Sunday, March 24, 2019

Does These Following Verses Speak About Falling Away From Faith Really?

Can A Saved Saint Again Become A Sinner, Does The Bible Suggest It Can Happen Sometime?

Question: Does these following verses speak about falling away from faith really?

Matt 24:9-13; Mark 13:13; Luke 8:13; John 15:6; Acts 1:25; Rev 2:4; 3:5; 22:19; Rom 11:21-22; Heb 3:12-14; 4:12; 6:4-5; 10:38; 12:14; Col 1:21-23; 1 Cor 9:27; 10:5-13; 15:1-2; 1 Tim 5:13; 2 Thess 2:3; 2 Pet 1;10; 2:15; 1 John 1:9

Can a saved saint again become a sinner, does the Bible suggest it can happen sometime?

Answer: Greetings to you in Jesus wonderful name!

All our unbelief, fear, hopelessness, imperfection in love, etc...all come from the fact that we have
"lack of knowledge" which makes us perish, so to look to the promises of God is the antidote to all of the above and that which brings blessings instead of the curses we experience in our lives (Hos 3:6). Even when God is willing to bless us, with out faith He Himself cannot be able to do what He wants to do for us, as our unbelief cannot please Him or fulfill His purpose that He has for us in our lives (Heb 11:6).

Falling away from faith is usually seen or defined or considered by people to mean, that those who get saved, after sometime if they become sinful or inclined to it because of doing certain sins that they define as mortal sins or that they have fallen in to a cycle of lifestyle that is outwardly sinful, then they are considered to have fallen away from the faith.

Saved By Faith Alone Or Added With Works?

First of all we have to see whether we are saved by faith or by works, it can be either the one or the other. It cannot be both. The Word of God given through Paul the apostle clearly reveals,
"8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast." (Eph 2:8-9). In other words, because salvation is a gift of God, no matter how much we work, we cannot earn it. If we have earned salvation, we will be able to boast before God, but none of us can because salvation is a free gift of grace received through faith. That does mean one thing, we can receive this gift but we cannot throw it away because we did not achieve it but God did it for us so that we may enjoy freedom from sin, sickness and death. So either we can enjoy the package of spiritual holiday and enjoyment in salvation to which we were enlisted to, or we can reject or could have failed to fully unwrap the package of the gift of salvation to lose our eternal reward, but still we will have our name enrolled in the registered book of heaven as the one who received the free gift because it is God who enrolled our names before the foundation of the world (Rev 13:8; Eph 1:4; 2 Tim 2:13). A person who denies Jesus and rejects to resist his conviction of sin to get saved, will also be denied by the Lord (2 Tim 2:12; Acts 7:54, 57-58, 59-60). Those who are humble to receive salvation, will receive the grace of salvation and thus will be able to see the long-suffering of the Lord even unto eternity (Psa 149:4; 1 Peter 5:5-6,James 4:6-7; John 16:8; 2 Pet 3:15). In short, our response to God's initiation can only enhance our spiritual experience, but it cannot alter our destination which has been pre-determined by God beforehand (Rom 8:29-30).

Any person who fails to value salvation to unwrap the power of it in their own life in spite of knowing that God has chosen them and have called them to holiness, even when they go to heaven because they were saved, yet they will only escape condemnation as escaping through the wall of flames which is God's judgment physically and not spiritually which will burn their natural body out of which dead and evil works come out, which indicates that God will try to turn them to the way of holiness when they will be present on earth but chooses to protect them from eternal ruin because of what Jesus has done for their spiritual soul and spirit which belong to God
(1 Cor 3:15; Matt 10:28; 1 Pet 4:5-6, 17-19). In other words even though they cannot be denied heaven by any because they were saved by the Lord yet they will face the judgment for their sinful life on earth from the Lord as a chastisement from the Lord in some cases even leading to premature death and also in the after life they will fail to receive the eternal blessings of the Lord and later even when they cry out to want to inherit it (1 Cor 11:30-31; Gal 6:7-8). It will be too late for them in heaven in which their reward will go to someone else who deserve it (Heb 12:14-17; Rev 3:11; Matt 13:12). Esau and Jacob both were the sons of Jacob chosen by God Himself, but Esau because of not valuing the spiritual wealth more than the physical and temporal comfort and wealth, both were blessed physically by God at the end but only Jacob was spiritually blessed for eternity ahead to continue the legacy of the promise of the Messiah given to Abraham (Gen 25:32-24; 27:27-29, 36, 39-40, 41). Remember, when Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau, it was the same physical blessing they received, but the spiritual blessings were totally different, one was to rule and other was to be subject to it (Gen 36:7-8; 37:1-2). In the same way, many can be saved, only few will be chosen to receive eternal wealth according to their desire for God and His work of sacrifice that has redeemed them (Rev 22:12). Many may get saved by the Lord (Matt 20:16), only few among them who lived a holy and daily cross-carrying and self-denying life will be glorified to receive great spiritual wealth in heaven for eternity ahead (Luke 9:23-26; 1 Pet 4:6).

Is Being Saved And Living Rich For Eternity Are Two Different Things?

So being saved and living rich in eternity are two different things
(Heb 11:13-16), all can have one freely because it is a gift of God, the other only some of us who chose to live by faith can receive it for eternity. So the bottom line is, a person cannot be saved and be unsaved later because they have been sealed by God until the day of rapture (Eph 1:13-14), after which they will be rewarded by God differently according to their works done after their salvation (Eph 2:10; 6:7; Col 3:23-25; Heb 6:10).

Now that God has judged Christ for all our sins, he does not condemn us anymore for our sins, but only chastises us to take us away from its power in order that we may be conformed to the image of Christ Jesus, so that accordingly we may inherit the eternal wealth in heaven based on how much we have moved on to be conformed to His character and image
(Heb 12:6-11; Rom 8:29-30).

