It has been said by some “Once saved, always saved.”

Just what do the Scriptures say?

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God. (Eph 2:8)

Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. (1 Cor 15: 1-2)

For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. (1 Cor 1: 18)

But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved. (Matt 24:13)

So Scripture clearly tells us that, by grace and through faith, we have been saved, we are saved, we are being saved, and we will be saved.

All the tenses are reckoned: past, present, future. NOT a one-tense only, as if to say once saved, always saved.

The danger then becomes complacency. We can afford no room for this subtle error and deviation from the truth! (1 Cor 6:12)

What of the conditions?

ON HIS PART, Jesus Christ (Messiah) has fully met and completely satisfied the conditions of justice before Father God once and for all time, through the atoning work of the cross and by His victorious, overcoming and sinless life. As the great high priest, He ever lives to make intercession for us.

FOR OUR PART, Scripture tells us that to be saved, we must “Repent and believe in the gospel” (Mk 1:15), have “believed and have been baptised” (Mark 16:16), that “We must be born again” (John 3:7), that we “confess Him as Lord” (Rom 10:9) and that we must continue to “Work out our salvation with fear and trembling” (Phil 2:12).  1 Cor 15:1-2 makes it clear that working out our salvation (or ‘continuing in salvation’) requires us to “hold fast the word which was preached”. Logically then, if we do not hold fast the word that is preached, then, as Paul goes on to write, we have “believed in vain”, ie, we no longer remain saved, by our own un-doing. To believe in vain clearly can only mean that it profits us nothing, and we may as well have not believed in the first place, as it leaves us in the same end condition as an unbeliever, in fact Scripture suggests worse off, (Heb 6:4-6 and Mark 14:21). Matt 24:13 above clearly states that we must “endure to the end“. Therefore, if there is no “enduring to the end” in order to be saved, there is no being saved, at the end. There is no meeting of the requirements to be being saved to the uttermost (Heb 7:25).

THEREFORE, let us take heed to the truth of the Word of God, the Scriptures, that clearly teach us that we have been saved, we are saved, we are being saved, and we will be saved…...IF…..we continue to meet the ‘conditions’ of remaining being saved, unto the very end.

THE GOOD NEWS IS that if we continue to love the Lord with all of our heart and soul and strength and mind (Luke 10:27), and we walk and are led by the Spirit, then we are sons of God (Rom 8:14), if we walk in the light as He is in the light, then we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus His Son, cleanses us from all sin (1 John 1:7). If we overcome, then we shall eat of the tree of life and not be hurt by the second death (1Jn 5:4-5 and Rev 2:7,11)

You can overcome. You must overcome!

Once saved, always saved?

Not without a fight!

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