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Always Saved

This is a Bible study on Always Saved.      Click here for a printable Bible Study Guide.

 

Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.  Isaiah 45:22

We are all saved the exact same way, by looking to the one true God, there is none else.

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  John 3:16

Because of the love of God anyone who believes in Jesus Christ can receive everlasting life.

 

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Romans 6:23

All who deny the truth of God and choose to believe in someone other than Jesus Christ will not receive the gift of God, which is eternal life.

 

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.  Ephesians 2:8-9

Works do not and cannot save anyone.  Nothing you can do can save you because we are saved by the grace of God alone through faith in Jesus Christ.  Jesus completed all the work required for salvation, we must go through Him, have faith in Him, believe in Him in order to receive the gift of God, which is eternal life, salvation.

 

But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.  Hebrews 11:6

God alone saves people, no one or nothing else can save anyone.  All who come to God for His salvation, must believe that He is God.

 

Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;  1 Timothy 4:1

The enemy constantly pursues the children of God.   The enemy already has the disobedient, the unbelieving, the enemy pursues only those who are not his own.

One must be of the faith to depart from the faith.  No one can depart from somewhere they have never been.

Only those who are of the faith can depart from the faith.  The lost, the unbelieving are not of the faith and therefore the unbelieving cannot depart from the faith.  The Holy Scriptures teach that many believers will depart from the faith in the latter times, which is today, because they choose to leave their first love and pursue the doctrines of devils and seducing spirits. 

As believers we must diligently guard our faith and be aware of what surrounds us daily.  Beware that no one steal us away from our focus on Christ Jesus. 

 

But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.  Matthew 24:13

The word of God teaches that anyone can fall from Grace, turn from God, at anytime, but all who endure unto the end shall be saved.  All who overcome and remain in Christ Jesus will be saved.

 

Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, Except these abide in the ship, ye cannot be saved.  Acts 27:31

Unless believers abide in the ship, which is Christ Jesus, we cannot be saved.

Do not be deceived.  Learn the Word of God for yourself from the Holy Spirit.

 


Before reading this page, you should understand the salvation of God and be saved.

For more information see - SALVATION

 

Are you 100% sure that you are saved? 

For more information see - ASSURANCE

 


 

 


What is "always saved"?

First, let's look at the two words involved, 'always' and 'saved'. 

The dictionary defines "always" to mean in any event, at all times, forever, perpetual; and, "saved" means safe, delivered, rescued from opponent, put aside, reserved

Therefore, "always saved" means "in any event delivered", or "safe at all times", or "forever rescued from opponents", "perpetually reserved and put aside forever in any event".

Since this is a study regarding the salvation of God, we see that "always saved" means a perpetual state of salvation in any event, at all times, but is this found in the Word of God.

Does the Word of God support someone being "always saved", based on the definition of "perpetual salvation, no matter what"?

Do people receive the salvation of God and remain saved all their lives - at all times - in any event - and is this what is called "always saved"

When a person is saved and continues to be saved, throughout this life to the next, this is what is being "always saved".

Being saved from the beginning to end of our salvation is being "always saved".

 

Does God remain in us unconditionally?

This Bible study regards the condition of a person being "always saved". 

When we receive the salvation of God we are "saved", but does the salvation of God remain in us unconditionally

From the moment we receive the salvation of God until we die and meet Him face to face, are we "always saved"?

 

View A:  Many people believe, if you are saved anytime - once in your life - then you are "always saved", irrevocably and unconditionally.

 

View B:  Many other people believe, if you are saved and you remain in the faith of God, then you are always saved by the grace of God, because salvation is conditional, by grace through faith.

 

Based on these two views, eternal salvation is either conditional or unconditional(Salvation cannot be both conditional and unconditional, because one cancels out the other).

The question to be answered is "are we always saved?".  The question is - "is salvation conditional or unconditional"?

 

As with all questions regarding God and the things of God, we will find the answer in God's Holy Word.

 


Are we always saved?

Before we can answer the question, "are we always saved?", we need to make sure that we are truly saved.

To determine if we are always saved, we must have received the salvation of God.

We need to know what is required for salvation, and we need to know that we indeed have salvation.

How did you receive salvation?  What is salvation? 

We must understand salvation, before we can determine, if we are "always saved".

The following is the foundational truth about the salvation of God:

Salvation belongs to God alone.  God saves.  Salvation is received from God alone.  Salvation is received by being born againBy being born again, we become the children of God (Galatians 3:26; Revelation 21:7).  We become the children of God by receiving the salvation of God (Matthew 12:49-50; Galatians 3:26).  We receive the salvation of God by believing He is God and believe all He says He is in His word. (Psalm 80:3; Isaiah 45:22; Hebrews 11:6).  We believe God is God through faith (Romans 5:1-2, 10:9).  We receive faith by the grace of God (Philippians 3:9).  We receive the grace of God through Christ Jesus (Romans 5:15; Ephesians 2:7).  We receive Christ Jesus by believing He can save us from sin and death through faith to salvation (1 Peter 1:5; Acts 15:11; Romans 10:13; Hebrews 10:10, 39).  We receive salvation from sin and death by the grace of God through faith in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:8; Romans 8:2; Titus 2:11; 2 Timothy 3:15).  

Above is the foundational truth, that we must know and understand before we can answer "are we always saved".

Foundational truth is found and supported in the Word of God, and what we build our faith upon.

 


How do we know that salvation is conditional?

The written Word of God states that we are all saved by God the exact same way - by the Grace of God through faith in God (Ephesians 2:8). 

By Grace through faith

 

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God: Ephesians 2:8

 

We know that salvation is conditional because the Scriptures tell us that we are saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8).  The grace of God alone saves people.  There is one God and one grace by which we are all saved.  The Grace of God is a condition of salvation.  We are all saved the exact same way by believing in God by believing that the grace of God can save us.

Grace is the condition by which we are saved.  God saves us by His grace.

We receive the salvation of God by His grace - by the grace of God we are saved  (Ephesians 2:5).

Faith is the condition through which we are saved.  God saves us by His grace through our faith in Him that by believing in Him (faith) we will receive His salvation .

We receive the salvation of God by grace through faith.  By grace through faith in Christ Jesus we are saved, faith that we can and will be saved by Him.

Grace from God and faith in God are conditions of our salvation.

For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.   Galatians 3:26

Only through faith in God that He is all He claims to be in His word can we be saved.  Without faith in God no one is saved (Hebrews 11:6).

 


What are the conditions for salvation?

Mankind is not born with the salvation of God.  The salvation of God is the gift of God, given to all people who come to Him in faith to save them.  Receiving the salvation of God is a choice, a decision that every person must make on their own.  No one can force you to receive the salvation of God, because salvation is the operation of God performed inside of each person.  No one but God can give you the gift of salvation, because salvation belongs to God, God owns salvation and only He can give His salvation to anyone.  Salvation is personal, no one can receive your salvation for you, you must come to God yourself and receive your salvation for yourself.   Salvation is the gift from God, no works are required, in fact you have no works acceptable to God until you receive His salvation.

We know through the word of God, that the salvation of God is conditional, because God says we are saved -- by grace -- through faith (Ephesians 2:8).  

Certain conditions must be met before, we can receive the salvation of God.  These conditions involve grace and faith, which are both from God, gifts from God above. 

We must believe in God to be saved.  We must believe that the grace of God alone can save us, and we must have faith in Christ Jesus that He will save us and deliver us from sin and death.

We must know and understand that the salvation of God is conditional and why, before we can answer the question "are we always saved?".

 

The conditions of salvation:

 

Salvation is conditional

First, we must receive the truth of God that salvation is conditional.  From the beginning of time to today, and until the end of time, salvation is conditional.

The first person saved to the last person saved, we are all saved the exact same way, by looking to God alone (Isaiah 45:22), by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8), through faith in Christ Jesus we become the children of God (Galatians 3:26). 

In the Old Testament, God gave His condition for His salvation, "Look to me and be saved, for I am God, and there is none else" (Isaiah 45:22).  We must look to God for His salvation, and Him alone, because He is God and there is none else.

Can we be saved by anyone?  No, we must look to God.  Can we be saved anyway we choose? No, the salvation of God comes from God alone.  God saves, no one and nothing else.  Why? Because, He is God, the only God and there is none else, and no one else can save you except God.  We must look to God to be saved.

Look to God and be saved is a condition of salvation.  Unless, we look to the one true living God we cannot be saved.

Salvation has always been conditional.  Salvation was conditional in the past, is conditional now, and will be conditional in the future.

God does not change, He is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8).  God made His salvation conditional in the past, and the same conditions apply today, tomorrow, and until the end of time.

Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.  Isaiah 45:22

God is faithful to all the promises He makes, and faithful to whom He makes them (1 Thessalonians 5:24).  All the promises of God will be fulfilled (Matthew 5:18).  All the promises of God are forever, we have an Eternal God who delivers eternal promises.

If we want to receive the salvation of God, then we must believe in God and in His Word.  You cannot believe in the God of the Word, without believing in the Word of the God, because the truth of God and His salvation are in God's Word.

Believing in the whole word of God is the truth is a condition of salvation.

We must believe in God and in His word to be saved.

No one is saved apart from God.  Without God there is no salvation.  God is a condition of salvation. 

No one has salvation by their own means.  No one is saved by themselves.  No one is saved without God.

 

Salvation belongs to God alone

The salvation of God belongs to God, and no one else, because God is the Author, the Creator of salvation.

No one but God can give salvation to anyone, because the salvation of God belongs to God alone.

No one in this world can give you the salvation of God, because it is not theirs to give.  God saves, none else.

We know through the word of God, that salvation is the Lord's, salvation belongs to God alone, salvation is of God (Jonah 2:9; Exodus 15:2; Luke 3:6). 

 

Salvation does not belong to man

We are given salvation from God. 

God owns His salvation, eternally.  Man did not create salvation.  Man cannot create salvation.  Man will never create salvation.

Salvation is not created by mankind.  Salvation is not of man.  We cannot create our own salvation, because God is the Creator of all things and God is the author of eternal salvation (Hebrews 5:9; Colossians 1:16-17).  

 

Man does NOT create salvation

We cannot create our own salvation, because salvation belongs to God, God owns all things, especially salvation (John 1:3).

 

Salvation is received one way, God's way

The salvation of God is not negotiable.  We cannot negotiate with God, make our own deal with God, and receive His salvation.

We cannot receive salvation anyway we want to, or from anyone (except God), because there is only one way to God and one way to receive His salvation, and that way is His way, not our way (Galatians 3:26).

We must follow God's plan, in order to receive His salvation.  God's plan of salvation is revealed, told to us, throughout His word, from the Old Testament to the New Testament, throughout the whole Word of God, the plan of salvation is given, "I am God, there is no other, Look unto Me and be saved".

Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.  Isaiah 45:22

In order for you to receive the salvation of God, you must look to God, because He is God, and there is none else.

 

God is the source of salvation

God alone is the source of salvation.  Salvation received apart from God alone is NOT the salvation of God and profits no one, it is useless.  There is NO true salvation apart from God.

 

We must LOOK TO GOD for our salvation. 

God saves.  No one saves except God.

We must look to God for our salvation, no one else and nothing else, because He is God and there is none else (Isaiah 45:22).

God does NOT change. There is NO variance in God.  God is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8).  The salvation of God has always been conditional, is conditional today, and will be conditional in the future, we must look to God alone for our salvation, believe in Him alone for our salvation to be saved.  God is sufficient to save us all by Himself, by the grace of God we are saved, nothing less and nothing more, believing in anything less is unbelief.   

Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.  Isaiah 45:22

If we believe in other things (people, church, denomination, religion, rituals, communion, baptism, ceremonies, ordinances, anything other than God) for our salvation, then we cannot receive God's salvation, because we are to look to God and none else for our salvation (Isaiah 45:22).

God alone owns salvation, and God alone gives His salvation to people, we must look to Him and be saved.

Your pastor, your priest, your church, your religion, your organization, your meeting, your assembly, your teacher, your denomination, your family, your mother, your husband, your wife, your children, your friends, your sacraments, your rituals, your baptism, your sayings, your prayers, your Bible, your works, your goodness, your godly lifestyle, your service, your mission work, your charity work, your tithes, your offerings, nothing you have, nothing you do can or will ever save you, because only God saves.  Only faith in God saves you.

Anyone who believes that the salvation of God belongs to someone other than God is denying the truth of God and cannot be saved.

Anyone who believes that the source of salvation of God is from something other than faith in God is denying the truth of God and cannot be saved.

Believing the salvation of God belongs to God alone is a condition of salvation.

 

God alone gives His salvation

The salvation of God can only be given to us from God Himself.  No one else can give you God's salvation, because it belongs to Him alone, no one else.

There are many teachings that state salvation is given from certain people, or by doing certain things, but these teachings contradict the doctrine of God, which makes these doctrines false. 

Many religions, teachers, people state that they can give you salvation, but we know they are wrong, because God says He is the only author of His salvation, salvation belongs to God alone, and only God Himself is able to give anyone His salvation.

The source of salvation is the grace of God.  By the grace of God we are saved alone.  The grace of God brings salvation (Titus 2:11).  God saves (Romans 8:33).  God alone is the author of salvation (Hebrews 12:2).

We know through the Holy Scriptures that only God can give His salvation to anyone, because no one else has His salvation to give. 

We can only be saved by God, no one or nothing else can save us.  Only God can save anyone.  Only God saves.  God alone saves.

No prayer, no person, no ritual, no baptism, no ceremony, no sprinkling, no lifestyle, no works, no penance, no sacrament, no church, no religion, can give anyone salvation, because ONLY God saves anyone from sin and death by His grace alone, only God gives eternal salvation, God alone owns salvation, only God holds eternal life. 

No one has ever been, or ever will be saved by prayer, people, rituals, baptism, ceremonies, sprinkling, lifestyle, works, penance, sacrament, church, denomination, religion, or by any means of ourselves, because GOD saves. 

Our prayers help people to accept the salvation of God, but our prayers do not save people, only God saves.  Teachers may speak words that people hear, which encourage them to seek God out, but teachers do not save people.  Men do not save men, only God saves men.

There is no greater power than the power of God (Romans 13:1).  God is omnipotent (Revelation 19:6), all powerful, and His power is sufficient, completely able to save us all by Himself.  God is not dependent on us to help Him save us.  God is not dependent on anyone or anything, because God is God.

God saves us by His grace alone through faith in the truth of God, nothing or no one else, nothing more and nothing less.  By the grace of God we are saved (Ephesians 2:5).

Salvation is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8).  God freely gives His salvation to anyone, whosoever, believes in Him alone for their salvation. 

The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23).

 

We must believe God will save us

All who believe God will save them can be saved.  Believing that God can and will save us, is a condition of receiving the salvation of God.

No one is saved without believing that God can and will save them.  Unbelief separates anyone from God for eternity.  The unbelieving will not see God and will not spend eternity with God (Revelation 21:8).

Do not be deceived, if you do NOT believe God can and will save you, then you are NOT saved.

This condition of salvation, called faith, is why many people are not saved, because they reject the truth that God alone can and will save them from sin and death.

In order to receive the salvation of God, you must believe that God can and will save you, all by Himself, from sin and death, and that through faith and receiving His gift of salvation that you will receive eternal life.

God tells us all in His Word, that the unbelieving will never see Him.  How sad that so many people refuse to believe that God can save them.  What utter hopelessness they must feel every day.  God says these people who live in unbelief, who do not believe in Him, are blinded by deceitfulness.  God also says that, if they will repent of their unbelief, turn from their unbelief and have faith in Him to salvation, that they too can be saved.  There is hope for every unbeliever to be saved until their death, after which there is no more hope.

The condition to receive the salvation of God is faith (Romans 5:2), because we must believe God can and will save us to be saved, we must believe that He is God (Hebrews 11:6), and we must believe in all His Word, in all that He says in His word, and these are conditions we must meet in order to receive the salvation of God.

Without trusting in God and believing in God, that He alone is God, and that He alone can save us from sin and death, no one is savedWithout faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).  No one is saved without faith in God to salvation, to the saving of their soul.

But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. Hebrews 11:6

Faith in God is believing that He can and He will save us from sin and death, salvation, and that He alone is the giver of eternal life. 