The crux of the matter is, a person who is saved is saved for eternity
(Heb 5:9). A saved person cannot be unsaved, but a person who is unsaved and have deceived himself to stay religious can fall from the faith. Certain people who say, unless a person is in the faith, how can the Bible say a person who does not properly use the grace of God can fall from grace, or in other words, lose the privilege of using that grace of God again to make a difference that could have been made through the strength and power of God (1 Cor 15:10; 2 Cor 6:1). Grace of salvation can be denied to keep oneself in deception, such person who might seem to blend in a fleshly way by conforming themselves to the statement of faith in a church or in any religious organisation, might spiritually return back to the world to which they belong as a unsaved religious sinner (1 John 2:18-19). But in Hebrews 6:4-6, we see a falling away from the practicing faith, which will affect their spiritual performance on earth and the eternal reward to follow in eternity for it, it does not in anyway affect the validity of their salvation if they are truly saved.

Every chosen person by God can be saved when they believe the Gospel
(John 3:16), but only those who have done the good works of God which God has planned for them to do in their lives fully by surrendering the lives through denying themselves and daily carrying the cross which God has given for them personally will become a disciple who will inherit the riches of God for eternity ahead (Luke 9:23-26). So they are indeed two different things.

We are expected to defend the faith that God has once for all given to his people
(Jude 1:3), which again shows that if we are truly saved we are saved for eternity ahead.

One Must Be Union Verse Or Must Be Fellowship Verse?

To clearly understand the Bible in its entirety of context in the New Testament, we should be able to clearly see and separate whether a Scripture is a Union Verse or a Fellowship Verse?

What is a Union Verse? A Union verse is a reality of what Christ has done for the Believer in all its entirety through Salvation. For example, every believer who is saved is joined to the Lord and is one spirit with Him
(1 Cor 6:17). When the union happens with God in salvation, none on earth or in heaven have be able to decouple the eternal union initiated and achieved by God (Rom 8:33-37). Another example is, when we first trusted the gospel of salvation by hearing the word of truth, it made us to believe Jesus Christ, and it thus qualified us to be sealed with the the Holy Spirit who is the promise of God, who guarantees that we will inherit eternal blessings on the day of rapture as we are purchased by God for the praise of His Glory (Eph 1:13-14). Thus a union verse just informs about the reality of who we are in Christ so that we can get rooted deep in to Christ and His unconditional love for us (Eph 3:16-21). Salvation gives us eternal security in Christ, not because of what we do for Him, but because of what He has done for us individually on the Cross where our curse has been carried by Him (Gal 3:13-14), condemnation received by Him for us and instead because of Him we were clothed with Christ's righteousness for eternity ahead (2 Cor 5:21; 1 Cor 1:30).

What is a Fellowship Verse? A fellowship verse is the reality of what we do with what Christ has done for us. In other words, do we keep the channel that Christ has opened for us in a open state by repenting and having fellowship with God regularly to maintain a open heaven or we allow sin and its lure to get the door to heaven become closed because of lack of fellowship
(1 John 1:7, 9; Heb 4:14-16). Fellowship verses will demand us to forgive, be holy, stay away from sin, keep our channel of relationship with God and men always clean and open to correction, to stay non-judgmental regarding character of other people but be judgmental towards our own sin as sin to be confessed to God and forsaken from its lure always by confessing to mature people within the Church, love sinner but hate their sin towards those who are outside, etc...(Matt 6:14-151 Pet 1:16; Eph 5:11; 1 John 1:7, 9; Rom 12:18; Matt 7:1-2; 1 Cor 5:12; Luke 15:1).

So how a believer sees the above differences between the union and fellowship Scripture will help him love the Scripture or get self-condemned or become a religious hypocrite to have holier-than-thou attitude. Both the union and fellowship Scriptures are a reality. But no way does admonition of the fellowship Scriptures can negate the permanence of the union Scriptures which comforts and edifies us with the assurance of the eternal salvation of all believers
(1 Cor 14:3). Most of the time those who say that salvation can be lost, are those who mix both the union and fellowship Scripture to make a mess of it in their mind which feels like they are saved sometimes, yet at other times the same people feel like they are lost, and still at other times they are unsure whether they are saved or unsaved, this indecisiveness comes because they depend on their wayward feeling rather than depend on the completeness of the Word of God that assures them with an eternal salvation. When we believe the Scriptures, all things regarding the eternal assurance of salvation is possible with God!

Does The Following Scriptures In Any Way Support A Temporal Salvation Or Lack Of Eternal Salvation? 

Having seen clearly through the Scriptures already, let us scrutinize and look in to the following Scriptures to know whether these following verses speak about falling away from faith really, which in other words means, if we fail to continue in faith does it mean we have become unsaved again?

Matt 24:9-13
"9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved."

Commentary: The above verses does not in any way even suggest a salvation that should be indecisively held on by human strength of will, so that at the end point when they die, they get saved. If this is right, then this salvation that we see is not a salvation by faith but rather it will be by human works, even if these men go to heaven they will be able to boast that it is by their strength and faithfulness to God that they were saved, but those who become really saved can never boast about it even for eternity because they will know that it is absolutely a free gift from God and that they can only boast in God as foretold in the Scriptures (Eph 2:8; 1 Cor 1:31). But we should understand that during the end time scenario of the great tribulation, the above Scripture reveals that the Church saints because of being Jesus' followers, they will be hated by all nations of the world which will become one with united purpose to form a government of mixed inclusive faith against the true faith of Christianity which is always exclusive and never inclusive. At that time there will be a big mass of so called church in which saved, unsaved will be mixed to live together because of the demonic doctrines and dilution of the true Word of God to stick on to the partly counsel of God. When ever a group of remnant followers will want to keep the faith exclusive, then many within the end time Church will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. This will cause a wave of false prophets to rise up within the churches of the world who will have works of signs, wonders and miracles because of God's end time anointing upon their lives, they will continue without the true faith but only with a calling of God upon their lives to continue in their lawless state. Through these people Satan will deceive many with false doctrines to mislead the true believers. God will allow this to separate the true believers from the false within the Church. Thus the friction between the true believers and false will cause the love of many to grow cold because they will not be able to trust even their so called brethren who will tell one thing but will act in another way because of the unregenerated condition of their heart. But only those saved will endure to the end, but all the unsaved will fall away from the faith. This is what the Bible calls as the great falling away of people from the faith, before the revelation of Antichrist to the believers for the rapture to take place (1 Thess 5:4-6, 9-11; 2 Thess 2:3, 9-12).

