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                                                         BIBLE STUDY - ETERNAL SECURITY.

                                                                             (Once saved always saved)

 

The subject of pre-destination and eternal security is one of the most misunderstood subjects in the Bible. Reason for that is that many people do not realize that verses in the Bible are divided in-to two categories:

A. Direct reference - literal meaning.

B. In-direct reference - figurative meaning.

 

Example:

A. Jesus said: “Behold My hands and My feet, that it is Myself”. Luke 24:39.

B. Jesus said: “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger”. John 6:35.

 

There are people in fulltime ministry that believe and teach out of ignorance, traditional and hereditary untruths. Some of them believe with heart and soul that these stories are true. There are people always listening but never come to the knowledge of the truth. God almighty is all-knowing He knows in advance who will make it or not, He gave man his own choice.

 

The false teaching of eternal security means; You may live the way you want to, in sin or not, God will never allow you to be lost.

 

Once again there are a few verses being used by believers, believing in the doctrine of ‘eternal security’.

 

The first verse people believing in ‘eternal security’ go for is, John 10:27. They do not read the verse properly, there is a pre condition involved; they follow Me, then the rest of the verse follow. If we follow Him then no one will pluck us out of His hand.

 

John 10:27, ‘My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand’.

 

Regrettably, for too many people the teaching of ‘eternal security’ becomes ‘eternal insecurity’ because they fall into a ‘sinning saint religion’ that gives the idea that they can still sin from time to time. However, the Bible does teach ‘conditional eternal security’. For that, there are some do’s and don’ts to be met by man.

 

Once-saved does not mean always saved, as some in the contemporary Church would have us believe. Christians can fail God’s grace and forfeit their salvation as Scriptures clearly and unmistakably teach.

 

What about these verses:

“And now, little children, abide in him; that, when He shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before Him at his coming”, I John 2:28.

 

“Not everyone 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.

 

Man has the same choices he had before he got saved. Man will have his own choices till death. ‘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.

 

Once again we see that man has his own choice. Romans 6:16 ‘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?

 

1 Corinthians 10:1-13, ‘Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; And did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents. Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. 2 Corinthians 13:5, ‘Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you; Revelation 21,5; 2:12, 16; 2:18, 21-22; 3:1, 3; 3:14, 19.

 

IN CONCLUSION:

 

Eternal security: “If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned, John 15:6. Do remember there is also a possibility that man’s name can be taken out of the Book of life, Revelation22:19.

 

 

                                                                           Compiled by: Chris Mengel Snr.

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