We must believe in God, have faith in all that He is, before we can receive His salvation (Hebrews 11:6). 

The gift of God, which is eternal life through faith to salvation, is only given to people who believe in Him to give them eternal salvation.

We must place our faith in God to receive His salvation.  Without placing our faith in God for salvation, we cannot be saved.

No one can NOT believe in God and be saved.  We cannot be saved through unbelief, because God says we are saved by grace through faith.

So, who thinks that they can be saved without believing in God to save them?  This doesn't sound possible, or even logical, but there are many people who think they are saved, who are not.  Many professing Christians have NOT surrendered all to God, and do NOT believe that God can and will save them.  They go through their life with a distorted perception of the salvation of God.  Distracted and deceived by lies from satan, they choose to believe in their own way to the salvation of God, thinking that they can be saved without really believing that God can save them.  Some people actually believe that no one really believes God can save them, and by telling themselves this, they justify the lies in their own minds.

If you know anyone who believes this way, then you need to pray for them, asking God to open their eyes and that they will come to the full truth of God, and receive His salvation.

Anyone who believes that they can receive the salvation of God through anyone other than God Himself, are denying the truth of God and cannot be saved.

Anyone who does NOT believe that God can and will save them, does NOT have faith in God to save them from sin and death, cannot be saved.

Believing in God to save you is a condition of salvation.  Unless you believe God can and will save you, you cannot be saved.

Believing God alone gives His salvation is a condition of salvation.  Unless you believe God and only God gives His salvation, you cannot be saved.

Believing that the salvation of God is given to us by someone else or something else other than by God and His grace alone is unbelief.

 

By grace we are saved

By grace we are saved (Ephesians 2:5).  By whose grace? By the grace of God we are saved, nothing more and nothing less. 

So many of the problems people have could be resolved, if they could just believe this principle truth of God - BY GRACE WE ARE SAVED.

We are saved by the grace of God alone through faith alone, nothing less and nothing more. (Ephesians 2:8). 

God is the source of salvation and by His grace we are saved.  We are saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8).

God goes to great lengths to mercifully and lovingly define His grace in His word.  God shows us how His grace is from which everything is, how His grace is sufficient for us, and how merciful His grace is, that His grace supplies our salvation.

 

The Grace of God is a condition of salvation.

It is impossible to obtain the salvation of God by ourselves, by our own works, even with faith, we could never obtain salvation by our works, because we are saved by grace.

God's plan of salvation is to gift salvation to us, NOT because of what we have done, BUT because of who He is and what His Son did on the cross.  In spite of who we are (sinners), we can receive the salvation of God anyway, by His grace.

The mercy of God is God NOT giving us what we deserve, which is alienation, damnation, and eternal death for our sins against Him, but giving us the gift of God, salvation.

The grace of God is God giving to us what we do NOT deserve, which is His love and eternal salvation of our souls, so that we can live with Him in love for all eternity.

No type of works, or amount of works, no works can earn the salvation of God by any means, because our works are unclean without sanctification, and we are unworthy to be reconciled to God. 

Works can save no man, because no works are received from us by God the Father, until after we are saved. 

The works of the unsaved are not righteous and therefore cannot be accepted by our Righteous God.  We do not put on the righteousness of God until after we are saved by grace through faith in Christ Jesus, because the righteousness of God is in Christ Jesus through salvation (Romans 3:22).

But we can be born again, cleansed of all sin, sanctified, justified, made righteous, and reconciled to God through faith in Christ Jesus, faith in the sacrifice of His Son, by His grace through faith, in the work that God did on His cross. 

God made a way for us ALL to be saved and a way for us to spend eternity with Him, and this way is by His grace, by His salvation through faith in His Son.

Anyone who believes that the grace of God is not the only source of our salvation is denying the truth of God and cannot be saved.

We become the children of God through faith in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:26).

Faith is a condition of salvation, because without faith in God to save you, you cannot be saved.

 

Salvation is through faith in Christ Jesus

Let's look at the Scripture, it reads that we are saved by grace through faith

Are we saved through faith or by faith, what is the difference?

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God:  Ephesians 2:8

We are saved through faith in God's grace, faith in the grace of God can and will save us.

We are not saved by faith without Grace, neither are we saved by grace without faith, but we are saved by Grace alone. 

Meaning, we are not saved by believing that our faith alone save us, because God saves, not our faith, but we are saved by hope in God's Grace to save us, we are saved by faith in God's grace to save us.

The difference is the source, or target of our faith, we are saved through faith in whomWe are saved through faith in God, in Christ Jesus, by the grace of God.

Through faith in the Son of God, Christ Jesus, we receive the salvation of God, the gift of God is through faith in Christ Jesus.

God saves.  We are saved by the grace of God.  The grace of God saves us, not our faith. 

We are saved by grace (through faith).  We must not confuse the Grace of God with faith in God.  Grace and faith are different.

God is the source of our salvation.  No one or nothing else is the source of salvation.  We are saved by God, by the grace of God alone, nothing else and nothing more.

We obtain the grace of God, we are granted access to God's grace through faith.  And not just faith in anyone or anything, but faith in Christ Jesus to save us from sin and death.  The faith that grants us access to God the Father is faith in God's Son, Christ Jesus, who was crucified on a cross and died so we might live, who shed His blood for the remission, the forgiveness of our sins, who rose from the grave to new life so that we could be resurrected to new life, who is coming back one day very soon, so that we can forever be with Him in His Kingdom of Glory.

By grace through faith in Christ Jesus saves, NOT just faith, and NOT just faith in anyone or anything.

Salvation is by the grace of God through faith in Christ Jesus, not faith in just anyone (2 Timothy 3:15). 

We can receive the salvation of God by faith in no one except Christ Jesus (Acts 4:10-12). 

We are justified by faith, saved by faith through our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 5:1).

We will all enter into the salvation of God and into the presence of God, when we die through faith in Jesus.  Jesus Christ is the door (John 10:9) by which every child of God enters into the Kingdom of God (John 14:6).

We all receive the salvation of God the exact same way, which is by grace through faith in Christ Jesus

We only become the children of God by faith in Jesus Christ, by the grace of God (Galatians 3:26).  Salvation is in Christ Jesus (2 Timothy 2:10), by the grace of God.

The will of God is for everyone to obtain His salvation through faith in Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 5:9).

For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:26

No one is a child of God, saved, without having faith in Christ Jesus.  No one can become a child of God apart from faith in Christ Jesus.  Apart from believing Jesus Christ is Lord, there is no salvation (Philippians 2:11).

If you don't have faith in Christ Jesus for your salvation, then you cannot be saved, because we become the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:26).  There is no other way.

Faith in Christ Jesus to salvation is a condition of salvation (Galatians 3:26).

 

The faith condition of salvation

God established the faith condition for His salvation, which is laid out throughout His Word. 

God established His perfect plan of salvation for all mankind and gave it to us all in His written Word.  From the Old Testament to the New Testament, God does not change, we are saved by the salvation of God, from God, by God, and through God, and by no other way.

Salvation by grace through faith must be realized, as it is a foundational truth upon which we build our faith in God.

Faith to salvation can be built on no other foundation, except Christ Jesus (1 Corinthians 3:10-11).

Trusting and believing in God and His word is faith.

Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of thing not seen (Hebrews 11:1).

We must have faith in God to save us and faith that He will save us, and give us eternal life, before we can be saved. 

Faith is the substance of things hoped for, our hope of eternal life and inheritance of the Kingdom of God, enables us to be joyful in our sorrows, rejoicing through our tribulations, being happy and content in every season of our lives, separating ourselves from the sins and evil of this world, shining the light of Christ through our daily lives, living by faith, from faith to more faith, every day of our lives.

Faith is the evidence of things not seen, our salvation that we receive from God, our peace from God, our new way of life through Christ, our love for each other by God's love, and power to overcome sin through the power of Christ Jesus. 

The just, the saved live by faith (Romans 1:17).  Using faith makes more faith.  Faith is produced from faith.  God gives us an endless supply of faith, as much as we want.  The more faith we use, the more faith we get.  The just shall live by faith, from faith to faith, from faith to more faith.  Faith grows when we use faith. 

Faith cannot grow unless we use it.  The more we use our faith, the more abundant faith we have.  The increase of our faith is limited by us, we limit our own faith by not using it.

 

Why is salvation through Jesus?

Faith in Christ Jesus is a stumbling block for many unbelievers, because they refuse to believe that it is necessary for them to believe in Jesus for their salvation. 

Many people falsely believe that faith in God the Father is enough for their salvation, and that they do not need to have faith in the Son, Christ Jesus, in order to be saved.  God tells us all in His word that God the Father and the Son are One (John 10:30), and that no one can come to the Father except through the Son (John 14:6), and you cannot love the Father without loving Jesus, and all who love Jesus is loved of the Father (John 14:21).

Salvation is received by believing in God's grace to save us through faith in His Son, Christ Jesus (Romans 3:24-25; 2 Timothy 3:15; Galatians 3:26).

There can be no salvation in God apart from faith in Jesus, because the only way to salvation is through faith in Christ Jesus (John 14:6; Romans 3:24; 2 Timothy 3:15).  Eternal life is in Christ Jesus (2 Timothy 1:1, 2:10).

By grace we are saved, and we have access to God's grace by faith in Christ Jesus to the saving of our souls (Romans 5:1-2).

There is no other name by which we can be saved, than the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth (Acts 4:10, 12).

Anyone who believes that they are not saved by grace through faith in Christ Jesus is denying the truth of God and cannot be saved.

No one is saved without the grace of God and the grace of God is accessed through faith in Christ Jesus.

The grace of God is given to us by God, and is given to all people.  God is not a respecter of persons.  God does not select His children by denomination, by their works or rituals and ceremonies that they perform, by their money, or by their affiliation with a particular group of people.  God's children are all people who look to Him, seek Him, ask Him for salvation, and who believe that salvation is found in God alone.

 

Salvation is NOT of yourselves, NOT of works

If everyone would believe God, that we are saved by grace (Ephesians 2:5, 8) this condition of salvation would not need to be explained.  But since so many people falsely believe they receive salvation by their own works, this condition of salvation must be again defined.

The salvation of God is received NOT of ourselves, NOT of our works, or NOT by works of righteousness, or NOT by any means of ourselves. (Ephesians 2:4-9; Titus 3:5)

We are saved by the grace of God 'period', nothing more and nothing less.

 

Why can't anyone be saved by their works? 

Reason One:  No one can be saved by their works, because God said that no one can be saved by their works, because God says we are saved by His grace alone (Ephesians 2:4-9; Titus 3:5).

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.  Ephesians 2:8-9

 

Reason Two:  No one can be saved by their works, because before salvation you have no works.

Our works are only accepted by God after we are saved, not before, therefore your works cannot save you.

God basically sees two types of human beings, not male and female, but the just and the unjust, the saved and the lost, the faithful and the unbelieving, the righteous and the unrighteous, people who are with Him and those who are without Him.

Before you are saved, you are lost. Before you believe, you are unbelieving.  Before you are just, you were unjust.  Before you are righteous, you were unrighteous. 

Before you receive the salvation of God, you are unbelieving, unjust, and unrighteous

The works of the unrighteous, the lost, the unbelieving, the non-saved, are but filthy rags to God, your unrighteous works are not accepted by God from you.  The works of the unrighteous count for nothing, are worthless, meaningless. 

Your own works, before salvation, your own righteousness is NOT the righteousness of God and cannot save you, because the righteousness of God is given by God only through salvation, through faith in Christ Jesus, not from your own works (Romans 10:3, 3:22).

No works are accepted by God, before conversion, before salvation, because we are unrighteous.  The works of the unrighteous are but filthy rags to God.

Do not be deceived, the unrighteous have no works to give to God.  You have no works to give to God, until you are sanctified, until you are saved.

Works cannot grant you salvation because your works are not accepted by God before you are saved

Only the works of the saved in Christ are accepted by God.  God is Holy and God is righteous, and He will not touch the unclean, unrighteous works of the unregenerate, the unjust, the unrighteous.

The works of the saved are accept by God, because by receiving the salvation of God, we have put on the righteousness of God through faith in Christ Jesus to salvation.

Our works are made righteous through Christ and then and only then are our works accepted by God the Father (2 Corinthians 5:21).

There is no righteousness apart from Christ Jesus, apart from salvation .  We are made righteous through Christ, and only through righteousness are we accepted by God, we are reconciled to God through Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21).

If you were told that you can have works to give to God before you are saved, you were told you a lie, because there is only one truth, the truth of God.

 

Reason Three:  Your works are not required, because there is no debt to pay.

Your works are not required for salvation, because the debt owed has already been PAID IN FULL.

Why do people think that they must work to pay a debt that has already been completely paid in full?

God does not need your works for His salvation, because the debt owed for His salvation has already been PAID IN FULL, by His Son who died for us and rose again, so that we might live.

Even, if the debt of salvation had not already been paid (but it has), the salvation of God could never be paid by anything that we could do.

The salvation of God cannot be purchased by our works.  We cannot 'earn' the salvation of God by our works or by any means, and we cannot work for the salvation of God, because the salvation of God is the free gift of God, freely given to all people by God by His grace alone (Romans 3:24).

Works are not required for a free gift.  The free gift of God is free, nothing required, no works are required. 

No works are required to receive the salvation of God, because God said it is the gift, not of works, lest any man should boast (Ephesians 2:8-9).

There are no other works required for salvation, because Christ Jesus paid the price of salvation in full, He did all the work required for our salvation on His cross, He left nothing for us to do for our salvation.

If we were able to completely serve God, reverently and fervently, for the rest of our life, our works would not be good enough to receive the salvation of God.  Nothing we have or can give to God is good enough for His salvation. 

We are unable to obtain the salvation of God by our works, because God said His salvation is not received by our works (Ephesians 2:9; Titus 3:5). 

Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which He shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by His grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:5-7

Adding works to the grace of God for your salvation, voids salvation.  Works plus faith cannot equal salvation, because God says your faith in your works cancels out, voids faith (Romans 4:14).  We are saved by grace through faith, and NOT grace plus works, and NOT faith plus works.  God plus nothing saves. 

No person can add to the grace of God.  God is sufficient, lacking nothing, and needing nothing.  God's grace alone is enough to save every person ever born.  The grace of God stands alone and needs nothing from you.  The grace of God is complete and sufficient to save you all by itself.  God does not need anything from you, to help Him save you.

Works plus grace for salvation equals unbelief, because we are saved by God's Grace alone. 

When you place your trust in your works to save you, you are not trusting in God alone to save you.  When you place your trust or faith in something or someone other to save you, except God alone, you void your faith in God.

Works plus faith for salvation equals unbelief. Believing in works to complete the grace of God for your salvation is NOT the doctrine of God, is NOT biblical, is NOT of God, and is unbelief (Galatians 1:8-9).

When you have faith in your works to save you, you don't have faith in God alone for your salvation, and you cannot be saved.

God gives His salvation based on His word, not our word.  God gives His salvation His way, not by our way. 

We must come to God on His terms alone, not our terms.  We cannot make up our own rules to receive the salvation of God.

Remember the Scripture in Isaiah, "Look to me (God), and be saved".  If we look to anyone or anything other (our works) than God, we cannot be saved.  Our faith must be in God alone to save us.

Believing if you do this or do that, say certain words, do certain things, go to a certain place, be a member of a certain group, bow here, pray there, that certain things will save you, you are mistaken.

Your works plus God's grace for His salvation is unbelief.  Believing in works plus grace or anything else for salvation is wrong, because God says that He saves us alone, and no works on our part are required to be saved by Him.

Absolutely NO WORKS on our part are required to receive the salvation of God.

No works are required by us from God, in order to receive the salvation of God, because the works for salvation have already been completed fully by Christ Jesus (Hebrews 10:14). 

Only One was able to do the works for salvation, only One is perfect, only One is sinless, worthy to do the works required to completely pay off the ransom of our immortal souls, for our eternal salvation, and this One is Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour, the KING of kings, and the LORD of lords.

Jesus finished all the works required by God for His salvation on His cross, once for all.  The final sin sacrifice was paid by Christ Jesus, once for all, one sacrifice for all time, no more sacrifice is required by God (Hebrews 10:10, 18).

