1 John 5:13.......... "These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life". Over the years I like most of you have heard and even participated in the ongoing debate of whether or not a believer can lose his salvation. That debate has even been the reason why we have certain denominations under the Christian umbrella. Now I am certain that nothing I say will change the mind of those who are regimented in their belief of losing their salvation but I am in hopes that some who are wavering on this subject may just gain something so as to allow them to grasp the real meaning of the GRACE of God in salvation for humanity. Now think about this. Which of your sins did Christ take to the cross to pay for? Which of your sins was He punished for? Of course the knowledgeable believer will say ALL of them. Now think.......If He died for only part of your sins, say the ones you had committed up to the point of your being saved, how can you be forgiven for the sins you have committed after that? Does that mean Christ has to be crucified again and again for your on gong sin problem? If ALL of your sin was not dealt with on the cross of Jesus 2000 years ago, then there is no hope for you. God declared you not guilty based on the once for all payment of the Lord Jesus Christ for you and me. Jesus Christ was not like the sheep and goats and doves that needed to be sacrificed on an on going plan to cover the sins of the believers. He died ONCE for all and God the Father accepted that event as the sacrifice for all of humanities sin. Hebrews 9:24-28.......... "For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. 25 Nor was it to offer himself repeatedly, as the high priest enters the holy places every year with blood not his own, 26 for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, 28 so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him." Now then, from the historical point of view, all of your sins were yet in the future from the point of the crucifixion and were yet to be committed. If Christ died for one of them, He died for ALL of them. What is the difference? He will not come again to pay for sin hence the truth found in Hebrews 9:28........... "so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him." That means Christ took upon Himself ALL the sin of ALL humanity both, past, present and future!! If you are still with me then you now have to answer this question: How can anyone possibly undo all of that????? Since Christ took upon Himself ALL of our sin, what can possibly cause God to reverse His verdict of not guilty???? If, I say IF you are one of those who believes that YOU can lose your salvation, do you realize that you are placing your ability to lose salvation above God's ability to keep you saved???? That would then place you on the same plain as God Himself. That is a very dangerous position to place ones self in. If you reject God's eternal security, one of the things that will be lost to you is "assurance". If our salvation rests on anything other than the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross, it will be impossible for you to live with the assurance of being saved. You can have HOPE, but not ASSURANCE. Where there is no assurance of being accepted by God, there can be no peace what so ever! Where there is no peace there is no joy. Where there is no joy there has to be a limitation on the ability to accept and to give love unconditionally. Listen carefully......... "A person with no assurance of God's forgiving love in His GRACE is a person motivated by fear". Fear and love do not mix well together. One will always dilute the other one. Then think about this: fear spills over into worry. So then, IF my salvation is not a settled issue and I have to do something like keeping the Law of God, how can I possible be anxious for nothing. NO SECURITY OF FORGIVNESS CONTRIBUTES TO NO ASSURANCE. May the Lord bless you as you consider these things about the GRACE of God.