Mark 13:13 — "And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end shall be saved."

Commentary: Only the true believers will be able to endure to the end in their faith when the whole world will hate them because of their faith before the Rapture of the Church (Mark 13:14-17, 18; Luke 22:31-32; John 17:12, 11, 20, 24; Eph 1:4; 1 John 5:4). So the above verse does not in any way suggest a salvation by works but rather by grace alone through faith alone and in Christ alone! Hallelujah!

Luke 8:13 — "But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away."

Commentary: The above verse does not indicate salvation can be lost even by the believers, instead it conveys to us in the four types of heart in which the first two heart types were the unsaved types, first is the hardened ground where the word sown by sowers are taken away by the devil and in the second type they only have the ability to hear the Word of God, receive the Word of God with joy willingly, but to extend their root deep within Christ through practicing the Word of God they need to be saved from sin (Jam 1:21, 22-24). Then, we see the in third and fourth heart types are those which are truly saved and have the ability to send its root deep within Christ who transforms their stony heart in to a new heart of softened flesh in which roots can go deep in with proper fertilizers, air, water and sunlight (Ezek 36:26-27; 2 Cor 5:17; 1 Cor 3:6). Even though the third type of heart is a new ground, the external visible growth above the ground in good works get affected from bearing fruit for the Glory of God because of allowing external cares of anxiety, riches and pleasures of the world to affect the faith, where the experience becomes just a salvation without fruit bearing life. Only the final heart is a noble one that keep the word of God and bear fruit with patience (Luke 8:15). This shows that though there are different types of heart, only the saved ones have the ability to send root in to the ground of Christ's death and resurrection, and can stay alive with Christ's life to even bear fruit for the Glory of God at different percentage levels.

John 15:6 — "If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned."

Commentary: To abide in Jesus means to abide by the teaching of His word (John 15:7), and only those believers who are saved can be able to abide and build themselves upon the life, death and resurrection of Jesus (Matt 7:24). Therefore a believer's life is something that is pruned by God the Father often to make them more fruitful and thus bring glory to the Great Gardner who is our father in Heaven who has planted us in Christ Jesus the true Vine for His own purpose and pleasure. Only in attaching themselves to Jesus, the believer receives the ability to produce much fruit in their lives. Without Jesus life flowing through the believers heart, soul and body, they can do nothing spiritual of any eternal value that can please God. What ever Jesus works in the life of believers will have eternal reward, all other things will be cast out as a fruitless branch in to fire where they will be burnt in eternal hell fire for their unsaved condition of not abiding in Jesus Christ. But for those believers who have got sealed by the Holy Spirit from God the Father as a guarantee of eternal salvation, only their spirit and soul will be rescued from the fire of spiritual judgment to go to heaven even when they become fruitless because of not drawing near to God often (Jam 4:8), this privilege comes to them not because of what they have done for God or do for God but rather because of what Jesus has done for them on the Cross (1 Cor 3:13-15; 1 John 4:13; Rom 8:9). Remember, fruit is not something that happens to the branch, it's something that happens through the branch. And the branch does not make fruit grow by its own effort. It's the vine that does the work. Only a disciple of Jesus will be able to glorify the Father because He will abide in the words of Jesus and He will be able to work through Him because of His belief to produce fruit, and thus receive eternal reward through the fruitful life they lived for God on earth (John 15:8). So this cannot be used as a support verse to show that salvation needs to be supported by our works of abiding in Jesus, when the very abiding in Jesus needs our faith and faith alone. Salvation is not a fruit bearing event but only a personal experience, although fruit bearing becomes a privilege and a divine process for all the children of God who are saved to bring Glory to God after their salvation. Thus John 15:6 is not a threat Jesus gives to a believer, but rather the fact about salvation and the possibilities of it that Jesus is bringing out through the allegory of True Vine. Praise the Lord!

Acts 1:25 — "To take part in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place."

Commentary: The above verse does not show to us that a saved person can become unsaved. But it is a clear example of how even a unsaved person, when he is called in to a work for God, gets the anointing for it freely to fulfill the mission in their lives, but because of their lawless lives and transgression though they might have been used by God to bless many, will end up in hell fire because of not believing in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. The above verse speak about Judas in his unsaved state, how in spite of doing ministry of the Lord Jesus in his rebellious state, because of lack of repentance in his own life to receive salvation, at the end he went to hell fire (John 17:12).

Rev 2:4 — "Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love."

Commentary: Though this verse might seem to suggest that Jesus is angrily telling the believers to return to their former first love of their lives, or else he will take the lamp stand of revelation that makes a Church to stay as a church to become out of existence, which only makes it a social gathering and nothing else supernatural. Yet if we read in the right context actually, Jesus is saying, if you repent to turn to your first love as at your former times, Jesus promises the eternal reward to the overcomers by faith which will give them the privilege of the right to eat from the tree of life which is in the midst of the Paradise of God. Jesus admonition is regarding the revival of love and the works done without love involved which makes the works to become dead works. It will be black or white when it is good work or evil work, but when it is dead work the lull of spiritual deception becomes so subtle to mislead the believers in to spiritual sleep rather than watchfulness. Leaving the first love does not mean that these believers have become unsaved after they were saved. But rather like in a marriage when a bride and a bridegroom become too familiar with the regular chores, they forget to enjoy the first love they enjoyed at the beginning of their union in marriage. Jesus wants that first love to be revived in this union of salvation through regular fellowship and intimacy that He expected from the believers of Ephesus Church as at the beginning of it. And above all fear has no place in love and Jesus Christ is the one who loved us first and is faithful to the end to finish the salvation which He has started in our lives, this is the encouragement Jesus gives to the believers in this Church and wants them to look forward to the eternal reward (1 John 4:17-19; Php 1:6). Hallelujah!!!

Rev 3:5 — "He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels."