Failure to believe the truth of God is unbelief.  Partial faith is still unbelief.  All people who come to God must come to Him through faith, believing He is God, believing in all who He is, and believing in all He says (Hebrews 11:6). 

Anyone who believes that they are saved by their works is denying the truth of God and cannot be saved.

Without accessing the grace of God through faith in Christ Jesus to salvation, you cannot be saved.

Believing that we are NOT saved by our works is a condition of salvation.

 

Let's do a quick recap, from the Bible study above, before we continue....

  1. Salvation belongs to God (alone), and comes from God (alone).  We must look to God alone for our salvation.
  2. Salvation is conditional, because we must believe in God and have faith in Christ Jesus to receive His salvation.
  3. By grace we are saved.  We are saved by the grace of God (nothing more and nothing less).
  4. We become heirs to the Kingdom of God by becoming the children of God through faith in Christ Jesus (no one else).
  5. God alone saves us, works do not save anyone, because we have no works acceptable to God before our salvation.

 


Why is salvation conditional?

We must understand why our salvation is conditional, and what that means, before we can understand if we are always saved.

 

Salvation belongs to God alone

Believing in God for our salvation is required, because salvation belongs to God alone

No one else has salvation, God alone is the source of our salvation.  God is the source, the Creator, the Author of salvation (Hebrews 5:9).  We cannot receive the salvation of God from anyone or anything other than Him, because it is His salvation.

Salvation belongs to God alone is a fundamental truth regarding salvation, that if believed would end the cults of today.

No one but God can give the salvation of God.  God alone saves us.  By the grace of God we are saved, nothing less and nothing more.

Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.  Isaiah 45:22

There is only One God who is the God of salvation (Psalm 68:20).  Salvation, life and death are in God's Hands alone.  God alone can deliver our souls from death (Psalm 56:13, 68:20, 116:8; John 5:24).

God is always the One who saves.

 

We must have faith in Christ Jesus

We are all saved the exact same way by God, which is by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8); through faith in Christ Jesus we are saved (Romans 3:22, 24).

For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:26

Faith in Christ Jesus is required to receive the salvation of God, because we must believe the works of Christ on His cross, believe in His shed blood for the remission and forgiveness of our sins (Romans 3:25), believe in His death, His grave, and His resurrection (1 Peter 1:3), in order to believe that we will receive eternal life through Him.  The works for salvation were finished by Christ (John 5:36).

Without faith it is impossible to please Him, without faith in Christ Jesus to give us eternal life, there is no salvation, because this is the perfect plan of God, and we must believe that He is (Hebrews 11:6).

It is possible to please God through faith in Christ Jesus, because all things are possible through Christ (Philippians 4:13).

Salvation is conditional because we must trust and believe in God's grace to save us from sin and death, and we must have faith in Christ Jesus to give us salvation and rescue us from sin and death, based on the works that Christ did on His cross, not on works we might do.

This saving faith must be in us, current, vital and alive, when we die, in order to receive the salvation of God. 

If we abandon our faith, cast off our first faith, deny Christ, or are removed from God through unbelief, we will NOT receive the end of our faith, which is the salvation of our soul, because active faith is required for eternal salvation.

The unbelieving are NOT saved and will NOT enter into God's rest, and this is the promise of God (Revelation 21:8), because they reject the power of God to save their soul, because they choose to live in unbelief, instead of living by faith in Christ Jesus.

Believing on Christ Jesus for salvation is the work of God required for your salvation (John 6:28-29).

We must believe our salvation is received through faith in Christ Jesus, that our eternal life is in Christ Jesus, in order to be saved (John 6:40).

 

God is sufficient

By grace are ye saved (Ephesians 5:7).  No one is saved unless they believe in the grace of God alone to save them.

Salvation is conditional on that fact that we believe that we are saved by the grace of God alone.

We are saved by the grace of God, nothing more and nothing less.

The salvation of God is gifted to all people who believe that they can be saved by Him alone. 

The salvation of God is given to all people who believe, ask and receive God's salvation, by Him alone, by His grace alone.

 


When are we saved?

We must know when we are saved, in order to determine, if we are always saved.

When do we receive God's salvation?  Are we saved in a moment, or over a lifetime?  Do we receive our salvation here on earth, or in Heaven?  When do we receive salvation of our souls? 

In order to understand when we are saved, we must know what salvation is all about. 

It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.  Lamentations 3:26

Salvation is being saved from sin and death.  Through the redemptive work of Christ Jesus on His cross, we are saved from sin and death, so that when we die, we pass from death to eternal life with God in His Kingdom (Romans 8:1-2; John 5:24).

So, if we are saved from death, then in order to receive salvation, we must die first?  Well, not exactly, because our salvation is through faith, faith that is hoped for but not seen

Our salvation is received before we die, AND eternal life is given to us after we die, IF we remain in the faith.

Without faith no one receives salvation, because we are saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8).

Since we haven't died yet, we have NOT been saved from death yet, BUT we do have the promise of life from God that we will be saved from death, if we abide in Christ and remain in the faith until we die

We receive the promise of life from God when we receive salvation, IF we remain in the faith.  Without faith you will not see God and receive His promises.

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on Him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.  John 5:24

Our salvation is the hope of life, and the promise of life after our death here on earth.  Our eternal salvation, everlasting life, is received when we pass from death to life.

 

The promise of life

Salvation is the promise of life, eternal life in the Kingdom of Heaven, where we will be forever with our LORD ("... and so shall we ever be with the Lord" 1 Thessalonians 4:17).

The salvation of God is gifted to us by God alone, by grace through faith, and salvation is the promise of life, eternal life which is in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:8; 2 Timothy 1:1).

God says that salvation is the promise of life, which is in Christ Jesus.  We are promised eternal life now, today, if we come to God and ask Him for eternal life through accepting His salvation and receiving His salvation from sin and death.

Our life on this earth in our current bodies is not eternal.  Our eternal life is received at our death, if we have continued in the faith.  We do NOT receive eternal life until the end of our life.  Our eternal life with Christ begins with our death (or when Christ returns for us whichever happens first).

If we received eternal life now, then we would never die here, because eternal life is forever, and that is not the plan of salvation from God.

We cannot receive eternal life here on earth, because God says that flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God.  Our earthly bodies must change into Heavenly bodies to being eternal life, before we can enter into God's Kingdom of Heaven.  All the saved will receive a heavenly body, because this is a promise from God.

All the promises of God will be fulfilled (Matthew 5:18; Luke 16:17).  God's promises are true, they will all take place.  All of God's promises are all guaranteed to take place by His own word.

Salvation is the promise of life through Christ Jesus, that has not occurred yet.  We receive the promise of God through salvation, but the salvation of our souls cannot occur here on earth.  Our hope and trust is in God to fulfill all His promises.

Yes, we can say we are saved, that we have received the salvation of God, but we begin our eternal life, when we depart this earth.

We receive the promise of salvation, and we have the hope of salvation now, TODAY, because God promised eternal salvation to us, IF we abide in the faith.

As long as we abide in Christ, He promises to abide in us, and as long as we hold on to our faith in God, believe and trust in God to the saving of our souls, remain in faith, continue in faith, stand in faith, live by faith, God is able to keep our salvation (2 Timothy 2:12).

Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.  Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come to you:  1 Peter 1:9-10

We have the promise of life from God Himself, and we hold onto the promise of life through faith in Christ Jesus, who is the Hope of eternal salvation.

The promise of life, the salvation of God, is given to us now, today when we ask and accept God's salvation by His grace through faith, and the promise of life is redeemed into eternal life (received from Christ Jesus) the moment we die, IF we remain in faith to Him.

As long as we believe, have faith in God, then we are kept by God and promised to receive the end of our faith, the salvation of our souls.

 

The Hope

Our salvation is the hope of the promise of life made to us by God (Acts 26:6).  The hope of eternal life is through the grace of God (2 Thessalonians 2:16).

Our salvation is the hope of eternal life through Christ Jesus (Titus 1:2, 3:7).  The hope that will be revealed one day soon in the glory of the Lord (Colossians 1:27).

This hope is different than the hope that the world has, because the hope that the unbelieving of this world has will perish with them (Job 8:13, 11:20; Proverbs 10:28, 11:7; Jeremiah 17:13).  The unbelieving have no hope in the Lord Christ Jesus to save their souls from hell.

The believer's hope is faith in God to salvation, the hope of salvation (1 Thessalonians 5:8).  Believers have assess to God's grace by faith, this is the faith that saves, the hope that saves (Romans 5:2, 8:24).  Our hope is different than the unbelieving world's, because our Hope is established, rooted, and grounded in faith of Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord, which is a true and valid hope in the promises of God to salvation, rescue from sin and death. 

The believer's hope is the LORD Jesus Christ (Psalm 31:24, 71:5; 1 Timothy 1:1; Titus 1:2).  The righteous man has hope in his death (Proverbs 14:32). 

Salvation is only received through the hope of eternal life that is in Christ Jesus.  If we place our hope of eternal life on anything or anyone other than Christ Jesus, we are in error, our hope is in vain, worthless, because the hope of salvation by any other way than through faith in Christ Jesus is hopeless because it will end in eternal death and eternal separation from God (Proverbs 11:7; Jeremiah 17:13).

Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints, For the hope which is laid up for you in Heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel; Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world, and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth:  Colossians 1:4-6

 

The end of our faith

Salvation is not completed at the beginning of our faith, but the end of our faith.

Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.  1 Peter 1:9

We receive the salvation of our souls at the end of our faith.  Salvation is revealed to us in Heaven at the end of our faith, the end of our journey to God.

Our whole life is a journey, and hopefully a journey toward God, our journey to God is on the narrow path of righteousness, and when we reach the end, the faithful in Christ will receive their reward of eternal salvation, the salvation of our souls.

 

The reward

We receive our rewards from Christ Himself, not here on earth.  We have the promise of our rewards here, but we do not receive them until we are with God.  Christ shall reward every man (Matthew 16:27).

On earth we receive blessings from God.

 

Our inheritance

To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in Heaven for you,  1 Peter 1:4

Eternal life, the salvation of our souls, our inheritance into the Kingdom of God is reserved in Heaven and awaits our arrival to receive it from the hand of God.

 

The crown of life

At the end of our faith, we will receive the crown of life, eternal life.  The crown of life is not received here on this earth, but in Heaven, because we receive it from God.

So, are we saved now, or later? 

Salvation on this earth is conditional, because we are in our fleshly bodies.  Eternal salvation is received when we receive our new heavenly bodies.  Our eternity, our eternal life with God begins when we receive our eternal bodies.  These earthly bodies we inhabit on this earth cannot last throughout eternity, God created us so He knows that we must be changed, we must be given a new body that will last throughout eternity.  1 Corinthians 15:52; 1 Peter 1:4.

When we receive our new heavenly bodies from God, that will never fade away, never decay, never die, that are completely sin free, then we will have received eternal salvation. 

Eternal life is given to us in our earthly bodies now, but is not realized until we enter the Kingdom of God.

Today we have salvation, if we have faith in God and we believe His promises of salvation, then we know that we have passed from death unto life (1 John 3:14).

We have salvation now, and we receive eternal salvation from Christ later, IF we remain in the faith.  

The Scriptures warn, the believers of Christ, not to cast off their faith, but hold onto it, remain in the faith, steadfast until the end, in order to receive the promises of salvation.

Faith is a condition of salvation.  Without faith no one is saved. (Hebrews 11:6).

 


Who keeps our salvation?

In order to determine, if we are always saved, we must know how our salvation is kept. 

Who keeps hold of our salvation?  God or us?  Who is the keeper of our salvation?  Who seals our salvation?

Believers are kept by the power of God through faith in Christ Jesus unto salvation.  Our salvation is kept the same as it is given, which is by the power of God through faith, because we are saved by grace through faith.  Grace through faith.  Our salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.  1 Peter 1:5

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:7

For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day.  2 Timothy 1:12

Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us.  2 Timothy 1:13-14

 

How is salvation sealed in me?

Salvation is sealed in us by the Holy Spirit through faith in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 4:30).

Everything in our life is through Christ Jesus.  We are nothing without Jesus.

Through faith in Jesus, we are kept by the power of God (1 Peter 1:5).

The perfect plan of God the Father is for all things to be through His Son, by His Son, for His Son, and in His Son, Christ Jesus our Lord and Saviour.

 


Are there conditions of salvation, after we receive salvation?

So far, we see that the salvation of God is conditional, in that we must believe that God is the author of our salvation and only He can give His salvation to anyone, and we must believe that He alone can and will save us, and we must believe that we are saved by grace through faith in Christ Jesus.

Are there conditions for salvation after we receive it?  Is there anything that God expects from us after we are saved?  What happens to our faith after we are saved, how is it maintained?  Does God maintain our salvation or do we?  Who is responsible for keeping our salvation after we receive it?

Now, we are finally getting close to answering the first question of this study, "Are we always saved".

 

Salvation is always conditional

Receiving salvation does not void the conditions of salvation.  The same conditions required to receive salvation, are required after salvation is received.

The Word of God does not change because God does not change.  God is the same yesterday, today and forever - Hebrews 13:8.  What God says remains forever.

Salvation is always conditional, from beginning, middle, and end, because salvation is by grace through faith. 

Faith in God to salvation is required before you can be saved, required after you are saved, and required at the end of your life to receive the salvation of God.  The Word of God is very clear here.

Through faith and patience we inherit the promises of God, the gift of God, eternal salvation (Hebrews 6:12).

Salvation is eternally conditional because we are saved by grace through faith.  The grace of God will be the keeper of our eternal salvation, if we continue and remain in the faith.

After we receive the gift of God, eternal life, the salvation of our souls, it is still conditional because the word of God reads that we must remain in the faith.

Faith is required to receive salvation and is required after salvation, because the children of God live by faith.

For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.  Romans 1:17

The conditions for salvation before we are saved, are not cancelled after salvation.  The requirements of salvation do not change, because God does not change (Hebrews 13:8).

The conditions of salvation do not disappear, after we receive the salvation of God.  All the conditions for salvation remain after salvation. 

There are no scriptures, NOT one, that tells anyone that after they are saved, that they don't need to have faith in God, or that they are exempt from obedience to God's word, or they are free from God's judgment, or that nothing is required of them by God, such teaching is NOT of God.

Actually, the conditions of salvation after it is received is broader than before, because when we are saved (by grace through faith) we become the children of God, and more is expected from us by God, than is expected from us before we are saved. 

It is very sad and unfortunate, that this teaching from God is not popular, and therefore rarely preached from our church pulpits today.  Holding onto faith in God through obedience to His Son, remaining steadfast in the faith, being separated from this evil world and separated unto God, departing from sin, serving God all the days of our lives is important biblical teaching so desperately needed today in our churches.

Do not be deceived, your Lord in this world, will be your Lord of your eternity.

 

Faith is required for salvation, BEFORE and AFTER we are saved

We become the children of God through faith in Christ Jesus, this does NOT change after we are saved. 

Faith is required for salvation, before and after we are saved, and until we pass from this world to the next.

Faith is required after salvation, because God does NOT change and His requirements for His salvation does NOT change.

For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.  Romans 1:17

After we are the children of God, we continue and remain in the faith, because God says that the saved in Christ Jesus, the just shall live by faith.    The just (saved) live by faith, and the unjust (lost) live by unbelief.

The just, the saved in Christ is evident as the just go from faith to faith, growing in the faith, working in faith, living everyday in faith to God.

Do not be deceived, faith abandoned is unbelief.  If you are not in the faith, then you are in unbelief.  Departing from faith in God puts one in a state of unbelief and they are without God.  Denying God as Lord over your life places you in unbelief.  Dead faith is unbelief.

 

Living faith in God is required for salvation.

No one will see God without active, current, living faith.  We maintain our faith by using it every day.  We keep faith alive - living - by using it, by having it, by believing in God to salvation.  Faith abandoned, unused, becomes dead and worthless.

We must have living faith at the end of our life to inherit the promises of God.

Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.  1 Peter 1:9

Living faith brings eternal life, not dead faith.  Dead faith is no faith, dead faith is unbelief.  No one with unbelief will enter God's rest, enter His eternal Kingdom, because the unbelieving receive damnation.

