My Journey To Eternal Security

After lots of prayer and studying, I’ve come to the conclusion that I believe in Eternal Security. There’s too much biblical evidence to support this idea. I’ve been flirting with it for a while, but was never able to fully come to terms with it until I read “Transforming Grace” by Jerry Bridges. My thought process about Eternal Security originally started about three years ago while I was still in high school.

I was reading through Ephesians and some passages caught my eye.

 In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise,” – Ephesians 1:13 (NASB) 

That phrase “Holy Spirit of promise” is really caught my attention first and I was thinking about how God always keeps His promises and what promises specifically was Paul referring to here so as I went back read the passage in context, I read about about how God has a predestined purpose that works in all of us and that purpose is redemption.

Then I noticed Ephesians 2:8, 9:

“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” – Ephesians 2:8, 9 (NASB)

One time I heard a preacher in an Assembly of God church say one time that grace was free, but you had to work to keep it. At the time I heard it, I almost agreed with him until I read this passage. If grace a free gift so that no one can boast about their works, then what would happen if you had to work to keep your Salvation? You would boast to God about how well you’ve kept your Salvation, but the point of salvation is that no one can boast about their good works.

Then it was this last passage that really made the wheels start turning.

“Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.” – Ephesians 4:30 (NASB)

I read that and it seemed like it all clicked for me. I tried to suppress it because I’m surrounded by so many people that would probably kill over an issue like this. Who knows? I’m probably going to lose friends over this, but if they decide not to associate with me because they disagree with me theologically then were they really my friends to begin with?

I’ll be posting more about this later.

I’m Logan and this is my journey to Eternal Security.


Author: W Logan Dixon

30. Simul Justus et Peccator. Husband. Pastor. Thinker. Writer. Podcaster. Coffee-drinker.

5 thoughts on “My Journey To Eternal Security”

  1. I’d like to respond to your belief in eternal security. First, the words “eternal security” are not found in the bible. Second, the apostles, nor Jesus ever taught eternal security. The early church fathers were not in favor of eternal security either. Eternal security became well known during the Reformation. John Calvin, Martine Luther and others introduced this teaching.

    In response to your passages you listed, I’d like to share a different opinion if I may. First with Ephesians 1:13, notice the pronouns Paul uses such as “you” and then he uses “we” in the same verse. Paul is talking about Jews and Gentiles. Paul is clearly identifying himself as belonging to one of these groups – the Jews. Paul starts says verse 13 by saying, “In Him, you”. In the previous 12 verses, Paul used the pronoun “we”. The switch from speaking in the first person plural (‘we’) to the second person plural here (‘you’) emphasizes that before this point Paul was not talking about the Ephesians.

    As such, what Paul has essentially been saying is that God as given the Jews this glorious inheritance. However, in this passage he adds that now we (i.e. the Gentiles) have now been added to this inheritance because we heard the gospel, and believed it. Paul’s theme in Ephesians is how the Jews and Gentiles both are participants in Christ, and are called “one man” which is the church. Paul talks about the wall of separation being broken between Jews and Gentiles. In addition, Paul clearly says “having believed” in verse 13 which means that in order to be saved you must believe. Without faith, you cannot be a participant of salvation.

    Once again in Ephesians 2:8, that is not a verse in favor of eternal security. It’s actually the other way around. It is faith that is the means to access the grace of God. It is by God’s grace you have been saved, but it comes through faith.

    Regarding the passage in Ephesians 4:30, notice that the sealing of the Holy Spirit is coupled with a warning not to “grieve” Him in Ephesians 4:30. This would seem to indicate that there is danger in grieving the Spirit who seals us and the reference to sealing may be for the primary purpose of reminding the Ephesians that to grieve the Spirit is to grieve the one who unites us to Christ. This makes the warning far more emphatic and cautions the believer to watch how he lives lest the sins which grieve Him lead to unbelief through which the seal is broken and the Spirit is finally “insulted.” The sealing of the Holy Spirit, therefore, applies only as long as we do not “grieve” (Eph. 4:30), and finally “insult” (Heb. 10:29) the “Spirit of Grace” through continued disobedience, culminating in outright apostasy.

    There is no Biblical reason to see the sealing of the Holy Spirit as unconditional or irrevocable, while there are plenty of reasons to see it as conditioned on continued faith. Indeed, warnings against apostasy alone imply the conditionality of the seal.