Commentary: Though this verse might seem to suggest that Jesus is threatening the believers to return to their former love of their life when they heard and received it through faith initially thus receiving the salvation by grace, or else that he will take their names out of the Book of Life. Yet if we read in the right context actually, Jesus is saying to the believers that their lives does not reflect a saved life of a believer because of complete lack of fellowship with Him, some of them who keep themselves from defilement are the ones who are worthy to receive my reward to walk with me in honor to be confessed in heaven before My Father and the Holy angels (Rev 3:5). So Jesus is admonishing saying He who is saved must walk worthy by overcoming defilement by faith and only such people will be clothed with white garments to be rewarded for their works (Rev 3:2), and as a result they do not have to worry about being removed by Jesus from the Book of Life because they are already saved by faith, though they might feel like this because of a darkened heart if they continue to walk in the darkness of sin and its defilement by rejecting the call of God to continue in His good work which God had prepared for them to do after salvation which they have not concentrated to do at all (Rev 3:4-5; Acts 10:38; Eph 2:10). We must take note that Jesus is not complaining about the faith of the believers who were saved because it is Jesus' responsibility to take care of their faith for eternity, and He does not even lose one of those who are saved by faith (Luke 22:32; John 6:-40; 10:27-30; 17:12), but rather he rebukes the lethargic believers only about the lack of works of God in the lives of the believers that succeeds salvation which can only glorify God by co-operating with him to work freely through their lives to produce fruit of holiness in gratitude for receiving the salvation which was given to them freely through grace by faith without any of their works involved (Rev 3:2; Heb 12:14-17; Eph 2:8-9). As salvation is a event of faith that saves and seals the believer until the day of rapture with the Holy Spirit (Eph 1:13-14), only the succeeding time within salvation is the process time given to work in coherence with God and His will in gratitude for the free salvation provided for the Glory of God, so that each believer may be rewarded for works done after salvation to enjoy it for eternity with God (Eph 2:10; 22:12). So the bottom line is, this verse is in no way speaking about the fear of becoming unsaved at any time or Jesus threatening the believers to be thrown in hell fire because of lack of works, but rather it is a sincere admonition and rebuke to make the believer to continue in the work God has prepared to do after salvation, and not just boast about the event of salvation which was given freely without their works involved in it, and the encouragement and incentive that Jesus promises for all believers was to look to the eternal reward for their spiritual life lived on earth for the Glory of God which exceeds in magnitude of its value than any other reward for the earthly life we could think off. Earthly reward pales in significance because soon we are all going to fly away from it, where only eternal reward could matter all along eternity that we are going to live with God. What a great reward for the small and insignificant life we put on stake by faith in the promises of God! If this earthly life could not fill the God shape vacuum or give us satisfaction that flees away no matter what we achieve, it does reminds us that we are actually made for another world but just trained for a while on earth and rewarded accordingly in eternity which can only satisfy! Praise the Lord!

Rev 22:19 — "And if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book."

Commentary: The law is for the unlawful, and therefore when God says that he will add the plagues written in the Book of Revelation to those who will add their words to the book, it is to the believing community he speaks because only He chastises his sons through faith and to them he sends these warning (Heb 12:6). But when he says that if any person takes away the words of the book of this prophecy, he speaks to the religious hypocrites that use religion as a means to do their own will and remain in unsaved condition to do lawlessness (John 8:43-44; 7:17), to them he speaks about their life as though it will happen, but the fact of the matter is, already their names were taken away from the Book of life because God knows the end from the beginning of time (Rev 22:19; John 17:12; 6:70; 1 Tim 1:9; 1 John 2:19; Isa 46:10).

References to those “whose names are in the book of life” (Phil:4:3; Rev 21:27) and those “whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” (Rev 13:8; 17:8; 20:15) offer a clear clue as to how or why names are written or are not written there, it is simple, for the unsaved their names were not written in it because of unbelief, for the saved their names were written in it because they chose to believe in the Lamb of God by faith who has taken away the sins of the world which includes theirs past, present and future sins to get them saved, the Lamb's Book Of Life is the heaven's salvation register which gives the right of access to those who have believed Jesus Christ and has got saved on earth (John 1:29, 36; Rev 21:27). That is why the very Book of Life in the Old Testament times, could only just keep a record of the faith filled believers who feared God, and not reveal how they were saved inspite of them desiring to know the secret of their salvation (Matt 13:17; Luke 10:24; 1 Pet 1:10). The secret of salvation was kept hidden by God from them, because God has planned for us the Church to know it and be glorified through our faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (Col 1:26-27; Heb 11:40).

Moses asked God that if God is not going to forgive the sins of Israelites, he wanted God to blot out his name out of the book of life, for which God replied that only those who sinned against him will be blotted out of His book (Ex 32:32,33), which clearly shows that those who were saved during the Old Testament times, they were saved physically from death by the Lord whenever their sins were forgiven by Him (Ezek 18:20), but in the New Testament the spiritual life is the utmost valuable thing in the sight of the Lord (Eph 1:3), so it is not just physical death but spiritual reward which becomes lost when a believer chooses to act in rebellious sinful lifestyle in the New Testament times which brings eternal loss of reward in various ways and degrees which is a greater loss than physical death itself, this is why Paul the apostle says that "to die is gain" because from the moment of his death a inheritance in heaven is waiting to be unwrapped for the work he has done for Christ on earth, the treasure of its equivalent in glory will remain for him to enjoy and continue it it for eternity (Psa 103:3; 32:5; Rev 22:12; Php 1:21; Col 3:23-24; 2 Cor 5:8-9; 1 Cor 9:17; Matt 6:19-21). To know whether the Book of life in the New Testament and the Lamb's Book of Life in the New Testament is the same or not read the following post of mine titled, 'Will My Name Be Removed And Rewritten In The Book of Life When I Sin and Repent Later?'  

