Q. Some friends and I have been doing some Bible study on odd topics and this week the topic is can you renounce your salvation? I think not because the word says God will not be mocked and it also says , he will not lose one of us. But one person in our group thinks that you can renounce your salvation. I think if you do you were never truly saved to begin with. Are there any scriptures you would have if you agree or disagree with me?
A. It took such an enormous sacrifice to save us and we’re so thoroughly infected with sin that God had to make sure our salvation was not subject to cancellation by either party.
For His part He has chosen to see us as a new creation in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17). When we sin He attributes it to the sin that dwells in us and not to us (Romans 7:18-20). To Him we’ve been made perfect forever (Hebrews 10:12-14) and He already sees us seated with Christ in the heavenlies (Ephes. 2:6).
And where we’re concerned He literally took ownership of us so we wouldn’t have the option of leaving. It’s like putting us in protective custody.
There are numerous Scriptures that combine to support this view. 2 Cor. 1:21-22 says God has put His seal of ownership on us and now it is He who makes us stand. Then He put His Spirit in our heart to guarantee what’s to come.
This is consistent with 1 Cor. 6:19-20 which says we’re not our own, but have been bought at a price. 1 Peter 1:18-19 says that price was not silver or gold but the precious blood of Christ. No matter how rich we might be, we don’t has the currency required to buy ourselves back from Him. As believers we belong to God and could not walk away even if we wanted to.
Paul said, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).