Many Christian denominations today say we cannot be assured we are eternally saved. However, the Apostle Paul has told us to put on the breastplate of righteousness. That breastplate (given to us as God’s righteousness) guarantees those who believe on Jesus Christ that they belong to God. No church, no priest, and no belief system can take away God’s promise or claim you can lose eternal life.
Sometimes, Satan will come to you and say, 'You're a failure. God doesn't love you anymore because of sin. You've lost your salvation.' The breastplate of righteousness reminds you, when God puts His righteousness on you, you are His. You cannot lose that. We call it eternal life, eternal security, and once saved always saved. The truth is, once you truly know Jesus Christ as your Savior, once you have had your sins forgiven, you are born again. You have security. You won’t lose it.
John 10:28 tells us that Jesus said, "I give unto them eternal life, and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand." That's what Jesus said. He did not say “temporary life if you can keep it”!
What if the devil torments you and says, “You know those sins you've done? The ones you forgot to confess? God's going to send you to hell for that!” Remember Romans 8:1-2:
1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
Tell the devil you are wearing God’s breastplate of righteousness and that you will not lose your eternal security. It is not prideful to say you belong to God because you are not saved or kept by your own power, but by God’s power!
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"The wearing of the breastplate of righteousness is our one security. Keep it on. When the devil comes and says you have no standing, you are condemned, you're finished - you must say no! My position did not depend upon what I was doing or not doing. My position is always dependent upon the righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ. Turn to the devil and tell him, my relationship in God is not a variable one. The case is not that I'm a child of God one day and not a child of God the next day. Then a child of God, then not a child of God. That is not the basis for my standing. That is not the position. When God had mercy on me, He made me His child and I remain His child. A sinful and unworthy one sometimes perhaps. But still His child.
"When I fall into sin, I've not sinned against the law. I've sinned against love. Like the prodigal, I'll go back to my Father and I'll tell Him, Father, I'm not worthy to be called thy son. But He'll embrace me and He'll say, don't talk nonsense. You are my child. He'll shower his love upon me. That is the meaning of putting on the breastplate of righteousness. Never allow the devil to get you into a state of condemnation. Never allow a particular sin to raise again the whole question of your standing before God."