Eternal Security: Part 4
By Dr. Arnold Frutchenbaum
Another argument for eternal security is based upon the meaning of the word "eternal." The very meaning of the word "eternal" rules out the possibility of the loss of salvation, because if "eternal" means anything, it means "forever." If someone could lose his salvation, then it is not eternal, but temporary instead. Involved in our salvation are ten eternal things:
First, there is an eternal plan that God has for our lives (Eph. 3:10-11).
Second, based upon what the Messiah has done, we now have eternal salvation (Heb. 5:9).
Third, we have eternal redemption (Heb. 9:12).
Fourth, believers have an eternal inheritance (Heb. 9:15).
Fifth, those who have this eternal redemption, inheritance and salvation are destined for eternal glory (II Tim. 2:10; I Pet. 5:10).
Sixth, there is an eternal hope, because we have the guarantee of eternal glory (Titus 3:7; Heb. 6:17-19).
Seventh, eternal hope, in turn, provides eternal comfort (II Thes. 2:16).
Eighth, God has made an eternal covenant with us, and by virtue of His being the covenant-keeping God, He will keep us saved (Heb. 13:20).
Ninth, we are destined for an eternal kingdom (II Pet. 1:11).
Tenth, we do indeed have eternal life now; we have it presently. It is not something we will receive later upon death, but we have eternal life right now (Jn. 3:14-16, 36; 6:47; 10:28; Titus 3:7).
It cannot be overemphasized that eternal life must mean what it says: if it is not eternal, if a person could lose it, then it is only temporary life.
 This post is a modified version of Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum’s original Messianic Bible Study. The full version may be obtained here.