 

We must endure until the end

Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;  1 Peter 1:13

The Scriptures say we are partakers with Christ, co-heirs with Christ, IF we hold fast the faith, the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope and the promise of eternal life, eternal salvation until the end (Hebrews 3:6, 14).

For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;  Hebrews 3:14

We must continue seeking God after we are saved.  We must continue in the faith grounded and settled, and NOT be moved from the hope of the gospel of Christ (Colossians 1:23).

If we continue in the faith, remain faithful to God, we will overcome sin and inherit the promises of God (Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 26, 3:5, 21  21:7).

He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.  Revelation 21:7

 

Do not be deceived.  God forces no person to come to Him, God forces no person to receive His salvation and God forces no person to remain with Him.  If one desires to depart from God, then God will allow that person to depart.

 


How do we hold onto our salvation?

God tells us all to "fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life" (1 Timothy 6:12).

If we are to determine, if we are always saved, we must know how we hold onto our salvation. 

What is required to hold onto our salvation?  How are we able to hold onto our salvation?  How do we hold on to our salvation? 

God says that we are to hold fast our faith, remain steadfast in the faith that we have at the beginning of our salvation, firm unto the end.

The salvation of God is good and we are to hold fast that which is good (1 Thessalonians 5:21).

Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:   1 Timothy 1:19

Salvation is eternal life through Christ Jesus to all who believe.  We are to lay hold on eternal life (1 Timothy 6:12, 19).

We are to hold fast the gospel of Christ in faith and love (2 Timothy 1:13).

We will join the household of God, if we hold fast faith in confidence and rejoicing of the Blessed Hope firm unto the end (Hebrews 3:6, 14).

Let us hold fast our profession of faith, lay hold on the hope set before us (Hebrews 4:14, 6:18, 10:23; Revelation 3:3). 

We must hold fast onto the salvation that we have until Jesus comes for us, or until the end of our life, whichever comes first (Revelation 2:25-26). 

Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.   Revelation 3:11

How do we hold fast our profession of faith?  By abiding, living, loving Christ Jesus every day we hold fast our profession of faith.  We must abide in Christ, serve Christ, obey Christ to hold fast to the faith.

Remaining in the faith, abiding in Christ all the days of our lives, enables us through the power of Christ, to hold fast to our salvation (John 15:1-11).

Abide in me, and I in you.  As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.   John 15:4

We are either holding on to faith, or we are holding on to unbelief, because no one can hold onto both.

 


Can salvation be lost or stolen?

Salvation cannot be lost in the manner which you lose or misplace your keys. 

Salvation cannot be stolen, as long as you abide in Christ

If you walk away from God, deny Christ, depart from the faith, then your salvation is abandoned by you, stolen away from you through your own neglect (Hebrews 2:1-3; 1 John 2:24, 28).

But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.  Matthew 10:33

Denying, abandoning, forsaking, departing from the faith is denying, abandoning, forsaking, departing from the faith that you previously believed, and is unbelief.

Do not be deceived, departing from the faith is unbelief.

Anyone who abandons the faith, what they previously believed, depart away from God, deny Christ, will forfeit their salvation, if they do not repent of their unbelief.  God says that anyone denies Him by being abominable, disobedient, and reprobates (Titus 1:16).

The Scriptures tell us to TAKE HEED and BEWARE that you let no one creep in unawares and take that which belongs to you, takes your crown of salvation, through lies and deceit (Galatians 2:4; Revelation 3:11).

Even the god of this world, the devil, cannot forcibly take away your salvation, he can only get it by default when you abandon it, neglect it, walk away from it, depart from it, throw it away.

Anyone who abandons their faith has thrown away their salvation. 

Anyone who is overcome by the deceit of unrighteousness can forfeit their salvation through hardening of their heart, through an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God (Hebrews 3:12; Matthew 24:4; Luke 11:35, 21:8, 34).

When you replace your faith with unbelief, God is no longer abiding in you, not because it is not His will, but because you pushed Him out.  God is holy and righteous, and cannot abide in a temple of unrighteousness and unbelief.

You can abandon your own salvation through neglect, through sin, and through unbelief, IF you do not continue in the faith (1 Timothy 4:16; Hebrews 3:12). 

Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.  Hebrews 3:12

Unbelief separates anyone from God for eternity, even former believers.

Look at Hebrews 3:12, the brethren, the saved are being addressed and warned to TAKE HEED, that none fall into sin and be overcome with an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.

In order to depart from the living God, you must have been in the faith before, this Scripture is for believers.

 


Who can remove my salvation?

 

And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.  Matthew 10:28

If you think that your salvation cannot be abandoned, you err, you make a mistake.

Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.  Matthew 22:29

Yes, the scriptures do say that no other person on earth can remove our salvation, except ourselves.  We, ourselves can throw away our own salvation, we can abandon our faith, throw away our beliefs, depart from our faith, let go of our inheritance, throw away our confidence in God, cast away our reward, turn away from God.

Salvation is our choice, and has been and will always be our choice.  God gave us free will to choose Him.  God gave us free will to answer His call to us to abide in Him for eternity.  God does not force us to have faith in Him or to love Him.  God does not force us to receive His free gift of salvation.  

Salvation is the gift of God, which He freely gives to all people who choose to receive Him into their lives as Lord and Master over their lives.

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  Ephesians 2:8

Salvation is the gift of God, given to us by God, by His grace through faith in Him alone for our salvation.

We obtain salvation by the grace of God through faith in God alone.  Our choice to believe in God, have faith in God, is the only way to eternal life in Heaven. 

Our choice to believe in God, believe that He is all that He says that He is, is to have faith in God.  Faith in God is believing all that He is, totally, completely without any doubt.

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.  Hebrews 11:6

Without faith in God, we can never see God, know God, or be with God for eternity.

Do NOT be deceived the unbelieving will be eternally separated from God.  The unbelieving, all people who do not have faith in God, choose not to believe in God, choose to depart from God, choose to be separated from God.

But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.  Revelation 21:8

God knows our hearts.  God knows if we believe in Him.  God knows if we have faith in Him.  Saying that we are a Christian, or saying we have faith in God, but NOT living in faith is deceiving only ourselves.  Saying you are saved, does not make it so, you must have genuine whole-hearted, non-wavering, everlasting faith in God to be saved.

God is not mocked.  God knows your heart.  God knows who has faith in Him and who doesn't.  God tells us in His Holy word that those who are truly saved will abide in Him, will obey Him, will live in righteousness, the saved in Christ Jesus will live in faith until they leave this world for the Kingdom of Heaven.  God says that the just shall live by faith.

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.  Galatians 6:7-8

Salvation is eternal through eternal faith in God by the eternal grace of God.  The saved in Christ Jesus, the sanctified, the justified live in faith forever.

For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.  For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;  Romans 1:17-18

All people who cast away their confidence in God, abandon their faith, turn away from God, draw back into sin and death.  We are saved by holding onto our faith; we are them that believe to the saving of the soul.

Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.  Hebrews 10:38-39

 

You can choose not to believe in God

Only YOU can remove salvation from your own life through unbelief in God. 

But you said that no one or nothing can steal my salvation?  Yes, no one can steal your salvation from you, but you and only you can throw away your own salvation.

Only you can throw away your own salvation, but no one can take it from you.

Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.  Ezekiel 3:19

Again, When a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumblingblock before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thine hand.  Ezekiel 3:20

Nevertheless if thou warn the righteous man, that the righteous sin not, and he doth not sin, he shall surely live, because he is warned; also thou hast delivered thy soul.  Ezekiel 3:21

 

No where in the word of God does it say if you are saved that's all you need to do in your life, to enter the kingdom of God.

Salvation is NOT a "get out of hell free" card.

The word of God does NOT say that when you are saved you can then, forget about God, depart from your faith, live your life in sin and follow the unrighteous ways of the world.

The word of God does say, that if you are saved you will NOT sin and you will follow Christ and righteousness all the days of your life.

Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.  1 John 3:9-10

 

There are many people who believe that God would NOT refuse those who say that they are saved, who called themselves a Christian.

Many, many people falsely believe that once they say that they are saved, there is nothing that they could do that would prevent them from entering the kingdom of God.

Some people falsely believe that it doesn't matter to God how a person lives their life after they are saved, because they believe "once saved, always saved" This is NOT what is written in the word of God.

Such lies are straight from the devil.  Remember the main goal of the devil is to separate your from God for eternity.

The word of God specifically states that the unbelieving, the abominable, murders, whoremongers, sorcerers, idolaters and all liars will NOT inherit the kingdom of God.

But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.  Revelation 21:8

Only the people who believe in Christ, hold onto their faith in God will be saved in the end and inherit the kingdom of God.

If someone goes out and murderers innocent children, they are NOT serving Christ, they are NOT living in faith, they are NOT abiding in Christ, they are NOT doing the will of God.

No one who is truly saved, following the will of God, obeying God, could go out and murder anyone.  People who serve Christ, could NOT in anyway go out and murder children.  Serving Christ is NOT murdering the innocent.

Just because a person says they are saved, does NOT make them saved.  The word of God reads that only those who have faith in God and obey God are truly saved.  God sees your heart. 

The word of God reads that those who deny Christ, will be denied in Heaven, will not spend eternity in Heaven. 

The word of God reads that those people who do NOT obey God, the disobedient, deny God.

They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.  Titus 1:16

God tells us over and over in His scriptures, who will and who will NOT enter His kingdom.

If you are willfully sinning, living a NON repentant, sinful life, following the lust and sin of the world, living ungodly and unrighteous, denying Christ and the ways of Christ, denying Christ by being disobedient to God, being abominable, God said you will NOT enter His kingdom.

God did NOT say in His word, "people who do not obey me will not inherit the kingdom of God, except for people who say they are saved".   Why would He?  God clearly states over and over again, who are the saved in Christ.  The saved are those people who live in faith.  The saved in Christ obey God, the saved are people who deny themselves, the saved are people who depart from sin, and the saved are people who follow and serve Christ.

God says that we are "of", whom we obey; we belong to the one we serve; we are servants to whom we obey. 

We are either have faith in God and are servants of righteousness, obeying God, the children of God; or we do NOT have faith in God and are the servants of sin unto death, the children of disobedience, of the devil.

Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?  Romans 6:16

In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:  Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;  2 Thessalonians 1:8-9

The word of God reads that ALL people who KNOW NOT GOD and ALL people who OBEY NOT THE GOSPEL, shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, AND from the glory of His power.

We know that those in Heaven will be in the presence of God, and those in Hell are separated from the presence of God.

You must personally know God to enter His kingdom.  We can only know God through faith, faith that we hold onto until we see God.

 

Do you know God?  Does God know you?

There are many scriptures that tell us, in great detail, who God says will NOT enter the kingdom of heaven.

God makes it very clear to everyone. 

God even states there will be people in the end of time, who will NOT be allowed into the kingdom of heaven, who thought they were saved, but God will NOT let them enter His kingdom.

  • Just because you are good or go to church does NOT guarantee you will enter the kingdom of heaven.  

  • Just because you "say" you are a Christian, does NOT guarantee you will inherit the kingdom of God.  

  • Just because you do charitable works, you are a missionary, worker in the church, or even a minister, does NOT guarantee you have eternal life.

Only people with a current personal relationship with Jesus Christ will enter the kingdom of God.

Christ must abide inside of you, to receive eternal life.  Eternal life is through one, Jesus Christ.  Eternal life is received through faith in God.  Without faith in God no one is saved.

 

Current personal relationship with Jesus Christ

The word of God reads that you must have a current personal relationship with Jesus Christ in order to enter God's kingdom.

This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.  If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:  1 John 1:5-6

Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;  John 8:31

Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.  Acts 14:22

In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:  If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;  Colossians 1:22-23

Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.  1 Timothy 4:16

But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;  And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.  2 Timothy 3:14-15

According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.  Ephesians 3:11-12

That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.  Ephesians 3:17-19

But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.  Hebrews 3:6

Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.  But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.  For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;  Hebrews 3:12-14

Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward.  Hebrews 10:35

 

What does it mean to have a current personal relationship with Jesus?

Having a current personal relationship with Jesus is enduring until the end.

Enduring until the end means obeying and doing the word of God, walking in the ways of Christ, serving Christ all our life, until Jesus returns or until we die, whichever comes first.

The word of God reads that "he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven."

If we are willfully sinning we are NOT doing the will of God.

You must have a current personal relationship with Jesus, you must be doing the will of God the Father, in order to see the kingdom of God.

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.   Matthew 7:21-23

Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are: Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets. But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.   Luke 13:23-28

Please don't let this be you, who God tells - "Depart from me, I don't know you".

When you die and see God, will He know you?

Being "saved" when you were a child, but then serving the devil throughout your life when you are an adult, will NOT gain you entrance into the kingdom of God. 

Unless you have faith in God today, and are NOW abiding in Christ and doing the will of God, when you die, or when Christ returns, whichever happens first, God said you will NOT inherit the kingdom of God.

God does NOT want anyone to perish, to die.  God wants ALL the people of the world, ALL His creation to inherit His kingdom. 

God wants to give everyone the gift of life eternal, the gift of salvation.

All we need to do is have faith in God, follow His Son, Jesus Christ, all the days of our lives and through faith and obedience to the word of God throughout our entire life, and we can have everlasting life in the kingdom of God.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.   John 3:16

 


What voids salvation?

 

Unbelief separates anyone from God for eternity (Hebrews 3:12).

No one receives the salvation of God without faith in Jesus Christ to salvation, because without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6; Galatians 3:26).  The promises of God, eternal life, are inherited through faith, not through unbelief (Hebrews 6:12).

But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.  Revelation 21:8

Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;  1 Timothy 4:1

Believers all throughout the Scriptures have "departed from the faith", walked away from God, entered into unbelief and thereby forfeiting their inheritance of eternal life, eternal salvation.

God does not force anyone to obtain salvation AND God does not force anyone to remain in the faith.

Salvation is a choice.  Salvation has always been a choice, and will remain a choice until the end of time. 

God gave His salvation to all mankind as a choice.  We each freely choice salvation by our free will.  We make the choice to be saved and to remain saved.

God gives the power to be saved and the power to remain in the faith to all people who choose Christ Jesus as their Lord and Saviour.

God gives everyone the same choice - eternal life or eternal death - God says "choose life"! (Deuteronomy 30:19).

The promises of God do not change.  God does not change, He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8)

God promises the unrighteous His wrath and damnation, just as God promises the righteous His glory and eternal life (Romans 6:23, 13:2; John 3:36).

Do not be deceived, calling yourself a certain name, even Christian, does not make you a child of God and does not grant you salvation, because only God saves, by His grace through faith in Christ Jesus we are made the children of God (Galatians 3:26).

 


What is "departing from the faith"?

Do not be deceived, departing from the faith is departing from God, is unbelief, and therefore departing from your salvation in God.

 

Departing from the faith

Departing from the faith is departing from your faith in Christ, and without faith in Jesus Christ for your salvation you cannot be saved (Galatians 3:26).

Departing from the faith is departing from God, and departing from God is unbelief (Hebrews 3:12).

We are either living in faith or we are living in unbelief.  We are either in the faith, believing in God and believing Christ Jesus saves our soul, believe in Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, OR we don't believe in Jesus for the salvation of our souls and we are in unbelief.  You can't have both faith and unbelief.  No one can have faith in God and live in unbelief.

If you are not in the faith, then you are in unbeliefDeparting from the faith is unbelief.

"Departing from the faith" is throwing out, giving up, casting off the faith that you once had in God to salvation. 

When the saving faith you once believed is abandoned by you, then you have "departed from the faith".

Departing from the faith is a willful, purposeful act on your part, in where you cast off, abandon, repent of, turn away, forsake, rebuke, deny your faith in God, deny your faith in Christ Jesus for your salvation.

When you turn away from the belief you had when you received the salvation of God, then you have departed from the faith, abandoned your salvation received from God.

Departing from the faith is also called casting off your faith (1 Timothy 5:12), falling from grace (Galatians 5:4), turning away from the faith (2 Chronicles 7:19-20, 29:6; Numbers 14:43; Hebrews 12:25), forsaking the faith (Deuteronomy 12:19; 2 Peter 2:15; Jeremiah 17:13), repenting from the faith (2 Corinthians 7:10), denying the faith (Matthew 10:33; Luke 12:9; 1 Timothy 5:8; 2 Timothy 2:12, 3:1-5; 2 Peter 2:1; Titus 1:16; Jude 1:4; Revelation 2:13), walking away from the faith, turned back from following God (1 Samuel 15:11), leaving your first estate (Jude 1:6), leaving your first love (Revelation 2:4), and throwing away that which you first believed.

