1 Corinthians 5:2 And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you.
This is one question which Preachers / Pastors rarely take up with the congregation they minister to, ‘can one lose his or her salvation?’
We all hear ‘good preaching’ saying ‘all is well’ as far as you are a ‘Christian’, ‘God’s grace is on you and His grace is sufficient’. Meaningless slogan that have no relation with reality is a thing not only of politician but mainly of ‘religious’ people, they use terms which they themselves have no idea of.
Just for example a few minutes back a person had passed some nasty comments on a group of youth who were spreading the Gospel not according to his acceptable ways and he used the term ‘Gentiles’. When I asked him what the word meant, he immediately said ‘those who do not know God’.
People truly lack Bible study (including Preachers and Pastors) and they echo what someone does from any big stage/TV show. The term ‘Gentiles’ was used even for Jews (especially of Galilee) and comes from the term ‘not following customs/statutes’. When Christ or the Apostles used it, they referred to the ‘lost sheep’, those who are of God but are lost and living a life contrary to God’s Kingdom.
Coming to salvation, it is connected with faith. To have faith and to remain in the faith (keeping it) both are important. We receive the grace to be saved by our faith. That means if I have faith I have grace and if I do not have faith I stop being in grace thus I lose my salvation. I cannot believe in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior and next day reject Him and still think I am saved.
We need to also understand grace is not a green ticket, it is like having all the help need, it also does not mean God does the job. The Hebrew word comes from the root word ‘mercy’. Grace requires us to do out 2bit for God to do the rest. I simplify grace as a person requiring 35marks to pass, now the teacher cannot give grace marks if the student leaves the paper blank or gets zero, in God’s case he or she needs to have at least get 1 mark for God to give the remaining 34 marks.
We do have scriptures which tell us of ‘predestined’ or ‘no one being able to snatch us from the hands of God’, but they are scriptures not properly understood. Being in the flock cannot assure us salvation, for the flock also has goats along with sheep. The sheep will truly not fail and no one can snatch them from God’s hand but how do we know we are sheep or goats just being in the flock? Also we need to take great caution for the ratio between sheep to goats is very high, goats out numbering sheep twice (the ratio is very high in the start and reduces near to the end – maintaining the average of 2:1).
Being a Christian (sheep) requires us to follow Christ, knowing about Christ or simply believing about Him does not qualify us as Christians. I tell people Believers may not enter Heaven but Christians will, initially they are taken back but then realized what I meant.
If we are not shining the light of Christ then let us introspect our lives and ask ourselves, ‘am I truly a Christian and will I go to Heaven?’
Lord You are Almighty God. You Lord can see all things across space and time, nothing is hidden from You. You are not fooled by our actions or words but see the heart and it’s intend. Lord we pray I do not just believe in You but follow You and live our lives according to You Will. We pray we shine your light so that we be fruitful Christians and assure our inheritance in Heaven…
This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.
John 10:28-30 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.
Ephesians 1:4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will.
Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
James 2:26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.
2 Peter 1:10 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble,
1 John 2:15,24
15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.
24 As for you, see that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father.
John 14:21 Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”
Hebrews 3:14 We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end.
16 See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son.
17 Afterward, as you know, when he wanted to inherit this blessing, he was rejected. Even though he sought the blessing with tears, he could not change what he had done.
2 John 1:8-9
8 Watch out that you do not lose what we have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully.
9 Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.
Dated 12 Oct 2019