the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no
wise cast out…” And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all
which he hath given me I should lose nothing… Verily, verily, I say unto you, He
that believeth on me hath everlasting life. John
6:37, 39, & 47.
As we read and
study our Bibles, there should be a voice speaking to us, reminding us to take
in the full council of God. Too many Bible teachers will take one verse out of
Scripture and build a doctrine on it. Even though that scripture is qualified by
other scriptures and the teacher has drawn an erroneous conclusion, the wrong
interpretation is still taught as truth. The controversy over “once saved,
always saved” is one of those doctrines.
Can we, once
we’re born again, lose our salvation? Jesus says, “All that the Father gives
Me I will not lose or cast out”. Jesus reconfirms verse 37 using verse 39.
Then He puts a cap on it with verse 47. Christ is sending a clear message to all
who have turned their lives over to Him, that once justified the born again
believer cannot lose their salvation. God the Father draws us to God the Son,
and God the Son tells us we are in His hands. Nothing can separate us from Him.
Nothing. The following verse is used often by some Bible teachers to establish
doubt about the notion of once saved always saved. “Wherefore, my beloved,
as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my
absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling,”
Philippians 2:12. Paul is not advising the Philippians to save themselves
that would be works. All he’s saying is don’t be satisfied with just being
saved, there is much more to do now that we’re saved.
As born again
believers, we are in Christ. “[There is] therefore now no condemnation to
them which are in Christ Jesus…” Romans 8:1. Condemnation is Satan’s
tool, and he wields it mercilessly. Do Christians continually mess up? Yes. John
the Apostle has a response to messing up. “If we confess our sins, he is
faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all
unrighteousness,” 1 John 1:9. There’s a battle raging between
our spirit and our flesh. Sometimes we win the battle and sometimes we lose, but
we cannot lose the war. That’s a different matter altogether. There’s a
spiritual war going on all around us, Satan and his minions of evil vs. God and
His army of angels. God’s the winner and Satan’s always the loser.
scripture out of context can lead to flawed interpretations. If we are
endeavoring to teach others through discipleship, we certainly don’t want to
teach erroneously. I’ve heard it said by some thatwe
don’t necessarily lose our salvation but we can leave it behind. That statement
makes no sense to me; we are either saved or we are not. There is no middle
ground here. Theseverses
from the book of Matthew seem to add credence to those who teach the doctrine of
leaving ones salvation behind. “But and if that evil servant shall say
in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; And shall begin to smite [his]
fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; The lord of that servant
shall come in a day when he looketh not for [him], and in an hour that he is not
aware of, And shall cut him asunder, and appoint [him] his portion with the
hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth,”
Matthew 24:48-51. The term evil servant says a lot about this
individual. The fact that this evil servant, on occasion, refers to his master
says nothing of a profession of faith. The servant’s evil actions alone condemn
him. The word hypocrite, (hypokritēs in the Greek) has more than onedefinition.
One of which is pretender. A person can pretend to be
something they are not, in this case the evil servant was pretending to be a
loyal servant when all along he was only an evil doer. As I read the verse above
I see no sign that points to this evil servant as ever having been saved. He
didn’t leave his salvation behind, he never had it.
Lord doesn’t cement anyone’s salvation. Jesus said: “Not every one that saith
unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth
the will of my Father which is in heaven,” Matthew 7:20-21. Clearly
the servant spoken of above, even though referring to his master as Lord was not
doing his masters will.
In his letter to
the Romans, Paul the Apostle gives us a huge nugget to chew on “That if
thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine
heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the
heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made
unto salvation,” Romans 10:9 & 10. This is a 2
part requirement….those who confess and believe are saved. You can say it all
you want, but unless you believe it you’re lost.
spoken of by Jesus in Matthew 24 was not saved. Remember, Judas Iscariot was
with Jesus for His entire earthly ministry, andyet
Judas betrayed Him. Was Judas a born again believer just because he spent three
years walking the shores of Galilee with Jesus?
Certainly not, he was pretending.
We are called
by a Holy Calling. Once called, and once we’ve asked Jesus to come into our
lives to be our Lord and Savior, we are justified. We are a new creation in
Christ, born again, and according to God Himself, we can never leave our
salvation behind. Falter now and then, absolutely. Does it change our status as
born again? Not hardly, but here’s the rub. When we become born again,
that begins our journey with Christ. We have an obligation to Christ to be a
witness for Him. We aren’t accomplishing anything by keeping silent. We must
witness to the lost. Many Christians falter in this area. When it comes to
witnessing, I believe Christians by their blatant
refusal to witness begin to experience a sense of condemnation. Then they begin
to feel they’ve lost their salvation. It isn’t that they’ve lost it.t’s
that they are hiding it. Share your faith, be His disciple, spread His Gospel to
all that will listen. Remember, condemnation is of the Devil.
feeling a sense of failure as a Christian, or if you’ve experienced what you
believe is condemnation, in actuality itmay
not be condemnation at all. It might just be that the Holy Spirit is doing in
you what He does in all of us. It’s called conviction. “For whosoever
shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved,” Romans
10:13. To call upon is better translated from the Greek as “appeal
to”. We appeal to our Lord, and we shall be saved.
One more thing,
if we make the claim of being born again, we should keep it in mind that our
lifestyle is a Tattletale.
God bless you