Can You Lose Your Salvation?

Question
Can you lose your salvation?

Answer
I think another way to ask that question is to put it in terms of “assurance” of salvation. “How are we assured of our salvation?”

This is a dominant theme in the books of James, Hebrews, 1 John, and Revelation. The books of James and Hebrews are written to shore up assurance by asking its readers to examine their faith. Salvation is pictured as a journey in Hebrews because conversion is a process (1 Cor. 1.18). At his conclusion of Hebrews (Heb. 13.22) the author calls his writing a “word of exhortation,” which is to bring encouragement to those who were discouraged and tempted to leave their journey of faith and return to Judaism. The author leads them to assurance by explaining to them not to neglect their salvation (Heb. 2.1-4). The loss of salvation is more a stopping of the journey or a losing of one’s way.

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