Monday, October 27, 2014

Eternal Security? Blame Jesus!

Therefore, because he always lives to intercede for them, he is able to save completely those who come to God through him. Hebrews 7:25 

Loving it, leaving it, losing it Part 2

In our last post we established the first proof of our eternally secure salvation. It is the will of God that our salvation be secure. Our salvation is not rooted in our obedience. It is not contingent upon our ability to keep ourselves upright and perfect. It is all based in Christ's perfect obedience. As I always seem to do, allow me to stress again this isn't a license to live in sin. This is a license however, to freely pursue a loving relationship with a loving Father. How much more fulfilling is a relationship when you realize you will never be discarded or rejected or denied because of a poor choice or misstep? 

This is why I titled this series "Loving it, leaving it, losing it". If I can never be denied then I am in a loving relationship with God. I'm not even looking for ways that I would leave it. I am not fearful that I can lose it. It is such a freeing way to live in the Family of God. 

With all the arguments and divisions about our eternally secure salvation let me bring forth a truth. It was Jesus who first instructed us that this salvation would indeed be eternal not temporal. Who is to blame for this teaching and emphasis on our eternal security? Is it the Baptist? Is it another denomination? No! Want to blame someone? Blame Jesus! Recall the passage we cited in our last post.

37 However, those the Father has given me will come to me, and I will never reject them. 38 For I have come down from heaven to do the will of God who sent me, not to do my own will. 39 And this is the will of God, that I should not lose even one of all those he has given me, but that I should raise them up at the last day. 40 For it is my Father’s will that all who see his Son and believe in him should have eternal life. I will raise them up at the last day.” John 6:37-40

Jesus says it is God's will that not one will be lost who put their trust in Him. It was Jesus who first enlightened us of His Father's plan about our salvation. Our second proof of our eternal security then is it was Jesus who revealed it. Let's look at another passage in a couple of translations that reveals much about our eternal secure salvation.

 you lack faith because you are not My sheep. My sheep respond as they hear My voice; I know them intimately, and they follow Me. I give them a life that is unceasing, and death will not have the last word. Nothing or no one can steal them from My hand.  My Father has given the flock to Me, and He is superior to all beings and things. No one is powerful enough to snatch the flock from My Father’s hand.  The Father and I are one.                           John 10:26-30 Voice

27‘My own sheep will hear My voice and I know each one, and they will follow Me.’ 28I give to them the gift of eternal life, and they will never be lost and no one has the power to snatch them out of My hands. 29My Father, who has given them to Me as His gift, is the mightiest of all, and no one has the power to snatch them from My Father’s care. 30 The Father and I are one.”  John 10:26-30 Passion Translation

It doesn't get much clearer than this. We are promised again to never to be lost. We are also given a staggering promise. We are held firmly secure, forever in our Father's hand as well as in Jesus' hands. If we are in our Father's care, in His hands how can we ever fear losing our salvation? 

The third proof of our eternal security is that we are forever secured and protected in our Father's hands. There is no temptation, no onslaught of the enemy, no willingness to jump out that is more powerful than His protection and loving care. 

What a wonderful promise from God to know we are protected and secure in His hands. Here is another thought. If we are protected from loss of salvation in His hands we are also protected from any scheme of the enemy to bring suffering, evil and sickness our way. Praise the Lord we are victorious because we are in His hands. Reflect on this truth the next time the enemy brings his lies your way.

I trust this message has blessed you and encouraged you in your relationship with the Lord. Let me say how much I appreciate you taking the time out to read this blog. I do pray and seek the Lord on what to write about. I truly want it to encourage and strengthen you. This week may His richest and best be yours.


Friday, October 17, 2014

Loving it, leaving it or losing it. Our salvation, eternally secure? Or can we leave it or lose it?

Therefore, because he always lives to intercede for them, he is able to save completely those who come to God through him. Hebrews 7:25 
We are going further into our study of our eternal redemption in Christ. We've been looking at this for the last few posts. So, yes, this is "that kind of blog" where we teach your salvation is secure by His grace not our perfect performance. What I don't understand is the amount of controversy this Bible based teaching generates. 

