Answer: We’ve all seen the fifty scripture verses as to why a person can’t lose their salvation and these are extremely valuable.

But there is a dilemma for the Christian. Saved people get upset because they can’t live a perfect life without sinning and hence say “Well if I’ve been saved, why then do I keep on sinning? Surely this means I’ve lost my salvation?”

Paul explains that a saved person is made up of two people. There is that part of him that delights in the law of God after the inward man (Rom 7:22) but also there is that part which brings him into captivity to the law of sin in his members (his body) (Rom 7:23). Paul concludes that with the mind I serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin (Rom 7:25)

Have you heard of the phrase “A dog has fleas to let it know that it is still a dog?” Similarly, God has his plan to allow a Christian the option of sinning just to let him know he has not yet received the sinless state of a glorified body.

In reading Romans 6:3-11, a Christian gets confirmation of their eternal security in spite of their continuing sins.

  Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?

This is not water baptism, but a spiritual baptism by the Holy Ghost that spiritually places a believer into the death of Christ when he believes the gospel (Eph 4:5; Rom 6:3).

4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

The new man/the inward man, that never sins, is born again and walks with a new life. The Christian’s old nature has been crucified on the cross with Christ.

5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:

This is a spiritual, not physical, resurrection for the Christian

6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.

A Christian has been delivered from the power of continually sinning.

The question then arises for the Christian, who has a particular stronghold of sin in their life “How badly do I want to be rid of it?”. God will deliver but old habits must be given over and many Christians are not ready for this to happen. “Lord, please deliver me from this evil, but don’t ask me to totally hand over my life!”

8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:

This is spiritual at the moment. Christ sits at the right hand of God the Father in heaven, and Christians are spiritually in Christ.

9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.

Similarly, a Christian being spiritually in Christ, will also die no more.

For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. 

11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Dear Reader, can you see this?

In summary, as Christians, we have been spiritually put into Christ’s death.

Now, as Christ can die no more, we will also no more die spiritually.

Indeed, just as Christ has been raised from the dead, we also have been spiritually raised into life, even though we are trapped in a body of sin of which we daily groan to be rid of.


Harley Hitchcock




Australian Bible Ministries, PO Box 5058 Mt. Gravatt East 4122 Qld, Australia