    1. We both are in agreement that apostates are not saved. I also believe that we would be in agreement that there are those who started in the faith yet became apostate like Nicolas of Antioch (Acts 6:5) who would later become the founder of the Nicolaitian movement mentioned by Jesus in Revelation 2:6. However, can we not assume that Nicolas of Antioch was a wolf the whole time? In Acts 20, Paul makes what he believed was going to be his last address to the Ephesians and said that there would be wolves come from among them (Acts 20:29).

      You’re correct, the phrase ‘eternal security’ is not found in Scripture, however the principle is very evident in Scripture if you read it without any preconceived notions. The word “Bible” is found nowhere in Scripture, but you seem believe that as well. The Civil War also is found nowhere in Scripture, but we have evidence of it that convinces us that it happened. I believe that Jesus was very much in favor of Eternal Security.

      “Jesus answered, “I have told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name testify to me; 26 but you do not believe, because you do not belong to my sheep. 27 My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 What my Father has given me is greater than all else, and no one can snatch it out of the Father’s hand. 30 The Father and I are one.” – John 10:25-30 (NRSV)

      “This is indeed the will of my Father, that all who see the Son and believe in him may have eternal life; and I will raise them up on the last day.” – John 6:40 (NRSV)

      “We know that all things work together for good[u] for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn within a large family. 30 And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified.” – Romans 8:28-30 (NRSV)

      Throughout the theme of Scripture we see that glorification doesn’t take place until we get to heaven and receive our glorified bodies, yet in Romans 8, Paul speaks about it almost as if it’s a finished work. That sounds almost like Colossians.

      “Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. 2 Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. 3 For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.” – Colossians 3:1-3 (NLT)

      This passage clearly tells us that position of all believers is in Christ. Since our life in hid in Christ, when God sees us He must see us through the lens of His sinless son Jesus Christ.

      I respect your opinion, good sir. I think it’s good to talk with other believers with opposing views. It keeps you sharp and it usually reinforces what you already believed. 🙂


      1. I agree with you that the idea of eternal security is in scripture. But, the question is “who is eternal security” promised to. The scripture is clear that eternal security is promised to those who believe. The bible nowhere promises eternal security to the former believer. The scriptures you quoted all have conditions on the part of the believer. You quoted John 10:25-30. It is clear that there are promises such as the giving of eternal life and the fact that no one can snatch them out of the Father’s hand. Once again we must look closely as to who these promises are made. It is very clear that these promises are made to those who know and follow Jesus. It is those people that are given eternal life and it is those people that cannot be snatched from the Father’s hand. These promises are not made to those who formerly believed. Thus if one chooses to no longer follow Jesus it is clear that they can be snatched from the Father’s hand and it is clear that they do not have eternal life.

        I John 5 says that eternal life is in the Son. He who has the Son has life, and he who does not have the Son does not have life. It is clear according to John that eternal life and Jesus Christ are not inseparable.

        In Romans 8:28-30, the verse opens by stating that the verse is not speaking to all people in a general manner, but only to those who love God. Only those who love God can expect that all which takes place in their life will actually work together for good. This is not a promise to those who use to believe and don’t believe at this time.

        Romans 8:29 makes it absolutely clear what God predetermined or predestinated is that believers in Messiah will be conformed to the image of the Son. This verse does not say “God has predestined those who would be saved and those who would be lost. It only speaks about those who are already believers being conformed to the image of the Son.

        It is clear that Romans 8:30 is speaking about a situation that will indeed occur for those who are the subject of this verse, i.e. believers in Messiah. It is vital for the reader to remember that the subject of the verse is established by the phrase “And those He predestinated”. Whom did God predestinate to be conformed to the likeness of Messiah? The answer is believers in the Gospel. None of the verses that you quoted support eternal security the way Calvinists understand it to be.


  2. Many Bible passages emphasize the reality of our security as believers in Jesus Christ: John 10:27-30; 13:1; Romans 8:29-39; Ephesians 1:13; 4:30; Jude 1:24.

    But even genuine believers can backslide and lose the joy of their salvation. The New Testament gives many examples of believers who drew back from their fellowship with Jesus Christ: the disciples (Matthew 26:56); Peter (26:69-75); the Christians in Corinth (2 Corinthians 12:20-21); and the Asian churches (Revelation 2:4,14-15,20).

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