Why fight the complete and finished work of our Savior? I have one clue (I guess because I used to be the strongest opponent of once saved always saved theology). What might that clue be? This idea that if you know your future sins are already forgiven and nothing can take you out of the Father's hands then what is to stop you from pursuing a sinful, selfish life?

If you read the last four or five posts perhaps you could see the foundation I was establishing. People stop at the cross. They see the forgiveness He purchased and camp out there. So because of this they can't see the resurrection. They see how a sinner has been pardoned. Of course, if a criminal was simply pardoned then they would remain just that, a pardoned criminal. Too many see Christians as forgiven sinners only. If that was true then yes, it could be that some would pursue sin again after only receiving forgiveness. 

That is not what happened with us. We see from 2 Peter 1 that when we know how much we are forgiven we love much. The other vital truth that completes this revelation is the resurrection. That is after He rose and we received Him, we became partakers of that resurrection life. We are partakers of His divine nature. We are made new creatures. We are now those who rejoice knowing just how much we've been forgiven of and that we no longer live but Christ lives in us. We are new creations. When we realize this we won't pursue sin because that is not who we are. Rejoice then in the perfect and complete and totally secure salvation we have in Him.

Having established this once again lets proceed to reveal what the Word says about our eternal security in Him. Over the next few posts I want to bring forth the witness of Jesus words, and Paul and even Peter from the Word of God proving beyond doubt our salvation is secure. 

So can we lose our salvation? Can we sin it away? Can we forfeit it? Can we give it back? Can we renounce it? Can we "walk away"? Let me say emphatically NO! NEVER! We are  completely secure in Him. Now I am going to begin with Scripture proving we are secure and then answer all these objections to salvation that is secure.

Lets begin today looking at Jesus words.

37 However, those the Father has given me will come to me, and I will never reject them. 38 For I have come down from heaven to do the will of God who sent me, not to do my own will. 39 And this is the will of God, that I should not lose even one of all those he has given me, but that I should raise them up at the last day. 40 For it is my Father’s will that all who see his Son and believe in him should have eternal life. I will raise them up at the last day.” John 6:37-40

How can we argue with the eternal, once and for all, language Jesus is using to describe salvation? He clearly, concisely, and plainly states it is not God's will that any will be lost that come to Him. Now I understand just because God's will is something doesn't mean it is guaranteed to happen. For God's will is always healing and that no man perish but receive Him. Yet, many don't receive the healing God wills for them. Many still reject the gospel message.

Does this mean their will is so strong to override God's plans? I am not suggesting that. At the same time, I do believe our will is part of the equation of receiving from Him. Though God will not override our free will, He will make His plans plain and clear. He will provide all that is necessary for His plans to come to pass. So the first proof of eternal security is that it is God's will. Knowing it's God's will removes doubts and fears and traditions from our minds. Now rest assured, God in His infinite wisdom and love knows just how to get His will accomplished in our lives. He has taken many steps and made provisions to ensure when we receive Him we will persevere and hold fast and remain in Him till the day of redemption. 

Therefore say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “None of My words will be postponed any more, but the word which I speak will be done,” says the Lord God.’” Ezekiel 12:28

What God desires will come to pass. You may ask what about healing? When we either pass from this life to Heaven or get caught up to meet Him in the air we will have a new body and perfect body. So healing manifests always. What about salvation? Am I a Universalist/inclusionist? No, what He promised and wills comes to pass as He said it would. He wants all to be saved. Yet not all will so He said what would happen if one rejects the offer of free grace. That will also come to pass as He said it would. Again I state then what God desires and decrees will come to pass. 

What is God's will then concerning eternal security? Jesus clearly said it is not His will that anyone will be lost who come to God. This is good news. We are saved and secure. We can rest and rejoice because this is God's revealed will for us. No tradition or doctrine or argument or debate can change God's will for us. 

We will continue looking at Jesus witness of our eternal security in our next post. I pray this refreshes your relationship with Christ. May His peace and strength be with you and His guidance lead you into all truths. Blessings to you. Thanks for reading and don't forget it's easy to sign up with your email so you won't miss any of these posts. 

