Since dad just died, many things have been on my mind.
But, I seem to be thankful most of all that dad was a saved man, meaning he went immediately to heaven to be with Jesus Christ.
Many people do not believe that you can know you are saved, or that anyone can be sure of their salvation.
Dad often used the following verses when touching on the subject of eternal security of believers with friends of different ideas.;
Ephesians chapter 2: 8-9
8. 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.
21. I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.
Matthew 7: 22-23
22. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23. And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Notice the word NEVER - Jesus said 'I NEVER knew you'. He didn't say 'I knew you once, but now I have forgotten you.
1 John 5:13 says, 'These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.'
If you have believed on the name of the Son of God, you can KNOW that you have eternal life. Remember that you are saved by grace through faith.
Feelings have nothing to do with it. If you sincerely asked God to save you, then He saved you. You may feel the wonder of salvation some days, and other days you may not feel so 'wonderfully saved'.
God is greater than how you feel. Satan can duplicate any feeling, so feelings are not the measure of salvation.
Sin in your life can cause communication failure between you and God, but it does not change your status as God's child. God will be telling you to repent. You may be making excuses and refusing to repent. But, you are still God's child.
God is not double minded. He does not love you today and hate you tomorrow. His love is unconditional. He loves you all the time, but He is not pleased with you when you sin.
When I was teaching school a 4th grader explained eternal security of the believer like this. He said, 'When you do bad things after you become a Christian, you can still go to heaven, but God will not be very pleased with you when you get there.'
AND, God will not stand by and allow the sinful ways of His children to go without correction in this life.
Proverbs 3:12 says, 'For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.
Eternal security does not give the Christian the right to sin. God does not like sin. He will do what all parents do with errant and wayward children. He will take whatever steps are necessary to correct His child's behavior; but, God will not disown the child that He has paid such a price to adopt. God Himself will not frustrate His own grace. He will not allow that Christ died in vain.
Do not make the mistake of believeing that all trials and sorrow in Christians lives are because of sin. Remember Job. He didn't sin and suffered terrible trials. When something happens in your own life, you are the one who has to figure out what is going on between you and God.
However, you do not have to start over at square one with getting saved all over again.
When you are saved your adoption into the family of God is final.
Your adoption documents are signed in the blood of the Lamb.
You are eternally secure.
30And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?
31And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
32And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.