Today’s Scripture: And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Ephesians 4:30

One of the biggest issues of our day is the confusion over predestination and eternal security. The two main ideologies that are taught are Calvinism and Arminianism. These two systems have views on opposing sides of the issues. However, there is a problem with both of these systems. The problem is that neither one is biblical. Calvinism teaches that salvation is only offered to some and the elect are secure through their perseverance. Arminianism argues that all can be saved but eternal life can be lost.

Yet, the Bible contradicts both arguments. On the one hand, Scripture clearly teaches that Christ died “for the sins of the whole world” (1 John 2:2), and on the other, Jesus said a believer “shall never perish” (John 10:28). It is important for us to answer questions regarding salvation not through a man-made system, but from God’s Word.

Although one teaches eternal security and the other doesn’t, both systems are wrong when it comes to understanding the gospel and the security of the believer. Both systems focus the security of the believer on the believer instead of on Christ. Both equate works as necessary for salvation. Arminianism teaches that you can lose your salvation if you aren’t living in a godly manner. Calvinism teaches if you aren’t serving Christ, you were never saved in the first place.

God’s Word clearly teaches salvation is offered apart from works. We are told that salvation is “Not of works” in Ephesians 2:9. Titus 3:5 states, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done”, while Romans 3:24 says we are “justified freely by his grace.”

Our salvation is not based on anything we can do, and neither is our eternal security. God has promised eternal life to “whosoever believeth” (John 3:16), and it is up to Him to keep His word. When we trust Christ, the Holy Spirit indwells us. The Bible tells us we are sealed with the Holy Spirit Who “is the earnest of our inheritance” (Ephesians 1:14). The earnest is the down payment until the transaction is complete. The Holy Spirit is God’s guarantee that we will spend eternity with Him. If God Himself is the seal, who can keep you from your home in Heaven with Him?

Thank God for His offer of salvation today, and rest knowing that eternal life can never be lost.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.