Eternal Life: Is salvation eternal?

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

 

6. In 1 Pet 1:5 we are told that we are kept by God's Power, not our power or good works!  How can one limit the Power of God? Our works are a by-product of our faith (whole point of James 2).  It is our faith alone in the person and work of Jesus Christ that saves us.  Yes, true saving faith is always accompanied by repentance and godly works, but our works don't save us or keep us.  It is the blood of Christ alone that saves!  Galatians 3:3 reminds us that it is the Spirit that perfects us after our conversion, not us!  Remember no one is good.  Jesus makes this very clear in Mat. 19:17.  If we think our good works need to be added to Christ’s blood to redeem us then we obviously don’t believe there is enough power in the blood, or we have way too lofty a view of ourselves!  The Gospel is about what Christ has done for us, not what we have done to earn our salvation.  Paul tells us that it is Christ’s righteousness that makes us acceptable before God (Phil 3:9).  The whole point of Galatians Ch. 2 & 3 & Eph 2:8-9 (not to mention every conversion story in the Gospel of John) is to clearly show that we are saved by grace through faith alone.  That was the main thrust of the Protestant Reformation.

When I hear people say things like... "Then you believe that you can just live like the Devil, or however you want, and still go to heaven?"  It makes me wonder what in the world they are saying???  Have they never truly been born again and changed by the Power of God?  Conversion makes one want to live for Christ.  When God saved me it was a radical transformation, I was a totally different man, just as all who are born again are.  Before Christ I was rebellious against serving God, but when He redeemed me I wanted to live for Him.  That is what true conversion does.  It brings transformation.  Doesn't the Bible tell us He gives us a new heart?  Ezekiel 36:22-28 is a good picture of this.  With a new heart we want to live for Him!  Notice in 1 John 2:19 we are told that those who are saved will continue with the church, while those who don’t were not saved in the first place.  John doesn’t even hint they lost their salvation when they walked away from the church.  He is clear they never had it or they would have continued!  (This is the point of the Parable of the Soils-Luke 8). The new heart He gives us is what leads us to follow Him.  Jesus says those who love Him will obey His commands (John 14:21-23). In John 10:27 Jesus says His sheep will follow Him.  Not perfectly, but there will be a striving.  Those who don’t live for Christ and say they are saved are blind.  Scripture is clear you will know a tree by its fruit!  True believers take serious Christ’s commands to evangelize the lost, to be generous, and to practice godly living (not to mention other matters important to the Lord). 

 

There is no room for a Christian to teach or believe one can lose their salvation because that is foreign and in direct conflict with the message of the gospel! If anything I hope this encourages you & helps you.  Jesus said my burden is light.  To tell Christians that they have to be good enough to keep their salvation (some teach perfect) or they will lose it is a heavy burden.  One thing I have seen over the years as a pastor is how spiritual bondage is often a product of false teachings like this.  Please know I really do care greatly for all that disagree with me on the issue of eternal life and would be there for them in a second if they were in need, but that doesn't minimize the significance of things.  Truth is a battle worth standing for!  To misconstrue the Doctrine of Salvation is very serious.  Be a soul winner, proclaim truth, and remember eternal means eternal! 

 

*Other passages to study (John 3:16-18, Rom 8:27-30, Eph. 1:13-14, Phil 1:6, Hebrews 6:4-9, Hebrews 10:10, 1 Cor. 11:29-32)



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