see Luke 10:20, Philippians 4:2-3, Hebrews 12:23, and Revelation 21:27)

Revelation 3:11  “I am coming quickly; hold fast to what you have, in order that no one take your crown.”

Revelation 22:19  “If anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book.”