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3-29-2014 9:29:58 AM

Once Saved, Not Always Saved

Revelation 3:5 says “He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white. Iwill never blot out his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels.”

If Jesus mentioned that He will never blot out a name from the book of life, then it seems that it is possible that a name could be blotted out.

Ephesians 4:30 tells us that by the Holy Spirit we have been sealed until the day of redemption. But, it also says do not grieve the Holy Spirit. Grieve means to cause grief, mental suffering, stress, or great sorrow.

Do you actually think you can go to church on Sunday and live like the devil the rest of the week, and everything will be fine?

I am not saying we are saved by works. We are saved through faith in Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 2:8-9 states “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.”

What I am saying is that people forget their responsibility as followers of Christ. The rest of that verse in Ephesians 2, verse 10 states, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

Salvation through Jesus causes a lifestyle change, which in turn causes our actions, our works, to be good. We should no longer live as the devil. We should live as children of God.

Look at what Galatians 5:16-25 has to say (bold text added for emphasis)… “So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whateveryou want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”

We are to live by the Spirit. The scripture tells us that if we live by the flesh we will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Jesus does say in John 10:28-30 “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.  My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”

Jude 24 says “Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy.”

I do believe God has the power to hold you and keep you from stumbling. His Holy Spirit will continue to prompt you and nudge you when you are about to do wrong and get out of God’s perfect will.

Imagine God’s perfect will is a path through woods. You can step off of that path if you choose. But, if you do, there are thorns, rocks, holes, wildlife that can harm you. God has laid out His perfect plan for your life. His Word is a lamp unto your feet and a light unto your path (Psalm 119:105). We just have to trust His Word and follow the voice of the Holy Spirit.

I do believe if we are truly saved, if we have truly repented and turned from our wicked ways, that we will no longer want to habitually sin and go against God’s Word. If we do step off of the path, I truly believe God will do everything to get us back on the path. We may be rebelling against His will, but He loves us so much, He will do what it takes to get us back on track.

And, when Jude 24 says He will present us faultless, that is because the blood of Christ has washed us whiter than snow (Isaiah 1:18). It is through what Christ did for us that we are faultless. It’s not our good works that make us faultless. Out of Christ’s blood making us faultless come good works. That heart change changes our lifestyle and what we do.

2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”

We need to live out of the new life that Christ has made for us.

Our good works don’t save us. Good works are a product of our new life in Christ.

It’s not that God can’t save us. It’s not that we have to do good works to be saved. The point is that too many people think they can say a small prayer once in their life and think everything is good. A lot of people seem to forget that Christ has changed their lives, so they continue to live in sin. There is no real change. They don’t renew their minds to the Word of God. They don’t walk in God’s will. They don’t follow His commands.

2 Corinthians 13:5 “Examine yourselves, whether you are in the faith; prove your own selves. Know you not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, unless you are counterfeits?”

2 Timothy 2:15 “Study to show yourself approved. Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”