Eternal Salvation
by Dr. Arv Edgeworth

Introduction

“Once a person is saved, can they ever be lost again?”  That is a question that has caused much debate among Christians for many years.  Several months ago after one of my Creation seminars, a young man asked me several questions.  Finally the subject got around to the security of the believer.  He was visiting from another church in the area, and his church believes it is possible to lose your salvation.  This was a question I too had once struggled with.

 

When I was a young Christian, I heard a Wesleyan pastor say, “You know what those Baptists believe, they believe once you are saved you can go out and live anyway you want to, and you will still go to heaven.”  The sad fact is, some who profess Christ do act as though that gives them a license to sin, and this has caused much confusion over the issue of a believer’s security.

 

I talked to the young man that night for about an hour, sharing scripture after scripture with him.  He finally said I had answered most of his questions satisfactorily except one, which I wasn’t at that time prepared for.  He asked me if I would give some thought to this last point and then get back with him.

 

As this man and I talked, I noticed a lady standing a few feet away from us listening to our conversation.  After he had finally left, the woman came up to me and asked if I had in written form the information I had shared with him.  Although I had shared this information with a number of people, I did not have it in written form at that time. 

 

I know there are many books already written on this subject, and others have already covered most of the issues I will be dealing with, but since so many struggle with this issue I felt it might be beneficial to some to hear this from a little different perspective.

A number of years ago I was having a conversation with a man I worked with that went to a church that believed you can lose your salvation.  I asked him this question, “If I were not saved, and I kept the 10 Commandments my whole life the best I knew how, would I go to heaven?”  He said, “Absolutely not!  You have to trust in Jesus Christ to forgive your sins.  Keeping the 10 Commandments won’t get you to heaven.”  So far we both agreed.

 

Then I asked him, “Let’s say that I get saved, then just before I die I murder someone and don’t repent of it, will I go to heaven?”  He said, “I don’t think so.”  I said, “Wait a minute, you just said keeping the 10 Commandments won’t get me to heaven, but now you say if I break one of them it will send me to hell?  Does my going to heaven depend on keeping the 10 Commandments or not?”  At that point he was a bit confused.  One of the reasons he was confused was because he didn’t have a proper understanding of God’s grace.

 

Grace means “unmerited favor.”  (Ephesians 2:8-9)  “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast.”  If we could get to heaven by keeping the 10 Commandments, or doing a lot of good deeds, then we could earn our own salvation.  If that were true, why would Jesus have to die?

 

Many people believe when they get to heaven there will be a giant scale up there.  All our good works will be placed on one side, and all our bad works placed on the other.  If our good works outweigh our bad we will be allowed into heaven.  The problem with that is, the Bible says we are not saved by our works.  (Titus 3:5) “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, …”

Grace is the very opposite of human merit, or good works.  (Romans 11:6)  “And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.” 

 

However, grace is not hindered by human demerit.  The fact that we are a sinner is the occasion for grace to do its work.  If we could get to heaven by our own efforts in some way, we wouldn’t need God’s grace.  If we have no sin, we don’t need God’s grace either.  Another reason my friend was confused was because he didn’t have a proper understanding of our relationship to God’s law.

                                                                                                           
First let’s define what we mean by God’s law.  (Romans 7:7) “What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.”  So by the law we mean God’s 10 Commandment law.

The Christian will no longer be judged by whether he keeps God’s 10 Commandments or not.  (Romans 6:14)  “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.” 

                                                                                                                                   

(Romans 4:15) says, “Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.”  What that means is, if we go out on the highway and go 90 miles an hour and the speed limit sign says the limit is 70 miles an hour, we have transgressed, or broken the law.  To transgress means to go beyond a boundary.  However, if you live in a country that has no speed limit, then at 90 miles an hour you haven’t broken any law.

 

The purpose of God’s 10 Commandment law was two-fold: first, to expose sin.  (Romans 3:20) says,  “Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: (we are not justified by keeping the 10 Commandments) for by the law is the knowledge of sin.  See also (Romans 7:7).

 

The second purpose for the law was to show us our need of a Savior.  (Galatians 3:24) says, “Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.”  Possibly the most important purpose for God’s 10 Commandments was to prove to us that we couldn’t keep them, thus showing our need of a Savior.

