Thursday, December 16, 2010
I am so thankful for my salvation! I am so glad that I will spend eternity with the Lord. I feel so sorry for people who aren't secure in their salvation. I realize there are people who will disagree and that's fine. I just really felt the need to put into writing my beliefs. Sorry if it's just a jumble of thoughts :)
First John 10:27-30 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. I and my Father are one.
And Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
Sounds pretty secure to me! I can't be plucked out of His hand and I am sealed unto the day of Redemption!
I've read and been quoted other verses that seem to say that you can become un-saved, but I find most of them to be either mis-quoted or taken completely out of context. Really I find it sad that people live in fear of losing their salvation. 2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. And Romans 8:15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. Also 1 John 4:15-18 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. God did not intend for us to live in fear. If we fear losing our salvation, we are living in bondage. Romans 8:15 leads to my next thought. The laws of adoption, are that once you adopt a child you can never disown him or her. While you may not like what they are doing and may have to put them out of your home for a while to protect your other children they are still your children. I feel like this for my own children as well. My next point, the Bible says that we are joint-heirs with Christ Romans 8:16-17 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; The other verses speak of names or things being written in a book of life. There is a book of life and there is a book of life of the Lamb. Everyone's works are written down in the book of life. Saved and unsaved alike. We will be judged on the day of judgment on what is written in that book. However, if our names are written in the Lambs book of life we will be entering heaven! Do people really believe that Jesus writes our names in His book with His blood and then if we sin too much He erases it? What a sad existence! To live not knowing for sure whether you're saved or not. Not knowing for certain that you will spend eternity with God.
There is no perfect person, we were all born sinners. We all have to come to that point of realizing it and accepting Jesus as Lord of our life. But what about people who do that and then fall away? Are they then unsaved? What sin makes you unsaved? What is it about falling away that makes you unsaved? God says all sin is the same to Him. I, humanly cannot understand that, but he does. If you are saved, and you sin, your sin is no worse that someone who isn't saved and sins. Your sin of (fill in the blank) is no worse than someone who commits murder or some other such heinous act. 1 John 5:17 says "All unrighteousness is sin". Unrighteous, put simply means "that which is not right" in other words anything that is not right is wrong and is sin. So even as a "saint of God" we still commit sin. That does not put us back in our "sinner/unsaved" state does it? There are many people attending church who love God and truly want to do His will and please him and yet they live in a bondage to a certain sin. Each persons' is different, but it's still there. So then what sets us apart? What makes us saved? Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. If salvation is a gift that we get through faith not works, then how can we lose it by works? I know some will argue that you can lose your faith. But then I would argue, that you can't truly know what a person thinks. God looks at the heart. How can we know whether a person has truly lost their faith? We can't anymore than we can know whether a person is truly saved. People can appear saved as much as someone saved can appear unsaved. Yes, we can look at fruit and see whether a person is putting forth fruit of a Christian, but what if that Christian is a dormant fruit tree? We all go through times of questioning I think, but that doesn't un-save us. I think there are times when people feel like Christianity is too legalistic, feel like they can't measure up and quit trying, but do they suddenly lose their salvation? I do not believe so. I believe that if a person is truly saved (something which only the Lord knows) they cannot lose their salvation. I truly got saved, I love the Lord, I have believed on Him, called on His name, confessed, repented and had my name written in the Lambs book of Life! I know without a doubt that I will go to heaven when I die. I also know that I will fall short, I will sin, I will not live up to His standard, I will mess up, I will fail, but I can always get up again and continue on my way in Him and ultimately arrive at my destination...HOME!