 

Fallen from grace

All who "fall from grace" are no longer "in the grace of God", and therefore they are NOT saved, because we are saved by grace.  We are all saved the exact same way, by the grace of God alone, nothing else and nothing more.

Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)  Ephesians 2:5

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  Ephesians 2:8

But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.  Acts 15:11

There is only one grace, the grace of God, and we are saved by His grace alone.

God gives us His grace through His Son, Christ Jesus.

I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ;  1 Corinthians 1:4

We are who we are, by the grace of God.

But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.  1 Corinthians 15:10

We are NOT saved by our own will, but we are saved by the grace of God.  We cannot save ourselves.  Without the grace of God there is no salvation.

All who "fall from grace" are no longer under the grace of God, and therefore they are NOT saved.

Jesus marveled at two things when He walked on this earth.  Jesus marveled at the faith of men (Luke 7:9) and Jesus marveled at man's unbelief (Mark 6:6).

The apostle Paul also marveled at unbelief, the unbelief of his brethren, the saved, who were at the churches of Galatia.

I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:   Galatians 1:6

Removed from Him (God) that called you into the grace of Christ (salvation) into another gospel.  If you are removed from the grace of Christ, then you are no longer in the grace of God.  If you are removed into believing another gospel, other than the gospel of Christ Jesus, you have abandoned your faith, and will not see God.

All who believes in anything or anyone other than the grace of God for eternal salvation, has fallen from Grace (Galatians 5:4).  IF we depart from the truth of God, which is that we are saved by grace alone, then we have fallen from the grace of God, into unbelief.

 


Who can depart from the faith?

A person must be in the faith before they can depart from the faith.

You must be in the faith to receive the salvation of God, because we are saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8).

We are saved by grace through faith, through faith in Christ Jesus we become saved, we become the children of God through being in the faith of Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:26).

The Scriptures tell us in the last days (now), that some (Christians) will "depart from the faith" (1 Timothy 4:1).

Believers, the saved in Christ are in the faith.  Unbelievers, the lost of the world are NOT in the faith because they are in unbelief.

Only those who have received the salvation of God, by grace through faith, are in the faith; and, therefore, only those who are saved can depart from the faithYou can't depart from the faith, if you were never in the faith.

Anyone who abandons their faith, in what they previously believed of God, has entered into unbelief.

Abandoning your faith, departing from the faith is departing from what you have previously believed that brought you to the salvation of God.  By placing your faith in something other than Jesus Christ for your salvation, you depart from the faith in God to salvation.

 

Believers fall from grace

Only the saved can fall from grace, because only those who have received the salvation of God have the grace of God.

The lost, the unsaved, have NOT yet received the grace of God, and therefore cannot lose, or fall from grace, that they have never received.

It is impossible to fall from or lose anything that you have never had.

We are saved by grace.  We receive the grace of God through salvation. 

Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.   Hebrews 3:12

Brethren, who are the saved in Christ, are warned to take heed, so that they do not fall into unbelief and depart from the living God (Hebrews 3:12).

The word of God warns believers of Christ to beware, so that they too are not led away and fall from their own steadfastness in faith.

Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.   2 Peter 3:17

Beloved references fellow saints, the saved in Christ Jesus, not the lost.

Only the saved in Christ can fall from grace, because you cannot cast off something that you never had.  The lost cannot fall from grace, because they were never saved, never had God's grace.

The end of all people who fall from grace or cast off their faith is damnation, separation from God for all eternity, UNLESS they repent from unbelief.

Having damnation, because they have cast off their first faith.   1 Timothy 5:12

In order to cast off your first faith, you must have had faith, the faith of salvation.  Anyone who casts off their faith in God will receive damnation, unless they repent of their unbelief.

Falling from grace, abandoning your faith, casting off your first faith, backsliding, fall from your stedfastness, removed from Him that called you, believing another gospel, denying Christ, leaving your first love, all these make anyone unbelieving.  

The unbelieving will never see God.  The unbelieving will be separated from God for all eternity (Revelation 21:8).

 


How do believers "depart from the faith"?

How is it possible to walk away from God?  How is it possible to believe in God before, and then change your mind and believe in something else?  How is it possible to have once seen Christ, to turn away from Him?  How is it possible to depart from the faith?

The word of God lists many people who have, though they first knew God, walked away from God, departed from the faith and abandoned their salvation.

The Scriptures tell us how these people, and people today, depart from the faith.

Here are a few reasons why the Scriptures say that believers "depart from the faith":

Believers depart from the faith through unbelief

Believers depart from the faith because the cares of this world

Believers who are overcome by sin depart from the faith

Believers with a hardened heart depart from the faith

Believers who have lost their desire and love for God depart from the faith

Believers who grieve the Holy Spirit depart from the faith

Believers choose to depart from the faith

Believers depart from the faith by believing in their works to save them

 

Believers depart from the faith through unbelief. 

By following the path of the deceitfulness of sin, we enter into unbelief.  Unbelief separates anyone from God.

Through unbelief we depart from the faith.  We depart from the faith when we enter into unbelief.

Unbelief separates believers from God (Hebrews 3:12).

We depart from the faith when we abandon our faith in God, when we abandon belief in God's grace to salvation.

All people who abandon their beliefs that they first had in God, that gave them salvation, abandoned their previous beliefs in Christ Jesus, abandoned their previous beliefs in Christ Jesus to salvation as their Lord and Saviour, have departed from the faith.

Unbelief separates anyone from God for eternity.

People who no longer believe the truth of God, who no longer believe in the salvation of God, who no longer believe that there is no life without Christ, who no longer believe in the promises and teachings of God, who no longer trust in the word of God, these people who no longer believer have departed from the faith.  

You must have faith in God and His promises and His truth and all His Word, and remain in the faith of Him, all the days of your life, to receive His salvation at the end of your life. 

The salvation of God is given only to believers of God, those who have continued in the faith, remained in the faith until their end (1 Peter 1:9).

It is a great error to believe that some previous faith in God will save you, because unless you have living faith in God you will not see God.

We either believe in God, have faith in God, or we don't.  We either stand with God in the faith, or we stand against God in unbelief.

No one can have faith in God and live in unbelief.  The just shall live by faith.

They profess that they know God; but in their works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.  Titus 1:16

You can't live like the devil and know God.  Living in abominations and disobedience is NOT living by faith.  The saved in Christ live by faith, and NOT by sin.  Many people today say that they know God, profess to be Christians, profess to be saved, but they do not live by faith in God.  Professing faith is not faith.  Saying you are a Christian, or that you are saved, does not mean that you truly are, God alone knows who are His children and who are the devil's.

No one can live a perfect life, completely holy to God, because we are still in our human flesh, but through the power of God Himself, we can be obedient to His word, be holy to the best of our ability, maintain good works, avoid and depart from all sin, forsake abominations, and do our best to honor and please Him.

 

Believers depart from the faith through the cares of this world.

If your focus departs from the reality of God, to a reality of the world, you have departed from the faith. 

Believing more in the things of this world, instead of believing in the things of God is unbelief.

When we place importance on the things of this world, we remove importance from the things of God. 

When we place our hope and trust in the things of this world, instead of placing our truth and hope in God, when we place God second or third or last in our lives, we have departed from the faith. 

Do not be deceived, if Christ is not first in your life, then He is not your Lord and Saviour.

The Scriptures tell us that there can only be one master in our lives.  God must be the only master of our lives to remain in the faith. 

Don't let the cares of this world, remove God from your life (Mark 4:19).

 

 

Believers who are overcome by sin depart from the faith.

God says that those who will live with Him forever, the saved in Christ overcome sin.  God doesn't say that we should overcome sin, but that His children have overcome sin.

As believers, we are to overcome evil, and not let evil overcome us (Romans 12:21).

He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he will be my son.  Revelation 21:7

The salvation of God saves us from sin and death.  The salvation of God gives us the power of Christ to overcome sin in our lives.  Salvation is freedom from sin.  We have victory over all sin through Christ Jesus. 

There is no greater power than the power of GodIf God says we are free from sin through His salvation, then we are free from sin indeed. 

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.  1 John 4:4

If believers give into sin, become defeated by sin in their lives, lose faith in God that He is able to defeat all their sin, then they have been overcome by sin and have departed from the faith.

Willful sin is not tolerated by God, as the scriptures tell us, that this type of sin grieves the Holy Spirit.

I am sure it breaks God's heart when one of His own turns away from the truth and His righteousness to follow after sin and the ways of the devil.

But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die.  Ezekiel 18:24

When a righteous man turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and dieth in them; for his iniquity that he hath done shall he die.  Ezekiel 18:26

Believers who rebel against God, turn away from faith, depart from the faith, fall away from God, turn away from God, such people will die in their sin

If you throw away your righteousness, if you sin like the lost, you will die just like the lost

It is a conscious effort to throw away God.   You cannot throw away your salvation by accident.  You know it.

No one can take away your salvation IF you continue in the faith and abide in Christ, but the scriptures say some  will depart from the faith, turn away from God, if you make the conscious choice to turn away from God and righteousness and to live in sin, like the wicked, you will die just like those who have sinned all their life, you will die in your sin.  You will not receive eternal life.

Sin separates anyone from God.  If you continue, willfully sinning against God and refuse to repent of your sins, you drift further and further away from God, you risk turning completely away from God and departing from the faith completely.  God will forgive the sincere repentant sinner, but by living to sin, you take the risk of never wanting to come back to God.

God is patient and longsuffering, but there is a point of no returning to God by the backslider.  Every time you sin, you risk your eternity with God.  The point of no return back to God cannot be determined in advance.  If you indulge in sin, you are playing on a slippery slope, that can at any time take over you.  Falling from the grace of God is nothing to play around with, because God does not promise that you can recover from it and be able to come back to Him.

Please, don't throw away your salvation.

Don't die in your sin, repent and turn to God, TODAY.

The word of God reads that the only way to save your soul is to turn away from wickedness and turn back again to God.

Again, when the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive.  Ezekiel 18:27

Because he considereth, and turneth away from all his transgressions that he hath committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die.  Ezekiel 18:28

For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,  Hebrews 10:26

 

How do believers overcome sin?

Faith in God empowers believers to overcome sin.  The love of God enables us to overcome sin.

Because Christ overcame the world of sin and death (John 16:33), so can we through Him, because we are promised I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13).

Eternal life is promised to all believers who overcome (Revelation 3:5; 2:7, 11; 1 John 5:4, 5).  Jesus promises all who remain in the faith and overcome the sin of this world, that they will sit with Him in His throne.

To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and an set down with my Father in His throne.  Revelation 3:21

 

Believers through hardness of heart depart from the faith

Some believers depart from the faith through a process called "hardening of the heart", which is caused by the deceitfulness of sin.

This is why it is so important that guard our hearts from sin, that we depart from sin, flee from sin, and have nothing to do with any type of sin.

Committing any sin separates you from God.  The saved in Christ have the Holy Spirit of God living inside of them, convicting them of sin. 

When the Holy Spirit convicts us of our sin, we repent of that sin, and are forgiven by God.  But, IF we deny the voice of the Holy Spirit who is convicting us of our sins, telling us to repent of our sins, then we can develop a hardened heart.  A hardened heart does not hear God.  A hardened heart is an unbelieving heart.

A hardened heart is against God.  A hardened heart is an evil heart of unbelief.  A hardened heart is separated from God (Hebrews 3:13).

Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.  But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day, lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.  Hebrews 3:12-13

Lest any of you - Anyone can have their heart hardened through the deceitfulness of sin, even the saved, if they turn from God and do not hold onto their faith.

For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; While it is said, Today if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.  Hebrews 3:14-15

Today, because we still hear the voice of the Holy Spirit convicting our hearts, we are made partakers of Christ, because we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end.   

We must hold onto our faith in God to salvation, TODAY and unto the END, to be partakers of Christ, to receive the salvation of God at the end of our faith (1 Peter 1:9).

Believers who repeatedly reject God's ways, ignore God's voice for them to repent of sin, neglect the Word of God, reject the Holy Spirit's call to God, harden their heart and depart from the faith.

The Scriptures teach a condition of the heart of man called hardening of the heart, which is caused by repeatedly rejecting God and yielding to the deceitfulness of sin.  Hardening of the heart is a fatal condition, if not repented of.

But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.  Hebrews 3:13

When we hear the voice of God and respond to His call, by receiving His salvation, our heart is open and receptive to God's voice.   If we turn away from God's teachings, if we neglect fellowship with Him, if we say no to His repeated calls, refuse to listen to Him, our heart will harden (Hebrews 3:13). 

A hardened heart is not receptive to God.  A hardened heart rejects fellowship and communication with God (Matthew 13:15).

The Scriptures warn us all to beware and harden not your hearts, because a hardened heart cannot enter into God's rest, a hardened heart results in unbelief (Hebrews 3:7-19), and unbelief ends in eternal death.

So we see that they (with their hardened hearts) could not enter in (Heaven) because of unbelief (Hebrews 3:19).

The only way to avoid the hardening of your heart is today when you hear God's voice respond to His voice, keep communication alive and vital in your relationship with God (Hebrews 3:7-8, 15).  Seek God every day and keep Him first in your life.

If we hear God's voice, then we have not hardened our hearts.  God wants our hearts to remain true to Him, in love with Him, pure from unrighteousness, void of evil, drawn near to Him, so that He can guide us in His ways and give us joy, abundant and eternal life.  (Matthew 5:8)

A hardened heart is far from God (Ephesians 4:18).  A hardened heart is not right with God (Acts 8:21).  A hardened heart will not see God (Matthew 5:8).

What can you do about a hardened heart?  Repent, turn back to God, pray and ask God for His forgiveness, surrender your heart to Him, surrender your life to Jesus, obey His word, and follow Christ all the days of your life.

Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee. Acts 8:22

Faith in God, believing in Jesus Christ with all your heart, shatters the hardened heart (Acts 8:37).  Our hearts are purified by faith in God (Acts 15:9), the pure in heart shall see God (Matthew 5:8).

We must have faith in God with purpose of heart to continue living by faith, letting God rule our hearts (Colossians 3:15), in order to receive the promises of God (Acts 11:23).

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  Romans 10:9-10

 

Believer who have lost their desire for God, their love for God have departed from the faith.

No one is saved without love, because God is love (1 John 4:6-8, 16).  Believers who have departed from the faith, have left their first love (Revelation 2:4).

He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.  1 John 4:8

By grace through faith we are saved (Ephesians 2:8).  Through the salvation of God, the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost (Romans 5:5).

We are to love our Lord God with all our heart, with all our mind, with all our soul, with all our strength, all the days of our lives.   We must continue in love, to continue in the faith, because there is no separating faith in God and love in God.

And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength; this is the first commandment.  Mark 12:30

Faith and love are required for eternal salvation (1 Thessalonians 5:8; 1 Timothy 1:14; 2 Timothy 1:13; Philemon 1:5).

The Word of God states that if we abide in the love of Christ, that He will abide is us, and nothing shall separate us from the love of God with is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:35-39).

And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.  2 Thessalonians 3:5

 

Believers who grieve the Holy Spirit have departed from the faith

Unbelief grieves the Holy Spirit. 

Hardness of the hearts grieves the Holy Spirit (Hebrews 3:7-8). 

Professing Christians who are void of true saving faith in their heart grieves the Holy Spirit.

We are commanded by God, "Grieve NOT the Holy Spirit"Why?  Because without the Holy Spirit of God we are not sealed in salvation, to the day of our redemption (Ephesians 4:30).

An unbeliever is anyone who does not believe in God's grace to save them from sin and death, through faith in the Son of God, Christ Jesus.  An unbeliever does not have faith in Christ Jesus to salvation.  An unbeliever is living in unbelief of the Word of God and the God of the Word.

God does not want any person in this world to perish, and spend eternity separated from Him and His love (Matthew 18:14; 2 Peter 3:9; John 3:15-18).