(Ephesians 2:12-16) says,

“12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:

13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

14  For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;

15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;

16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:

 

(Colossians 2:13-14) says,

“13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;

14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;”

 

We will no longer be judged in relation to God’s 10 Commandment laws.

Another reason my friend was confused was because he didn’t have a proper understanding of “justification.”  (Romans 5:1) says, “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:”

 

Three possible legal declarations concerning an accused person are: a.  You are guilty, and you will be punished.  b.  You are guilty, but you will be pardoned.  c.   You are not guilty.  To be declared not guilty means that it was found that they did not commit the crime they were accused of.  That is what “justified” means.  God in His mercy and grace not only forgives us for our transgressions, He declares we never committed them.  The reason He can do that is because someone else has already been declared guilty of our crimes, and punished for them; the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

(I John 1:9) says,

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 

First, the Bible says God is “faithful” to forgive our sins.  That means if you do your part, He will do His part. 

Secondly, the Bible says God is “just” to forgive us our sins.  If Jesus had not died and paid the price for our sins, we could pray to God and admit our guilt, and ask for His forgiveness and God could say, “Why should I forgive you.  You did it, and you will pay for it.”  But because someone else has already been punished for our sins, God can freely forgive them when we ask Him to.

 

(I John 2:2) says,

“And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.”  Propitiation means “to satisfy completely.”  God’s justice was completely satisfied.  The price has been paid in full.

 

Some have said, “Well I understand that God forgave my past sins, but what about the ones I haven’t committed yet?”  When you asked Jesus to save you and forgive your sins, which sins did you ask forgiveness for?  Which sins did He pay for?  When He died on the cross, all our sins were future.

 

(Romans 8:33-34) says,

“33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.

34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.”


God is the one we sin against, if anyone has a reason to hold us accountable He surely does; yet He declares us to be not guilty, dare anyone else lay any charge against us?  Jesus died for us and (Romans 8:35) says nothing can separate us from His love.  In fact, rather than bring a charge against us, the Bible says He is our “advocate,” or defense attorney that is there at the throne speaking out on our behalf.

 

(I John 1:1)

My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

Another reason my friend was confused was because he didn’t have a proper understanding of “imputation.”  (Romans 5:13) says, “For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.”  Imputation means “to give credit or blame for something,” or to “place on one’s account.”

 

Have you ever been given credit for something good that you didn’t do?  Have you ever been blamed for something bad that you didn’t do?  Sometimes people have to pay for crimes they didn’t commit.


There are four kinds of imputation mentioned in the Bible:  
1.  Adam’s sin was imputed to the human race.

Easton said, “the sin of Adam is imputed to all his descendants, i.e., it is reckoned as theirs, and they are dealt with therefore as guilty;”

 

(Romans 5:12)  “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:”

 

(Romans 5:18-19) 18a “Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation;”

19a “For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners,”

 

Matthew Henry said, “Adam sinning, his nature became guilty and corrupted, and so came to his children. Thus in him all have sinned. And death is by sin; for death is the wages of sin. Then entered all that misery which is the due desert of sin; temporal, spiritual, eternal death.”

 

A.T. Robertson said, “The general point is plain that the effects of Adam's sin are transmitted to his descendants, though he does not say how it was done whether by the natural or the federal headship of Adam.”

C.H. Spurgeon said, “Here we find an explanation of the position of Adam in reference to the race of man.  He represented us all, and we all share the sad effects of his transgression. … All men sinned in Adam who stood as representative for them all, and therefore all men die.”

 

William Burkitt said, “For as the disobedience of the first Adam is meritoriously imputed to all his natural posterity, and brings death upon all;”

 

You might be thinking, “That’s not fair, Adam’s sin was meritoriously imputed to us and placed on our account.”  Wait until you hear about the second kind of imputation.

2.  The sin of the human race was imputed to Christ.   Easton said, “our sins are imputed to Christ, i.e., he assumed our "law-place," undertook to answer the demands of justice for our sins.”