Many in the end times we live God has predicted will begin to add words to the Book of Revelation because of being deceived after their salvation, to these people the chastisement from God will deal with their lives physically but their spirit will be saved by the grace and mercy of God (1 Cor 11:31-32; 1 Peter 4:5-6; 1 Tim 4:1-4; Acts 20:29-30). Also many unsaved religious people of the end times who take away the words of the Book of Revelation, if they fall away from faith it means that though they were with the Church outwardly and physically, they were never part of the Church inwardly and spiritually for eternity ahead (2 Thess 2:3; 1 John 2:19). Adding words can be punished by God and excused because the results are deception which is injurious to spiritual health of the saved which leads to the loss of reward for being not watchful and praying personally in their lives, but taking away the Word of God leads people in to death and hell fire, so it cannot be forgiven by the Lord Jesus Christ as it is the sin of rejecting the gospel and insulting the Holy Spirit directly (Matt 12:31-32). God does not save some people when he feels good and does throw away the rest in to hell fire because he had a bad day, all the individual believers were chosen by God and handpicked for salvation before the foundation of the world (Eph 1:4; Rom 8:29). The great Almighty God is not a moody God, but rather is a unchanging God (Num 23:19; Psa 102:25-27; Jam 1:17). Christ’s clearly promised eternal security to all believers saying, they who believe in Him “shall not come into condemnation, but has passed from death unto life” (Jn:5:24). God knows how many will get saved even before one person on earth got saved by faith, He knows it all because He is omniscient and we have too small a brain to understand how it is possible. Even though God knows who will get saved, he does not influence anyone by bypassing their volition to force them against their will to save them. He is the great master director who knows how the story will end because He is the story writer who purposed everything for His own pleasure. People get saved because of their own will, people remain unsaved because of their own will, but God spreads the fragrance of the aroma of the Gospel equally by giving opportunity to get saved, which become an aroma of death to the unsaved and aroma of life to the saved (2 Cor 2:14-17). God in Christ was reconciling the world to Himself (2 Cor 5:19). God works with us in our limitations, not apart from it and that is why God became a man in Christ Jesus (Heb 2:17). If Christ Himself was not sure whether those who believe Him will be saved eternally even to the end he could not have assured us believers saying, "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." (John 5:24). Once saved is always saved if we are really saved by Jesus Christ from our sins to receive eternal life.

Hence when God's word says, "And if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book" (Rev 22:19), surely God is speaking about those people whose name remain unsaved who will get judged not physically but spiritually by God (1 Pet 4:17-19), and who will enter eternity without ever getting saved because of living a life of sacrilege towards the Word of God given in the Book of Revelation (Rev 21:27). Glory to God!

Rom 11:21-22 — "21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either. 22 Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off."

Commentary: This above verse has not just spoken about the Jewish nation and compared it to the Church, but rather it has been spoken about those Jews who were physically were considered the people of God by birth but because of pride went to the extent of being religious hypocrites, these who had no true heart faith chose consistently to live in unbelief, such people were cut off from being the natural branches of the family of God because of their unbelief and for remaining in unsaved condition in spite of God showing great mercy to them. In the same way, if the Church which is called to live as the family of God become a organized religious social club and because of pride chooses to reject the faith of the Father's which has been passed on to us to get saved spiritually, apostle Paul warns the same will happen to such unbelievers of the Church whether they are in the nation of Israel or in the spiritual family of the Church does not matter at all to God because he is not a impartial God to any one but a God of justice to all humans alike. Pride comes before a fall. So this verse does not in any way speaks about the impermanence of salvation but rather it warns about the deception of not getting saved by religious hypocrisy and pride. God's goodness is always shown to the people of faith because they are His beloved family. But severity of God is shown to those who despise God and His goodness, until they enter in to the place of no return from the judgment of God which is death of separation from God and His Presence forever and ever which is the severity of God waiting to be revealed to all those who are ungodly and who do not believe in the Gospel of God (2 Thess 1:6-7, 8-10). Actually it is a encouragement to the people of faith who are shown the goodness of God and His mercies which follows them all the days of their lives on earth and ever after.

Heb 3:12-14 — "12 Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; 13 but exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. 14 For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end."

Commentary: The above verse is not to the saved, but spoken to those who live as unsaved among the saved that they should become saved. And also the writer to the Hebrew warns the believers that they should not let sin cause hardness in their heart by lack of confession of sin which if they will continue to allow, will cause a deathly coldness which will cause them to depart from the red hot love and fellowship of the living God. To avoid such a state of despair and hopelessness, the believers are encouraged to encourage one another to create faith in the others day by day, so that on the day of rapture of the Church we can become partakers of the inheritance in Christ that has been stored for us , so we ought to hold the beginning of the confidence steadfast to the end to receive the reward for our faith. But in no way does the above verse threaten a believer that they will lose their salvation if they again have unbelief, if it is true, then salvation is not by faith but by works which we do and maintain it. But the fact of the matter is, we are not only saved by faith without our works involved, but we are kept that way in saved condition by God without our works involved as salvation is a free gift from God. Praise the Lord!

Heb 4:12 — "For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."

Commentary: The above verse informs us that the word of God has the power to help us live a spiritual life, by separating to us clearly showing the soulish nature that causes us to sin which acts within us, which is impossible to find out for a unsaved person whose spirit is dead. No human can find whether his own intent of heart and desire that gets developed by thoughts are right or wrong, unless he become a saved human whose spirit gets born again which makes him consume the Word of God and grow in discerning the good and evil through the power of the Holy Spirit within who will always use the Word of God to convict us, guide us and comfort us in our spiritual life, and He helps us live a life pleasing to God. The above verses insists that when the Word of God works powerfully in our lives, we will not run away from God, but run boldly to the throne of Grace to obtain mercy and find grace to help us in time of need. Thus the above verse can only be used to show that salvation inherited once by us through which we come to know and experience the power and the Presence of the Word of God, it is eternal and permanent for a believer through which we should be able to grow more and more in our spiritual life and walk in the will of God for the Glory of God! Hallelujah!

Heb 6:4-6 — "4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, 5 and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come. 6 if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame."

