give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish,
neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.”
God entered His
creation, and became flesh.
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us...”
Jesus is God incarnate.
Jesus is God.
“In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,”
John 1:1. The Apostle John
identifies Jesus Christ as the word,
and the Word was God.
Now that we’ve established Jesus’ credentials we may
proceed. In the verse from John 10 Jesus gives believers the
wonderful promise of eternal life and eternal security.
God has given
mankind a great resource for knowledge and truth.
That resource, the Bible, is replete with how man must
respond to God’s free gift of salvation in order tobe
justified in God’s eyes. Let me also say that no man can
enter Heaven unless they have responded to God’s free gift
of salvation by receiving the Son of God (Jesus the Christ)
as their savior.
Over and over
again I receive messages from folks who are very concerned
that I’m leading people astray because of my stance on the
believer’s security. I’m told that “Just because a person
believes and becomes a follower of Jesus Christ (a born
again believer) doesn’t mean they are completely secure”. I
am then inundated with scripture verses that, in their
minds, prove beyond the shadow of a doubt that believers can
lose our salvation. Losing our salvation is completely
contrary to God’s word. If you and I, once we are justified
(saved in God’s eyes),can
lose our salvation or even walk away from our salvation once
we are born again, then God becomes a weak and insignificant
who certainly wouldn’t have the power
to create the universe let alone save us from our sins.
simply amazes me that born again believers will dispute
God’s word, and at many different levels of understanding.
To me it makes no sense, if we are born again, to argue with
the one who saved us. After all who’s word is it? It’s not
man that we’re disputing and squabbling with when we
disagree with the word of God. It’s God Himself. For
example, man has come up with many different scenarios as to
how the creation of the universe came to be. Man has decided
to believe in billions of years for the creation of the
universe. They’ve plainly stated and they teach the earth to
be billions of years old, and that man evolved from pond
scum. In God’s word He tells us how it all happened in six
literal, 24 hour days but as man’s “knowledge” has increased
over the centuries so has his arrogance. God’s now wrong or
the Bible is a myth. Many of my brethren will without any
hesitation place their faith in man’s new “discoveries” over
God’s word. You may be surprised to find out just how many
Christians believe man’s published discoveries over God’s
inerrant word when it comes to the age of the universe or
the evolution of man.
Actually there is a lot more to that verse in John 10 than
initially meets the eye. I’ve read John 10 many times and
written about the believer’s security in past commentaries.
The part of this particular verse that has eluded many Bible
teachers in the past is, “they
shall never perish”. I don’t
know why Jesus’ words don’t always get all the recognition
they should but if you will bear with me you will see how
very significant they are.
We’ll need to go
back a verse to get the full impact of what Jesus is saying.
“My sheep hear my voice, and I
know them, and they follow me:”
John 10:27. Okay, Jesus is
speaking about born again believers. The best part of that
particular verse is Jesus says
“I know them”. God knows us
when we become born again “But
now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of
God...” Galatians 4:9a.
Paul is speaking to the Galatians who
are saved as being known of God.
I can tell you
for certain that if Jesus doesn’t know you, you’re not
saved. “And then will I profess
unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work
iniquity.” Matthew 7:23.
The relationship we enjoy with our Lord Jesus is a two way
street. We know Him and we are known
Then Jesus goes
on to specifically convey His truth. He says, “I
give unto them eternal life.”That
should be good enough for anyone who feels the need to argue
with God. When we read those words and we are truly born
again, we can be certain we are going to spend an eternity
with our Lord Jesus. Not to ever be separated from Him such
as those who will be spending eternity in Hell. Believers
will always be with Him. Jesus will never take away your
eternal life if you truly
have eternal life.
neither shall any man pluck them out
of my hand. Well, first of all
Jesus is God so who would be able to pluck any believer out
of His hand? Who would even try to do such a thing? Let’s
see, he isn’t a man but Satan would love to take believers
away from God. All believers should be keenly aware that
that scenario just isn’t possible. This is the part of that
whole verse that trips up many Bible teachers. They say,
“Yes, we agree that a believer can’t lose their salvation,
but they can walk away from it”. Well, not according to the
creator of the universe.
focus their argument on other parts of God’s word. So,
Jesus, giving his followers eternal life does little to
convince the skeptic of the security of the believer. Their
argument continues, “Jesus didn’t say a believer can’t walk
away from that eternal life He gave them.” Au contraire my
made it perfectly clear in the very next part of the verse.
But just like many others these skeptics skip right over
these five little words “and
they shall never perish”. Key
Those who belong
to Him are His sheep and His sheep know His voice “and
they shall never perish”. The
Greek word that God used here is
translated “never, certainly not, not at all, by no means”.