Understanding the chastening the of the Lord

who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.         1 Peter 2:24

We've been studying the finished work of healing as of late. In the last article I revealed the truth that God doesn't teach us with sickness. Some will renounce this because we read about the chastening of the Lord in God's Word. 

So what is the chastening of the Lord? Is it God placing destruction in our path to get our attention? Is it God place obstructions to success in our life to make us change? Is it tragic circumstances? Just how does God chasten us? Let's examine the Scriptures.

 And have you forgotten the encouraging words God spoke to you as his children?He said,

“My child, don’t make light of the Lord’s discipline,

    and don’t give up when he corrects you.

For the Lord disciplines those he loves,
    and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.”
As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as his own children. Who ever heard of a child who is never disciplined by its father? If God doesn’t discipline you as he does all of his children, it means that you are illegitimate and are not really his children at all. Since we respected our earthly fathers who disciplined us, shouldn’t we submit even more to the discipline of the Father of our spirits, and live forever?  For our earthly fathers disciplined us for a few years, doing the best they knew how. But God’s discipline is always good for us, so that we might share in his holiness. No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way. Hebrews 12:5-11
First, lets define the word chasten. The original Greek word Paideia is defined as tutorage, that is education or training, by implication disciplinary correction. So the word simply means to train or instruct. Some may think well, training or teaching is accomplished by affliction or illness or tragic circumstances.

From instruction to affliction is a huge leap! Nowhere does the word imply anything remotely close to affliction or destruction. The problem is we read into a word in Scripture what we reason it should mean. When we do this we lose the true intent of a word and form ideas and philosophies apart from the Scripture. 

When Jesus, the Word made flesh, walked the Earth why do we not see Him "chastening" Israel with plagues or famine? Many of the religious leadership were steeped in self effort and proclaiming their traditions over the Word of God. It is true that many times Jesus taught the Law in its purest form. Absolute perfection that no man could ever achieve. Yet Jesus rebuked the teachers of the Law. Why? Because they through traditions watered down the obligations of the Law. The made the Law something any Jew could achieve with the right offering and effort. So with all this rebellion to God's intent to show men the need of a Savior why didn't Jesus visit famine and pestilence on Israel? 

To understand the chastening of the Lord we must first understand that character of God. He is good all the time. He is a good Father. 
The Lord is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble; And He knows those who trust in Him. Nahum 1:7
God is always good. So if He is good He is not sending evil to correct you. Nowhere in Scripture is it recorded where God sent sickness to His people to train them. In the Old Covenant God had no intercessor no one to mediate between God and man. The price had not been paid yet. So when Israel broke the Covenant the Lord had no other choice but to remove His protecting hand. In the New Covenant Jesus is our mediator and great High Priest. He also bore all the penalty of our sins. So bad days and disasters are not the result of "God getting you". 

If you read the passage in Hebrews 12 it states clearly how God instructs. It states as Earthly fathers disciplined or corrected us in the flesh (the rod, or loss of privileges) God, the Father of our spirits disciplines us in spirit. How so? With His Word! 
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
His Word coming forth through the ministry gifts, by daily devotions, and by the Spirit leading us into all truth brings about the correction we all need to grow. 

We need not accept sickness, or tragic circumstances as signs God is mad at us. We need not think God is trying to get our attention through illness or financial hardships. When we miss it or are not walking according to our true righteous nature He will quicken us with His Word to get us on the right track. It's never accomplished though condemnation or feelings that we are lost forever. It is not brought about by evil or tragic life events. We can trust in Him fully. He is forever good.

Thanks for taking the time to read this article. I pray the Lord bless you and keep you. I trust this has blessed you. I pray you consider sharing this with others. 

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Going deeper into truth or error?

I was so filled with joy to hear stories about your children walking in truth, in the very way the Father called us to live. 2 John 4

Anyone who gets so progressive in his thinking that he walks out on the teaching of Christ, walks out on God. But whoever stays with the teaching, stays faithful to both the Father and the Son. 2 John 9 Message

 In our last post we were examining Ultimate reconciliation and through the Word we refuted it as untruth. We began to examine the ideology of Historic Inclusionism. Is it the pure gospel of grace?

