The Tabernacle Scroll

Issue 69

"------and the truth shall set you free" (John 8:32b)

One of the most encouraging and liberating truths in God's word is that of the security of the believer's salvation. There are few subjects that have created more disturbance in the Body of Christ than the issue of "Can a Christian ever lose his or her salvation?" To put it another way, can a 'saved' person somehow become 'unsaved'? The doctrine of salvation has (sadly) been twisted and abused by religious charlatans who deliberately steer around the vital ingredients of the issue.

The simple straightforward scriptural answer to this question is a categorical and emphatic 'NO'. However, this answer is qualified by the following essentials:

1. The individual I have in mind is a person who is truly 'born again'; he possesses eternal life through faith in Jesus, God's Son. No hand-raising, walking down the aisle, church membership or any other external sign, but a personal and deliberate belief that Jesus died for his sins and rose again for his justification. Not on the basis of his deeds (see Titus 3:5-7) but solely as a recipient of God's grace through faith in Christ (Eph 2:8-9). In other words, he is a possessor, not a professor!

2. I am talking about eternal security, not carnality. When these two subjects are intertwined, confusion inevitably results. Carnality has to do with the believer who willfully walks according to the flesh and chooses a lifestyle that lacks the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit. In First Corinthians, Galatians and Hebrews, we see references to carnal Christians who are brought under the discipline of the Lord. Those scriptures do not refer to a Christian who has lost his salvation, but rather to one has become wayward, who is walking in the energy of the flesh rather than the power of the Holy Spirit. Consequently some of them, under the Lord's correction, even lost their lives.

3. I have no doubt that the issue always hinges on what God has done for us, not what we can do for him! Salvation is not something we earn, but something we receive as a gift. Just as a matter of reassurance, think about when our salvation occurred! According to Romans 5:8, "while we were yet sinners" and according to Ephesians 2 when we were spiritually "dead" This is the starting point of our understanding of eternal security!

In closing, for the truly born-again individual to lose his salvation, God would have to take back the free gift he has given. That is both unthinkable and impossible!

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