Salvation is God’s free gift to us. It is available to us and in order to have it, we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by religion, self-improvement or good works. It is only by trusting Jesus Christ can anyone become a Christ Follower and be set free from sin’s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one received Jesus Christ into his life.
Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot “lose ” your salvation. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security.