  I believe that Pastor Ryan Rufus made the case so clear about this view. It saddens me to write this but this philosophy is rooted in error. The spirit of error was prevalent in the founder of the particular group this idea stems from. The passing of the leader in the late 80s made this group rethink some of its views. That is the good news. The bad news is they still have roots of error in their doctrines. In the 2000s they changed their name. In the renaming of their group they put the word grace in the title. So today those hearing this beautiful message of God's grace readily receive anyone who say they're proclaiming grace.

  We need to more discerning than this. Here is why. Two different groups have web pages dedicated to "Christian Universalism". I don't want to link them. They are filled with error. On these web pages the moderators link this message of Inclusion to their own message of Universalism. We don't want to poison the gospel of grace with leading men to believe we are promoting Universalism or Inclusionism. 

   What about Historic Inclusionism? What are their main points? That all are righteous. This includes those who are not born again. That all are God's Children, that all men are in the Family of God. That all men have the Holy Spirit indwelling them. That all men have the new nature. The life of God is already within. Being born again is not becoming a new creation and receiving right standing  with God and the Spirit making His abode within, but rather it is an awakening to your true identity. That every man is included in the redemption. So basically you're already in whether you like it or not. 
   Are these Biblical views? If you don't accept these as truth are you not walking in the "deeper" realms of grace? I get so fed up with foolishness in the name of the Lord. These ideas put men in so much bondage. Am I believing the message the way the "elitist" teach it? I saw this in faith teaching years ago. If you didn't believe  ideas like faith means not having a job, or never taking medicine you just had a "faith" problem or a weaker faith. Let me be real truthful. I say it in love. All these Inclusionist views are plain  wrong and a misunderstanding and twisting of the Scripture to fit a presupposed view. Sadly, I shudder to write this, but sadly a few popular grace proclaimers on social media (YouTube, Facebook, etc.) adhere to these views. Many ascribe to their views because it sounds so similar to real pure grace. 

   Do all men have the new nature within? Do they have the life of Christ within? What does the Word teach?
   We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death. Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.  1 John 3:14-15 NKJV

   If one possess the new nature and new life within they WILL be walking in this love. I have sad news for the followers of inclusion. Unsaved men do not have the new nature within. The new nature has the love of God shed abroad within it. Love will be evident. 

  In my personal life I worked in the Law enforcement community. I know of many thousands of people incarcerated and personally supervised  many of them inside the prison walls of this nation. I know of one case where a man who with seven others found a random woman on the street and by force brought her back to their apartment and brutally raped her. Did he just have the New Nature (which possess the God kind of love) dormant within? Did the Holy Spirit inside this unsaved man just fall asleep while he assaulted and brutalized his victim? Doesn't seem like the new nature would follow this  type of living. 

   Are all God's children apart from faith? What does the Scripture state?
   Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. 1 John 3:1
   For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. Galatians 3:26-27
    But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: John 1:12

   These passages have the same theme. It is only by faith that we are the children of God. This alone disproves Inclusion as truth. Yet through extremely poor Bible interpretation and presupposed mindsets those in Inclusion will cite these passages as saying it does prove inclusion because the word all is used. 

   So because the word all is found in many Bible passage this give the Inclusionists the entire foundation of their philosophy. What they need to study is context and find the intended audience of the passages where the word all is used. If you study 1 John 3:1 it does use the Word all. Don't stop reading there though. Note it goes on to differentiate between all and the World. Who are the all here? The saved, those who received the Lord. Who are the World then? Those who have not received Him. Even though the word all is used it doesn't imply the unsaved are included. The World according the Apostle John is not included in the Family just because Jesus paid the price. We see there must be a response on the part of the unbeliever. 

