About a secure salvation, Jesus said, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand” (John 10:27–29).
Jesus declared, “All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out” (John 6:37). It is certainly true that when people hear the Shepherd’s voice and come to Christ, they are secure in His hands. No one, not even the devil, can take away this assurance.
There is only one way in which the sheep may be removed from the secure shepherd’s hand, and that is by their own voluntary choice. This verse doesn’t support the wrong doctrine that teaches “once a man is saved it is impossible for him to be lost.” There is nothing to prevent the sheep from wandering away from the shepherd’s care if they choose to do so.
The eternal security of believers is dependent on their abiding in Christ (John 15:1-6; Matthew 24:13; 1 Corinthians 9:27). Therefore, if a person chooses to disconnect himself from Christ, he will be cut off like a branch cut off from the tree (2 Peter 2:20, 21; 1 Timothy 4:1; Revelation 2:4, 5).
Thus, salvation is conditional upon a believers’ continued faith in the Lord (Colossians 1:21-23; 2 Timothy 2:11-13; 1 Corinthians 15:2; Hebrews 3:6,14). And God urges us to constantly protect our faith lest we lose it (2 Corinthians 13:5; 2 John 8-9; John 15:5-6).
The Lord wants us to be secure in our salvation. “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God” (1 John 5:13). So, the condition for knowing that we have eternal life is to believe and abide daily in the Lord following His steps.
In His service,