It grieves God that anyone is lost without Him.  It grieves God when His children stray from Him.  It grieves God when believers of His Son, depart from the faith. 

It grieves God when people reject His truth, and choose to believe the lies of the devil, because the end of unbelief is eternal death and separation from the Kingdom of God for all eternity.

The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Romans 6:23

Corruption cannot inherit incorruption (1 Corinthians 15:50).  Unbelief cannot enter into God's rest (Hebrews 3:19).  All people who follow unrighteousness (Romans 1:18, 29-32) instead of righteousness, who do not accept His salvation (2 Thessalonians 2:12), all the unbelieving will not enter the Kingdom of God, but be cast into everlasting darkness, the lake of fire, will have part in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone (Revelation 20:15; 21:8; Jude 1:11, 13).

 

Believers choose to depart from the faith

Because salvation is a choice anyone can choose to leave their first love.

Salvation is our choice.  No one is born with salvation.  No one is born with faith in God.  No one is born with salvation automatically.

We choose salvation.  Salvation is conditional, based on faith in God.  We choose to have faith in God, or we choose NOT to have faith in God. 

The salvation of God has always been a choice.  The salvation of God will always be a choice. 

The word of God reads that, we are all to have faith in God, AND it also says that "not all men have faith in God", faith is our choice (Mark 11:22; 2 Thessalonians 3:2). 

We must choose to receive the salvation of God, AND we must choose to remain in the faith of God, faith to salvation is our choice.

We must choose to remain in the faith of God.  We must choose to hold onto our salvation.  God does not force us to receive His salvation.  God does not force us to remain in faith to Him.  The salvation of God is always a choice.  The salvation of God is always conditional.

Because salvation is conditional, it is our choice to receive it and our choice to continue in the faith.

Salvation is gifted to us by God, when we trust in Him alone to save our souls.  Faith in God is gifted to us, when we trust in God alone to save our souls.  We are all given the measure of faith when we trust in God alone to save us.

If we trust in God to save our souls from sin and death, then God will give us the measure of faith to receive His salvation.

We are saved by grace through faith, both (grace and faith) given to us from God through our choice, by trusting in God.

If we don't believe in the grace of God alone, then we cannot be saved.

Our reasonable service, our reasonable duty, for receiving the gift of God, which is salvation of our souls, by faith in God alone, is that we present our bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God for all the days of our lives.

God does not changeGod is the same yesterday, today, and forever.   The salvation of God cannot change.  The salvation of God has always been conditional, and will always be conditional.

The word of God endures forever.  People have always been saved by the grace of God, and people will always be saved by the grace of God. 

 

Believers depart from the faith by believing in their works for salvation

The saved in Christ depart from the faith, when they start believing in their works to save them, instead of the Grace of God, because God says that no one is saved by the works of the law.

Believing in works for salvation is falling from grace, departing from the faith

All people fall from grace when they believe in salvation by any other means than the grace of God.

God says in His word that the law cannot save anyone, because we are saved by the grace of God alone.

God says whosoever believes that they are justified, saved by the law, that they are fallen from grace, are not saved.

Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.  Galatians 5:4

Works cannot save anyone, because we are saved by grace and NOT by works (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Works plus grace or faith cannot save anyone, because we must have faith in Christ Jesus alone for our salvation, not of our righteousness or works. 

When we add anything to the grace of God for our salvation, it voids grace.  God is able to save us all by Himself. 

Believing in your works plus His grace is unbelief, is not believing in God to give you His salvation all by Himself.

We are saved by the grace of God, nothing more and nothing less.  The grace of God is able to save us all by itself.  

If we place our faith in anything other than the grace of God (like the law, or our works) to save us, then we are fallen from grace, we are not saved, because we are NOT saved by the law or anything other than the grace of God. 

When we believe in other things, beside the grace of God to save us, we void faith in God alone for salvation.

We must believe God alone saves us, in order to receive the salvation of God, because this is the doctrine of God.

No one receives the salvation of God by believing in anything other than God's grace to save them.

Everyone who is saved, is saved the exact same way, which is by the grace of God we are saved.

Salvation belongs to God alone, and only God freely gives His salvation to people, and His salvation is given to all who place their trust in Him alone for their salvation.

If you believe that you are saved by anything other than the Grace of God, you are mistaken, because God says we are all saved the exact same way, by His grace, through faith alone in His grace to salvation.

The salvation of God has, is, and always will be conditional.  By the grace of God we are saved through faith in Christ Jesus.

If we trust in God alone for the salvation of our souls, trust in God for our salvation from sin and death, then God gives us the measure of faith to receive His salvation (Romans 12:3; 1 Peter 1:9). 

If we hold onto our faith to the end, then we will be partakers in Christ to eternal life (Hebrews 3:14).

Salvation is the operation of God alone by the grace of God alone, and by no other means.  God is able to save us all by Himself.

God says that we are NOT saved by the law, we are NOT saved by works, and we must believe Him and what He says to be saved.

We cannot believe in what man tells us, or our church, or our family, or something we heard, but we must believe in what God tells us in order to receive His salvation.

But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.  Hebrews 11:6

We are to be strong in faith, giving glory to God; and being fully persuaded that, what God has promised, He is able to perform, even the salvation of our souls, by His grace alone (Romans 4:20-21; 1 Peter 1:9; Ephesians 2:5, 8).

Salvation is our choice, our free will must consciously choose to trust in the grace of God alone for the salvation of our souls.

No one is saved by any other way or means, because God says we are saved by His grace alone.

We cannot have the grace of God unless we accept the grace of God through salvation.  We cannot have the grace of God by works of the law, or by any means, other than by trusting in God alone for salvation.

No one enters the gates of heaven, except by the grace of God through faith in God alone to salvation.

We fall from grace when we enter into unbelief (Hebrews 4:11).  We have an evil heart of unbelief when we depart from the living God (Hebrews 3:12).

Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.   Hebrews 3:12

If there were any other means to receive the salvation of God, except by His grace alone, it would not be grace (Romans 11:6).

Works are not grace and grace is not works.  Your works cancels out the grace of God, and the grace of God cancels out your works.  No one receives the grace of God by their works, because then it would not be God's grace.

Works cannot gain God's grace, because God's grace is freely given, not earned by any means.  If God's grace could be earned by works, then it is not grace.

We are justified freely by God grace alone (Romans 3:24).

Acceptance into God's family is accessed only by faith by the grace of God (Romans 5:2)

We are saved by God's grace alone.  NOT of yourself, NOT of works, and NOT of your righteousness, but of grace by faith we are reconciled to God and receive His salvation, eternal life (Romans 9:11; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5)

If you believe that you are saved under the law, by works, then you are not under the grace of God.  Living in a false reality, that works are required for your salvation, means that you are under the law and NOT under the grace of God.  Believing in law for salvation makes you under law, not grace (Romans 6:14).

You either believe in God that you receive the salvation of God by His grace alone through faith in Christ Jesus, or you don't believe in God. 

We either believe in the truth of God, or we believe in a lie, it is really that simple.  No one receives the salvation of God any other way than His way, which is by His grace alone though faith.

Salvation is the love gift of God, given to all people who believe in Him alone to save them from sin and death.

But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)  Ephesians 2:4-5

No one is saved until they believe God can and will save them all by Himself. 

 


Who has fallen from the grace of God?

 

Satan

The first one who fell from the grace of God was a beloved angel of God, a mighty angel of God, called lucifer, who is now called the devil and satan (Isaiah 14:12-15). 

No one on earth knows when this angel fell from God's grace, but we do know from the word of God, that he did fall. 

How is it possible for an angel of God to fall from God's grace?  The angel fell from the Grace of God because of unbelief.  The angel did not believe that God was the only true God.  This angel did not believe God is who He is (Hebrews 11:6) This angel exalted himself above God, wanted to be equal and superior to the living God.  This angel wanted to be like the most High (Isaiah 14:13-15).

The devil fell from grace.

The devil fell from the grace of God, for the same reason people fall today, because of unbelief.  The devil chose to believe a lie, the devil refused to believe the truth of God, the devil hardened his heart against God and fell into unbelief, abandoned his faith in God, cast off his first love, left his first estate, and was cast out of Heaven forever by God, cast away from the eternal presence of God.

The end of the devil is sealed by the power of God.  The devil will receive his reward one day soon, and all the angels that fell from heaven with him that day will receive his same end.  And all the people of this world who choose to believe in the devils lies, instead of the truth of God, will also join in his damnation.

 

Angels that followed satan

Not only did the devil fall, but many other angels who believed in the devil's lies also fell from God's grace.  How many angels fell?  The word of God does not say.  These unnumbered angels choose to follow the lies of the devil, instead of the truth of God, and choose to leave the habitation of Heaven and follow the devil into hell.   These angels choose not to keep their first estate in Heaven, and they choose to follow satan. 

These angels sinned against God, and were judged and sentenced by God, reserved in everlasting chains under darkness.

And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.  Jude 1:6

For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;  2 Peter 2:4

The angels that followed the devil fell from the grace of God.

Just like there are good and evil people, there are good and evil angels, there are good and evil spirits, and there is One God over all.

 

The world, except 8, in the days of Noah

During the days of Noah, all the people of the earth fell from the grace of God, all except Noah and his wife, and Noah's three sons and their three wives.  Only eight people were saved from the earth when God destroyed the people of this earth with the great flood.

And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;  2 Peter 2:5

Except Noah's family of eight, all the people of the world at that time fell from the grace of God during the day of the great flood at the time of Noah.

 

The wicked of Sodom and Gomorrha

The wicked people of Sodom and Gomorrah fell from the grace of God and were completely destroyed.

But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.  Genesis 13:13

Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.  Jude 1:7

And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;  2 Peter 2:6

 

Some of the people out of Egypt

Moses, who was guided by God, led his people from captivity out of Egypt.  Not all the people remained in faith of God, and they were NOT all saved in the end.

I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.  Jude 1:5

Why could they not enter God's rest, into God's Kingdom?  They could NOT enter rest because they chose NOT to believe in God, for they no longer had faith in God's promises, and they abandoned their faith.  They believed for a time, but then they fell into unbelief.

They could not enter into rest, into the Kingdom of God, because of their unbelief.

So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.  Hebrews 3:19

Unbelief separates anyone from God for eternity.   No one can enter into the presence of God unless they have faith in God.

 

All who choose unbelief

All people who choose unbelief, instead of choosing to believe in God to salvation, have fallen from the grace of God.

But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves. Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.  Jude 1:10-11

But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities. But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption; And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you;  Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children:  Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;  2 Peter 2:10, 12-15

But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.  Revelation 21:8

 


When is salvation temporary?

 

When you do not continue in the faith, your salvation is temporary, not lasting, and not eternal.

We must continue in the faith, remain in the faith, to have the faith, eternal saving faith.

Salvation is given to all who in the end have the faith, but whoever doesn't have the faith, even if he had it before, from him salvation will be taken away even though he had it once before.  (Matthew 13:12)

There are different causes of temporary salvation.  Jesus gave some examples of temporary salvation in His parable about the seeds, which refer to the Word of God being sewn in the hearts of men (Matthew 13).

 

The way side believer

The way side believer is a person who received the word of God into their heart, but doesn't understand it, and doesn't try to find a way to understand it. 

Because the wayside believer did not grab hold onto his faith, have faith in the power of God to understand the Word, when the devil comes along there is no resistance, and he catches away the word sown in his heart.

 

The stony believer

The stony believer is a person who receives the word of God into the heart, but like seeds throne onto stones, there is no root for the seed to grow.

The stony believer is joyous at first, but does not plant down, secure his faith, root his faith in the firm foundation of Christ.  Since there is no root, when trouble comes (and it will, because tribulation is promised to all believers) into his life, he is offended and abandons his faith.  Without any root, his faith was carried away.

 

The thorn believer

The thorn believers is a person who receives the word of God into the heart, but like seeds throne into thorns, his faith is choked to death, by the many cares (thorns) of life. 

The thorn believer is going every which way, he is so caught up in the cares and worries of this world and his live, he is distracted by the deceitfulness of riches, the preoccupation of his life chokes out any time for God, no time for the word, no time for God, no time to do the works of God, he becomes unfruitful, and his faith is dead without any works.

 

The good ground believer

The grounded believer is a person who receives the word of God into his heart, and like the seed thrown on good ground, his faith is nourished in the fertile word of the Lord.  He plants his faith deep, keeping it nourished, settled and grounded in faith and service to his Lord and Saviour.

The grounded believer heard the word and took the time to understand it (way side) by establishing His faith with the word of God, by praying and fellowship with God his faith was rooted and grounded (stone). 

The grounded believer chose to be separate from sin and the world and didn't let the cares of the world (thorns) affect his relationship with His God.  He made time for God.  Other people saw his joy and asked him about it, then he told them about His salvation, His God and His Saviour, and many received the salvation of God.

All these believers started out the same, they heard the same word of God, they all received the same Word into their hearts, but the way they treated and maintained that word were different, which resulted in eternal salvation for only one.

 


When is salvation eternal?

Only the salvation of God is eternal, when received by His grace alone, through faith in Christ Jesus.

Christ Jesus is the author of eternal salvation to all that obey Him (Hebrews 5:9), none other gives the salvation of God.

Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2), there is none other.

We receive eternal salvation at the end of our faith, the end of our lives, the salvation of our souls (1 Peter 1:9).

 

Eternal salvation is through eternal faith

Salvation is eternal, NOT temporary.  Temporary faith in God is unbelief, and does not bring you eternal salvation.

Saving faith is continued faith in Jesus Christ and is eternal.

When we die (or when Jesus returns to earth, whichever occurs first) if we do not have a current personal relationship with God, if we do NOT at that moment have faith in God, we will NOT be saved from sin and death, from hell.

God says over and over again those who endure until the end will be saved.

God does NOT say those who believe in me for a little while will be saved.

We must endure until the end to be saved.  We must hold onto our faith, our belief in Jesus, until the end to be saved.

The word of God is very plain those with temporary belief in Jesus Christ are NOT SAVED and will PERISH.

We must be rooted and ground in Christ Jesus, abiding in Him until His return, to receive His salvation.

In Matthew, Mark, and Luke is the parable of the seed, the word of God.  Through these scriptures, Jesus is speaking about how people if they are not rooted in Christ Jesus, if their belief is not on solid ground, if their faith is temporary, they will not last until the end, they will perish.

Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.  Luke 8:11-15

Many people hear and receive the plan of salvation, but few people after they have heard it, remain in the faith, hold onto it and keep it.

Salvation is obtained by a lifetime commitment to God and belief in Jesus Christ for the salvation of their souls. 

When we die, God will ask us to show Him our faith.  If we do not have faith in God when we die, then we will not spend eternity with Him.  Unbelief separates all people from eternal life with God.

So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.  Hebrews 3:19

Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.  Hebrews 3:12

Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.  Hebrews 4:11

 


How can I have eternal salvation?

 

We are all saved the exact same way by coming to GOD and receiving His salvation through faith in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:26).

Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.  Isaiah 45:22

If we look to the one true living Lord God Almighty, then we can be saved, because there is salvation in God and none else.

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  Ephesians 2:8

By believing in God, that He can save us by His grace alone, we can be saved.

If we continue in the faith, remain grounded, settled, established in the faith, we will receive eternal salvation, but if we choose to abandon the faith we have no promise of salvation from God (Acts 14:22).

All who remain faithful to Christ until death, will receive the crown of life (Revelation 2:10).

Without faith, enduring faith to the end, there is no eternal salvation.  We must remain in faith until the end to receive the salvation of God.  (Matthew 10:22, 24:13; Mark 13:13; Hebrews 3:6, 14).

Eternal salvation is through eternal faith, never ending faith in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:26).

 


How can believers endure until the end?

Salvation is conditional.  Salvation is eternal, IF we hold onto our faith until the end of our life, until death.

Salvation is obtained by a lifetime commitment to God in faith, a lifetime of seeking God, and a lifetime loving God.

Salvation is our commitment to God for eternity.   Salvation is believing in Jesus Christ forever.  If we do NOT believe in Christ Jesus until the end, we do NOT have salvation.  Without faith in God we cannot enter into Heaven.

I know only by keeping my focus on Jesus can I endure until the end.  By committing my life daily to Christ, I know that I will endure until the end.  Through the power of Christ, by the strength Christ gives me, I can endure until the end, because through Christ ALL things are possible.

