Re: Once saved, always saved?
A good book that deals with assurance of salvation is the book of First John. John teaches that we can have assurance of salvation because of our relationship with Christ. IF we have a relationship with Christ, there will be evidence and fruit.
Here's some glorious verses on assurance of salvation.
1 John 2: 3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
1 John 2:4- He that saith , I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
1 John 2:5- But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected : hereby know we that we are in him.
1 John 2:29- If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him
1 John 3:14- We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.
1 John 3:18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. 19And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him
1 John 3:24- And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.
1 John 4:13- Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.
1 John 5: These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
Do these verses teach salvation by works? No, but they do teach an effectual salvation. We are not saved because we do good works, love the brothers, etc. but if we are truly saved and if we truly have a relation ship with Jesus we will do these things. If we are not living and walking in the Light, I don't think we have a real basis for assurance, but if we have a living relationship with Jesus and are walking in Him the Light of Life, we can have full assurance. Mere intellectual assent to the teachings of the Bible do not give true and accurate assurance, neither does going through the motions of religion. The only basis for assurance is union of Christ, and if we are in union with Him, there will be evidence.
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.