Once you are saved are you always saved? If you are struggling with the idea that you can lose your salvation, consider Christ’s prayer for all believers in John 17.
In chapter 17 of the Book of John, Jesus prays for Himself, His disciples and all believers who have ever lived and ever will live. Though this chapter is rich is confirming the believer’s eternal security in Christ, let’s focus our attention on verse 24.
John 17:24 NASB “Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.
Questions to consider:
- What does Jesus desire?
- Would God not answer the desire of Jesus?
- If Jesus prays to the Father that He not lose any believers, how then can He lose any?
John 15:7 NASB “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
Here, Jesus is telling us that if we abide in Him to ask whatever we wish and it will be done for us. How much more for Him who, in John 17:24, asks for those whom God has given Him to be with Him where He is – the very definition of Heaven?
Now, let’s look at verse 16.
John 15:16 NASB “You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you.
If we who bear fruit are told to ask of the Father in Christ’s name, how would the Father not answer Christ, who in John 17:24, asks in His own name that all believers be saved?
The believer is secure in Christ.