 

(II Corinthians 5:21a) For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin;

(I Peter 2:24a) “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree,”

 

3.  Christ’s righteousness is imputed to those who are saved.

 

Easton said, “the righteousness of Christ is imputed to them that believe in him, or so attributed to them as to be considered their own;”

 

(II Corinthians 5:21) “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”

 

What a deal!  Jesus says, “If you will give me your sin, I will give you my righteousness.”

 

(Philippians 3:9)

“And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:”

 

(Romans 3:22)

“Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:”


4.  Sin will never be imputed to a believer.

 

God said this type of imputation will never happen.

 

(Romans 4:7-8)

7 “Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.”

8 “Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.”

 

(II Corinthians 5:19a)

“To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them;”

 

As a member of Adam’s race we are born in sin.  The guilt of his sin is imputed to us.  But then our sin is imputed to Christ as the Second Adam, so that He might pay for those sins.  When we trust Christ for His forgiveness, His righteousness is imputed to us.  Once God has declared us to be not guilty, sin will never again be charged (or imputed) to our account.

(John 10:27-29)

27 “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.”

 

Seven separate statements are made concerning Christ’s sheep:

1.  My sheep.  2.  They hear my voice.  3.  I know them.  4.  They follow me. 

5.  I give unto them eternal life.  6.  They shall never perish.  7.  They cannot be removed from His hand, nor His Father’s hand.

 

The first thing we are told is that He owns the sheep.  They are His because He paid for them with His own blood.  Jesus said those that He gives eternal life to shall never perish.  In the Greek it is more emphatic then that, it actually means “no, not ever.”

 

(John 11:21-26)

21 “Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.

22 But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee.

23 Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.

24 Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.

25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

 

That is a question that needs to be asked of many believers today.  “Believest thou this?”

 

When Jesus says He gives unto us “everlasting life,” believest thou this?  How long does everlasting mean?  When He says, “shall never die,” believest thou this?  What does the word “never” mean?  When He says we “shall never perish,” believest thou this?  What does “never” mean in this verse?


When Jesus said that “whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die,” He obviously wasn’t talking about physical death.  Everyone there that was alive was going to die physically.  The only thing He could have been referring to was spiritual death.  He promised that every believer would never die spiritually.

 

(Hebrews 9:27)

27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

The judgment is referring to the Great White Throne Judgment.

 

(John 5:24)

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.”

 

The same Greek word translated “judgment” in Hebrews 9:27, is the same word translated “condemnation” in John 5:24.  Jesus said that every believer that “hath (present tense) everlasting life,” “shall not come into condemnation,” or judgment.  Believest thou this?

 

When the Bible says that the believer has:

“eternal life” (I John 5:13)   “eternal salvation” (Heb. 5:9)

“eternal redemption” (heb. 9:12)   “eternal inheritance” (Heb. 9:15)

“eternal glory” (I Peter 5:10)     “Believest thou this?”

 

When the Bible speaks of “eternal life,” or “everlasting life,” it always refers to this in the present tense; “have,” “has,” or “hath.”  What the believer has right now is everlasting and eternal.  John 5:24 says we have “passed (past tense) from death unto life.”

 

(Col. 1:13) says God “hath (present tense) delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath (present tense) translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:”

 

To see the significance of this, let’s go back to the Garden of Eden.  What was the first thing Satan said to Eve?  “Yea, hath God said…?”  The first thing Satan did was question what God had said.  Did God really mean what He said?  Go through the New Testament and see all the positive statements Jesus makes about our salvation, and see if you can find the word “if” anywhere.  “You have everlasting life (if) you do this, or (if) you don’t do that.”  If we have a conditional salvation, why didn’t Jesus say so?  If God didn’t mean what He said, why didn’t He say what He meant?

Romans chapter 8 starts out with the promise of no condemnation, and ends with the promise of no separation; in between it states that God has already glorified us.    Many times in scripture God speaks of something that is to happen in the future as though it has already happened, because the outcome has already been determined and is certain.

 

(Romans 8:29-30)

For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

 

According to these verses we are predestinated, called, justified, and glorified.  All of these in relation to the believer are in the past tense.  As far as God is concerned, we are already “glorified”.

 

(Ephesians 2:4-7)

4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,

5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

 

According to Ephesians 2:6 we are already seated with Christ in heaven positionally.

