Once saved forever saved

In my previous topic, I discussed about the mystery and purpose of salvation. In that, I defined salvation as being saved from every ignoble including sins, pains, sorrows, bondage, curses, shame, disgrace e.t.c.

I came to an understanding that I am not saved to dwell in sin, I am saved from sins. I are not saved because I earned it or deserve it, I am saved because God is love and He is just. This love brought God from his thrown to the earth

John 1:1-5 | NIV
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning.
3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood a it.

This love made God to dwell among men, been in human form He reside in us for the period of 33 years 6 months.  

John 1:9-11 | NIV
9 The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world. b
10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.

This love made him humble unto his creature (human – created in God’s likeness) even onto the point of death. He surrenders all so that all working against you might be render useless and ineffective.

At this point even strongholds and bondage has no power against you and me. We are free indeed.

Salvation is not a liberty to sin: Paul made this statement

                 
Gal 5:13-15 | MSG
13 It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don’t use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows. 14 For everything we know about God’s Word is summed up in a single sentence: Love others as you love yourself. That’s an act of true freedom. 15 If you bite and ravage each other, watch out — in no time at all you will be annihilating each other, and where will your precious freedom be then?

 No matter how a graceful one may be, grace doesn’t give room for sin. When you sinned and keep sinning, you are not glorifying God and anything that doesn’t glorify Jesus is not grace because Jesus himself is the GRACE.
 
Rom 6:1 | TLB
Well then, shall we keep on sinning so that God can keep on showing us more and more kindness and forgiveness?

Let me say no matter the amount of sin you sinned. No matter the amount of sin you are committing. No matter the amount of sins you will commit, God grace (Jesus) is capable and effective in cleansing you and making you whole.

Let us check the next verse
 
Rom 6:2-4 | TLB
2-3 Of course not! Should we keep on sinning when we don’t have to? For sin’s power over us was broken when we became Christians and were baptized to become a part of Jesus Christ; through his death the power of your sinful nature was shattered. 4 Your old sin-loving nature was buried with him by baptism when he died; and when God the Father, with glorious power, brought him back to life again, you were given his wonderful new life to enjoy.

The truth is when you are saved the bonds of sins has been broken, the nature has been destroyed. The yoke has been taken off your neck. It brings freedom.

Is this freedom a liberty to sin?

If a person fornicates and tells me that He is saved and he is forever saved. Even though He has received that freedom he boasted of, does that freedom give him a liberty to sin?

What then does this freedom of eternal salvation bring:

 
1 John 1:7 | AMP
7 But if we [really] are living and walking in the Light, as He [Himself] is in the Light, we have [true, unbroken] fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses (removes) us from all sin and guilt [keeps us cleansed from sin in all its forms and manifestations].

The sin and guilt this place is talking about is the ones you committed in the past before been saved.
 
1 John 1:9 | AMP
9 If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action].
How to be earn salvation
Here John the apostle was now telling us how to be saved. He highlighted some keywords:

  • Admit: To be saved one need to admit being a sinner. Being born into a Christian home does not make you a Christian (saved). Your father is a pastor and your mother is an evangelist doesn’t make you saved either. The only way to be saved is to work out your salvation. To do this you just need to freely admit that you cannot save yourself neither can good works save you. Only Jesus can save.
  • Confess: Confess the sins you have admitted. By confessing we are casting our cares and burden upon Jesus. Tell your sin out to God.

The main purpose of salvation is to purge us from condemnation and bring us back to God. This is what Paul called the sin nature.
 
Rom 7:15-20 | NIV
15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18 I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. c For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do — this I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.

Can a Christian be once saved and forever saved?

The most confusion issue today is the doctrine of once saved forever saved.
Let us take out some keyword for the question asked above:
Christian: Anyone who have Christ inside of him.

Gal 4:19 | NIV
19 My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you,

Saved: To have salvation which can only be gotten from Christ Jesus.

Titus 2:11-12 | MSG
11 God’s readiness to give and forgive is now public. Salvation’s available for everyone!

Forever: This can otherward means eternal, without ending.

John 3:16 | TLB
16 For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son1962 so that anyone who believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

From here we see that salvation has appeared to all men, now we are being saved eternally.
 
John 3:16-17 | MSG
16 “This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life.

From this we know that once you are saved, you are forever saved.

Then what of when I commit sin again, is it not counted as sin?

1 John 1:9 | AMP
9 If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action].

From this passage, we can see that forgive us our sins. The world sins there is in it plural form unlike verse 7 which says sin and guilt.

1 John 1:7 | AMP
7 But if we [really] are living and walking in the Light, as He [Himself] is in the Light, we have [true, unbroken] fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses (removes) us from all sin and guilt [keeps us cleansed from sin in all its forms and manifestations].

In verse 7, it tells us that He forgive us of our past and present sin but in verse 9 He was talking of our sins [this means the one we haven’t even committed].

Now that you are saved, what do I need to know?

You need to know that what we call sins today [the one we commit after salvation], God sees it as simply wrongdoing, everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action.

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1 John 1:7 | AMP
7 But if we [really] are living and walking in the Light, as He [Himself] is in the Light, we have [true, unbroken] fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses (removes) us from all sin and guilt [keeps us cleansed from sin in all its forms and manifestations].
 He continuously cleanses us from all sins. This is the freedom Paul was talking about in Gal 5: 13 – 15.

Lastly remember this freedom is mainly giving to avoid condemnation of self as a Christian and it is not a liberty to sin.

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