Today we are continuing our study of "Once Saved Always Saved" and how we know for sure that we have what is known as "Eternal Security". The reason I am continuing on this subject is because I have met so many believers that are just not sure whether they are saved or not because of sermons that remind them that they are still sinners therefore they do not feel worthy of salvation. Our salvation is not based on whether we feel saved or not. It is by faith in Christ and the price He paid for us.
The focus scriptures for today are from the 1st Chapter in the Letter to the Ephesians, especially Ephesians 1:13,14. These two verses tells us that we are sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise who is our guarantee. The believer need not be confused about their salvation because we are sealed by the Holy Spirit and this seal is a guarantee of who we are in Christ Jesus. Is the believer still a sinner? At the believer's new birth his spirit man was changed into a new creature a new man. The old man is dead, but the old sinful nature still resides in the flesh and in constant battle with the new man is Christ Jesus.
The fleshly part of the old nature still has its carnal lusts and this is where the spirit man needs help. Because of fleshly lusts we find ourselves doing things we don't want to do and saying things we don't want to say. (Romans 7:15:25) Only the Holy Spirit can help us overcome the flesh because with our spirit and our mind (will and emotions) we serve the law of God, but the flesh still fights to serve the law of sin which is death. Romans 8:11 "But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you." NKJV Notice neither God or Jesus raised Jesus from death. It was the Holy Spirit who had the power to raise Him from the dead. If we have the Holy Spirit living in us He also has the power to help us overcome the cravings of the carnal nature.
I mentioned Ephesians 1:13,14 and I kind of hate to take scriptures out of context so please read all of Ephesian Chapter 1 as follows: