There are some on this Forum who falsely, and I believe deliberately, reject Scripture and try to teach that God is unable to keep those who belong to Him, those for whom Jesus Christ died. Rather these people would have us believe that God is simply a “glorified bookkeeper, endlessly erasing and writing names in the Book of Life. Salvation is a supernatural event that occurs only once and lasts throughout eternity. Consider what Scripture tells us about Salvation: John 3:3-8 3. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 4. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? 5. Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. 8. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. Jesus Christ tells us that in order for a person to enter the Kingdom of God he must be born again through an act of the Spirit of God. Different expressions are employed in the Scriptures to denote the change that occurs at the new birth or regeneration: It is taking away the heart of stone, and giving a heart of flesh, a new heart. Ezekiel 36:26. 26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. It is putting the law in the heart. Hebrews 8:10. 10 For this [is] the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: It is quickening or making alive. John 6:63. 63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, [they] are spirit, and [they] are life. John 5:21. 21 For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth [them]; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will. t is a resurrection from the spiritual death. John 5:25. 25 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. John Dagg notes [Manual of Theology, pages 277ff]: “So great is the change produced, that the subject of it is called a new creature as if proceeding, like Adam, directly from the creating hand of God; and he is said to be renewed, as being restored to the image of God, in which man was originally formed” 2 Corinthians 5:17. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. Man, being “born again” is united with, or enters into a union, with Jesus Christ. This union of the ‘true believer’ with Jesus Christ is the clear teaching of Scripture. Jesus Christ in the Gospel of John presents this crucial doctrine as follows: John 6:53-56, KJV 53. Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. 54. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. 55. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. 56. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. Notice verse 56: He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. Here we have very clearly expressed the union of the ‘true believer’ with Jesus Christ: He .... dwelleth in me, and I in him. At this point perhaps we should understand that though certain of mankind are elected to eternal salvation and that salvation is certain to occur as shown in John 6:37: All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out, until regeneration occurs we are among those who are dead in trespasses and sins,[Ephesians 2:1 ] and walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience [Ephesians 2:2]. We read of this union further in the Gospel of John: John 14:19,20 19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. 20 At that day ye shall know that I [am] in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. And then in the high priestly prayer of Jesus Christ not long before his sacrificial death which not only speaks of the union with Jesus Christ of those who are “born again” but also of their eternal security, that is, unless one chooses to believe that God the Father would reject the prayer of the incarnate Son, Jesus Christ: John 17:20-26 20. Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; 21. That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. 22. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: 23. I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. 24. Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world. 25. O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me. 26. And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them. What does Scripture tells us further about those who are “born again” who replaced in “union with Jesus Christ”? John 6:35-40 35. And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. 36. But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not. 37. All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. 38. For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. 39. And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. 40. And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. John 10:27-30 27. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28. And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any [man] pluck them out of my hand. 29. My Father, which gave [them] me, is greater than all; and no [man] is able to pluck [them] out of my Father's hand. 30. I and [my] Father are one. And then the Apostle Paul tells us: Romans 8:38, 39 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 creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:28-30 28. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. 29. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. And then the Apostle John writes: 1 John 3:1, 2 1. Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. 2. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. Scripture is abundantly clear that Those who are “the saved” are brought into union with Jesus Christ and are given eternal life to be enjoyed in the presence of God. Yet, as noted initially, there are some on this Forum who falsely, and I believe deliberately, reject Scripture and try to teach that God is unable to keep those who belong to Him, those for whom Jesus Christ died. Rather these people would have us believe that God is simply a “glorified bookkeeper, endlessly erasing and writing names in the Book of Life.