It’s been said that everything has an end; however, nothing is further from the truth when it comes to salvation in Christ. There is much biblical proof that salvation in Jesus Christ lasts forever. No place in the Bible does it teach that salvation in Christ is temporary.
Now, a person may experience the joys of salvation from the power of sin, and this is only for a time in this life. However, there is found another salvation in the Scripture for now too, and it is this that is everlasting. This salvation is secure in none other than Jesus Christ: God’s only begotten Son.
Some falsely teach that this salvation in Christ is only temporary, basing it upon observance of certain religious duties or an adherence to personal faith. On the one hand, we have some preaching salvation in works; and on the other hand, we have some preaching salvation in one’s own self. Both are “doctrines of devils.”
Salvation in Christ
The Bible teaches that salvation is solely in the person of Jesus Christ.
Acts 4:10-12: Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. 11 This is the stone which was set at naught of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. 12 Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
The Scripture above provides an actual event where an impotent man is healed by the power of Jesus Christ. The details of this event are found in Acts 3:1-10.
The Bible teaches in Acts 4:10-12 that the people of Israel rejected Jesus and chose to crucify Him! And they did. They killed the Saviour!
However, He did not stay dead, but instead, He was raised from among the dead by God to bring about the salvation in Christ that has no end. This salvation is in the person of Jesus Christ exclusively.
The Means: Grace
Jesus saves people by grace. It comes from Him (John 1:17, 1 Cor. 1:4). Grace is His enablement for salvation (Acts 15:11).
There is only one way to access grace salvation, which is through faith. Faith is the key for admittance into such salvation in Christ. It is also the only requirement. However, it’s not faith in one’s self, or faith in one’s faith, rather, it’s faith in Christ.
Salvation in Christ doesn’t mean grace sets us free from God’s moral law. Jesus saves by grace, but after that, we are justified by works (James 2:14-26). The Bible doesn’t support antinomianism, which is a doctrine that after salvation, a Believer is free to sin (Rom. 3:8; Rom. 6:1, 15; Jude 1:4).
Paul wrote to the Ephesians of salvation in Christ as life received from God as grace. He said, “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ (by grace ye are saved), and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus…”
When a person receives salvation in Christ, a change takes place that cannot be undone. In short, God makes us one with His Son’s resurrection, and He gives us life. This is all done through Him alone in grace.
Ephesians 2:8-9: For by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God; 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
The Method: Faith
The way to receive salvation is very simple: it’s by faith! However, we aren’t saved by faith in faith, otherwise, in times of doubt or unbelief, we would forfeit salvation. In addition, it wouldn’t truly be salvation in Christ, would it? Rather it would be salvation in our faith, which isn’t biblical.
Thankfully, He is faithful, for “He cannot deny Himself” (2 Timothy 2:13). Even in moments of unbelief, God is faithful to us. He cannot lie either, and He promises eternal life to those who believe in Jesus Christ.
However, salvation is not by faith. Some may say it, but to be exact, the Bible teaches that salvation in Christ is through faith. Faith is simply the ticket to receive it. Salvation is not by faith; it’s received by faith. Salvation is in Christ alone by His grace.Salvation is not by faith; it’s received by faith.Click To Tweet
To say that salvation is in Christ alone makes Him the sole Author of it. And truly, He is! It’s God that saves us in Christ. He reconciles us to Himself!
We are saved by grace through faith. Without emphasizing it here, grace and the resurrection of Christ are united. Therefore, grace is power, because there is power in the resurrection. It’s this power that keeps us saved.
1 Peter 1:3-5: ¶Bless’ed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in Heaven for you, 5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
We are “saved by grace,” and we are saved “by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” The two are united, and they are powerful. This is how God makes salvation in Christ possible. It’s His gift to us for salvation, but it’s only receivable through faith.
God’s role in salvation is everything. The Bible says that “Jesus [is] the Author and Finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2). Not only does salvation start with Him, but it also ends with Him.
Those who say salvation is permanent by good works or personal faith do not understand the nature of grace. Grace is the power of God that saves and keeps on saving. It unifies Believers to Christ’s resurrection, making salvation everlasting. There is no end to salvation in Christ—unless there is no resurrection.
The only logical way to make salvation in Christ temporary (that is, unless certain conditions are met) is to take away His resurrection! Also, in order for salvation to be exclusively in Christ, it cannot be in works or faith. Now He certainly could have chosen one of these avenues, but then it would be no more of grace.