And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.  Luke 9:23

I make a conscious effort every day to follow Christ and walk in His ways.

If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk every day in the Spirit.

If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.  Galatians 5:25

If we live in the Spirit, we are saved and follow Christ, but we also must walk in the Spirit in our daily lives. 

Walk means action, we are to actively do the will of God by walking in the Spirit, by showing the world in everything that we do the glory of God.

The children of God reflect the Light of the Son through our bodies, our lives, through the way in which we live separated from the sin of the world.

Walking in the Spirit of God is daily and continuous, to the end of our lives.

 

 

Continue in the doctrine of Christ

Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.  1 Timothy 4:16

But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;  And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.  2 Timothy 3:14-15

 

Continue in the word of God

Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.  John 8:31-32

 

Continue in the faith

Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.  Acts 14:22

If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;  Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:  Colossians 1:23,28

 


Can I repent if I depart from the faith?

Will God take you back after you abandon Him, forsake Him, abandon your faith in Him?  Yes, and no, it depends upon you. 

God will save any repentant sinner, but many who depart from the faith never return to God.  God is willing and able to graft anyone back in, but the reality is people who depart from the faith usually get bound so deep into sin that they never seek God again.

 

Before you throw away your salvation

If you were saved and lived a righteous life, but at some point turned away from God, and fell back into the lust of the world and sinned, you can still turn your life back around to God.

But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die.  Ezekiel 18:21

Again, when the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive.  Ezekiel 18:27

Because he considereth, and turneth away from all his transgressions that he hath committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die.  Ezekiel 18:28

Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord GOD.  Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin.  Ezekiel 18:30

God says, if the wicked repent and turn away from all sins that were committed AND keep all God's statutes AND do that which is lawful and right, obey God, THEN and only then you will live and not die.

 

After you throw away your salvation, depart from the faith

BE CAREFUL - The word of God reads that once someone throws away their salvation, departs from the faith, turns their back on God, that their heart is hardened and that they cannot see God.  If you cannot see God, you probably will NOT want repentance or your salvation. 

For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.  Hebrews 6:4-6

 

Sin Willfully

For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?  Hebrews 10:26, 29

Sin is a trap that holds down people in bondage to it.  The more involved you are in sin the deeper you are in bondage. 

Jesus came to set us free from sin and bondage to sin.  We receive victory through Jesus.  If we turn back to sin after we have escaped from it, then it will be much harder to depart from sin and turn to God again.

The problem of repenting and turning back to God is not that God won't take you back, but that you will not ask Him to.

 

 


When is the point of no return back to God?

 

There is a point of no return back to God.  Satan and the angels that followed, forsake God and passed the point of forgiveness from God.

Understand, it is not that God will not accept you back, but that YOU will NOT want God.  Know this, God will always accept you back from sin if you repent and ask Him.

If someone continues on their course to hell, going away from God, their heart will harden to the point where they will not hear the Holy Spirit inside of them. 

God calls every person to Him, to salvation, to eternal life, to Jesus, but not everyone listens. 

The scriptures tells us that there is a point when a person has turned away from God so many times, has said no to God to the point that they cannot hear Him anymore.  God calls, but they do not hear God, they don't want to listen to God anymore.

When a heart hardens to the point where you do not hear the voice of God speaking to you through the Holy Spirit, you have closed the door on God one too many times and the spirit is silenced, quenched forever.

God will never abandon you, but YOU can abandon God.

God has never given up on you, but you have given up on God and YOU chose to shut God out of your life.

When you abandon God, abandon your faith, abandon your belief, you disown Christ, deny Jesus and you depart from your faith in Christ Jesus, you have willfully thrown out your salvation.

When does this point of no return happen?  The word of God does not say exactly when this "point of no return" happens.  I am sure it is as unique as each person - only God knows.  God knows your heart and knows when you have made that choice of no return final.

 

TAKE HEED do not depart from the living God

Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.  Hebrews 3:12

 

Don't throw away your salvation

Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward.  Hebrews 10:35

 

Hold onto your salvation to the end

For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;  Hebrews 3:14

 

Harden not your hearts

While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.  Hebrews 3:15

 

Don't draw back from your faith of salvation

Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.  Hebrews 10:38-39

 

Don't let unbelief stop you from entering the kingdom of God, repent.

So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.  Hebrews 3:19

 


Who was received again by GOD after departing from the faith?

So, we have seen how believers depart from the faith, and that if they repent, God will forgive their unbelief and receive them into His rest again, but who in the Bible has God forgiven after they have abandoned God and such a great salvation?

Who has departed from the faith, repented of their unbelief, and accepted by God?

Yes, there is, let's look in the scriptures of God and see who it is.

 

Adam entered into unbelief, repented and was again reconciled to God.

Throughout the word of God we are told of the people who had faith in God, but then turned their back on God, and who denied God and who abandoned their salvation, but after much sorrow and repentance was again forgiven by God.

The very first man created by God, Adam, sinned against God, turned his back on the truth of God, and listened to lies of the devil, followed the sin of the devil.

Through one man, Adam, sin was brought into this world.  When Adam took part in the lie of the devil, to deny the word of God, to disobey God and eat of the tree of knowledge, Adam committed the first sin of unbelief.  Adam denied the truth of God.  Adam fell away from God into unbelief.  Adam lost His faith in God.

Before that first sin, Adam had total faith in God, Adam believed in God and all of His words.  God told Adam that he could have all the fruit of the earth, except "do not eat of the fruit of the tree of good and evil, lest he should die".

And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. Genesis 2:16-17

 

Through the deceit of the devil, lies from the devil, when satan said "eat of this fruit, you will NOT surly die", unbelief was born in the heart of mankind.

And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.   Genesis 3:4-6

The devil did not force Adam into sin, but the devil tempted Adam into sin.  The devil has very limited power, he cannot force anyone to follow him, all he can do it tempt men.  Adam was tempted into sin.  Temptation is not sin, but yielding to temptation is sin.   When Adam acted on the temptation from satan, then Adam fell into sin.

Adam through repentance was forgiven of his sin against God and was reconciled to God again through faith.

The same is as today, in that the devil can only tempt us to sin, he can never force us to sin.  We do not sin until we give into the temptation, yield to sin and act on it.  Temptation is not sin, but yielding to the temptation is sin.  The old saying "the devil made me do it" is incorrect, because the fact is the devil can't make you do anything, he can only tempt you with sin.  Man is responsible for his own sin.

The devil knows about God, the devil wants to be God (but he can't and never will), the devil thinks he can be God, but he's NOT God and never can or never will be God. The devil's heart was hardened against God a long time ago before the earth was created, when satan rebelled against God.  The devil's evil desire to be God led to his fall away from God.

The same is true for man today, when we decide that we don't need God in our lives, when we decide to live our lives our way and not God's way, when we reject the truth of God, we harden our heart against God and fall into unbelief.

The devil sinned against God a long time ago, and the result of his sin, cast him away from the presence of God for all eternity.   Today, the result of sin is the same eternal death, which is separation away from God for all eternity.

The devil wants all of humankind to also be separated from God for eternity.  The devil's main goal, his main purpose, is to separate as many as God's creatures, humankind away from God as he can. 

Maybe the devil thinks if he can get man (who God created) to follow him instead of God, that he will be more like God or become God.  Who knows, I don't know, I do know that the devil hates humans, the devil wants us all destroyed and dead without God, he wants all of us destroyed in the most horrible way, and he will try to destroy us anyway that he can.

The devil has been successful for thousands of years in destroying the lives of multitudes of people.  He knows exactly how to push our buttons, to entice us into sin, to yield to his temptation and sin.  He will destroy your life and everyone around you to steal your soul, if you let him.  Please don't let him!

"Ye shall not surely die" this lie has been recycled by satan throughout every generation.  Today's version is "Once saved always saved".    Same old lie, newer generation.  The truth of God is promised to all people 'the wages of sin is death', 'those who overcome will see God's Kingdom' 'if ye endure until the end you will see God'.  God will fulfill all His promises.

 


What about "once saved, always saved"?

 

Once I am saved, am I always saved?  This is a question, not doctrine.

This false doctrine was given to mankind straight from the devil himself, to cheapen the salvation of God, to cause strife and heartache throughout God's people, to tempt people to sin in anger and hatred, to create division and confusion within the family of God, because the one true living God is NOT the author of confusion.

For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.  1 Corinthians 14:33

This type of false doctrine is used by many to condone and justify a lifestyle apart from obedience to God.

 

Once saved, always saved

This saying is not God's doctrine.  There is NOT any scripture in the word of God that states - Once saved always saved - unconditionally.  It is a fable, a myth, and not of God.

This saying is not of God, because the salvation of God is conditional, for we are saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8).

Satan coined the phrase 'once saved always saved' back in the day of Adam.  I do NOT know which human being coined the phrase, Once saved always saved, but it is NOT biblical, God never said it.   Why do you wish to repeat things that are not of God?

The word of God clearly tells all of us to use God's word to prove fact from fiction, we are to prove if something said by man is true or false by the word of God.

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:  2 Timothy 3:16

"Once saved, always saved" cheapens the mercy and grace of God, diminishes the miracle of salvation, reduces the sacrifice Christ made on His cross for us, so that we could inherit the Kingdom of God and receive the salvation of God.

"Once saved, always saved" abandons the doctrine of God stating that we are His through His love, by His love, and will remain in His love by obedience through faith, because of His love.

"Once saved, always saved" cuts out, excludes love, obedience, mercy, grace, faith, removes Christ, removes God from salvation.

Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.  Matthew 22:29

 

IF we have faith in the end, we will be saved

The correct saying is God's word, we are partakers with Christ, IF we hold onto our faith until the end (Hebrews 3:14).  The correct saying is "we are saved by grace through faith" (Ephesians 2:8).

A lot of people have grabbed hold onto the saying "once saved, always saved", because they heard it somewhere, or so they can continue in sin and live unrighteously and serve the devil and pacify themselves into a false sense of religion or salvation.

God says over and over again in His Holy word that every believer in Christ must be careful and hold onto their salvation, endure until the end, follow Christ always, work out our own salvation every day until Christ returns or we die, whichever comes first.

If we are careful to hold onto our faith, hold onto our belief, hold onto our salvation and endure until the end and follow Christ in our lives we shall be saved.

The word of God reveals the truth of God and the truth of God never changes, the word of God will never change, from the beginning of time until the end of time, the truth of God, the word of God remains true, no one receives the salvation of God without belief in God

If we fall away and depart from the faith - we will perishIf we deny our faith, we will perish.

Unbelief separates anyone from God.  Unbelief, no faith in God, separates anyone from the Kingdom of Heaven.  Without faith in God, you will NOT see God.  You must have faith in God to see GodUnbelief is departing from the living God.

Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.  Hebrews 3:12

 

Faith is active only through obeying the will of God.  Faith is doing the will of God, through living by faith to Him, loving God and obeying His word.

The Scriptures warns the brethren, the saints, the saved, to beware, take heed, so that we are not overcome with sin, enter into unbelief, and depart from the living God.  To depart from God we must first have been with God.

Departing from faith in God is unbelief.  Unbelief is departing from the living God, denying God, separation from God for eternity.  No one with unbelief, will enter the Kingdom of God. 

All people who do NOT believe in God, are NOT saved, and will NOT enter Heaven.

So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief. Hebrews 3:19

DO NOT BE DECEIVED - without a current personal relationship with Jesus Christ, without current living faith, you will NOT see God.  No past relationship with Jesus will save anyone.  Your faith must be living, not dead, when you exit this life in order to see God.  Dead faith is no faith, and is unbelief.  Faith without obedience to God is unbelief, lifeless faith, dead faith (James 2:20).

 

All people who hold onto their faith in God until the end will be saved.

And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.  Matthew 10:22

 

The faithless, the unbelieving, all people who abandon their faith will never enter the Kingdom of God.

But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.  Revelation 21:8

You either have faith in God or you don't.  You are either living by faith in God, or you are not living by faith in God.  It is truly that simple.  We either have faith in God and who He is and what He says in His word, or we don't.  We either are living in faith, or we are living in unbelief.  Partial faith is unbelief.

 

Endure until the end

Whoever endures until to the end shall be saved

And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.  Matthew 10:22

I do not know why this scripture is not preached more today, when we need it the most.

Know this, if you are living in sin, living unrighteously, love the unrighteousness of this world, serving the lust of the flesh, the word of God reads that you are NOT "enduring until the end".

The word of God reads that all believers of Christ Jesus must endure until the end to be saved.

The "endure to the end" scriptures cancels out "once saved, always saved". 

Endure to the end is biblical, but NOT once saved, always saved.

 

And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.  Matthew 10:22

But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.  Matthew 24:13

And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.  Mark 13:13

Salvation is not temporary; salvation is eternal.  Our faith in Jesus Christ cannot be temporary, it must be eternal.  God requires that we endure until the end.  Enduring unto the end is NOT an option for your eternal salvation.  God says that we must hold on to our faith, we must not let it go, we must endure until the end, hold onto our faith until the end, to receive God's promise of salvation.

Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)  Hebrews 10:23

The word of God clearly states, that ALL people who live in sin, and live after the sinful world, live for self, who do not surrender their life to Christ, they WILL DIE in their sin.

The wages of sin is death, no matter if you call yourself a Christian, saved, a pastor, a priest, or by any name.  Calling yourself by any name cannot save you, only faith in God, believing in Christ Jesus to salvation saves anyone.

All people who believe in Christ and LIVE IN Christ, SERVE Christ, are they that will endure with Christ in faith and will receive everlasting life.

Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.  Colossians 3:24

People who serve the Lord Christ Jesus and hold onto their faith in Him, will receive the reward of the inheritance, eternal life.

People who serve self, serve sin, serve the lusts of the flesh, serve the devil, will receive the reward of the devil, which is separation from God for eternity, eternal damnation (Galatians 6:7-8; Romans 1:18).

Serving Christ is NOT bowing your head in Church on Easter Sunday.  Serving Christ is surrendering your life every day to Jesus, submitting to God every day.

 

Serving Christ is:

  •  Following righteousness every day

  •  Turning from sin every day

  •  Living righteously every day

  •  Denying yourself every day

  •  Denying the sinful pleasures of the world every day

  •  Following the ways of Christ every day, daily.

And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. Luke 9:23

Do you think God meant what He told us, to "endure until the end"?  Yes, of course, He meant it.  God means everything that He says in His Holy Word.

God does NOT want any person on this earth to perish and spend eternity in hell, separated from Him. 

We were all created by God for God Himself.  We were created to be with God for all eternity, to be loved by Him for all eternity, this is our purpose. 

God desires to take us where He created us to be, with Him for eternity, but we must ask Him for His salvation and receive His salvation through faith in His grace.

God wants everyone to receive eternal life and spend eternity with Him in His Kingdom, the Kingdom of God, the Kingdom of Heaven.

 

Hold onto your faith

Why did God give us instructions, in His word, to "hold onto our faith"?  Because He knows how sinful this world is, the temptations that we all face, and how easy it is to abandon our faith, to fall from grace.

We are not alone, God is with us and He is able to help us.  There are teachings, prayers, and songs in His Holy word, to help us remain faithful to Him for all the days of our lives.  Through salvation we receive His power to obey His truth and remain in the faith.

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.  Hebrews 11:6

Without a current relationship with Christ Jesus, without current faith in God, you will NOT be with God when you die.

 

Without faith in God you are not saved.  Unbelief separates anyone from God.  God is no respecter of persons, it doesn't matter who you think you are, or what you call yourself, God sees your heart, God knows if you have faith in Him or if you don't. 

Faith in God is required by God for salvation.  Do not be deceived, the unbelieving will NOT enter the Kingdom of God, will never see God, will NOT spend eternity with God (Revelation 21:8).

Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.  1 Corinthians 4:2

Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)  Hebrews 10:23

Our faith in God must be current, sound, solid, not wavering, until we pass from this world to the next; we are to hold fast the profession of our faith, until our death.  Through salvation God enables us with His power to hold fast the profession of our faith.

The word of God reads that you cannot receive permanent salvation with temporary faith.

Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death. Revelation 2:10-11

No where in the word of God, does it say that we can receive salvation from temporary faith.  No one is saved by temporary faith.  Partial faith, temporary faith, is unbelief.  God tells us that we must be faithful unto death, and then He will give us a crown of life.

We must be overcomers of sin and unrighteousness in this world, hold onto our faith in God until the end of our lives here, in order to receive everlasting life in the Kingdom of God, Heaven.

These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.  Revelation 17:14

The called, the chosen, the faithful, the saved, will be with the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ.

The unbelieving, the unfaithful, the lost, will be cast into the lake of fire that burneth for eternity.

And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.  Revelation 20:15

 

We are saved by grace through faith

Constant believing in Jesus Christ, steadfast faith in God is true salvation. 

Once you are saved, by whole-hearted repentance of your sins and you place your complete belief, faith and trust in Jesus Christ for your salvation, by the grace of God alone, and hold onto your faith, and continue obeying God, nothing can take your salvation away from you, if you remain faithful to God.

No person or thing can remove your salvation, which is receive by the grace of God through faith in God, IF you continue in the faith unto the end, faith unto death.

If you remain in the faith, no person or thing can steal or remove your salvation away from you, once you have received true salvation.  Your faith in God cannot be removed by anyone or any thing, as long as you remain in faith to God.

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.  John 10:28-29

 

When you are saved by the grace of God you are kept by His power, if you remain faithful to God.

Without faith in God for your salvation, you cannot be saved.

If we abide in Christ, obey His word, follow after His righteousness, He will abide in us and we are assured of our salvation (John 15:4).  Christ does not abide in the unbelieving, the wicked, those who choose sin over righteousness.

 


Where do lies regarding salvation come from?

All lies come from satan and his followers.

 

False teachers spread lies

But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. 2 Peter 2:1-2

Anyone who teaches other than the gospel of Christ Jesus is a false teacher.

But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.  As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.  Galatians 1:8-9

For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh.  This is a deceiver and an antichrist.  Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.  Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God.   He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.  If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.  2 John 1:7-11

 

Lies come from the father of lies - the devil

Where do all these lies about the salvation of God come from?  Who wants us to believe in a lie?  That's right, the devil.  The devil is the father of lies.

All lies come from the father of lies, who is the devil. 

Remember if it is not from God, if a saying is not of God, then it is of the devil.

There is only one truth, the truth of God, there is no lie in the truth, there is no lie in the word of God.

The devil wants to destroy and kill every human being that God has ever created, death is devil's goal.  The devil will stop at nothing to destroy and kill you.

The devil loves nothing better than to get us focused on what he says, instead of what God says.  The devil loves people to fight and bicker get angry and to sin against God by hateful words over his lies.   We should focus on what God does say, instead of what He doesn't.

If the devil can lead you to believe a lie, any lie, he has won.  The devil stops at nothing to destroy and kill.  The devil perverts the word of God to convince people that they are okay, their life is okay, they have nothing to worry about.  The devil's goal is to convince people that they don't have to worry about sin and death, that they don't need God.   If the devil can convince you to believe his lies, he has won, and you are on the way to eternal damnation.

Every day the devil leads many people into believing that they can have salvation their way, anyway they want to, because it is really up to them, they can make up their own rules regarding salvation, you don't have to listen to anyone but yourself, but this is NOT what God says.  

 

The devil's rules of salvation are wrong, because:

First, salvation belongs to God and only God can give anyone His salvation.  We cannot save ourselves, salvation comes from God alone, not man.

Second, the only way to receive the salvation of God is by God's plan of salvation, not ours.   We cannot be saved by our own way.

Third, faith is required to receive God's salvation, without faith in God no one will receive the salvation of God.  We cannot be saved without the faith of God and placing that faith in God alone to salvation.

Fourth, we receive the salvation of our souls at the end of our faith, which is at the end of our lives, we must hold onto our faith until the end, without faith at the end there is no salvation.   Temporary faith does not save anyone.  A past faith experience cannot save anyone.  Without faith it is impossible to please God.   Without faith no one is saved.

Fifth, faith is of God, without God there is no faith, faith in God is trusting in God alone for His salvation nothing else, not rituals, traditions of men, works, sacraments, programs, person, church, or any such thing, which cannot save.  We cannot have our own idea of faith, our own faith will not save us.  Saving faith is from God alone.  The faith of God is required to receive His salvation.   We are all given the measure of the faith of God, from God, when we believe in God alone to the salvation of our souls.  When we trust in God with all our heart, and with all our mind, and with all our soul, and with all our strength, we are then, and only then, given the measure of faith to receive His gift of salvation.  Faith is given to all people so that we can give it back to God.

Without believing that God alone can save our soul from sin and death, you cannot be saved.

 

We are all saved by grace

We are all saved the exact same way by grace through faith, by the grace of God through faith in God, nothing else, nothing more is required.

Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.  Isaiah 45:22

Everyone since the beginning of time, today, and until the end of time - ALL people have, are, and will be saved the exact same way, which is by the grace of God.  God alone saves anyone.  We are saved by God's grace alone.  We are all saved by God alone.

We can avoid trouble with the devil, and trouble with the devil's followers, if we submit ourselves fully to God.

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  James 4:7

Mediate on the word of God, not the words of men.  Study the word of God, not the traditions of men.  Pray and worship with God in spirit and in truth.  Know the love of God, not the strife of men.  Think on the things of God, not the things taught in the world.  Commit your life to God every day, not to sin and the world.

 


I still believe "once saved, always saved" no matter what?

Many people choose NOT to believe the word of God, they promote the doctrines of men and the traditions of men above the word of God.

We are not to believe the doctrine of men over the doctrine of God.  Since "once saved, always saved" is not part of the word of God, we must quit preaching like it is.

Once saved, always saved has never been part of the word of God, but many people add it to the word of God.  God does NOT permit anyone to add to or subtract from His word without consequences.

"Once saved, always saved" is not biblical, therefore you should not promote it.

God promises eternal salvation to all people who hold fast the beginning of our confidence steadfast and the rejoicing of the hope firm, steadfast unto the end (Hebrews 3:6, 14).

 

Some shall depart from the faith

Many people falsely believe that once a person is saved that they cannot throw away their salvation, no matter what. 

We all know this is false because the word of God does NOT say "once saved, always saved".

Do NOT be deceived, read what God says.

The word of God reads EXPRESSLY, that in the last days (now) that some believers will depart from the faith.  

Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;  1 Timothy 4:1

In order for a person to depart from the faith, they must first have had the faith, therefore they were saved but chose to depart from the faith.

Our faith, our belief in Christ Jesus is our salvation, because we are saved through faith by grace.

Just as God does not force anyone to receive salvation, God does not force anyone to pursue salvation and hold on to their salvation. 

The hope of Christ, the will of God is that by receiving His Grace, His gift of salvation, that we will choose to follow Jesus all the days of our lives and obey His word and hold onto our salvation, hold onto our faith and endure until the end to receive our crown of life in the Kingdom of God.

When we are saved, we believe in Jesus Christ, we are saved because of our belief in Jesus Christ, our faith saves us by the grace of God.  Departing from the faith is unbelief.

The opposite of faith is unbelief.

No one with unbelief will ever see God.  No one with unbelief is saved.

Only through faith and believing in Jesus can anyone be saved.

And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.  Acts 16:30-31

 

Unbelief is the only reason that anyone will not see the kingdom of God

Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear:  Romans 11:20

Unbelief separates people from the living God.

Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.  Hebrews 3:12

The only way to change unbelief, is to believe in God, have faith in all of God.  There is hope for those who depart from the faith into unbelief.  God said if those abide NOT in unbelief, if they believe again, that God is able to graft them back in again.

And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in: for God is able to graft them in again.  Romans 11:23

As with others, this Scriptures supports the truth that if believers, the saved in Christ leave God -depart from the faith - walk away from their salvation into unbelief - they will find themselves in unbelief again.   But, if they turn from their sin of unbelief and believe in God for the salvation of their soul again, then they shall be grafted in again - because God is able to graft them in again.   Note the word "again" in this Scripture - they were once there, but they left God, then came back "again".

 

Depart from me, I do not know you

The word of God reads that those people who depart from the faith, God will say, "Depart from me".

God says in His word that NOT all people will be received into Heaven by Him. 

ALL people who have departed from the faith, will say, "But God I was saved once", and the Lord will say, "Depart from me, I do not know you". 

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.  Matthew 7:21-23

God said the only way that He will NOT say "Depart from me", is only to those who do the will of God - obtain the salvation of God and remain steadfast in the faith.

Obtaining salvation is the will of God.  Abiding in Christ, holding onto faith in God is the will of God.  The word of God tells us that living in the flesh, willful sinning, living in the sin of the world is NOT the will of God.

God clearly said that no one can live in sin and expect to enter the kingdom of God.

The only way to enter the kingdom of God is to turn away from sin in your life, to repent, to completely remove sin from your life, by the grace of God through faith in God.

Do NOT be deceived by satan.  Only the devil says sin is okay.

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.  1 Corinthians 6:9-10

 

We all reap what we sow

The only way to receive everlasting life is to live to the Spirit of God, doing the will of God, living by faith.

God said that we will receive what we live, that we will reap what we sow.

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.  Galatians 6:7-9

I see a pattern, BE NOT DECEIVED is said again by God.

God knows we will be tempted and that the devil will try and deceive the children of God.

The devil will especially target the children of God, because satan knows he doesn't not have usThe children of God are NOT under the bondage of sin, the children of Light are NOT under satan's dominion, the devil's rule.

The children of God are kept by the power of God.  The power of God is greater than anything we know of.

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 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.  Romans 8:14-15

In fact, if you are NOT being tempted by the devil, you should worry

If the devil is NOT tempting you on a daily basis, it could mean you may already be one of his children.   The devil only tempts those who he does not already have, people who are not the children of the devil.  The devil would not waste his time on those he already has

The devil only tempts and tries to deceive the children of God.

Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.  1 John 3:9-10

Many people today live like the word of God does not apply to them, but it does

Everyone holds up a banner to the world around them, it is either the guiding light of Christ Jesus or a banner proclaiming the sin of the devil. 

People every day are watching you and seeing what you stand for in your life.  Are you showing them the way to Christ or showing them the way to the devil?

No one is exempt from the word of God.   God gave His word to ALL people to learn how to live in the will of God, in faith.

 

Sow to the flesh and reap corruption

For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.  Galatians 6:8

What does 'soweth to the flesh' mean? 

The word of God uses terms that anyone can understand.  God uses parallels with our life to explain His teachings.

Even if you have never planted on seed, you can grasp the concept of planting, growing plants, harvesting, sowing, and reaping.

When a person farms land they can plant seed.  The planting of the seed is called sowing, putting the seed into the soil.   The cultivating, pulling the weeds, fertilizing the seed, watering the seed, caring for the seed is called sowing the seed.   

A plant grows from the seed that was planted earlier.  The seed that was sown grows, matures, and becomes a plant.

When the farmer of the land gathers up the plants, that grew from the seed that was planted earlier, this is called reaping the harvest.  The mature plants are taken from the soil.

The farmer reaps what he was sown.   And the farmer can only reap what is sown, meaning if he planted corn seed, he could NOT reap carrots.  If he sowed corn seed, then he can only reap corn plants.

God uses the work of the farmer, which is his sowing and reaping, to illustrate the life of man. 

The work that we do in our lives, what we sow in our lives, is always what we will reap, what we will receive from God on judgment day.

God tells us, "he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption". 

If we live by the rules of the world (self will) instead of the rules of God (God's will), if we live to our flesh in sin, live our lives sinning, being unrighteous instead of being righteous, that we will reap corruption, death, that we will die in our sins and spend eternity separated from God.

Reaping corruption is death and separation from God. 

We do not want to reap corruption, we want to escape corruption and spend eternity with God.

The children of God who abide in Christ have escaped corruption.

According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.  2 Peter 1:3-4

 

God said it is better if a person had never known salvation, than to after they have known salvation, to turn away from it.

For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.  2 Peter 2:20-21

God said these people know better, because they had seen the Light of Christ, but chose to turn their backs on God and go back to sin.

God tell us that only he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

The word of God does not say if we are saved as a child, and live in the sin of the flesh, live after the world for the rest of our lives, that we will enter Heaven.

The word of God tells us that we cannot serve two masters.  We cannot say we are saved and live for the devil.

No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.  Matthew 6:24

God says His children do not commit sin.

Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.  1 John 3:9

 

Continue in goodness or be cut off.

The children of God, the saved, are to continue in goodness, not sin, or they will be cut off from God.

Christ is the vine and the children of God are the branches.  If we do not continue in goodness, in the will of God, abiding in Christ Jesus, we will be cut off. 

This scripture from God is not for only people who do not go to church, or who do not pray.  The word of God is for ALL people the saved and the lost, just and unjust, Christian and non-Christian, believers and unbelievers.

If a branch is cut off from the vine it will die.  So will those who do not abide in Christ.   God is very clear, if we DO NOT continue in His goodness, we will BE CUT OFF.

Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.  Romans 11:22

 

If we live in unrighteousness to the point that our heart is hardened against the call of God, we have cut ourselves off from God.   Just like when a branch is cut off from the vine, we will die.

All people who do not continue in His goodness, because of unbelief are cut off. 

As long as a person believes in Christ by abiding in Him, following His ways, denying self and the sins of the world, serving Christ they will remain on the vine. 

Unbelief is born when we stop abiding in Christ, when we think that we don't need Christ in our lives and that we can do things our way instead of Christ's way, we don't need Christ to see God, we can live our will instead of God's will.

It is not a mystery that God sees two types of people, those who believe and those who do NOT believe, believers and unbelievers.

God sees inside our hearts, the words we say do not really matter, God looks into our heart and sees who believes and who does NOT believe.  God knows everything about us.  Nothing is hid from God.  God sees everything we do and knows everything that we think.

When people turn away from God and choose sin, choose to serve the devil instead of serving Christ Jesus they fall away into unbelief.  The unbelieving will never see God.

 

Unbelief is departing away from the living God.

Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.  Hebrews 3:12

But there is hope!  God said if those people who have fallen away, will repent of their sin, turn from sin, turn from serving the devil back to serving God, if they do not abide still in their unbelief, God is able to graft them in again. 

Like a branch cut off from the living vine that can be grafted back in to live again, so are those people who have been cut off from God.

God is able to graft those people back into the vine of Christ so that they may live.

There is no life without being attached to the vine.  There is no eternal life for anyone unless we abide in Christ, stay attached to the living God.

Eternal life is abiding in Christ Jesus.  Salvation is given by God to ALL people who believe in Jesus and remain stedfast, holding onto their faith until the end.

For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;  Hebrews 3:14

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.  1 Corinthians 15:58

 


Just tell me, are we always saved?

Are you the type of person who reads the end of the novel, before you begin?  Do you want quick answers? 

The answer to this question and all questions are found in the Word of God, His Holy Scriptures.

It would be unfair to steal from you the joy found by reading and studying the word of God for yourself.

I could just answer you and say, no.... or yes, but it would not be fair to you, because you would not know and understand why, or why not, or how we are, or how we are not always saved.

Anyway, you should never get your answers about the things of God from yourself or from any person, but from God's Word and from Him alone.  Biblical teachers are a good resource, but should never be your main resource for learning the truth of God, seek God through prayer and search out His Word, for His answers and His truth.

Okay, we will give you a quick scriptural answer.

That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.  John 3:15-18

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  Ephesians 2:8

But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.  Matthew 24:13

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.  Matthew 7:21

And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.  John 6:40

Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.  Hebrews 3:12

So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.  Hebrews 3:19

He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.  Revelation 22:20-21

Yes, the salvation of God is eternal by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8).  The salvation of God is eternal but man can make it temporary through abandoning their faith and by entering into unbelief (Hebrews 3:12).  Anyone who enters into unbelief forfeits the salvation of God (Hebrews 3:12).

After we receive the gift of God, His salvation, we must guard it and take care of it by living in faith every day of our lives, obeying the will of God, being aware of the precious gift we have in Christ.

So, are we always saved?   After we receive the salvation of God, we are conditionally always saved, because we are saved by grace through faith.  As long as we remain in the faith of God for the salvation of God by grace through faith in Christ Jesus, then yes based on the condition of grace and faith we are always saved.

For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:26

 


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