From the archives...
When someone becomes a Christian a permanent change takes place, they are translated from the kingdom of the devil to the kingdom of God.
Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: Col 1:13
When one becomes a Christian they become a child of God and are born again and receive the Holy Spirit as a down payment or earnest of their heavenly future.
Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts. 2 Cor 1:22
who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit. 2 Cor 5:5
In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. Eph 1:13,14
The word earnest means; “Its general meaning is that of a pledge or token given as the assurance of the fulfillment of a bargain or promise.
Once someone is truly saved they are always saved, they are sealed unto the day of redemption. They cannot lose their salvation.
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39. Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Rom 8:38,39
Salvation involves an irreversible change; once someone is born again they cannot be unborn. Salvation is an eternal change that cannot be reversed; we cannot be saved and then lost. Jesus will not allow any of His sheep to perish or be stolen.
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28. And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 29. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. Jn 10:27-29
Mr. Coombes in his book America The Babylon expounds upon Ephesians 2:8,9 and shows from that verse how the Greek indicates that those who are truly saved cannot lose their salvation.
Your reliance on the facts of God’s actions on your behalf as a gift to you is what activates the relationship and gets your account credited as paid in full. Now, what God did for each of us in the past was an action that had eternal results. So that when we activate God’s gift to us, it pays for all the past errors, all the ones occurring at the moment you accepted the terms in your mind, plus it also pays for all the future errors you will commit, because, God’s gift includes a future state of perfection, and until that occurs our gift covers everything we do. We know this because in the New Testament book/letter to the Ephesian church, God through the Apostle Paul tells us …[Ephesians 2:8,9]
“For by a gift, are you saved (“forever being continually saved” in both the past, present and future tense. The verb, ‘saved’ is a perfect tense verb which means an action with results reaching into the past, affecting the present and the future also).
So, let’s restart that verse again. “For by a gift are you forever being continually saved, (from the past sins all way through all of your future sins) on the basis of reliance upon God’s actions, and not of your own actions. It is a gift of God; not of anything you’ve earned, otherwise man could boast…[and the boasting would nullify everything anyway]
Now to be honest with you, the above rendering is a paraphrase of the original Greek language of verse 8, and 9. It conveys however the full in-tent of the original words, including the verb tensing. This verse means you and I can do NOTHING to earn favor with God, but that God’s gift cannot be earned. There are two large and heavy books that deal with this issue…Romans and Galatians. Also, the book of Hebrews deals with how reliance…(also known as ‘faith’) is all that ‘saves’ us.
God’s gift is a once and for all action, the verb tensing proves it! The apostle Paul and Peter also go to great lengths to affirm that the gift cannot be earned, and we can do nothing to lose it…IF we indeed are relying upon the sole actions of God and not of ourselves. Coombes, p.154,5.
So I believe that the scriptures are clear that once saved you are always saved. If you are truly born again you cannot get unborn.