Every individual has the same opportunity to become a brand new person to moment that he receives Christ. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new” (II Corinthians 5:17).
Salvation is not based upon a system of human achievement or good works, nor does God place a believer on probation once he is saved. After spending time in riotous living, the prodigal son returned home to his father, who received him with unconditional love and abundant mercy. “For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry” (Luke 15:24). His father actually ran to him in an expression of total forgiveness, accepting him, not as a servant, but as a son. “And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him” (Luke 15:20).
This story reflects the Father-heart of God! The son’s rights of inheritance had not been jeopardized by his sin. Salvation is a perfect work on the part of Almighty God and is in no way dependent on man. The One who saves us is also able to keep us from falling (2) and assure us that our salvation is eternally secure. “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand” (John 10:28).
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