Concluding our study of the doctrines articulated by John Calvin in response to the faulty premise presented by the followers of Arminius, the fifth point in the TULIP acronym, “P” stands for perseverance of the saints. Those who are redeemed by Jesus Christ and renewed by the Holy Spirit are kept in faith by God. Everyone who is spiritually united with Jesus is eternally secure and nothing can separate them from the love of Christ. They have been predestined to glory and heaven. The position of the Arminians is that a person who is truly saved can actually lose their salvation if they fall from the faith. This point is not held by all Arminians so it would be an error to claim universal agreement to this point by those who espouse the views of Arminius.
The doctrine of perseverance of the saints as articulated by Calvin, does not mean that everyone who professes the Christian faith is certain of heaven. Rather, salvation is for those saints set apart by the Holy Spirit – who perseveres to the end. It is the believers – who are given true and genuine faith in Jesus Christ who are secure and safe in Him. Those who profess but fall away were never in grace. While it may be true that a believer may fall into temptation and sin greatly, that person never loses salvation. A person is given eternal life as soon as they believe. At that moment, nothing can separate them from His love.
Isaiah 43:1-3 But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, Oh Jacob, and He who formed you, Oh Israel. Fear not, for I have redeemed you. I have called you by your name. You are Mine. (2) When you pass through the waters, I will be with you. And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you. (3) For I am the Lord your God. The Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I gave Egypt for your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba in your place.
Isaiah 54:10 “For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but My kindness shall not depart from you nor shall My covenant be removed,” says the Lord who has mercy on you.
Jeremiah 32:40 “And I will make an everlasting covenant with them that I will not turn away from doing them good, but I will put My fear in the hearts so that they will not depart from Me.”
Matthew 18:12-14 “What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of these goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying? (13) And if he should find it, assuredly I say to you, he rejoices more over that sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray. (14) Even so it is not the will of your Father in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, but whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 3:36 He who believes in the Son has everlasting life and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.
John 5:24 “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 6:35-40 And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me shall never hunger and he who believes in Me shall never third. (36) But I say to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe. (37) All that the Father gives Me will come to Me and the one who comes to me I will by no means cast out. (38) For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. (39) This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me, I should nose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. (40)And this is the will of Him who sent Me that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life and I will raise him up at the last day.”
John 6:47 “Most assuredly I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life.”
John 10:27-30 “My sheep hear My voice and I know them and they follow Me (28) and I shall give them eternal life and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. (29) My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. (30) I and My Father are one.”
John 17:11-12 “Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me that they may be one as We are. (12) When I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept and none of them is lost except the son of perdition that the Scripture may be fulfilled.”
Romans 5:8-10 But God demonstrates His own love toward us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (9) Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. (10) For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.
Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
Romans 8:29-30 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. (30) Moreover when He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.
Romans 8:35-39 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? (36) As it is written, ‘For Your sake we are killed all day long. We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.’ (37) Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loves us. (38) For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, (39) nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
1 Corinthians 1:7-9 …so that you come short in no gift, eagerly waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ (8) who will also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. (9) God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
2 Corinthians 4:14, 17 …knowing that He who raised up the Lord Jesus will also raise us up with Jesus and will present us with you… (17) For our light affliction which is but for a moment is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.
Ephesians 1:5, 13-14 ...having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will… (14) In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise. (14) who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.
Ephesians 4:30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, for whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
Colossians 3:3-4 For you died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. (4) When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.
1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (24) he who calls you is faithful who also will do it.
2 Timothy 4:18 And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
Hebrews 9:12, 15 Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. (15) And for this reason, He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.
Hebrews 10:14 For by one offering He perfected forever those who are being sanctified.
Hebrews 12:28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.
1 Peter 1:3-5 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead (4) to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved for heaven for you (5) who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed for the last time.
1 John 2:19, 25 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for it they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of these were with us…. (25) And this is the promise that He has promised us – eternal life.
1 John 5:11-13 And this is the testimony; that God has given us eternal life and this life is in His Son. (12) He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. (13) These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.
1 John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.