“Once Saved Always Saved.” Is it a Biblical Truth?
There are many people in the world who believe, “Once a person is saved, they are always saved.” I don’t buy their argument because anything that is dependent upon an agreement between two persons can be broken by one party or the other. Our relationship with the Lord is an agreement between two parties whereby both parties agree to fulfill certain aspects of their relationship so their partnership last for eternity. If either of the two parties break the terms of the agreement, the other party has the option of cancelling the agreement. I think we all understand the principle of contracts and all agreements operate on the same principles as contracts. Now to go back in time some 4500 years to the formation of the nation of Israel through the loins of a man named Abraham. I know people will say the original agreement was between the Father and the Son who are the Smoking Furnace and the Burning Lamp who passed between the halves of the animals that had been sacrificed to make the Abrahamic covenant of blood effective back in Genesis 15, and I know that the Abrahamic covenant wasn’t actually between God and man, but God and God. I know this is true, but the Father and the Son cut the covenant between them so that man would become the beneficiary of that covenant. Therefore man has certain obligations to meet to be a benefactor of that covenant even though he wasn’t an active participant. The jest of the covenant between the Father and the Son was that man would be the benefactor of the blessings of the covenant which covers the three aspects of our physical life that includes our prosperity, good health, and soundness of mind. This was the first of two important blood covenants. The second was the shedding of the blood of Jesus the Son of God that cleanses us from all sin. The punishment for breaking a blood covenant is the death of the offending party. If you read the Old Testament you will see that God was gracious to the Israelites who were the benefactors of the blood covenant between the Father and Son in the book of Genesis. They broke that covenant over and over again, but still God was merciful to them. Eventually ten of the tribes were defeated by their enemies and dispersed around the Assyrian empire, and in AD 70 the other two tribes were sent to Rome and dispersed around the world for two thousand years because of their failure to fulfill their part of the agreement. The Son of God whom we know as Jesus Christ stood in the place of man in the covenant in Genesis 15, and because man broke the covenant, the Son of God (Jesus Christ) had to suffer (die on the cross) in our place when the penalty for breaking that covenant was handed down. Do you now understand why God frowns upon people who take their salvation so lightly?
I have a problem with people who mutter a few words under their breath thinking once they have done that they are saved for eternity. I have never met a person who was close to dying that wasn’t excited and vocal about their salvation experience when they realized how close to death they really were. Therefore, I look at our salvation experience in the Lord as being very similar to that of a drowning person. If that drowning person is rescued from a certain death, that is an experience they should never forget, and one of which they owe a debt of gratitude for which they can never repay the person who saved them. But there are a lot of unthankful people in the world who might be thankful for a short time following their rescue from certain death, but go back to their old way of life a short time later forgetting the one who saved them as though nothing of importance ever happened to them. Was that person saved from drowning? Yes, they were. Can they forget about their life saving experience and return to their old way of life? Yes, they can. People do it all the time. Does that mean they were never saved? No, it doesn’t. It simply means if they can so easily turn away from the one who saved them; they weren’t really grateful for that person risking their life to save them from certain death. That is why I have a hard time understanding how people can believe just because a person was saved on a particular day that they cannot not walk away from that experience and forget it ever happened. People not only can, they do. Now the question remains, “Does the Lord who saved us from certain death on a particular day have to honor a person with eternal life, even though that person refuses to honor Him for what He did for them?” I don’t think so; and I will go to the Book of Hebrews chapter 10, verses 26-31 to get a biblical perspective on this subject. The writer states, “For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, (The writer is writing to born again Hebrew Christians about their salvation experience. He isn’t writing to unbelieving Jews who had not accepted Jesus as their Savior.) there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. (The law of Moses was given to men to control the actions of natural man and to warn those who contemplated breaking God’s law; not to.) Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he (the one whom Christ saved) be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay.” says the Lord. And again, “The Lord will judge His people.” The writer plainly states those persons who turned away from their Savior were facing a fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which would devour the adversaries of Christ who turned their back upon the Lord and returned to their former way of life, thus trampling underfoot the Son of God, counting the blood of the covenant by which he (the one time believer) was sanctified a common thing, and insulting the Spirit of grace.
How could anyone not possibly understand what these scriptures are saying? For in them we see the writer plainly state there is a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fiery indignation that will devour the adversaries of Christ who have turned away from their Savior to once again follow Satan and his lying, cheating ways. If they do not repent of their actions, they make themselves an adversary of Christ and will be counted among those who will be devoured by fire. DThrash
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