“Once Saved- Always Saved”… is a Church Doctrine, but is it a doctrine... of the Word of God? This OS-AS has come out of the Baptist Persuasion and Teaching. Many other churches have a different opinion teaching that One… can lose their Salvation. Which do you Believe?
The Word of God… is the “ONLY Truth” for a Believer and… that the Truth of the Word is Without Error!” The test to see if you are ‘Born Again’ by the Spirit of God is the Word of God. If you are Born Again, then the Holy Spirit will validate this… Truth!
(1Corinthians 2:14) But the = natural man = does not = receive the things of the Spirit of God, = for they are = foolishness = to him; = neither can he = know them, = because they are spiritually discerned.
How can that be? You see, ‘Not All’ those that… ‘Say they are Saved – Are Really Saved! [i.e. Born Again] Perhaps, this is where we must agree that the Word of God, “The BIBLE” is the ‘Only Truth’ for those that “Call the Name of Christ?” ‘IF’… you cannot or will not agree with this statement, ‘THEN’… there is no further need for this discussion.
(Luke 4:4) And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word of God.
(Matthew 4:4) But He [Jesus] answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Perhaps we must… begin where the Scripture Begins, and… Leave OFF the Church Doctrine? The KEY? – “The Scriptures!” What do we say… We Believe?” Is ‘IT” the Truth of the Word – OR – Church Doctrine?
The Words... of Jesus should show us something about “Belief?” How many did JESUS say really… “DIDN’T”…belonged to Him? “Few = Some = or = Many? Read ‘the answer’… below!
(Matthew 7:21-22-23) Not everyone = who says to Me [Jesus], Lord! Lord! = Shall enter the kingdom of Heaven, = but he who does the will of My Father in Heaven.
(Matt 7:22) = = Many = = will say to Me in that day, = Lord! Lord! = Did we not prophesy in Your name, = and through Your name throw out demons, = and through Your name = = do many wonderful works?
(Matt 7:23) And then I will say to them = I never knew you! = Depart from Me, = those working lawlessness!
There were many… ‘Religious – Who Claimed they Knew JESUS?” and yet were rejected by… HIM? Perhaps you could examine… “Matthew 13” – the four kinds of soil and the “Wheat and the Tares?” Perhaps you ‘Should’ also examine… “2Corinthinas 11:13-15?” Many claim Jesus, but He says… I Never Knew YOU!
(James 2:19) You believe = that there is = one God, = you do well; = even the demons = believe = and tremble.
This comes about… because ‘Many are Duped’ into “Thinking they are Saved!” How can that BE? Did you read the above Verses? Did you open your Bible and really read them? Did you understand what the Spirit of God was saying through the Word of God? If not, then re-read those Bible Verses till… you do.
The ‘group emotion’… may be and is often generated in ‘Any Church Service’. Many are filled with emotion and take a walk down a ‘church aisle’, say a prayer and believe they are Born Again. They endure for a while… but are like the Soils in… Matthew 13.
This comes about… because many are… ‘Trusting Our Feelings’… and… “Not in what the Word of God SAYS?” The Real KEY – Is Belief! Belief in Whom? Belief in What? Belief that… ‘Brings Life Eternal!”
(Romans 8:16) The Spirit Himself = bears witness with our spirit = that we are = the children of God.
(2Corinthians 13:5) Examine yourselves, = whether you are in the faith, = prove your own selves. = Do you not know your own selves, = that Jesus Christ is in you, = unless you are reprobates?
Did Jesus promise… that the real belief in… His Finished Work of Salvation... would cause you to be “Born Again”? Yes He did! Again we will focus on The Scriptures and Not on any particular church… teaching or doctrine.
(John 7:37-38-39) On the last and most important day of the festival, = Jesus stood up and shouted, = "If anyone is thirsty, = let him come to me and drink!
(John 7:38) The one = who believes in me, = as the Scripture has said, = will have rivers of living water = flowing from his heart."
(John 7:39) Now he said this = about the Spirit, = whom those who were believing in him = were to receive. = For the Spirit = was not yet present, = because Jesus had not yet been glorified.
Salvation is by… Grace Alone! No works can ever earn salvation. Perhaps you need to read these verses for yourself. “Ephesians 2:8-9-10 = Titus 3:5 = Romans 11:6” = and many other verses. Again we will focus on The Scriptures… and ‘Not’ on any particular church… teaching or doctrine. Salvation is… The Holy Spirit!
(Romans 8:9) But you are not in the flesh, = but in the Spirit, = if the Spirit of God = dwells in you. = But = if anyone = has not = the Spirit of Christ, = he is none of His.
Are there other… verses that speak about believing… unto Salvation? Yes there are many, but so ‘few’ have… ‘read and studied’… The Bible. Most only go on… ‘here-say’ or what they have been told by others. Again we will focus on The Scriptures and ‘Not’ on any particular church… teaching or doctrine.
(Romans 10:8-to-13) But what does it say? "The Word is near you, even in your mouth and in your heart"; that is, the Word of Faith which we proclaim;
(Rom 10:9) Because if you confess the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.
(Rom 10:10) For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth one confesses unto salvation.
(Rom 10:11) For the Scripture says, "Everyone believing on Him shall not be put to shame."
(Rom 10:12) For there is no difference both of Jew and of Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call on Him.
(Rom 10:13) For everyone, "whoever shall call on the name of the Lord will be saved."
Is this plan... of Salvation… ‘Temporary… or is it Permanent?’ “IF” you can lose your Salvation, “THEN”… it is only temporary! How then would you know… if you had it… or when you lost it? What kind of Salvation did Jesus die for? Temporary or Eternal?
(Hebrews 5:8-9) Son though He was, = He learned obedience through His sufferings
(Heb 5:9) And, once made perfect, = He became the source of = eternal salvation = for all who obey him,
How about if… we look at some other verses dealing with Salvation? They are there, in the Scriptures. You need to ‘Read & Study’ the Word of God, for yourself. Don’t take what someone says, find out for yourself. Remember the Bible does NOT produce… ‘Instant Spirituality’ and ‘Godly Wisdom’. It only comes from a lifetime of… obedience to God and to His Word.
(1Corinthians 12:13) For also by = one Spirit = we are all baptized into one body, = whether Jews or Greeks, = whether bond or free, = even all were made to drink into = one Spirit.
Water baptism does… Not bring Salvation. It is that baptism by the Holy Spirit of God, that makes that person a ‘Son or Daughter’ of God. The Holy Spirit is Salvation!
(Ephesians 1:12-13-14) For us to be to the praise of His glory, = who previously had = trusted in Christ;
(Eph 1:13) In whom also you, = hearing the Word of Truth, = the gospel of our salvation, = in Whom also believing, = you were sealed with = the Holy Spirit of promise,
(Eph 1:14) Who is = the earnest = of our inheritance, = to the redemption of the purchased possession, = to the praise of His glory.
Woven throughout… the Scriptures are these verses, teaching us that it is the Spirit of God… that is our… Salvation. The Holy Spirit… is Salvation. We are Sealed for Eternity!
(2Corinthians 1:20-21-22) For all the promises of God = in Him are yes, = and in Him = Amen, to the glory of God by us.
(2Cor 1:21) But He = confirming us = and anointing us = with you in Christ = is God.
(2Cor 1:22) And He has = sealed us = and having given = the earnest of the Spirit = in our hearts.
(Ephesians 4:30) And do not grieve = the Holy Spirit of God, = by whom = you are = sealed = until the day of redemption.
Thank you for Your EAR! Roger //Email// firstname.lastname@example.org