 

William Burkitt's Notes on the New Testament:

The apostle here instances in two branches more of that salvation which he had in the foregoing verse affirmed to be of grace, namely, that of our resurrection and glorification; both which are yet to come, and yet they are spoken of as already past: when the Father raised and glorified Christ, all believers were raised and glorified in him; for in his resurrection and glorification he did sustain the quality of a public person, representing his whole church as their head and husband; and, accordingly, believers are and may be said to be raised already, and glorified already, not in their own persons, but in Christ their head.

Problem Texts Concerning the Believer’s Security: 

Falling From Grace - (Galatians 5:4)

Many people have asked this question, “Is it possible for a Christian to backslide, and FALL FROM GRACE, and lose their salvation.”  There are two applications of “falling from grace” mentioned in the scripture.

 

1.  Trying to mix human merit (works) and or the law with grace.

 

(Galatians 5:1-4)

1 “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.  (Referring here to the law)

2 Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing.

3 For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.

4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.”

 

The term in the Greek here for “fallen from grace” is “ekpipto.”  The meaning of ekpipto is to be driven off coarse, like a ship out of control.  What Paul is saying here is that you have left the sphere of grace, and have entered back into the sphere of the law.  Christ had set them free from the law, but now they were trying to mix law and grace together and it doesn’t work that way.  You are going back under the yoke of bondage that Christ has already set you free from.

 

Most people who believe you can lose your salvation refer to someone as “falling from grace” if they backslide and go back into sin, but that is clearly not the case here.  Actually someone who is saved that now thinks they somehow now can be justified by keeping the Law has actually “fallen from grace.”  Grace is what sets us free from the law.

 

2.  Our lives not being a testimony of God’s grace.

 

If we are no longer under the law does that mean we can live any way we want to?  Absolutely not!

                                                                                                                                   

(Hebrews 12:14-15)

14 “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;”


This is the other time “ekpipto” is used.  The writer of Hebrews is concerned that if a saved person is not a picture of what God’s grace can do in a life, he might cause others to stumble.

 

(Romans 5:20)

“Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:” There is no sin that God’s grace does not exceed.  Does that mean we should sin more so that more of God’s grace can be displayed?  That is exactly what some Christians during Paul’s time were saying.

 

(Romans 3:7-8)

7 “For if the truth of God hath more abounded through my lie unto his glory; why yet am I also judged as a sinner?

8 And not rather, (as we be slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say,) Let us do evil, that good may come?  whose damnation is just.”

 

(Romans 5:20)

“Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:

 

(Romans 6:1-2)

1 “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?

2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?”

 

How should we live because of God’s grace?  (Titus 2:11-14) tells us:

11 “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,

12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”

 

The believer is to live in such a way as to be a testimony of what the grace of God can do in a life.

                                                                                                                                   

Does sin in a Christian’s life ever bring glory to God?  Of course not!  This is the main difference between law and grace.  The law can’t change a person on the inside or give them new life, only the grace of God can.  That is the way we are to live before a lost world.  If I don’t live that way, do these verses say I will no longer be saved?  Absolutely not!


Falling from grace is never used in relation to a believer losing their salvation, that is a misinterpretation of those verses.  Those who teach that a person can lose their salvation have actually “fallen from grace.”  They have left the sphere of grace and have entered back into the sphere of works.  They do not have a clear understanding of what grace means, nor of the meaning of these verses.

The Unpardonable Sin - (Hebrews 6:4-6)

(Hebrews 6:4-6)

4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,

5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,

6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.

 

There are at least four different interpretations of this passage:

 

1.  This is referring to an unsaved Hebrew, who is convinced of the truth of Jesus being the Messiah, but rejects it and returns to Judaism.  Compare with Matthew 12:31-32.  If an unsaved Jew rejected Jesus as the Messiah, this would be the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit, and the only sin he could not be forgiven for.

 

2.  This is a saved person that is backslidden, and while in this backslidden condition is putting Christ to an open shame, and cannot be brought back to repentance while in this condition.

 

3.  This is saying that it is impossible for a saved person to ever be lost again, and then go back and be saved a second time.

 

4.   This is a saved person that renounces Christianity, turns against Christ, and openly apostatizes from his religion, and falls from grace and is lost. If they do this they will perish, because they renounce the only way of salvation, and treat Christ as an imposter, deserving of crucifixion.

