One of the most exciting truths about God’s gift of eternal life is the fact that it is eternal. It is something you can never lose.
That’s right—never. In John’s gospel Jesus pictured Christians as His sheep. Using the strongest language possible, Jesus said, “And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand” (10:28).
Christ used a very strong word in New Testament Greek for snatch, meaning “to take away by force.” It perfectly describes a wolf seizing and dragging a sheep away from the fold. His point is that nothing we do—and nothing our enemy Satan does—can ever remove us from Him.
How is this possible? In order to lose our salvation in Christ, it would require a force greater than God Himself. Jesus continued, “My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand” (10:29).
We are forever a part of God’s family, not because of how strong we are as sheep but because of our Shepherd's strength. Our heavenly Father is all-powerful and keeps us forever secure in Christ.
As Christians we may stumble or fall into sin. God wants us to confess those sins to Him, but He never takes back His free gift of salvation in Christ. Satan will attack us in numerous ways. He may even try to get us to be disobedient to the Savior. Despite our waywardness, to be His is to be His forever.
What true love! What true security! He forever holds us in the grip of his loving hands.
Take time today to thank God for the security you have in Him and ask Him for an opportunity to tell someone else about the assurance found only in Christ.
(Editor's Note: This article was adapted from a blog originally posted in April 2016.)