Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Is OSAS True?

If once saved is always saved, why do some people say that the Bible does not expressly say so?

Q: If once saved is always saved, why do some people say that the Bible does not expressly say so? Why do they also say that it is a divisive message that does not edify people but rather makes people to sin freely without the fear of damnation?

A : Once saved is always saved if someone is truly saved! God has children and not just a bunch of hired servants to thrown out when ever He wants. God is not man to change His stance every time we change. God has taken a risk to save us in-spite of knowing that we will sin because of our sin nature. It is like a father and mother, inspite of knowing that his/her child will be born as a physically challenged person, chooses not to abort it but instead chooses to help the baby to live as much as possible to live a normal life. God has done the same thing with us when He saved us. The long suffering of our Lord is salvation
(2 Peter 3:15)! We are sinners made in to righteous saints through Jesus, but we are not sinless and therefore we will need the cleansing blood of Jesus daily to keep us spotless before God and men (1 John 1:8-9).

God didn't save us because he felt that we could live sinless, but instead he saved us because of seeing that we are heading to hell because of sin. So God hates sin but loves sinners in such a way that He wants to deliver us not only from the penalty of sin when we are saved, but also from the power and presence of sin. God has clearly said that the salvation He has given us is not a temporal one but a
"eternal salvation" (Heb 5:9). As a sign of it, he has sealed us with the Holy Spirit as a gurantee of our inheritance in God until the day of rapture (Eph 1:13-14). Not even once did any apostle in the Bible say or warn that the unsealing of the Holy Spirit may happen to a believer if they sin or run away from God afterwards. It is not a small thing for them to stay silent on such an important matter. If they ever even for a nano second felt that the believers could lose their salvation for some valid reasons, they would have clearly expressed it as much as possible. If they ever felt that sin could make a believer lose their salvation again, they themselves would not have had the confidence enough to speak about the free salvation by grace, as they themselves were sinners made righteous not by their efforts but by the perfect sacrifice of Jesus made for them on the Cross (Heb 10:14).

Never once did the apostles condone sin as acceptable behavior for believers, instead they spoke against it all the time because sin always destroys those who are involved in it
(Prov 14:34; 1 Peter 2:11-12; James 4:7-10). A person who is truly born again cannot sin like a unbeliever and go scot free without the conviction of the Holy Spirit (John 16:8). In other words, a believer cannot sin like a unbeliever and continue sinning without repentance for a long time (1 John 3:9), or even if the believer's chooses to live in sin by hardening their heart, it is impossible for them to continue in it with out a chastisement from God which goes even to the extent of physical death (Heb 12:8, 10-11; 1 Cor 11:30-32; 5:3-5; 1 Peter 4:6). But a true child of God will not plan to sin but may sin because of the weakness of the flesh. All the apostles spoke to the believers to live perfectly holy by also telling them that they understood perfectly the inclination of the sin nature which works inside every believer (1 John 2:1-2; Rom 6:19; 7:16-17).

A believer who is truly saved from sin, how can he again love to go in to it from which he has been rescued for Jesus sake
(Rom 6:1-2). The only way a believer can lose track of living a holy life is by becoming a conceited lover of self by resisting to carry the Cross and starting to be deceived by the temporal love for the world instead of loving the Father gratefully for His free salvation (2 Tim 4:10; 1 Tim 1:18-20; 1 John 2:15-17). No where the apostles said that this will make them lose their salvation, but Jesus himself told that those who want to save their life by gaining the world for themselves now will lose the abundant life that Jesus gives spiritually on earth and also the eternal reward thereafter when He comes again to rapture the Church and take it to be with Him forever (Luke 9:23-26; John 10:9-10). So we can truly say that a man who is born twice will have to die only once and that their "eternal salvation" cannot be lost because God keeps them safe until their very end (2 Thess 5:23; John 3:3, 6-8, 16; 10:28-29; Php 1:6). You cannot lose or retain something that which you did not strive to gain. The free gift of salvation is a free gift even until we reach home safely in heaven, where Jesus has promised to prepare beautiful mansions for us all (Rom 6:23; Eph 2:8; John 14:1-3). The reward for each believer will be different according to the percentage of each ones life lived out for God and the motives behind it. Rewards are different for each believer because the free gift of salvation is provided freely for all person alike (Rev 22:12; Col 323-25). In other words, all believers have the equal opportunity to make a impact for Jesus in their generation without becoming fearful of losing their salvation!

From the above exposition, we know that the Bible gurantees a eternal salvation. People say that the message of eternal salvation is a divisive message and therefore does not edify people but rather makes people to sin freely without the fear of damnation, because those people who say such things have never tasted the grace, mercy and the love of God unconditionally to a fuller extent in their lives. May God help us all to move deeper in to the abundant life of God that He freely gives us to experience through the grace that comes through the knowledge of our Lord Jesus
(2 Peter 1:2). Thanks and Blessings....


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