It is for this reason that no person can claim to have worked hard enough to gain the favor of salvation from God (verse 9).
Salvation originates in the free grace of God and aims at the glorification of God in all His perfections.
Wonderful and free as salvation is, do we receive it once and have it for good? If salvation was a matter of accepting it just once and then have it for good, then the Bible would be a one sentence book but it is not.
The Bible which is the infallible Word of God has countless instructions, commandments, laws and rules are documented so that the living can be made perfect in the sight of God through it.
Can you lose your salvation?
Enemies of salvation
The true value of salvation is gaining entry into the Kingdom of God after this life. Knowing the value of salvation, the devil is all out to nullify it by sending out his evil spirits to influence people into acts of sin. Bible scholars classify sins into three categories; sins of omission, commission and of the mind.
No sin is small or big but it is all unacceptable before God and it defiles the soul (Mark 7:20 – 23).
Therefore, without purity there is no salvation. All impurities are purified through the blood of Jesus. Galatians 5:19-21 mentions just a handful of sins that clearly make a person impure before God.
These are immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing. This is by no means an exhaustive list of sins that God forbids, the list is simply endless.
Paul then ends this verse by saying:
Clearly, the only enemy to salvation is sin. If we can deal with sin, then we can preserve our salvation.
The effort required to retain salvation
In the previous section, I already have indicated that there is no human effort that can impress God enough to warrant salvation yet the Bible does give directives on how to maintain a healthy relationship with Jesus Christ.
The Bible clearly calls out for believers to work out their salvation with diligence (fear and trembling) because it is such a critical requirement to keep it valid (Philippians 2:12). Just as Jesus declared, narrow is the way that leads to life and very few find it yet the one that leads to destruction is broad and many find it (Matthew 7:13 -14).
These verses confirm that there is an effort that goes into finding and walking this narrow way.
The one that wants to maintain his or her salvation must live in holiness, righteousness and truth. Believers are commanded to strive to make peace with all men and holiness without which no man will see God (Hebrews 12:14).
The Bible portrays righteousness as a garment that should be kept undefiled (Isaiah 61:10).This garment is given by God the time when salvation is granted. The required standard of righteousness demands for reverence for the Lord and believers are called to be constantly mindful of this requirement.
Failing to keep up to this standard positions a believer in a state of nakedness and shame (Revelation 16:15). Jesus Christ Himself is the truth that a believer should live by to rightfully access God the Father (John 14:6).
Certainly, it is possible for someone to lose his or her salvation even when such a person had freely received it. The validity of salvation gets tested when a person dies yet the person would know its validity while there is time to make things right with God.
Failure to keep your salvation valid until the point of death sadly has eternal consequences. God shows no favor to anyone but faithfully judges fairly according to what one has done while living in the body (1 Peter 2:23).
Be on the alert, let he that has an ear hear that which God is saying to the churches even in our time.