Monday, September 17, 2012

Salvation By Grace Plus Works Or Only Grace?







If We Sin Willfully, Will We Lose Our Salvation?


Question : I believe that this is what the Sovereign LORD has revealed : " Many Christians NO LONGER HAVE the Holy Spirit in them."

1 CORINTHIANS 15:2 ----- By this gospel you are SAVED, IF you HOLD FIRMLY to the word I preached to you. OTHERWISE, you have BELIEVED IN VAIN.

Of David and Saul : . . . , because the LORD was with David but HAD LEFT Saul (1 SAMUEL 18:12).

King David when he sinned against GOD concerning Bathsheba: Do not cast me from your presence or TAKE your Holy Spirit from me (PSALM 51:11).

CONCERNING Samson : . . . " But he DID NOT KNOW that the LORD had LEFT HIM (JUDGES 16:20).

If THEN you KEEP ON . . . SINNING DELIBERATELY (HEBREWS 10:26-27), and you will NOT know when the Spirit of GOD will LEAVE YOU. And it is said in ROMANS 8:9 . . . And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ. This is why it is said: And do not GRIEVE the Holy Spirit of GOD, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption (EPHESIANS 4:30).

. . . What I have GIVEN THEM will BE TAKEN FROM THEM (JEREMIAH 8:13).

. . .Then I will TELL THEM PLAINLY, 'I NEVER KNEW YOU. Away from me, YOU EVILDOERS!' (MATTHEW 7:21-23).

Do you agree with me? Is this not the truth?

Please do share what you believe.

Answer : We are saved by grace and not by even an iota of our own works could ever save us from sin. Because we have received salvation as a free gift by our own choice, the only thing we did was that we asked God to save us knowing that we are sinners by birth. So we cannot save ourselves by our own works and also cannot lose it by our own works. It is true that
"no one can enter the Kingdom of God unless He is born again" (John 3:3), but all those are saved by grace and who are positioned spiritually in Christ by God will desire to live a holy life (1 Cor 1:30; 1 Thess 4:7). Holiness is a fruit of salvation, not a route to salvation (Gal 5:22-24). The Bible says that if we sin and lose the conscious presence of God within our soul, all we need for it to get restored again is to confess our sin back to God and believe that He has forgiven all of it (1 John 1:7, 9). We sin because we still have sin nature within us, and only when we die and go on to be with the Lord, our sin nature will be discarded forever. Until then when we know from the Scripture that when we have sinned, we need to run to God and confess it to God as soon as possible and thus get purified by the blood of Jesus (1 John 3:2-3).

All of us sin to one degree or the other until we die
(1 John 1:8). A believer will not plan to sin, but will sin because of the weakness of the sin nature working within him (Rom 7:17). We learn to overcome the sin nature day after day by the power of the Holy Spirit (Gal 5:16). When we choose to ignore the strength of the Holy Spirit by depending on our own fleshly strength to walk religiously and do works to please God rather than righteously believe and live by faith (Rom 1:17), that is when the Holy Spirit will get grieved (Eph 4:30). We got to put all our fleshly walk altogether away from us for a Spirit led walk of power, by humbly not only putting away our sinful actions but also our motives and thoughts of evil by bringing it captive to the obedience of Christ and also forgiving all those who sin against us (2 Cor 10:3-6; Eph 4:31-32). Before God whether we sin in our motives, thoughts or actions, still it is equally sinful before God (Jam 2:10). So we cannot be saved from sin by wrongly thinking that we can live sinlessly after we are born again, in fact we do not need Jesus as our Savior if we can live sinlessly after we are born again (Gal 2:21). Jesus does not appear just to save us for a while freely and then challenge us to walk sinlessly perfect when in reality we are all born sinners who can never be perfect unless we die and receive the glorious body during the Rapture (1 John 3:2), but Jesus has become our High Priest to help us come to God through His very own blood again and again confidently when we do sin (1 John 2:1), and thus receive the mercy and grace of God that comes to empower and bless our lives supernaturally (Heb 10:19-23). God's grace and mercy breaks the curse of sin in our lives and helps us live the abundant life of heaven on earth (Heb 4:14-16).

