(Part 2) Can A Christian Lose Their Salvation?

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The Holy Spirit dwells in every believer

Ephesians 1:13-14

13 When you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and when you believed in Him, you were also sealed with the promised Holy Spirit. 14 He is the down payment of our inheritance, for the redemption of the possession, to the praise of His glory.

Down payment in Greek is arrabón (ar-hrab-ohn’) is the regular term in NT times for “earnest-money,” i.e. advance-payment that guarantees the rest will be given. 728 (arrhabṓn) then represents full security backed by the purchaser who supplies sufficient proof they will fulfill the entire pledge (promise). Strong’s number 728

When a person believes in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, he is immediately given the Holy Spirit as a down payment, guaranteed by God Himself that the person will spend eternity with Jesus and never have a possibility of losing eternal life that is given to us by the Holy Spirit.

 Romans 8:16

16 The Spirit Himself testifies together with our spirit that we are God’s children

The Holy Spirit bears witness with our spirit (the inner man) that we are saved and have eternal life. The way we know that it is the Spirit of God is because the love of the truth which is found in scripture compels us to live and proclaim it to a world void of it. The Spirit of God drives us to live in the truth and love the things of God.

 Romans 8:1-2

Therefore, no condemnation now exists for those in Christ Jesus, 2 because the Spirit’s law of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.

The ones who are born again have been freed from the law of sin and of eternal separation (death) from God. Christians will not be condemned because we have passed from death to life through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us and keeps us safe by the power of God as seen in 1 Peter 1:3-5 that says, 3 Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. According to His great mercy, He has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead 4 and into an inheritance that is imperishable, uncorrupted, and unfading, kept in heaven for you. 5 You are being protected by God’s power through faith for a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.

The Greek word for power is dunamis (doo’-nam-is), meaning:  might, power, marvelous works.

Dunamis is where we get the English word for dynamite. A dynamite has great power and this power comes from God who has no limit. Who can go against such power and prevail by taking you away from saving faith in Jesus Christ, if He is the One who is holding your faith by His great and mighty power? Only a person who believes that God will not uphold His promise will think that God’s dunamis can be overpowered by a person or spiritual forces of evil in the heavens by stating that a Christian can lose their salvation.

1 Corinthians 11:32

But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world.

One of the ways we are kept from falling away or committing apostasy is by God disciplining us to stay in His will. This is seen by a human father who sees his son straying from his commands, the father will choose from a variety of punishments to ensure that his son starts to obey him once again. Discipline is a way to keep us safe from physical or spiritual harm. How many times has a child holding his father’s hand when crossing the streets wants to pull away from him? The father holds the child’s hand even tighter and even speaks with an angry voice to put fear so that the child would not let go of his father’s hand because unknown to the child he can be struck by a car and die.

Hebrews 12 deals with God disciplining us to keep us in obedience to His Word and only those who are truly His (born again) receives discipline but not illegitimate children, only those who have the Spirit of the Living God inside of them. If a person claims to be a Christian but never receives God’s discipline, he/she was never saved in the first place and is not a child of God.

 Hebrews 12:4-11

4 In struggling against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. 5 And you have forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons:
My son, do not take the Lord’s discipline lightly
or faint when you are reproved by Him,
6 for the Lord disciplines the one He loves
and punishes every son He receives.
7 Endure suffering as discipline: God is dealing with you as sons. For what son is there that a father does not discipline? 8 But if you are without discipline—which all receive—then you are illegitimate children and not sons. 9 Furthermore, we had natural fathers discipline us, and we respected them. Shouldn’t we submit even more to the Father of spirits and live? 10 For they disciplined us for a short time based on what seemed good to them, but He does it for our benefit, so that we can share His holiness. 11 No discipline seems enjoyable at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it yields the fruit of peace and righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

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13 thoughts on “(Part 2) Can A Christian Lose Their Salvation?

  1. What about all the teachings of the small gate. Every baptised or reborn person is able to loose his right to enter the Kingdom of God. When a sinner does not want to repent he or she shall not allowed to enter God’s Kingdom.

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    1. I guess you haven’t read John 6: 37-40 which says, “37 Everyone the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will never cast out. 38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do My will, but the will of Him who sent Me. 39 This is the will of Him who sent Me: that I should lose none of those He has given Me but should raise them up on the last day. 40 For this is the will of My Father: that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”

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      1. That is just a text you and many trinitarians do not seem to understand.

        We do have to come to Christ which is an act. We also do have to believe in him (an other act). Those who take Jesus to be God do not accept that Jesus is the sent one from God who does not his own will but always managed to do the Will of God. Christians also should try to do the Will of God and set their own will aside (another act)

        Jesus gave several parables so that people could come to understand how they had to be ready for the Kingdom of God. Ha warned how man, shaving received the Grace of god, still could miss that entrance to the Kingdom of God.

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      2. You and the Jehovah Witnesses have a lot in common when it comes to theology. Jesus said in
        John 8:24
        24 Therefore I told you that you will die in your sins. For if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.”

        The question is who is Jesus? Getting the person of Jesus wrong will cost you eternal punishment (Luke 16)

        Christians like me, believe that Jesus was sent by God the Father. In the other hand you are preaching false doctrine by denying like the Jehovah Witnesses the deity of Christ which is Biblical as seen in Hebrews 1:5-8 which says, 5 For to which of the angels did He ever say, You are My Son; today I have become Your Father, or again, I will be His Father, and He will be My Son? 6 When He again brings His firstborn into the world, He says, And all God’s angels must worship Him. 7 And about the angels He says:
        He makes His angels winds,
        and His servants a fiery flame,
        8 but to the Son:
        Your throne, God,
        is forever and ever,
        and the scepter of Your kingdom
        is a scepter of justice.

        In this context, the Son is referred as God because the Son has the same nature as the Father.

        Jesus and the Father are one as seen also in John 14:7-11 which says, 7 “If you know Me, you will also know My Father. From now on you do know Him and have seen Him.”
        8 “Lord,” said Philip, “show us the Father, and that’s enough for us.”
        9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been among you all this time without your knowing Me, Philip? The one who has seen Me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me? The words I speak to you I do not speak on My own. The Father who lives in Me does His works. 11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me. Otherwise, believe because of the works themselves.

        You believe in a false Jesus that’s not Biblical and thus incapable in getting saved if you continue rejecting Jesus Christ.

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    1. Thank you Brandon for your kind words. That’s great that you’re going to tackle this subject, there’s many Christians who deny what’s clear in scripture. They live a life as a believer constantly insecure which is sad. If you need any help regarding eternal security, I will be available for you. May the Lord bless you and use your study for His glory.

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      1. Yeah, I understand that some may think that way but one will have major problems spiritually believing that. 1. That means that Jesus can’t keep His promise, 2. Eternal life doesn’t mean eternal and is redefined as temporary life, 3. Salvation now includes our efforts besides Jesus’ gift of eternal life, since it depends on our not losing it here on earth. I say that the definition, meaning and commentary on eternal security, it is found in John 10:28-30. I wrote about it in part 1 in the beginning of the post. I think we have to take the whole counsel of God regarding that topic. If God kept the Jewish people because of His promise to their forefathers, why would we think He won’t do the same with us, refering to eternal life.

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