   What about the unsaved already having the Holy Ghost within? What does the Word say?
   But you do not live in the flesh. You live in the Spirit, assuming, of course, that the Spirit of God lives inside of you. The truth is that anyone who does not have the Spirit of the Anointed living within does not belong to God.  If the Anointed One lives within you, even though the body is as good as dead because of the effects of sin, the Spirit is infusing you with life now that you are right with God. If the Spirit of the One who resurrected Jesus from the dead lives inside of you, then you can be sure that He who raised Him will cast the light of life into your mortal bodies through the life-giving power of the Spirit residing in you. Romans 8:9-11

    And it happened, while Apollos was at Corinth, that Paul, having passed through the upper regions, came to Ephesus. And finding some disciples he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?"... Acts 19:1-2a 
 (I suppose Paul didn't consult the Trinitarian Theologians before asking this question. I am so intrigued to know of so many who know more than the Apostle Paul today...excuse the snarky tone)

 How can it get any clearer? In Romans 8 the Apostle Paul keeps using the word if. If you have the Spirit within, you're alive to God. If you don't you don't belong to Him yet. So how could you already have the Spirit within but, then have Paul admonish you with instructions about if you don't? This view is so easily proven unscriptural. It also forces those who adhere to it to dismiss clear scripture that disproves their points of view. 
  What about already being made righteous? What about being reconciled? What about God taking away the sin of the World? I believe 2 Corinthians 5 holds the key to understanding these truths. 

For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again. Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer.  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.  Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.  Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.  For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:14-21 NKJV

Do these passages promote inclusion? Again the word all is cited. So the Inclusionist comes to the conclusion that all means all humanity. Note Paul says He died for all. The Original KJV states it more clearer, that because He died for all it is clear that all were already dead. Dead in sin and trespasses. So Paul goes on to state that in order to receive the new creation you must be in Christ. How are we in Christ? It is when we receive Him. It is when we are born again. In John 3 Jesus Himself states we MUST be born again. He stated unless we are born again we will not see or experience the kingdom of God. What is the Kingdom? Righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost.

So, Paul is not teaching inclusion. He is teaching the need for faith in God. What about reconciliation? What about Jesus taking away the sin of the World? What about 1 John 2:1? He is the propitiation for the sins of the whole World. Doesn't this prove historic inclusion? If you want to believe it does you will make these passages say so. Jesus in truth paid the full price at Calvary. He took away the sin. Is that salvation though? No, salvation includes forgiveness and reconciliation but it is not salvation. These are only a small portion of salvation. Salvation is receiving the Lord and Him in turn imparting His righteousness, giving you His Spirit within and you being remade a New Creation in Him, it is receiving adoption into His Family. Again, to be in the Family of God we must believe. What about reconciliation? You see there are two parties involved in any relationship. 

God, has done all there is to do for us to be saved and righteous. He has forgiven sin. He has reconciled with us. He is no longer angry because the price for sin has been paid. This is all on God's side of the relationship. We need to now be reconciled to Him. Say my wife and I had a disagreement. We could both sit at the table to discuss it. She could be over it, hold no resentment, and already be reconciled to me. For me to experience the reconciliation I would have to be reconciled to her. It would be on my end to now receive the reconciliation offered. This is seen clearly in this passage when Paul admonished that we be now reconciled to God. How could we need to be reconciled to God if we already were?

One thing these historic Inclusionist deny is that they are  Universalist. They continually say a decision must be made to go to Heaven. So the inclusion view is you're included and already in until you're out. How does this view adhere to the absolute Biblical truth of Eternal Security? It is therefore contrary to it.

 Think of this. If we all are already in the Family, already righteous and already possess the New Nature within how could anyone saved or unbelievers then ever be lost? The truth of Eternal Security proves beyond doubt when one receives the New Nature within they are sealed with the Spirit. The Spirit is the guarantee of one's Salvation. To be in the Family means to have been adopted by  Abba Father. So the unGodly, unsaved man who never "awakens" to the "truth" of his "true identity" (who remember, already has the new nature, the indwelling Spirit, and been adopted in the Family according to the Trinitarian Inclusionist) will what now be cast away in the end? How can one be unadopted and unsealed? When does the Spirit leave? So one can be included in the Family and partaker of the Divine Nature and then thrown into hell for not receiving Jesus as Lord? Really? The Word is clear only the unrighteous (the unbeliever who rejects the grace and free gift of righteousness) will be lost and suffer eternal damnation. It seems Trinitarian Theology tosses aside certain Bible truths to establish one of their main points, but then uses those same discarded truths to establish the other points of view they hold to. Trinitarian Theology is actually saying, your all in but not really. Because, you're "in" but can still be "out" in the long run. You see how confusing this Trinitarian Inclusionism is?

