Commentary By: Gordon King
Yesterday I wrote a rather lengthy post about our salvation, partly because I was challenged and partly because I was condemned for believing that we cannot lose our salvation. Actually I stopped where I did not because I didn’t have more to say, but because I had to stop somewhere. I was basically told that I was teaching a “damnable doctrine”! I am very passionate about my salvation and I do not take lightly being accused of preaching a false doctrine when I know that it is the truth! I know it from scripture, but I also know it from personal experience with my Savior Jesus Christ! I know for a fact that I have been saved, yet I have sinned, I walked away from God for a while, yet I came back, did God ever forsake me? No! How then do I know that I am saved? Because I have personal experiences with God, He has touched me in ways that only He can, done things in my life that only He can. He turned a miserable wretch into one of His own, a child of God seeking to please Him.
We must all be very careful not to condemn other believers in Christ, especially if what we are accusing the other of is not true. If we condemn a believer for something that God Himself says is the truth then we are accusing God, we are saying that God is giving us damnable doctrine!
The question of whether or not we can lose our salvation is very important and it should be to “all” believers in Jesus Christ! It is here that we place our entire faith, it is here that we trust that the good Lord has the ability to save us from our sins, to save us from eternal damnation! And if God cannot save us from all of our sins has His plan for redemption then failed?! Was the death of Jesus Christ on the cross and His resurrection into heaven not enough to pay our debt? Are we then saying that Jesus does not have the power to save us from hell?
Let’s just take a deep breath and stop for a moment. What is the bible really all about anyway? It’s the story of God’s love, the love of God for His creation, man (and woman), human beings. It’s a story of God’s redemption for man, to save us from our sins, from our rebellion against Him. It’s also a story of how He will pour out His wrath upon those who are unsaved, of what is in store for those that choose not to believe. This is basically it in a nutshell.
The bible is full of verses telling us that we must repent of our sins and believe in Jesus Christ, then we will be saved, scripture tells us this over and over again. We must rightly divide the word of God, we must understand what it is that God is telling us, yet we shall never fully understand all of it in this life time, but it is ours to try and do so, this is growing and maturing in the Lord.
I was told recently by a commenter that God knows who will be saved and who won’t, that all believers have been predestined to be saved, of course I already knew this, but he makes a good point. There are many so-called believers who are not truly saved, yet they believe that they are and many of us believe that they are as well. And scripture tells us that some of us will fall away crucifying Christ over again. I believe that it is these “so-called” believers that scripture is talking about, not truly saved Christians.
If we are truly saved then we have God within us, and it is He who changes us from the inside, not us. It is He who leads us and guides us and keeps us from temptation, it is He who justifies us by our faith. And it is our faith that gives us the ability to perform God’s will, and it is God’s will for us to do so.
Much of the written word of God is given to us not out of fear, but out of love, in order to encourage us and in order to build our faith in God! If we have fear then we cannot perform God’s will, on the other hand with faith we can rest assured that when we are saved we are always saved, that God has given us eternal life, that it is He who has done these things not us or none of us would have been saved in the first place! This should give us more faith, the faith to do what we are here to do, God’s will! If we have to worry about whether or not we will lose our salvation then how can we focus in on God’s will?
God has saved us not to give us fear and worry, not so that we would have no hope, just the opposite is true, He has given us a hope for eternity, the hope is an anchor of our soul, it is sure (certainty, having no doubt) and steadfast (resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering), which means that we can take it to the bank, that what God has done for us is true and we can count on it, this means our eternal salvation!
“This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil,“
The apostle Paul was writing to the Hebrews, yet these words also hold true for all believers in Jesus Christ. Notice the last verse in Hebrews 8:12, “their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more”.
“For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 11 None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them. 12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.“
The New testament was written so that believers in Jesus Christ would know the truth from lies, so that we would have a guide-book to lead us through this life and into eternity. It was written to encourage us, to build our faith, and to keep us from temptation.
We as believers have been justified by God through our faith, and it is by God’s will that we have been sanctified through Jesus Christ, “once for all”.
“Previously saying, “Sacrifice and offering, burnt offerings, and offerings for sin You did not desire, nor had pleasure in them” (which are offered according to the law), 9 then He said, “Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God.” He takes away the first that He may establish the second. 10 By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.“
“For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.“
Forever is a very long time! Those who are saved are justified, sanctified, and glorified by God!
In the old covenant priests gave regular sacrifices to God, why? Because the blood of animals was not enough to cover our sins, they did not cover old sins nor did they cover future sins. However, Jesus Christ came to do away with the old covenant, He came to do away with all sins! His blood was enough to cover past sins, present sins, and future sins, once for all!
“then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” 18 Now where there is remission of these, there is no longer an offering for sin.“
Remission is defined as “the cancellation of a debt, charge, or penalty”. And if there is no longer an offering for sin, that means that Jesus Christ paid it all! There is remission of sins for the true believer in Jesus Christ.
“Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, 20 by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.“
This is the assurance of our faith, the confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus. It is encouragement for the soul. We are told to “hold fast” (remain tightly secured) the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. If we are not sure of our salvation, then how in the world can we hold fast without wavering? We are to continue encouraging one another and even more as the Day draws near. What day is that? The Day of Christ!
Hebrews 10:26-29 is often used to prove that a believer can lose his or her salvation. But, I do not believe that this is rightly dividing the world of God!
“For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries. 28 Anyone who has set aside the law of Moses dies without mercy on the evidence of two or three witnesses. 29 How much worse punishment, do you think, will be deserved by the one who has trampled underfoot the Son of God, and has profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has outraged the Spirit of grace?”
I believe that these verses are referring to unbelievers who have heard the word of God yet turn from it and continue in sin. They have rejected the gospel of Christ, hence verse 28 speaking about the law of Moses, the unbelievers. Also we must continue to read to the end of Hebrews chapter 10, verse 39 to fully understand who Paul is talking about here.
“But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls.“
This verse tells us that these are not believers who shrink back but unbelievers!
Did all of the apostles really know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior? No, Judas Iscariot didn’t!
“Jesus answered them, “Did I not choose you, the twelve, and one of you is a devil?” 71 He spoke of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, for it was he who would betray Him, being one of the twelve.“
My point is that all who say that they are Christians are not really true Christians, not all are saved, and much of scripture is speaking about these people when referring to those who know the truth yet fall away from it, just as with Judas Iscariot.
Our Father in heaven knows who are His, He knew before the creation of the world, and He predestined us to be saved for all of eternity! And Jesus Christ our Shepherd, He knows who belongs to Him, and He will not lose one soul that belongs to Him!
“ Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. 36 But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. 37 All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. 38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. 39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. 40 For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.” “
Jesus said that whomever comes to Him He will never cast out! He will lose nothing that the Father has given Him but raise it up on the last day! This includes all true believers in Jesus Christ! All who believe in the Son shall have eternal life and be raised up on the last day!
How could any believer in Jesus Christ believe that we could lose our salvation when Jesus Himself told us that this would not happen?! Jesus gave us His word, His promise. Our Father in heaven who has predestined those to be saved will come to Christ, and Christ will never let them go! Never!
Has God’s plan for our redemption failed? Never! God’s plan for our redemption is working just as planned, no side tracks, no slip ups, no mistakes about it! Read and study the word of God, meditate upon it, ask the good Lord for wisdom and enlightenment and He will surely give it to you!
God bless my friends! Maranatha!