Commentary: As repentance is a gift of God just like salvation is (Eph 2:8-9; 2 Tim 2:24-26), when a believer loses his faith because of hardening of heart due to sin and lack of confession to God even after experiencing the salvation gift of God (1 John 1:7, 9), it means it is impossible to turn that person away from his backsliding due to lack of spiritual senses due to spiritual leprosy spreading rapidly in him which is sin. It brings shame to the spiritual doctor of the soul Jesus Christ who has already prescribed the medication for the prevention of the spiritual leprosy and also have made it available. Just because of lethargy of the patient who have not taken seriously, the warnings of the danger of sin has been neglected  and the necessity to take the medicine prescribed by the soul doctor Jesus Christ has been sadly downplayed for their own destruction. Now it causes a lack of fellowship between God and the believer, which makes them sin and treat it like a cream-puff just as the unbelievers treats it, rather than treating it like a poisonous venom of a snake that has the potential to bring death of relationship between them and God the Father in heaven. Thus it makes them "crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame" because Jesus saved them from sin when they chose to repent to Him and accept themselves as sinners in need of the Savior who has become their Lord too. It is impossible humanely for any person who has fallen in to such voluntary transgression to renew them again to repentance as it is purely a gift from God that none of us have the ability to produce, but the things which are impossible with man are possible with God (Luke 18:27-30), if we will pray for the transgressors just like Jesus did on the Cross for us (Isa 53:12; 1 Tim 2:1-4; Jam 5:15-16, 19-20; Prov 10:12; 1 John 5:16-17). Any sin we commit through our human natural state, by grace, we are capable of truly confessing and repenting from it so that it does not lead to death. Esau was a chosen man, but then when he was living sexually immoral or unholy life, it was shown in his attitude of rejecting the valuable birthright of God's spiritual consecration for a single meal of temporal survival and comfort, and the same lust was not overcome in his personal life which worked to his own detriment (Heb 12:16). When he sought for the gift of repentance later from God from his unholy deeds of the flesh, he could not find it and so the quality of life he lived was very poor under the bondage of sin from which he could not get delivered to live a abundant and a joyful life in God. This teaches us that a person can be saved but still will live a life of hell on earth, if he finds no room for repentance to be relieved of guilt to live in liberty from sin's slavery. This is what exactly the above passage reveals and it does not in any way say that a saved person will become unsaved if they fall away by sin's lure and deceitfulness, but rather will live a poor quality of physical life which they will suffer without satisfaction on earth by God's chastisement upon them. Because of this reason, they will surely lose all the great eternal reward that God has in store for them, but their soul will be saved from fire because it was saved by God through his high calling in Christ Jesus to serve Him without the works of any kind before they were even born (Rev 3:11; Heb 6:8; 1 Cor 3:13-15; 5:5; 1 Pet 4:6; Heb 10:29; Heb 12:8; 1 Cor 11:30-32; Rom 9:1-13). Our faith saves us, but our works after salvation will qualify us for our eternal rewards which might get lost in various degrees, if we do not choose to live a life of repentance towards God until the end of our lives on earth. Thus to fall away and having no repentance does not show that a saved has become unsaved, but rather the saved is losing their chance to gain eternal riches by walking pleasing to God. The bottom line is God is faithful, but are we faithful enough and thankful enough to God to live a life fully pleasing to Him? Praise the Lord!

Heb 10:38 — "Now the just shall live by faith; But if any one draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him."

1 Cor 10:5-13 — " 5 But with most of them God was not well pleased, for their bodies were scattered in the wilderness. 6 Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted. 7 And do not become idolaters as were some of them. As it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.” 8 Nor let us commit sexual immorality, as some of them did, and in one day twenty-three thousand fell; 9 nor let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed by serpents; 10 nor complain, as some of them also complained, and were destroyed by the destroyer. 11 Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. 12 Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. 13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it."

Commentary for Heb 10:38 and 1 Cor 10:5-13 : For the soul to get saved fully and experience the liberty of Canaan, we need to co-operate with God, just like Joshua and Caleb co-operated with God in operating by a different spirit of faith altogether (Num 14:24). Those Israelites were saved by God from the slavery of sin of Egypt in the Old Testament and the believers get saved from the slavery of sin of Satan in the New Testament, if they turn back to sin, God's soul will not have pleasure in them, so that these will be chastised by the Lord to live a poor quality of life on earth compared to the great quality of life and rest which He has called all the believers to enjoy abundantly on earth to make it continue forever and ever in our after life (1 Cor 10:10:6-12; Rom 15:4). So the bottom line is, God does not unsave the saved, but rather He chastises the saved to turn them and make them to live a effective life of faith which pleases Him. God's displeasure brings down the quality of life of believer who lives in unbelief, and God's pleasure raises up the quality of the life of believers to make them grow more and more in faith till heaven draws near enough to him on earth and lift him up at the appointed time to take him away to the place where he belongs, so that a broad entrance can be supplied to them in their after life (John 10:10; 2 Pet 1:11). Hallelujah! Believers can die before their time physically if they fail to live a life pleasing to God (1 Cor 11:30-32). If we lust after evil things and become idolaters, to eat and drink and practice sexual immorality in thoughts and actions like homosexuality, masturbation, fornication and adultery, etc... in our earthly life after we are saved from sin by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ without repenting and confession of sins to God, we might die on earth before out appointed time pre-determined by God (Psa 118:17; 139:16; 23:6; Eccl 7:17). If we tempt Christ, we will be destroyed by the deception of the serpent just like the Israelites did die on the desert, but those who turned to look at the Cross were saved even at the last moment. Faith restores us from deception of Satan and gives us abundant life of heaven again. Praise the Lord! So look to the Cross, and curses cannot overcome the cross and will keep you secure under the protection of God Almighty. Complaining against God and His servants on earth who minister to us has a very dangerous repercussions, where God will let the destroyer destroy the believer as a chastisement for their continual work of unbelief that has caused complaining. God is ready to provide us the grace to overcome any temptation if we live in a spirit of faith to trust Him and His grace to overcome all difficulties that come to us day by day. God will not allow us to be tempted beyond our ability, but with the temptation will always be ready to give His grace if we look to Him in faith to carry on in our earthly lives for the Glory of God. So let us overcome and be pleasing to God in our earthly lives. God does not unsave the saved, because He is the business of saving the unsaved (Luke 5:32). God chastises the saved, because He does have the right as a parent to correct them and make them get conformed to the image of His Son Jesus Christ who is the only one who has perfectly pleased him in all things (Rom 8:29-30; Luke 3:21-22). God saves people to take them to heaven with Him (John 6:39-40; 3:17-18; 10:28-29), not to condemn them again for their inability to please Him. So when a human being is saved, he is saved eternally in his spirit, though the soul salvation happens day by day to experience heaven within it through faith, and the body salvation will happen on the day of rapture of all saints, yet if he dies on the appointed time or even before it because of God's chastisement in their lives (1 Cor 11:30-32; 5:1-5), they will go on to be with the Lord and there is no doubt about it at all according to the Scriptural assurance for every believer from the least to the greatest in faith (2 Cor 5:8; Php 1:21, 23; Matt 11:11). Praise the Lord!

