Re: Once saved, always saved?
I do not subscribe to the once saved always saved teaching. I do not know if the Bible fully answers the question as to whether a person who is truly saved can or cannot lose their eternal salvation. I do believe that the believer is secure in Christ, and they cannot be lost as long as they are abiding in Him. God is the one who keeps, guards, and preserves us, but we must abide in Him.
Originally Posted by BibleGirl02
I don't think we should be asking "Can I lose my salvation?". I think a better question is " How can I live in the fullness of the salvation that God has given me?" If we're abiding in Christ by faith yet we are worried about falling away, we are not having confidence in God's power to keep. Conversely, if we're not abiding in Christ, yet thinking we are once saved always saved in spite of our disobedience, we are being presumptious.
Adendum- When we speak of abiding in Christ, it is important to remember that abiding in Christ is an active obedience and forward going faith, not sitting still but actively seeking Christ on a daily basis. Our natures can be fickle, and if we are prone to grow cold if we do not stay near to Christ, or if we do not participate in fellowship with God and other believers. We seek Christ because we hunger for Him and for His Righteousness, a sign of true conversion. and spiritual health
John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.
1 Peter 1:5- Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
Jude 1:24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
2 Peter 1: 5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. 8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. 10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure[/B]: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
1 John 1:7- But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
2 Corinthians 7:1- Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.