Eternal Life: Is salvation eternal?

Published: Monday, September 24, 2012 at 15:03 PM.

2. In John 6:37 Jesus says "by no means will I cast you out" speaking of those who come to Him by faith.  Why is it that so many concoct ways that one will be thrown out of the Family of God in light of this clear teaching of Christ?  The entire context around this passage is clearly dealing with salvation.  Many make the mistake of not seeing this obvious truth yet turn around and miss the context of Rev. 3:16.  They take Jesus talking about "spitting" the Laodicean Church out of his mouth as meaning losing your salvation and totally ignore John 6:37.  A few verses after the Rev. 3:16 passage He makes it clear He is dealing with chastening believers not taking away their salvation (3:19).  The context of Rev. 3:16 has nothing to do with salvation.  The idea is of God dining with us when we walk in obedience. When we are not walking in accordance with His Will it affects our fellowship with Him, not our position in Christ.  God stands at the door of the heart of believers (the church) and convicts (knocks) because when the church is out of His Will He tries to get our attention so we will truly fellowship with Him as we should and live in accordance with His Will.  The passage is to the church (3:22 makes this clear) and deals with chastening (Rev 3:19), not salvation.  Revelation 3 is not a message to lost people to open their hearts because God is knocking on it.  Yes God draws lost people, but the Revelation passage I have spoke of here does not deal with lost people.  The Church of Laodicea in Rev. 3 was disappointing Christ and He was repulsed.  If things didn’t change He promised to chasten them.  If the Rev 3:16 passage is dealing with salvation then we would have a huge contradiction issue on our hands with John 6:37 (This is important...Remember the Apostle John wrote both books!!!!  I don’t think he changed his mind since he was inspired by God!).  Jesus couldn’t have made it any clearer than by saying “by no means will I cast you out” in John 6:37.  Inaccurate interpretation over the years has led to poor teaching and a poor understanding of this truth.  Sadly many well meaning people (some who are saved) are butchering the truth unknowingly.  Hebrews 12:5-8 tells us that God only chastens Christians to correct them.  As you read this passage in Hebrews notice that while God is chastening the believer He is still their Father!  Remember, only Christians have God as their Father (John 8:38-59).  Don’t miss this.  Chastening is totally different from condemning. Believers are no longer under condemnation according to Romans 8:1!  Just as our earthly dad’s disciplined us, so does our Heavenly Father.  He loves us and wants us to grow to be more like Christ, not kick us out of the Family of God.  When you rebelled as a child did you cease to be a part of your family while your father chastened you?  Chastening is about correction not condemnation.  We see this clearly in 1 Cor. 5:5 (the man caught in adultery with his father’s wife).  Yes his life is in jeopardy, but not his soul.  Paul spells this out.  When one is living out of the Will of God and not experiencing chastening then we can deduce that the individual isn’t in Christ based on the Hebrews passage above.

 

3. In John 10:27-29 Jesus makes it clear again that no one can snatch us out of the Father’s hand because He has given us eternal life.   Given not earned!

 

4. 1 Cor 6:19-20 tells us who are in Christ that we were bought and are no longer our own.  If saved, you no longer have say over your soul and neither does Satan.  We now belong to Christ, we are His.  When His slaves fall out of line, He convicts & then chastens to bring us back in line.    

 

5.  1 John 5:13 tells us that we can know for certain we have eternal life if we have given our life to Christ.  How can we have the assurance that we have eternal life if it isn't eternal?  



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