Heb 12:14 — "Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord."

Commentary: The above verses does not tell us that if we stop pursuing peace with all people and holiness with the Lord, we will not be able to see the Lord after we die. But rather it tells us that if we now pursue peace with all people and holiness with the Lord, we will see the Lord's activities in our lives through us and within us. Without pursing the works of salvation after we are saved, we will never be able to see the activity of the works of the Lord in our lives (Eph 2:10; Php 2:12-13). Hallelujah! Let us pursue peace with men and holiness with God till we see the Lord work from the inside out from within our body for His Glory (Gal 2:20-21). Glory to God!

Col 1:21-23 — "21 And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled 22 in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight — 23 if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister."

1 Cor 15:1-2 — "1 Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, 2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you — unless you believed in vain."

Commentary for Col 1:21-23 and 1 Cor 15:1-2: The above verses clearly says we were alienated and enemies of God in our mind when we were in our unsaved condition which came out of us in our expression as wicked works, but praise God we were saved when we believed the good news of Jesus Christ through which we have got reconciled in the body of His flesh through His death, through which we were presented holy, blameless and above reproach in the sight of the Father God in heaven. It is as though spiritually our worthless sinful rags were completely stripped out of our lives and we were clothed in the perfect righteousness of Jesus and presented before a holy God in the most beautiful royal manner through our faith. When Paul wrote "if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard", he was not putting all the believers in a inconclusive state of salvation where one need to continue to do the works in order to keep the salvation that they have inherited until they die, but rather he was telling that if we continue in the faith to the end of our lives it shows that we are having true faith which I preach to every creature under heaven (2 Cor 13:5-6). If we are saved then we are in faith until the day we die. Even though there might be ups and downs in our journey of faith on a day to day basis, yet the fact that Jesus is Lord which is salvation faith we will have no doubt about it until the end (Rom 10:9-11; 1 Cor 12:3). If we are in faith, we are not disqualified. If we are disqualified, we are not yet in true faith that saves a man or a woman from hell fire. That is why we need to check ourselves through our own works whether we are truly saved or not, a saved person will not only know that he or she is a sinner, but also will have a constant desire to please God and confess their sins to relieve the guilt from within them to keep their conscience clean and clear before humans and the Lord (Acts 24:16). So in no way the above Scriptures point to the impermanence of salvation, bur rather it reveals the identity of true salvation which is permanent to help us check ourselves whether we are truly saved or not. If we stay in faith it means that we will stay to the end with that same faith and that we are never disqualified from it. If we fall away from faith, then it is better to check whether we had real faith, because real faith will stay to the end through perseverance (1 John 2:19; Matt 24:13).

1 Cor 9:27 — "But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified."

Commentary: The body of Paul the apostle was disciplined by himself daily and brought in to subjection which was done by him not to keep himself saved or stay intact from being disqualified from the faith, but rather he fought against the sin nature within him with certainty for "the prize" of "imperishable crown" which was eternal in nature that God has promised every believer who overcomes the pull of sin nature more and more to defeat the giants of the Canaan land of the soul (1 Cor 9:25-27). So this above Scripture is in no way speaks against the eternal permanency of salvation but rather about the eternal reward for which all believers must strive and work towards practically, so that we will not be disqualified from getting it due to lethargy in our walk with God.

1 Tim 5:11-13 — "11 But refuse the younger widows; for when they have begun to grow wanton against Christ, they desire to marry, 12 having condemnation because they have cast off their first faith. 13 And besides they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house, and not only idle but also gossips and busybodies, saying things which they ought not."

Commentary: These above verses does not in any way speaks about the impermanence of salvation, but rather about the condition of young widows's poor quality of spiritual life when they begin to cast off their first faith when they accepted Christ as their husband after losing their physical husband who was the former spiritual covering under Christ. By straying away from the faith with no one to guide them physically and not submitting to Christ spiritually too and being in rebellion by disobedience, they will begin to experience severe condemnation without regular confession of their sins. This condemned heart will lead the young Christian widows further to learn the life of idleness and wandering from house to house and become gossipers and busy bodies, the lifestyle which they ought not to live, or say as a saved person to live unlike Christ and be a poor testimony within the Body of Christ the Church of the Living God and above all bring shame to the name of the Lord Jesus with those who are outside as unbelievers. Because of strong desire to remarry, they start wandering from the faith which is a dangerous trap the devil has kept for them to fall and destroy their life and the life of the other family members who are dependent of them physically. Once saved is always saved, but what the believer do after they are saved, will determine the physical quality of life on earth and the rich spiritual reward for it in the after life which will decide the quality of life in their after life. So to cast of their first faith is to understand that the devotion with which they believed Christ initially and followed Him after a crisis came in to their lives, later the Christian widows did not have the same kind of devotion to follow Christ. Thus Paul speaks not about the loss of salvation in the lives of the Christian widows, but rather about the sad state of the lack of good works that ought to come through faith which has got reduced in to dead works and even evil works due to voluntary transgression which brought no glory to God. Thus the above verse was a admonition from Paul the apostle to maintain the good works in the life of Christian widows and all believers in general that ought to be maintained to bring glory to God and not shame to Him for having saved them freely (Titus 3:8; 1:15-16). The saved believers are indebted to God to maintain good works for the free salvation that He has supplied to each one personally for the Glory of God, so that they could dedicate themselves to God to walk with Him to help Him maintain good works in their lives (Rom 12:1-2).

