Verily, verily, I say unto you,
He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.
Is it just me again taking the simple words of God in their simplest form, believing and knowing a simple truth?
The number one misunderstanding among Christians is the length of their salvation. For some reason, most think they can ruin God’s spiritual work. They think their bodily sins as a Christian can mortally pierce the seal of the Holy Spirit on their soul. Christ will then carve them out of his glorified body, tear down their mansion, take their name out of the book of life, and rip the Holy Spirit out of them.
This is disbelief of rightly divided scripture and declaring God’s blood (the most powerful substance that will ever exist) too weak to eternally justify them and pretending they were never born again as a child of God.
But as many as received him,
to them gave he power to become the sons of God,
even to them that believe on his name:
They believe that God will then disown or unadopt them - all without telling them. They can then hope for the best. It ain’t gonna happen! My daddy will always be my daddy no matter what I do. He might not like it, but He is still my daddy.
I John 5:13
These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God;
that ye may KNOW that ye have eternal life,
and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
(my favorite Bible verse)
If you have confessed your belief in the gospel of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, you are going to be with him forever, PERIOD. In other words, the fat lady ain’t ever gonna sing about you; she doesn’t have the words!
Before Christ died, there was no permanent sacrifice for sin. Christ became the permanent sacrifice.
And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices,
which can never take away sins:
But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever,
sat down on the right hand of God;
Now consider this verse,
completely composed of one-syllable words.
I John 5:12
He that hath the Son hath life;
and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
If you have Christ,
he has you.
(also all one-syllable words).
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.
(Hey, look at that – Jesus’ hand is the Father’s hand because Jesus is God manifest in the flesh.) The same people that disbelieve they are the sheep of this verse also believe that the Lord is their shepherd (Psalm 23). This is double-mindedness, which is unstable and will affect your entire being.
A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
Don’t be nervous about your eternal security; relax and be grateful and love God because of it. If you read a scripture that indicates you can lose your salvation, be sure it is not directed at you.
For example, Hebrews 6:1-6 is directed at Hebrews (Jews), not Gentiles. It is directed at “faith plus works” dispensations before and after the gospel of Christ. Loss of salvation is never directed at church-age saved members of the body of Christ.
OK, another one-syllable word
explanation – the word “gift”, g-i-f-t gift, in the following three verses
penned by Paul:
For by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves:
it is the gift of God:
… but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
Let’s see – God gave me the gift of salvation, that gift is eternal, and He is not going to take it away.
See the simplicity in the pure words?
Those “scholars” that teach eternal security is conditional basically say that you can waiver from your faith to the point that God will disown you. But they never define the point.
Where do we go from venial to mortal? Just exactly what level of sin is it that will trip the threshold of God’s longsuffering? No one can ever answer that question, including the pope. It is an illegitimate question; therefore it has no answer.
If God told you exactly how to be saved, He would also tell you exactly how to get unsaved, if it was possible. These scholars-preachers-teachers-authors-psychologists-wolves believe you should be like they are and then you would have nothing to worry about.
Know this – man is never the standard for salvation or eternal security (Romans 3 - read the whole chapter and know who we are without Christ!). The blood of Jesus Christ, the slain Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world, is the standard.
You can’t match up and He told you so, but He also promised to never leave you nor forsake you.
1 Kings 8:57
The Lord our God be with us, as he was with our fathers:
let him not leave us, nor forsake us:
..... leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.
..... for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
Jesus Christ continuously matches up for you as your High Priest and mediator seated at the right hand of God,
1 Timothy 2:5
For there is one God,
and one mediator between God and men,
the man Christ Jesus;
ever making intercession for you.
Who is he that condemneth?
It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again,
who is even at the right hand of God,
who also maketh intercession for us.
but this man, because he continueth ever,
hath an unchangeable priesthood.
Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him,
seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
The false teaching that you can lose your salvation is based in the lack of understanding of the word of the kingdom. These wolves who would judge your behavior on God’s behalf don’t understand that your works as a Christian will be judged by Christ for the sole purpose of determining your position in the eternal kingdom. Works and salvation have not been related since Paul preached the gospel of death, burial, and resurrection.
For we (eternally saved Christians) must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
Judgment of your good and bad works as a Christian (everyone has both) has zero, zilch, nada relationship to eternal security. It only has to do with a Christian's eternal rewards, not where his eternal residence will be.
Here’s a few extra extra loops in the knot:
And you being dead in your sins
and the uncircumcision of your flesh,
hath he quickened together with him,
having forgiven you all trespasses;
Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us,
which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way,
nailing it to his cross;
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature,
shall be able to separate us from the love of God,
which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
I Peter 1:3-5
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
One clarification – if you are saved by grace, you remain saved by grace. Even if you believe you can lose the free gift of salvation, you can’t. So a saved person preaching against eternal security is still saved and will know the truth later. We just know the truth now.
Behold, God is my salvation;
I will trust, and not be afraid:
for the Lord JEHOVAH is my strength and my song;
he also is become my salvation.
Isaiah says your salvation belongs to God because He is your salvation. It’s not yours to lose, it’s His.
It’s not only His, it is Him, and He’s not going away.
Salvation belongeth unto the LORD:
Look up salvation in your concordance and read the verses. You will see over and over again that salvation is the Lord’s and therefore you can’t lose something that is His.
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