Give Unto them (my Sheep) eternal life and they shall never shall perish John 10:28
ONCE SAVED, ALWAYS SAVED!
You Cannot Mix Works and Grace - Romans 11:6.
We must be absolutely clear that these two can never mix. Paul
declares, "...if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise
grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more
grace: otherwise work is no more work" (Rom 11:6). Salvation
cannot be partly by works and partly by grace.
Salvation Cannot be Purchased
Salvation cannot be purchased even in part by us, because it
requires payment of the penalty for sin - a payment we can't make.
If one were to receive a speeding ticket, it wouldn't help to say
to the judge, "I've driven many times within the 40 mph limit.
Surely my many good deeds will make up for the one bad deed."
Salvation Cannot Be Earned
If salvation from the penalty of breaking God's laws cannot be earned by good deeds, then it cannot be lost by bad deeds. Our works play no part in either earning or keeping salvation. If it could, then those who reach heaven could boast that while Christ saved them they, by their good lives, kept their salvation. Thus God would be robbed of having all the glory in eternity.
Salvation Must Be Received As A Free Gift
Salvation can be given to us as a free gift only if the penalty has been fully paid. We have violated infinite Justice, requiring an infinite penalty. We are finite beings and could not pay it: we would be separated from God for eternity. God is infinite and could pay an infinite penalty, but it wouldn't be just because He is not a member of our race. Therefore God, in love and grace, through the virgin birth, became a man so that He could pay the debt of sin for the entire human race!
The Work Is Finished
In the Greek, Christ's cry from the cross, "It is finished!" is an accounting term, meaning that the debt had been paid in full. Justice had been satisfied by full payment of its penalty, and thus God could "be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus" (Rom 3:26). On that basis, God offers pardon and eternal life as a free gift.
He could not force it upon anyone or it would not be a gift. Nor would it be just to pardon a person who rejects the righteous basis for pardon and offers a hopelessly inadequate payment instead - or offers his works even as "partial payment." Salvation is the full pardon by grace from the penalty of all sin, past, present or future; eternal life is the bonus thrown in.
Love The Saviour and Live for Him
Love for the One who saved us is the greatest and only acceptable motive for living a holy life; and surely the greater the salvation one has received, the more love and gratitude there will be. So to know one is secure for eternity gives a higher motive for living a good life than the fear of losing one's salvation if one sins!
But God commendeth his love toward us in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5: 8.
John assures us, "These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know [present knowledge] that ye have [present possession] eternal life..." (1 Jn 5:13). To call it eternal life would be a mockery if the person who had it could lose it and suffer eternal death. On the contrary, eternal life is linked with the promise that one cannot perish - a clear assurance of "eternal security" or "once saved, always saved."
John 3:16 promises those who believe in Jesus Christ that they "should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 5:24 again says, "hath everlasting life, and shall come into condemnation (judgement)...."
One could not ask for clearer or greater assurance than the words of Jesus: "I give unto them [my sheep] eternal life; and they shall never perish" (Jn 10:28). If, having received eternal life, we could lose it and perish, it would make Christ a liar.
Confidence for Eternity
Our confidence for eternity rests in His unchanging love and grace
and the sufficiency of God's provision in Christ - not in our
worth or performance. Only when this is clear do we have real
peace with God. Only then can we truly love Him and live for Him
out of gratitude for the eternal life He has given to us as a free
gift of His grace a gift He will not take back and which He makes
certain can never be lost!
Abridged (Original by Dave Hunt)