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Question and Answer

Many believers teach eternal security. But when I think about how sinful I am, I frequently worry that I could lose my salvation. What should I think about this?

We should always strive to think biblically about these issues. While some biblical passages might have led good and godly people to believe that salvation can be lost, in my opinion the clear teaching of the Bible is that we can have assurance that we are secure in our salvation. Our assurance and hope lie in what Jesus has done, not in our own goodness. John 6:37–40 reminds us that the obedience of the Messiah Jesus keeps us safe.

One key aspect of His statement concerns His commitment to obey His Father’s will. “For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day” (John 6:38–39). If the Lord Jesus failed to do His Father’s will, even just one time, then He would not be who He claimed to be. The Lord Jesus staked His entire identity on always doing the Father’s will. And what is one specific desire of His Father? Jesus tells us: “that I shall lose none of all those he has given me.” Our confidence in the Messiah Jesus’ obedience to the Father should give us certainty that if we have come to Him in faith, He will keep us absolutely safe.

BY Dr. Michael Rydelnik

Dr. Michael Rydelnik is professor of Jewish Studies at Moody Bible Institute and the Bible teacher on Moody Radio’s Open Line, answering listener Bible questions on over 200 stations nationwide across Moody Radio. The son of Holocaust survivors, he was raised in an observant Jewish home in Brooklyn, N.Y. As a high school student, Michael became a follower of Jesus the Messiah and began teaching the Bible almost immediately. He is the author of Understanding the Arab Israeli Conflict and The Messianic Hope: Is the Hebrew Bible Really Messianic? He is the co-editor of the Moody Bible Commentary, a commentary on the whole Bible by the faculty of Moody Bible Institute. Michael served on the translation team of the Holman CSB Bible and contributed to several other books and study Bibles. Michael is a regular contributor to the Day of Discovery television program and appeared in the Lee Stroebel video The Case for Christ. Michael and his wife, Eva, have two adult sons who call and write all the time. The Rydelniks live in Chicago, Ill., and enjoy leading study groups to Israel and hiking with their two collies.

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