In the Old Testament, the Spirit of God left when they sinned against God
(1 Sam 18:12; Judges 16:20; Psa 51:11), but in the New Testament which is a higher and better covenant made by God through the precious blood of Jesus (Heb 8:6), God Himself has promised that no matter what sin we may do or have got addicted to by our weakess, God will never leave us nor forsake us forever (Heb 13:5). O what a Promise!!!

Paul said,
"1 AND NOW let me remind you [since it seems to have escaped you], brethren, of the Gospel (the glad tidings of salvation) which I proclaimed to you, which you welcomed and accepted and upon which your faith rests, 2 And by which you are saved, if you hold fast and keep firmly what I preached to you, unless you believed at first without effect and all for nothing." (1 Cor 15:1-2, AMP). In the above verse Paul does not say that if you stop believing the gospel, you will lose your salvation. If he had said here like that then he must have contradicted his very own word by which he told that we are saved not by our own works but by grace only through faith which is a gift of God (Eph 2:8-9). But actually he says that if you have really believed the gospel at first then you are truly saved, but hold fast and keep it firmly for it to make a difference in your life which will give you the evidence and assurance that you are already saved and spiritually growing to inherit a great eternal reward. If you have not really believed the gospel at first which will transform your heart progressively, then your mental belief that you have professed as a statement of faith is all vain which cannot save you until you believe in your heart. All those who are born again by having believed the gospel have the Spirit of Christ who will be with them for eternity ahead as a guarantee of their inheritance in God (Rom 8:9; Eph 1:13-14; 4:30). God never threatened to break the seal of the Holy Spirit anywhere in the New Testament, but only told that all those who are saved will never ever be abandoned because of their short comings, weaknesses or sins of any kind (John 6:37; 10:28-29).

In the Old Testament God promised to sustain the material blessings only when a person continued to obey His voice or else revoke it anytime
(Jer 8:13), but God in the New Testament has already blessed all believer's unconditionally with all the spiritual blessings once they have believed and have become the people of God (Eph 1:3). Those who keep on sinning deliberately after they have believed and received the gospel of Jesus Christ are those who will go through fearful feeling of judgment like the unbeliever because of lack of fellowship and relationship with God even though they are all entitled by God to confess the sins and get restored with the consciousness of God's Presence and fellowship (Heb 10:26-31). This is a chastisement of God for deliberate sins repeated without any remorse and not a threatening from God to live sinlessly perfect, this chastisement of God shows the love of God that He has towards a believer and conveys that He is expecting that sinning person to change his sinful ways and judge himself correctly (Heb 12:5-6; 1 Cor 11:31-32).

Jesus will tell on the day of judgment that he never knew the false prophets who worked in His name without ever knowing Him as their Lord and Savior
(Matt 7:15, 21-23). When Jesus will say, "I never knew you" (Matt 7:23) to someone on the day of White Throne Judgment of all unbelievers (Rev 20:11-15), it means that the person to whom He will say this has never bothered when they were alive to receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior and therefore were never born again. No believer is ever threatened by Jesus or apostles that they will every lose salvation. In fact, if a believer could lose his salvation for any reason of his own failing, it means that Jesus has failed in his promise and therefore he could not be trusted when He had already never failed even once.

The conclusion is, no one who is truly saved can ever lose his salvation by his own works as he had never received salvation by his own work. All the promise that Jesus has given to believers can never be broken or revoked for eternity ahead as God never changes as like man changes his word of promise
(Num 23:19; Mal 3:6). We can choose to trust all his unfailing promises and walk safely in this unsafe world and reach the unchanging eternal home which God has prepared for all those who love Him (John 14:3; 1 Cor 2:9). Thanks and Blessings...






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