Was King Saul in the Old Testament a lost man or a saved man?

Was Saul Saved?

                Thanks for the question Brandon. It is a very interesting question. Upon reading about Saul’s early life as King, it certainly does appear that he is a very Godly man. On the contrary, he seems to be anything but a Godly man at the end of his life. So the question is: was he saved and then lost, was he always lost, or was he always saved? Here are some verses and truths from the Bible to answer your question.

  1. The Bible makes it very clear that a person cannot lose their Salvation. Upon being saved the Bible says that we receive the grace of God, by faith in Jesus Christ, and that we immediately receive eternal life. (John 3:16, John 6:47, John 10:28, Hebrews 13:5) Given these verses we know that if Saul was saved, he could never have lost his salvation.
  2. The Bible also makes it very clear that in the Old Testament and the New Testament, salvation has always been by faith, not of works. Every single Old Testament prophet taught the doctrine of salvation by faith alone.
    1. Acts 10:43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.
    2. Romans 4:3“For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.”
    3. Romans 4:5“But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.”
    4. Upon reading the first two points we realize that if Saul was saved, he was saved by faith in Jesus Christ and that he never lost his salvation.
    5.                 We read of King Saul’s salvation experience in 1 Samuel 10:1-12. In verse one Samuel, the last judge and first prophet, anoints Saul as the first king of Israel. He then instructs Saul to go meet a group of prophets on the “hill of God”, for the prophets to prophesy to him. As made clear in Acts 10:43 all the prophets of God prophesied the salvation of faith in Jesus Christ. In verses 6-7 the Bible explains Saul’s conversion to be “turned into another man.” This is clearly talking about the new creation that we all are upon receiving salvation (2 Corinthians 5:17). The Bible even says, “for God is with thee” (vs. 7). 1 Samuel 10:7-12 is explaining the change in Saul’s life after being saved. The Bible even says, “He prophesied among the prophets”, which, once again, means he was preaching salvation by faith in Jesus Christ.                                                               When taking these verses into consideration, the Bible is showing us that yes Saul was saved. Now, later on in Saul’s life he turned away from following closely with the Lord, and his life was utterly wrecked. This shows the danger of a Christian who does not constantly make the effort to obey the Lord, and stay in his word, and take up his cross daily. That is why the apostle Paul wrote , “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:2).  And finally, because Saul did not turn back to the Lord, God had to punish him and ultimately take his life.