Many believers wonder if they are still saved when they make a big spiritual blunder. The answer is an emphatic yes. In a nutshell, salvation is not you holding God, it is God holding you. Let me explain.
When we come to God, we come admitting we are sinners, recognizing that Jesus Christ died in our place and rose again, and placing our trust in Christ alone for salvation.
We are saved not on the basis of our performance, but on the basis of His: “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”(Rom. 6:23).
One of my favorite verses from the Bible promises “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life” (John 5:24).
I love as well the promise Jesus made in John 10:28, “And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of my hand.” Never means just that—never.
Furthermore, examine the nature of grace. Grace means “favor for those who deserve the opposite.” We are saved by grace because God grants us eternal life through no merit of our own: “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Eph. 2:8–9).
If God were to accept us despite what our life is like, and then withdraw the gift when we mess up, that would certainly not be grace. The Bible teaches very clearly, we are saved by grace and we are forever His by grace.
When we mess up, God wants us to confess our sins and promises to forgive (1 John 1:9).That confession restores the close fellowship we had with Him before we sinned. There is no way we can experience a closeness to Him if we do not call sin what He calls it—sin—and ask Him to forgive us. In no way, however, is our eternal salvation affected.
The thrill of knowing Christ as our personal Savior is knowing that even though we may fail and “mess up,” we are still his. Once more. Salvation is not us holding God, but God holding us.