– Is The Salvation Of A Believer Temporary Or Permanent?
– Is Salvation To Be Worked For Or Freely Received?
– How Long Does The Salvation Of A Believer Last?
– Salvation: Is It A Gift Or Is There Room For Works?
– How Long Does A Believer’s Salvation Last?
– Popular Opinions Say Salvation Can Be Lost, But What Does The Bible Teach?
It is no doubt that so many have made the “once saved forever saved” statement without the understanding of salvation and worse still, without being saved themselves.
However, it would be very wrong to establish or to condemn a doctrine based on people’s experiences and perspectives. Only scriptures are profitable for doctrine (2 Timothy 3:16). This article will answer some basic questions like: 1. What is salvation? 2. Is salvation a reward or a gift? 3. What is the durability of the gift? 4. Is there a single record of a believer that lost his salvation in the early church?
Salvation is from the Greek word “sōtēria.” Soteria means ‘deliverance,’ ‘preservation,’ ‘safety,’ and salvation.
The one who has believed in the gospel of Jesus has been saved from sin, delivered from the kingdom of darkness, is safe from the wrath to come and the second death (in the lake of fire), and has been given the Holy Spirit (John 3:16, Acts 2:38, Colossians 1:27, Ephesians 1:13, 1 Thessalonians 1:10).
Salvation is God’s gift of love to mankind. We didn’t do anything to merit this gift of love from God (1 John 1:10).
“We were yet sinners when Christ died for us- (Romans 5:8)”
It is not a reward for a work well done. It is an unmerited gift from God (Ephesians 2:8).
That said, what then is the value of the gift of salvation from God?
It is natural to love and adore a gift because of the value it has. One of the factors that determine the value of a gift is its durability.
God’s gift of salvation was purchased by the blood of Jesus. Under the law of Moses, animals were slaughtered, and their blood was used for the atonement of sins (Leviticus 6:6,9, Hebrews 9:22). But the blood of animals couldn’t deal with the sin problem, because it only covered for a year long.
“It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins (Hebrews 10:4).” The only thing the blood of bulls and calves could do, was to purchase a temporary (year-long) salvation!
But when Jesus came, and shed his blood, it dealt with the sin problem eternally; once and for all! (Hebrews 9:24-26). The blood of Jesus Christ brought about an eternal redemption from sin (Hebrews 9:12). The blood offered for sin determines the value and durability of the salvation provided. The blood of bulls and calves, as clearly seen in the scriptures provided an annual (temporary) salvation, while the blood of Jesus Christ brought about an eternal redemption from sin (Hebrews 9:12).
About The Corinthian Church.
The believers in the church at Corinth were addressed as “saints,” “sanctified,” “beloved,” and “brethren,” even though some of them were immoral. Apostle Paul didn’t tell them to stop being immoral because if they continued they would lose their salvation. Nothing of such was mentioned in the epistles; not even a single record of a believer in Christ who lost his salvation.
If losing salvation to sin was possible, then it could have been a major warning by the Apostles. They could have said it clearly in all their epistles to the churches. We would have read something like “If you continue in your sins, you would lose your salvation, like XYZ lost his/hers.”
See how Apostle Paul addressed his letter to a church with immoral people: To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be his holy people, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ—their Lord and ours… (1 Corinthians 1:2).
From verse 10 downwards, he talked about the division amongst them. Notice also that he didn’t tell them that by doing that (being divided) they could lose their salvation. Instead, he reminded them that they’ve been chosen by God, and also, that Christ is their righteousness (1 Corinthians 1:26-30).
The one who is saved but acts immorally is yet a babe in Christ (1 Corinthians 3:1), not a sinner! A sinner has not been washed by the blood of Jesus Christ. The believer in Christ has been washed by the blood of Jesus Christ (Revelations 1:5).
Throughout the early church and the epistles, we see some believers acting immorally but not a single one of them were told that salvation could be lost. Not one!
Are we now teaching that believers should live in sins? No!
Know that eternal life is a gift. We received this gift by faith in the son of God. But in the coming kingdom of Christ, we shall all be rewarded according to our good works. We were called unto good works (Ephesians 2:10), and our works shall be tested by fire. Our works, not us! (1 Corinthians 3:13,14), but we shall be saved.
The believer in Christ is therefore taught and admonished to produce good works in righteousness. We don’t teach that believers should live carelessly because their sins are forgiven eternally. No! That’s a false accusation. No preacher of the gospel has ever said that.
“Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure (1 John 3:2-3).”
However, if a believer falls into sin, he is not condemned. His salvation is not at stake. He won’t lose his salvation. “My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One (1 John 2:1).”