 Lets not poison the flowing streams of God's pure gospel of grace. These ideas and philosophies are not the pure grace message Jesus has proclaimed to the World. The message to the lost is not wake up to who you already are. The message to the World is God loves you immeasurably. God is not holding your trespass against you. He is not mad at you. He has paid the full price for you. Simply receive Him freely. He will adopt you in His Family. He will make you a new Creation. He will never leave you or forsake you. Once you truly receive Him you will be never lost. Receive Him be reconciled to Him. This is the gospel of grace message we should always be proclaiming. This will set the captive free. Let's proclaim a pure gospel. Let's remove ourselves from a gospel of grace rebellion and be apart of a revolution that will alter lives for Christ. 

I know these words were hard sayings. I pray these words do not make you cease reading my blog. I pray this enlightened you to the pure gospel of His grace. Your feedback is welcomed. Consider sharing if this has blessed you.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Lose it or leave it? Our eternal redemption in Christ

Therefore he is able, once and forever, to save those who come to God through him. He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf.               Hebrews 7:25

In the Last few articles I've posted I have endeavored to till the good ground of our hearts with truth and not tradition. I've laid a good foundation from the Word concerning who we are in Christ and the true nature of salvation. I highly encourage you to read these articles if you have not done so. Some of the questions that may arise in these upcoming posts will find answers in these previous articles. 

Having laid the proper foundation of what it truly means to follow Christ, then the objections that eternal salvation is really a means to be lazy or to continue living in sinful indulgence are no longer valid. I do understand that there will be those, so entrenched in their religious traditions, that no matter what truth from God's Word you show them they will dig their heels in deeper and reject the truth that eternal salvation is just that, eternal.

Why is this? Because the flesh loves to boast in some level of accomplishment. That and the flesh ruled mind just won't wrap its mind around the concept that it's a finished work. Its like those misinformed among us who seek to fast to become more righteous. Or like the brethren who say we need to walk in love so let me seek God to be more loving. Wait, hold it. Doesn't the Word say the very love of God has been shed abroad in our hearts? Something that is already been done. Grace supplies, He so loved us, so we can now love others. All it takes is one to simply agree with God about who He said we already are. Doing this will allow that love to 
effortlessly flow through us to others.

For the next several posts we are going to examine if we can lose our salvation or forfeit it, walk away from it, or "return" it to God. You don't want to miss any of these posts. We are going to examine all the passages that seem to suggest we can forfeit our salvation or lose it by our actions. When it comes down to it there is only four 
views about eternal salvation. 

The first view is that salvation is something predetermined and not based upon any choice or freely offered gift. This is the Calvinistic view. That God preordains some to Hell and some to Heaven. Since you can't choose to receive Him then you can't lose it or leave it. 
The second view is that based upon your level of commitment and obedience is your salvation secure or assured. 
The third view is that though your conduct is vitally important the fact that we aren't completely perfect some allowance for sin is made. Yet, if you choose to "walk away" or forfeit your salvation then you have lost your salvation because you left it.
The final view is the freely offered grace of God. That your merit didn't get you into the Family of God therefore your merit is not the measure of your salvation. That once you freely receive God's perfect gift of grace you can never lose it and will never walk away. That His grace perfects you and is the true source of fruitful Christian living.

Let me start this off by stating I disagree with the first view. Why? Because Jesus stated in John 3:16 that whosoever believes in Him will never perish. For there to be a whosoever that offer must be consciously made to all. So I am not a Calvinist. I believe we can make a conscious choice to receive God's grace and love it is never forced upon us. This is exactly what the inclusion delusion is perpetrating on the Body of Christ. By saying all are already saved but don't know it means they had something put on them against their will.

Therefore he is able, once and forever, to save those who come to God through him. He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf.               Hebrews 7:25

This passage sums this series up. He is able to save once and forever those who come to Him. So, if you will, lay down the weapons and lets examine the Scripture with an open heart. Nothing I write in the upcoming posts is to stir division or strife. 

I pray you stay with me on this journey and examine our salvation in Christ and the security He offers. Pray blessings on you and your loved ones this week. God is good.