Can one loose their salvation? vs. Once saved always saved?
These two schools of thought in the church have been at logger heads with each other for centuries, both sides have hundreds of scriptures to prove the point. However for every scripture to prove it there is one to disprove it. What is the answer then?
Lets have a quick look at them then, one saying, you are as righteous as your last sin, your actions, if you keep your heart repentant and your conscience clear you’re ok, the other saying its not your righteousness its His, you don’t go from Christ righteousness to own righteousness by sinning, if you sin you stay in His righteousness.
One is based in striving, the other has no fear of God, one is I can’t do anything right, the other is I can’t do anything wrong. One says I have to work to stay saved the other I don’t have to do any works, I’m saved! Both of them are full of the flesh, one self righteous (religious) the other lawless.
These two schools of thought have heaps of contradictions whatever side you sit on and so what happens is they end up being based in concepts rather than scripture.
What we need is a algorithm
Or a revelation that will decode all the scriptures so they all make sense.
There is a third perspective, it makes all scripture make sense, it is right in the middle of both these schools of thought.
It starts at the starts…
I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse: therefore choose life, that you may live, you and your seed; (Deut 30:19)
There are two paths, two kingdoms, two Gods (one being small ‘g’), two choices, two ways, two out comes.
The blessing and life is on God’s side, the curse and death is on the devils side, God shows His side by saying choose life, another way of saying this is walk in the light for the curse and death is in the darkness.
The grace is in the light, its free to get in the light, it cost Jesus everything, it’s a gift. The only requirements are repent and believe.
The scripture says “if we sin”, and if “we confess our sin” He is faithful and just… doesn’t say we automatically get forgiven, or that we can go on sinning.
It’s says if we walk in the light as He is in the light the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all unrighteousness.
It’s says; 1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who don’t walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus made me free from the law of sin and of death.
3 For what the law couldn’t do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God did, sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh; 4 that the ordinance of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. 6 For the mind of the flesh is death, but the mind of the Spirit is life and peace; (Rom 8:1-6)
Here we see that we are set free from the law of sin and death, (sin causing death…) if we live in the law of the spirit of life in Christ…. and then it goes on to say, if you walk in the flesh it doesn’t apply to you. verse 1,4,5,6.
The key that unlocks all these scriptures is walking in the light, which can also be said as walking in the Spirit, in the grace, in the secret place, in the faith. It is a place where you’re in His kingdom, His blessing, His life. Outside of it you are in the darkness, in the curse, in the death.
In the light Jesus will not need to say…
21 Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will tell me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in your name, in your name cast out demons, and in your name do many mighty works?’ 23 Then I will tell them, ‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you who work iniquity.’
He will not need to say…
6 If we say that we have fellowship with him and walk in the darkness, we lie, and don’t tell the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ, his Son, cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us the sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
He will not need to say…