Eternal Salvation

Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses.  Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?  ~ Hebrews 10:28-29

I heard a preacher recently say that he was shocked by the number of people in his congregation who believed that they could lose their salvation…..

The “debate” of whether or not you can lose your salvation is a very heated one is the church today.  And has even become a barrier (isn’t that just what Satan wants) between churches and denominations.

I’m not going to get into that debate.

Here’s the thing….

Do the people who believe that you can lose your salvation live like they believe that you can?

Are they behaving in a more God-like manner (you’d think they would, if they were scared of losing their salvation)?

Do the people who believe that you cannot lose your salvation tend to turn the sacred common as in the verse above?

Are they taking for granted that, because the “accepted Christ” they’re covered?

I believe that the real issue is whether or not someone has actually become a Christian in the first place – wholeheartedly devoting their lives to Jesus Christ – surrendering to His Lordship, totally repenting (turning away from) their sins, and living a life that honors God in every area.

There are many passages of Scripture that give us eternal security, but, unlike God’s unconditional love for us, these all seem to have one condition attached – obedience.

Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. ~ Matthew 7:20-21

For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother. ~ Matthew 12:50

So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses. ~ Matthew 18:35

You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy.  He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels. ~ Revelation 3:4-5

So much emphasis these days is placed on God loving us as we are, and accepting us as we are, and both of those are true.

But, so many skip over, or forget that God doesn’t  leave us the way we are.

Look at the instance where Jesus Himself forgave the sin of the woman caught in adultery..(John 8:10-12).  He tells her to “Go, and sin no more.”

So, instead of being shocked at how many people think they can lose their salvation – I think we should be shocked by how many people do not walk worthy of that salvation – and teach them how to do so.

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