Understanding salvation is critical to reading and understanding the Bible and living the Christian life. Many of the “controversial issues” in the church are controversial because those on the opposing sides of the issue have different views or understandings of salvation. As a new Christian, you need to know that there are over 10,000 religions in the world and all claim to have the right religion. Christians have the only religion that have a living God and a history that can prove God’s existence.
This article has its opponents as well. There are many rules applied to interpreting the Bible. But, as a new person in Christ, one is all you need. This is it, “if their interpretation to a verse does not agree with the context of the surrounding verses, the chapter of the book, the whole book and then the whole Bible, then it’s the wrong interpretation.” Churches split because of arguing over which interpretation is right. They’ve been arguing and splitting for 6,000 years, which is why there are more than 10,000 denominations including the so called non-denominational church. One of many red flags for misinterpretation of a verse is when there are more than one interpretation, such as the subject of losing one’s salvation, which we are about to discuss.
There are basically two salvation camps. First one “Once Saved Always Saved (OSAS).” Second one, loss of salvation. There are verses in the Bible that says you can lose your salvation and there are verses that says you can’t. So, depending on which camp you are talking too chances are they will ignore the verses that conflict with their viewpoint. Or in the case of OSAS, they say a person who commits to many sins or walks away and rejects Jesus again was never really saved in the first place. Both camps have many excuses and ways to rationalize their viewpoint when it doesn’t work. And, here’s their favorite way to wiggle out of a discussion when they can’t agree, “we must agree to disagree” now doesn’t that sound holy and humble. That’s an excuse for laziness and for not rightfully dividing the Word of God as commanded too by God. (2Tim 2:15)
Wow, am I saying the Bible has a contradiction, how can that be? No, what I’m saying is there is an interpretation that harmonizes with all of scripture and that is why it is the right interpretation. Here is their eternal mistake. Many view the entire salvation process as the point at which a person receives Christ as their Savior, and that view then affects everything else that they believe about salvation. When a person receives Christ as his or her Savior, that is the first step in the salvation process, not the final step. What has brought confusion to this subject is that the Bible uses the terms “saved” and “salvation” to refer to when a person accepts Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Being saved and receiving our full salvation are then viewed as synonymous, and systems of theology are built on this misunderstanding.
Salvation is a two-part process.
- Conversion – when we repent of our sin, accept Jesus as our Savior, and the Holy Spirit dwells in our heart. The Bible states that at this point a person is saved. No amount of good works or keeping the Old Testament Law, can convert a person. It is only available by grace through faith in Jesus alone. At this stage Once Saved Always Saved is not true it is not applicable at this time!
- Our full Salvation and redemption – We receive our full Salvation on Judgment Day when the sheep are separated from the goats, and Jesus says that we may enter into Heaven. We are saved from eternal punishment in Hell for our sins. At this time Once Saved Always Saved is true!
When you apply OSAS at the right time all verses supporting OSAS and verses that state a person can lose their salvation come and work together.
Here is a simple example.
Matthew 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. This verse is stating you can lose your salvation by not enduring.
Joh 10:28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from Me, This verse states you can’t lose your salvation because Jesus gave them eternal life.
Please note: both of those verses are in red meaning Jesus said those words. As you will see, He is not contradicting Himself.
What if he doesn’t endure?
Follow the logic of this verse.
Who is He talking to? A Christian right, why would a non-Christian have any interest in enduring the commands of God.
So, a Christian that does not endure, in his Christian life, to the end will not be saved thereby will not receive eternal salvation. Remember, he became a Christian when he received salvation because he accepted Christ Jesus. He is not yet covered by Once Saved Always Saved. A Christian can go to hell by not enduring to the end of his life according to this verse.
However, he endures and Jesus welcomes him into His kingdom on Judgement Day and then Once Saved Always Saved takes place because John 10:28 guarantees the Christian’s eternal salvation.
Notice too, both verses have action words that are future, “shall” and “endure”.
WOW! The verses come together and both are true; that is called harmony. Moreover, since they are both true their is no longer a contradiction.
Unfortunately, this subject cannot be adequately discussed in a single article. There are so many verses, stories, doctrines and parables throughout the entire Bible that support this doctrine by harmonizing (agreeing) throughout the very same Bible.
If believers of the OSAS camp would go back now and be a Berean and rightfully divide the Word of God by placing when a person becomes a Christian and when that person is given eternal life, they will find all scriptures pertaining g to salvation harmonize throughout the whole Bible; thereby, making it the right interpretation. By the way, prior to the church becoming lukewarm this is what they taught. In fact, the OSAS argument is the very corner stone of the decline into the lukewarm church of today. Having the correct view on Once Saved Always Saved is critical in rightfully dividing the Word of God. It will affect everything else you believe.
Then Jesus said, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.” Mark 4:9