Re: Once saved, always saved?
It is my understanding that the prodigal son represented the publicans and sinners who were coming to Jesus and receiving His Word. They were not saved, then lost, then saved again. They were children of Abraham according to the flesh, who were being saved by hearing Jesus' Word and believing on Him.
Originally Posted by Gadgeteer
Regarding the sonship and adoption of believers, I will agree that I don't think God is quick to cast His adopted children away. He's not sitting up there ready to kick us out of the kingdom every time we stumble. God is merciful, gracious, slow to anger, and quick to forgive. If we stumble God will convict, and if we do not immedietely repent, He will discipline us as children. It should be hard for a true believer to kick against the pricks of God. If it is easy for us to sin, something is definitely wrong.
Psalm 32: 3-4-When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long. For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.
The danger is when we disregard, resist, or faint at His chastening hand. The danger is when a person trifles with Gods kindness, or turns the grace of God into a license to sin. God is not mocked. So there is a serenity that comes from knowing that God is longsuffering to us-ward, and it is His good pleasure to give us the kingdom and yet there is a holy reverance that knows that God will hold us all the more accountable who have received His Grace. Blessed assurance mixed with godly reverance, (holy fear) is what we need.
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.