I agree wholeheartedly with the eternal security scripture verses so long as we place them within the whole cloth of scripture. All scripture is given for correction for reproof etc.
If we believe that God has chosen before the foundation of the earth the elect without employing His foreknowledge — knowing the end from the beginning; then we are Calvinists, and even our ability to walk in belief is from God, with no personal responsibility or free will on our part. Thus men are chosen either for salvation or for damnation.
On the other hand if we believe that God gives every man the opportunity for belief because He is no respecter of persons; then we fall into the free will camp. And then our believing itself becomes the key to the acceptance of and to the continuing in or following of God’s Son who gifted to us salvation. This then means that our belief in a free will in no way is in conflict with God’s election based upon His foreknowledge of who will end well, in belief.
As a result of such belief none of the scriptures we often see listed concerning eternal security would conflict with other major warnings in scripture. Such as those listed in my latest post, “I Never Knew You”. Based on the scriptures I used there the reason God did not elect those is because He foreknew who would fall away. So free will is valid based upon scriptures teaching that when tried and tested, one has choices. He who still remains true to Him receives the crown. He is accountable. And though this means that those who remain in belief all through their Christian walk therefore are walking in eternal security, yet there still remains the opportunity for them to exercise free will, and fall away or divorce themselves from Him. And it appears obvious that some do just that; yet God foreknew all, before the foundation of the earth. Problem is — we do not possess foreknowledge and therefore —
Romans 11:22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. (KJV)
This verse makes free will the absolute, and makes no sense if not understood based on our free will and God’s foreknowledge. This view understands predestination based on man’s end. He chooses to be either in Christ; or he chooses to not believe; or he has given away his gift and walks away in unbelief. And God therefore remains — no respecter of persons. Man is accountable to God.
And please understand this view does not make God unto an unconcerned record keeper. He loves us. He wants us to return that love. He gives us every opportunity to see and hear the truth of His word. He the Holy Spirit is the hound of heaven who David tells us will follow us even into hell in order to rescue us from ourselves, but He will not override our will. We are responsible to trust Him and follow Him in faith. He alone can do for us what we are not able to do for ourselves. The Apostate will walk away from the gifts freely given him from God. Only in Christ are we guaranteed to be eternally secure. Abide in Him. Paul says:
2 Timothy 2:12 If we endure, we will also reign with him. If we deny him, he will also deny us. (NET)
So free will demands that eternal Security only be in Him.
2 Timothy 2:13 If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful, since he cannot deny himself. (NET)
The fact that Christ cannot deny Himself means that He cannot deny His word. In His word He says “if you deny me I will deny you before My Father. He also says: no man can pluck you out of My hand or the Fathers hand. So some say that you are a man so you have no free will to pluck yourself from His hand. If that be the case God then has removed your free will upon your salvation and you are no longer accountable. That makes God totally responsible for your actions — good or bad.
God gave you the power to become His sons (John 1), you are responsible. Otherwise there is no possibility that you could deny Him, but that only He could deny Himself through you, and that will never be. For He cannot deny Himself.