 

Only the last interpretation presents any real problems.  If the last were true, it would seem to indicate that if a saved person backslides, they would be hopelessly lost and cannot be renewed again to salvation.

 

The writer of Hebrews goes on to say in verses 9 and 10:

9 But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak.

10 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.


(Hebrews 6:18-20)

18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:

19 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;

20 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

 

These verses are assurances of the believer’s security in Christ, because it is based upon God’s promises.  This passage certainly cannot be referring to a believer who has fallen into sin.

Dogs and Sows - (2 Peter 2:20-22)

(II Peter 2:20-22)

20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.

21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them

22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.

 

Some people believe these verses are talking about a saved person that becomes entangled again in sin, and finally is lost.  However, God never refers to His people as dogs or pigs.  Verse 22 indicates that a dog is still a dog, and a hog is still a hog.  Some people get changed on the outside, but their inner nature is not changed, because they have never been born again.

 

God is referring here to enlightened lost people who return to their sins and do not accept Christ.

 

(Matthew 12:45)

43  When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.

44 Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.

45 Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.

 

This is another passage that deals with a person that has cleaned themselves up, but has not received Christ into their heart to dwell there.

Righteous Man Turns From Righteousness (Ezekiel 3:20-21)


Does this passage teach that if a Christian backslides they can lose their soul?

 

(Ezekial 3:20-21)

20 Again, When a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumblingblock before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thine hand.

21 Nevertheless if thou warn the righteous man, that the righteous sin not, and he doth not sin, he shall surely live, because he is warned; also thou hast delivered thy soul.

 

This passage is not talking about the salvation of a soul, or the loss of a soul.  This has to do with a citizen of Israel keeping the Mosaiac Law.  The penalty is not the loss of a soul, but physical death.

 

See also Ezekiel 18:24 and Ezekiel 33:12-13 which are nearly identical.

Names Blotted Out of His Book - (Exodus 32:31-33) (Revelation 3:5)

Can a saved person have their name blotted out of the Book of Life and be lost?

 

(Exodus 32:31-33)

31 And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said, Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold.

32 Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin--; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.

33 And the LORD said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book.

 

(Revelation 3:5)

He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

 

There are several possibilities:

1.  Our names are written in the Book of Life when we are saved, and can be blotted out later, thus a saved person can be lost.

 

2.  All our names are written in the Book of Life when we are born, then those who reject Christ are blotted out later and removed.

 

3.  Revelation 3:5 is just an assurance to the believer that God will never remove their name from the Book of Life.

 

4.  Exodus 32 may not be talking about the Book of Life at all, but another book.

 

Please realize that the believer is never told that their name will ever be blotted out at all, they are just assured that it won’t be.

Lest I Should Be A Castaway - (1 Corinthians 9:27)

Does this scripture teach that a saved person can be lost?

(I Corinthians 9:27)

"But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway."

 

The word “castaway” is from a Greek word that means “not approved.”  Paul was concerned that he would keep his natural desires under control so that he would not  become unprofitable for the Lord’s work, and thus lose his ministry.  This has happened to many that were once in the ministry.  Paul was not afraid of losing his salvation, just his opportunity to minister in the field God had called him to.

 

In I Corinthians chapter 6, Paul lists the different ways a man can break the law:

 

9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

 

Now notice what he says in verses 11-12:

 

11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.

 

In verse 12 Paul makes an amazing statement.  After listing the ways a man can break the law, he says all things are lawful unto him.  Was Paul saying it was all right for him to do those things?  Probably not.  However, Paul understood he was no longer under the law.  But many things that might be considered lawful, would not be “expedient” for him to do.  Expedient means “the means to an end.”  Paul also said he was not going to be brought under the power of anything, even if it were considered lawful. But Paul did not fear it would cause him to lose his salvation.

 

Just because we are secure, never gives us a license to sin.

Verses of Comfort and Assurance:

(Romans 5:8-10)

8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

 

(I Peter 1:3-5)

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,

5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

 

(II Timothy 1:12)

12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.

 

(Philippians 1:6)

Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

 

(Romans 8:38-39)

38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

(Hegrews 13:5)

Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

 

(Jude 24)

Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,