Once Saved Always Saved?

Wayne S. Walker

QUESTION: Once Saved Always Saved?

“Regarding the section, ‘Once Saved, Always Saved, Impossible to
Fall,’ aren’t we sealed (once we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and
Savior and are saved) until the day of redemption?”  Without quoting all
the other remarks, I will try to explain what the scriptures actually say
on this subject.  Yes, Christians are sealed to the day of redemption
(Ephesians 4.30).  However, what does this mean?  Paul explains what this
seal means in 2 Timothy 2.19 when he wrote, “Nevertheless the solid
foundation of God stands, having this seal: ‘The Lord knows those who are
His,’ and ‘Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from
iniquity.”

     Being sealed so that the Lord knows that we are His means the WE
OURSELVES must depart from iniquity.  The real question that this raises
is, does God keep us saved completely apart from anything that we do, or
does He require us to do anything in keeping saved?  The Bible says that
there are some things that WE MUST DO to keep saved.  “Therefore,
brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for
IF YOU DO THESE THINGS you will never stumble” (2 Peter 1.10).  This
necessarily implies that if we do not do these things, we will stumble,
and thus our call and election will not be sure.

     “How can I be saved right now, then later on tonight or even later
today–in a minute, NOT IF BUT WHEN I sin–and we aoo do and will–I’m
NOT SAVED?”  The only answer that I can give is from the Bible (rather
than worldly wisdom, human opinion, denominational theology, or man’s
emotions) is that in Acts 8.13 Simon, who had been a sorcerer in Samaria,
was saved, but in verse 19 he sinned, and was told by Peter in verse 21
that his heart was not right in the sight of God.  Can a person be saved
whose heart is not right with God?  But he was told to DO something about
it.  In verse 22 Peter said to repent and pray God for forgiveness.

     Yes, we all do sin; of that there is no doubt (1 John 1.8).  But is
there anything that we can and must do about it?  The answer is yes.  “If
we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and
to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1.9).  Note again the
word IF.  John says IF we confess our sins, God will forgive us.  So
there is something that we must do to receive forgiveness and keep saved.
 Certainly Christians sin, but God offers forgiveness if we just meet His
conditions.

     “If we’re capable of making and molding ourselves into fine gold,
why’d Jesus have to go through all He went through?   If we are the
‘potter’?   How can we go out to the highways and byways professing Jesus
Christ if the word of God is not absolute, if the way is NOT the way?
How could we be ‘believers’?  How could all our FAITH lie on ourselves?
How could we go boldly with the gospel if it’s not gospel.  How do we
stand and endure on if’s and but’s?  We have to make it clear.  The God I
serve is not like me–flawed.  The world will eat us alive if we try to
win souls to Christ by telling them HE’S the way but even if you accept
Him, live right, etc., because you migyt just slip–you’re human, you’ll
probably still go to hell.  Jesus Christ has got to ABSOLUTELY be the
WAY.”    Yes, God is the Potter and we are the clay (Romans 9.21).  Our
salvation by faith is not of ourselves (Ephesians 2.8-9).

     However, the way that we show that we do believe and trust Him is by
DOING what He says (John 14.15, 1 John 5.3).  The Bible warns us over and
over that if we do slip and do not return to the Lord to find
forgiveness, we will be lost (1 Corinthians 10.12, Hebrews 10.26-31, 2
Peter 2.20-22).  So if we preach what the Bible says, then that is what
we have to preach.   Yes, Jesus is absolutely the way (John 14.6).  No
one will be saved without coming to Him.  But WE must hear His voice and
FOLLOW Him for Him to keep us so that we shall never perish (John
10.27-28).  To sum this all up, we must trust in Jesus only for
salvation, but Jesus is the author of eternal salvation to “all who OBEY
Him” (Hebrews 5.8-9).  Thus, if we turn from Him and do not obey Him, we
will not receive His eternal salvation.

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