If anybody does sin, he won’t lose his salvation. He won’t be condemned. There’s an advocate, Jesus Christ Our Lord! The fear of losing your salvation is not of God. God is love. Perfect love casts out fear! (1John 4:18). The reason why there’s celebration over a soul that is saved from sin, should tell us that salvation is a once and for all thing (Luke 15:10).
Salvation from sin is possible through faith in Christ alone (Acts 4:12). and only him can ensure you remain in the faith (Jude 1:24). Nobody gets saved and walks away. Nobody!
“Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us (1 John 2:18-19).”
There’s no record of a believer in Christ who lost his salvation. Could it be that they were all blameless in the early church?
There was no warning about losing your salvation in the epistles!
THE NEVER-BEFORE-TOLD STORY OF LECRAE’S LOSS OF FAITH AFTER THE EXPERIENCES OF HIS PAST THREATENED TO RUIN HIS CAREER AND LIFE.
Two-time GRAMMY winning hip-hop artist and bestselling author Lecrae had inspired millions with his redemptive and gut-honest art. But when his personal life spun into chaos, he was forced to face the buried impact of the unhealed wounds–sexual abuse, physical trauma, addiction, and depression–that threatened to tear it all apart. Along the way, he realized the wounds we all carry have the potential to be unlikely guides to healing and freedom for ourselves, and others.
With vulnerable honesty and transformational yet simple steps you can apply today, Lecrae shares the personal practices he uses in his daily life for mental, emotional, and spiritual health. With powerful prose, he gives an unflinching look at the personal and public spaces that sadly hurt us so often–culture, politics, family, church, personal failure–and reminds us that learning to let go and forgive is the birthplace for the life of creativity and freedom God has for us.
I Am Restored is an inspiring charge to embrace the lasting healing and restoration available now, and that we all desperately long for, because no matter what you’ve experienced, God is near, He hears, and He’s not done with you yet.
Fast rising Gospel music minister Yadah has topped the June edition of the Official Nigerian Gospel Music Top 10 Chart, compiled by The International Association of Christian Media Practitioners [IACMP], with her wavemaking recent single titled “Onye Inaputara.”
With +18K views on the music video released on the 12th of June and an overwhelming number of votes from 54 Nigerian Gospel music blogs all across the nation, add to the nods from IACMP Top 10 Chart Panelists, the Abuja based Gospel artiste has whisked the spot off Dunsin Oyekan’s “At All Cost,” which dropped 6 steps to the Number 7 spot, for the month of June.
“Obinasom,” by Mercy Chinwo, Ada Ehi’s “Fix My Eyes On You” featuring Sinach and GUC’s “All That Matters,” all made their way back to the chart in order of mention due to recent demands and the vacuole created by lack of stronger contenders for the month. “‘All That Matters” by GUC pushed “On God” by Eben a step down from the number 4 spot which the single held last month.
The IACMP Official Nigerian Gospel Music Top 10 Chart uses popular votes from about 54 Gospel music blogs & online radio stations all over Nigeria, online music statistics such as charts from Gospel music blogs all over Nigeria. Also views, downloads, streams, external Gospel music charts and the decision of 2 panels (a 4-man and a 6-man panel) as criteria to determine the song that makes the monthly chart. The chart is the most credible Gospel music chart in Nigeria.
Let Us Assume that: 1) The cause of this pandemic is the 5-G technology.
2) The only answer to the pandemic is a vaccine to be administered with a chip.
3) The chip will be the fulfilment of the biblical prophecy of 666, the mark of the beast.
4) Anyone whether he is a believer or not, who takes the vaccine (with the chip) which is mark of the beast will be automatically lost forever!
5) Any one who refuses to take the vaccine will die from the virus or from hunger but he will be saved whether he is a believer or not!
Such a person will not even be allowed to buy or sell because he doesn’t have the mark of the beast but he will be saved forever! .
So, the only way out of the pandemic is to take the vaccine. The vaccine is the only way to survive now!
What is the Implication of all these?
If the above 5 points are correct it means that:
Salvation now is purely based on receiving or refusing the mark (the vaccine).
Even if one is a believer but takes the mark he will be lost. So, salvation now is purely based on what we do with the mark! If you take the vaccine you shall be lost. If you reject the vaccine you shall be saved!
Salvation by faith in Christ Jesus is no longer valid. Christ died in vain. Jesus is no longer the message.
The vaccine is now the message!
Do you understand now?
Rev. Joshua Izugbara Nwokedi is The Senior of The Living Ambassadors Church Kubwa Abuja, Nigeria. He is an author of several books. Visit https://izugbara.org/for his books and Articles