I have been studying and teaching Bible doctrine for over 48 years and the shepherding teacher for home based Churches. Sola Scriptura
Does the Word Teach Once Saved, Always Saved?
- Galatians 5:1-4,13 - Context is found in chapter 1:6, the Judaizers had infiltrated their assemblies bringing the doctrine that one was not a true believer unless they were circumcised. They were attempting to turn grace into the keeping of the Law, something that is still a problem today. No one really wants to obey the WHOLE Law but just those parts they think are important to them. Like meats, days of the week, etc. to which Paul addressed in Colossians 2:16-17 The Church at Rome was having the same problem.
- 2 Peter 3:17 - Context is found in chapter 2:1 & 2, the problem begins with the lack of attention to the pronouns. The word ‘them’ refers to believers whereas the word ‘themselves’ speaks of the false prophets. Verse 2 lets us know that many BELIEVERS will be duped, bringing shame to the Truth and the Lord that bought THEM. Chapter 3:17 is a warning to believers to beware lest they become a hindrance to the Gospel. We at times are the Gospel’s worst enemies, for the world watches US closely and if we should falter on a pebble, they turn it into a mountain.
- James 5:19-20 - Context is found in 5:16 - FAULTS, that which EVERY believer is saddled with. It is another call that we need each other as iron sharpens iron, if we truly desire to see the lost become born-again.
- 1 Corinthians 8:11 - Context is verses 9-10 - being a stumbling block and verse 12 gives the definition of ‘perish’ - to wound, to cause to fall or falter, to mar one’s belief - how many have we caused to stumble because of the stumbling blocks we have cast in others ways?
- James 5:12 Context is honesty - condemnation - krisis - lit. means tribunal - judgment. Whom the Lord loves he chastens … how many times have we been judged when in err or deliberate sin by the heavenly tribunal. Condemnation’s definition is by context how it is to be used. In this case it is not dealing with damnation but coming under the hand of God when we err. He guards us as his child and will see us through until the end.
- Colossians 1:21-23 - context is verse 20 the reconciliation of believers to Christ. Verse 22 is the ongoing work of our Lord in the believers’ lives in presenting us FAULTLESS [Jude 24] The proof of Christ's work within a believer is if we continue in the faith [watch closely] grounded and settled are both in the Greek grammar are perfect passive participles. Perfect - at a single point in time in the past it was grounded and settled forever; Passive - the believer is the receiver of the action through NO effort or action on their part - you will find all salvation passages referring to believers are in the passive voice - more later. Participle - a verbal adjective describing the believer in this case. It is already grounded and settled as far as God is concerned.
- Hebrews 3:12 - Context is found in verse 8 - comparing the unbelief of Israel after the Red Sea crossing, the golden calf idol and everything else they did in the light of God’s miraculous provision and protection. This was written to the Jewish Christians dispersed throughout Asia Minor calling to remembrance their hard-headed forefathers in the light of the Truth. Plain and simple, the Jewish were torn between being Law abiding Jews and forsaking the grace in Christ. Still a big problem today.
- 1 Corinthians 1:27 - Context is Paul wanting to be found useful to our Lord and not be a hindrance to the Gospel - castaway - adokimos - unapproved … not damned. It circles back to the 2 Peter 3 passage of not wanting to bring shame to the Truth.
- 2 Peter 2:14 - Context is verse 12-13 - offspring of the Devil.
Decide Today - Is God Sovereign or Not?
A Lesson in My Salvation
Salvation - I believe the God of creation is absolutely sovereign in the affairs of mankind and his creation. He is the Potter and we are the clay [Romans 9]. Christ paid for the sins of those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life and the whole of creation ONLY. Just as man must be born again; creation will be born-again at the coming of our Lord. If one’s name was not written in Lamb’s Book of Life from before creation; they remain in their sins until the day of judgment.
God is not a God of double jeopardy and upon the cross all sins were paid in full for those he came to save. Salvation is the active work of God alone and as Daniel 4:35 puts it [my summary] he does what he wants, when wants, to whom he chooses and there is no one that can question his actions or be able to make him stop. His Word will accomplish 100% of what he desires and will not return unto him void.
Seven questions one needs to ask themselves:
- Do you believe that God is able to save anyone He chooses at any time?
- Do you believe that God is able to keep one's salvation secure, though at times one may act unfaithfully?
- Do you believe that God is able to present you faultless before the presence of the Father with great joy?
- Do you believe your salvation was a work of God alone and you, being found without faith, by His grace imparted His faith to you, that you should believe in Him?
- Do you believe that God's work of salvation was complete in you and that your works are a testimony of your belief, not a requirement to keep your salvation?
- Do you believe that the Word of God is foolishness to those who are lost and that if one should lose their salvation, the Word would again become foolishness?
- Do you believe that the Word of God is the final authority for how we should live this side of heaven?
If you answered no to any of the above questions, you resemble a doubting Thomas at best and the joy of your salvation is darkened by an unsure belief in the faithfulness of a sovereign God.
I believe in a perfectly sovereign God who chose me before the foundation of the world and has promised that my name in the Lamb's Book of Life will never be erased. I was one without faith who in due season was made to address my severe sin problem and my need of a Savior. I received the gift of faith from God and was born again, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh or the will of man, but of God. I was drawn to Jesus by the Father (John 6:44) and my Lord promised to raise me up on the last day. I am kept secure, not by my strength but by the faithfulness of God alone.
It is difficult at times to muster up the understanding needed to meet with the trials of this life but this I do know, I will have no questions for my God, for I shall see Him as He is. Believing in an absolutely sovereign God is a source of great joy and peace and is a testimony the world cannot deny or ignore.