2 Thess 2:3 — "Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition."

Commentary: In the end of end times in which we are living dangerously close to the Tribulation which shall come upon the whole wide world (Rev 3:10), the Lord has promised rapture to take place before a worldwide Tribulation will be let loose in all the earth as a sign of His wrathful judgment for sin upon the whole earth (Rom 2:5; 5:9-10; 1 Pet 1:5; 1 Thess 5:2-3, 4; 1:10; 2 Thess 1:7-8, 9-10; 2:1; 2). Before Rapture could take place, two signs are predicted to take place, one is that a mass falling away from the faith will come, and the other is the man of sin will be revealed who is the son of perdition who will sit in the temple of God in the nation of Israel and will claim himself as God. Falling away from faith does not mean that the saved will fall away in to unbelief and become unsaved, because once saved a person will remain always saved. But rather those who are religious within the Church and remain in unsaved condition, these will again fall in to lawlessness of the world to accept the Antichrist as the real Messiah of the world when actually he has come as a anti-messiah of the world (2 Thess 2:11-12). God will allow this deception because the unsaved never had any love of the truth in their lives even though they acted as though they were part of the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Rapture will separate the true righteous people of God from the bogus who act as though they are saved when they remain in the unsaved condition yet remain within the Church for social and other benefits in their lives. So the unsaved falling away from the faith does not affect or alter in any way the permanence of salvation and its eternal nature which God gives as a free gift to each of us who have believed him through Christ Jesus.

2 Pet 1:10-11 — "10 Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; 11 for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."

Commentary: The above verse suggests that we have the ability to make our call and election sure, which means we do not have to live in fear but with a assured quality of life about a great future and a effective present in the will of God, we can choose to live without an iota of doubt to look forward to the great eternal and heavenly treasures and reward in our after life which God has prepared for all those who live in complete obedience to Him as his children. To get stumbled from diligent faith, means we have become disoriented because of not focusing on the eternal, instead have wrongly started to focus on the earthly temporal benefit because of unbelief. God is never pleased when a saved person chooses to live an earthly focused life without faith. It brings God's judgment upon the believer, so that God might justify them later in the after life (1 Pet 3:18). Once when we live a godly life on earth, the whole heaven which sees on our life of faith on earth, and the people who were blessed on earth spiritually and have gone on to heaven to be before us will stand on the entrance of heaven to give us a abundant entrance and welcome to eternal life to enjoy with God and all of them. The other assurance is when we die, an abundant entrance to heaven is when we know for sure, when we are going to die and where we are going and who will be waiting for us to welcome us home in heaven for which we have waited on earth for all of our days. Praise the Lord! If we do not make the election sure, we might die with a poor quality of life on earth and also a less rewarded life in our after life. To live without making our election sure does not mean we will lose the salvation we have gained freely as a gift of God. We cannot lose salvation by continuing without work that which we have gained without our work involved, but was given as a gift from God and kept secure by God which is salvation. But we can lose the abundant entrance and reward that has been promised by God to be supplied in our after life for all of us who choose not to work after our salvation the work God prepared for us to do before we were ever saved (Eph 2:10). If we die without making our election sure, though we might be saved yet because of our non-cooperation in letting God work out our salvation, we will come to a state where we will not know for sure whether we will go to heaven because of having no assurance and also do not know whether we will have any reward for living as a Christian. So we must make sure to maintain the good works after salvation as a thankful sacrifice towards the Lord with gratitude for what He has freely given to us for the Glory of God. Hallelujah!

2 Peter 2:15 — "15 They have forsaken the right way and gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; 16 but he was rebuked for his iniquity: a dumb donkey speaking with a man’s voice restrained the madness of the prophet. 17 These are wells without water, clouds carried by a tempest, for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever."

Commentary: Balaam was a prophet by calling, but a unsaved gentile fortune teller and diviner who loved the money that came to him working for the Lord brought. When Satan negotiated with him by promising better wages, he immediately loved the wages of unrighteousness which he found to be a better pay package than what God provided, and thus in coveteousness without thankfulness or loyalty jumped on to the band wagon of the way of iniquity that God actually hated because of its sinfulness. Thus we should understand that he was a unsaved man who went to the place where he deserved, a death by the hands of the people of God at the end, though he prophesied great and accurate prophecies about Israel and which even God gave it to them as Scriptures (Num 23-24; Jos 13:22). How do we know that Balaam was a unsaved but still a prophet? We know he was a prophet by calling, when Peter the apostle revealed about it by saying "the madness of the prophet", but when he again says he was in the group of people who are "wells without water, clouds carried by a tempest, for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever", we know for sure that he was a unsaved man on the way to hell fire. So the above verses only concretely proves that a believer once saved is always saved to remain that way, but those who do not believe in Jesus Christ or have faith in God will remain as unsaved irrespective of the works they have done in their lives (Gen 15:6). Praise the Lord!

1 John 1:9 — "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

Commentary: Confession of sin does not guarantee salvation to the sinner, but it only guarantees fellowship with God back again for a saint to remain as one after they have sinned, so that they do not have to live as like a sinner with no hope of victory over sin and no hope of continued unhindered intimacy with God. In other words we do not confess our sin to get saved or remain saved, but we confess our sins because we are saved through believing in Jesus who has made us to be adopted in the family of God as His dear children (Eph 5:1; 1:5). Those who have become saints through salvation, need not become a sinner again when they sin because Jesus died and rose again to justify a sinner to be declared a saint forever before God as a substitute for them through carrying their sins. Thus salvation is not faith plus works needed to maintain it, but rather it is by faith alone through grace alone in Christ alone. Hallelujah!!! Glory to God!

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