Jesus expresses, purposely for all the doubters, a double
negative, strongly expressing a negation. “In no wise” can
one of my sheep ever lose or walk away from the eternal life
I’ve given them.
want to argue with God Almighty? If you insist we’ll keep
for the life of me I can’t see why
you insist on arguing with
God. At any rate let’s proceed. The word Jesus uses for
“pluck” as in “neither
shall any man pluck them out of my hand”
Harpazo in the Greek. That word
may be very familiar to most of you rapture enthusiasts. It
means to seize and to carry off by force. So, just who is
able to seize the believers “In Christ” (Christ’s sheep) and
carry them off, by force no less? What did Jesus say about
the importance of even one of His sheep
“... if a man have an hundred sheep,
and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety
and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that
which is gone astray? And if so be that he find it, verily I
say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the
ninety and nine which went not astray.”
Matthew 18:12, 13.
Every one of those who have been born from above is as
secure as Heaven itself. If it were not so Jesus would have
certainly told us.
“My Father, which
gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to
pluck them out of my Father's hand. I and my Father are
one.” John 10:29, 30.
After Jesus finishes telling us that no man can pluck (Harpazo)
those who are born again out of His hands He takes us a step
further and seals the whole concept of the believer’s
security by proclaiming that all believers are in God the
Father’s hands also. And “no
man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand”.
Now we have the skeptic to the believer’s security telling
us we can walk away from God the Father and God the Son by
escaping out of their hands. God the Father gives all
believers to Jesus His Son. Would God give His only begotten
Son a bunch of renegades who, at the first chance they get
would conspire to escape his clutches? Why? So they can
escape that horrible idea of eternal salvation in Heaven
with Jesus Christ? Not hardly.
It has always
amazed me how the emails come flooding in about how wrong I
am. They try and remind me of all the scripture verses that
seemingly contradict what I’ve espoused above. Incredibly
many people will continually stand adamantly against the
believer’s security and they will diligently work at
convincing me to do the same. If we will remember that there
are no contradictions in God’s word it will help to affirm
what I’m trying to explain. Actually all those other verses
the skeptics love to point out only add to the whole proof
of the believer’ssecurity.
Case in point
“He that overcometh, the same
shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out
his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his
name before my Father, and before his angels.”
Obviously, if Jesus can blot out the name of a born again
believer from the book of life, believers can lose their
salvation, right? It’s only a misinterpretation that leads
people to conclude Jesus would ever remove a believers name
from the book of life.
But if we look at
the verse correctly, in context “He
who overcomes . . . I will never blot out his name from the
book of life.” The
“overcomer” mentioned in this letter to
is the believer. John tells us
“For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world.”
Also “Who is he that overcometh
the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of
God?” John 5:4, 5.
“I write unto you, young men, because
ye have overcome the wicked one”
1 John 2:13b.
All believers are “overcomers” in that they have been
granted victory over the sin and unbelief of the world.
Some people see
in Revelation 3:5 God’s pen ready to strike out the name of
any Christian who sins. They read into it something like
this: “If you mess up and don’t win the victory, then you’re
going to lose your salvation! In fact, I will erase your
name from the Book of Life!” But this is
the verse says. Jesus gives the overcomer (believer) a
promise here, not a warning.
In His word God never says that He erases
a believer’s name from the Book of Life –there is never even
a warning that He is contemplating such a thing! The
wonderful promise of Revelation 3:5 is that Jesus will not
erase one’s name. Speaking to the “overcomers”–all those
redeemed by the blood of the Lamb–Jesus gives His word that
He will not remove their names. He affirms that once a name
is there, it is there forever. This promise is not based on
our faithfulness but on the faithfulness of God.
On the other hand
“And if any man shall take away
from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take
away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy
city, and from the things which are written in this book.”
This verse is another of those verses
that these skeptics will trot out to prove me wrong. The
problem with this verse is those who would change God’s word
are not believers. No truly
“born again” believer “In Christ” would ever tamper with His
word. No, these are those who are of pseudo-Christian cults
and those who hold to very liberal theological beliefs. Many
cults and theological liberals claim the name of Christ as
their own, but they are not “born again”. Names that aren’t
in the Lamb’s book of life can’t possibly be removed.
There are, of
course, many other scripture verses that confirm Jesus’ own
words. Once a person becomes born again, born from above,
born from God they are sealed until the day of redemption.
There are no more arguments. If you must argue, take them up
For all of those
who read this commentary who aren’t born again,it’s
not too late. Speak to the Lord Jesus Christ yourself, and
say “Yes Lord, I believe” before time runs out...tick, tick,
God bless you all,