Once saved, forever saved?

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I don’t really know of anyone who believes this but I’ve heard it being addressed, so I’d just add some things I found. The basis is Paul’s words in Ephesians 2:8:

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God”

But we know that not only do we have to understand the context of a Scripture, we also have to check what other Scriptures say.

  • Acts 26:20- “But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judæa, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.
  • Romans 6:1-2- “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?”
  • Matthew 22:12-14- “And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen.”
  • Matthew 25:13- “Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.”

There are many more Scriptural references to show that once saved does not mean forever saved except we abide in Him and do His will so let us continually watch.

Food for thought:

There’s an argument from a “predestination” point of view (Romans 8:28-30). But there’s also man’s free will…Think about these things.

Life nugget:

Matthew 24:13 “But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.”

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2 thoughts on “Once saved, forever saved?

  1. My main concern is – I think many Christians think too much about the details only God can know. Only God can control. Only God can decide. This causes much of the division among The Church throughout history.

    The Scripture would seemingly support both sides if this debate. Only God can see into the heart of each person to truly know.

    If a person truly accepts the gift of salvation then they will likely never turn their back on God. It has happened though. But sinning after accepting happens… That’s where God’s grace comes in. Law is no more.

    I just think we should all be cautious not to use Scripture to judge someone else’s salvation. (I don’t see you doing that. 🙂 I just wanted to mention since I see it so rampant on the Internet. It’s shocking. )

    Your post is good to think about as we should be reading all Scripture and discerning. So many people “just get saved” and rarely tead Scripture and never live for the Kingdom. The one that “is on earth as it is in Heaven.” That one. 🙂

    Blessings on your teachings!
    -Heather

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