“For they loved the praises of men more than the praises of God”-John 12:43.
There is not a better scripture to explain why those that refuse to acknowledge God’s authority will continue in their purposeful rebellion against anything Biblical they choose not to agree. There were those in the Bible that knew God’s will on a variety of subjects, however in order to stay popular with the people, they chose to disregard what scripture said.
Should one pick up the Bible, one can easily know what God has declared in His Word on any subject or find scripture that addresses any practice of man that has come along well after the Bible was written. Prophetic utterances have also been given to deal with the events of the future.
In Isaiah there is a declaration (Isaiah 46:10) that establishes God’s authority irrefutably in stating what will happen in the future based on what God has already declared in the beginning. One just cannot have more demonstratable authority than that.
One of the more interesting issues concerning grace and salvation is whether one can lose their salvation after it was obtained through Jesus Christ. An entire doctrine has been created by those subscribing to “once saved always saved”.
Although this sounds extremely spiritual and gives tons of authority to the cleansing blood of Christ…..Is this “once saved always saved” true by God’s standards?
Being in awe of the redemption power of Jesus’ blood would have one lean heavily towards the affirmative of salvation being always a given to those going through the process of receiving such an extraordinary gift of grace. But what DOES the Bible teach about the impossibility of losing your salvation?
You can cherry pick scripture to make anything plausible. Regarding eternal security one can go to John 10:28-29 and read,
“And I give unto them eternal life, and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand. My Father, which gave them Me, is greater than all, and no man is able to pluck them out of My Father’s hand”.
It would seem quite clear that security is assured, but when one really focuses on what Christ said, He declared that “no man” can pluck someone away or perhaps even no external force can accomplish the task of stealing away one's salvation. But what about the person saved being deceived or willingly doing something to cause the loss of salvation?
1 John 4:4 declares, “greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world”, and to “resist the devil and he will flee from you in James 4:7, but there are many Christians claiming Bible knowledge that actually do not have it and are being enticed to practice other doctrines contrary to Bible teaching.
One is emphatically encouraged in 2 Timothy 2:15 to “study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of God”. The warning is clearly stipulated that one can wrongly divide the word of truth and be in doctrinal error.
The Bible uses history to reinforce truth that is intended. When the Israelites left the bondage of Egypt, all represented salvation from the bondage of sin, however many lost out by sinning and separating themselves from the will of God. There are examples of those losing their salvation and were judged accordingly.
There are numerous references of being blotted out of God’s book; Exodus 32:33-And the Lord said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against Me, him will I blot out of My book; Psalm 69:28-Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous; Psalm 109:14-Let his posterity be cut off; and in the generation following let their name be blotted out; and 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.
One has to be written into the book of life before one can have it blotted out due to sinful behavior. Whether referring to the children of Israel leaving Egypt or the final dispensation in Revelation, it is obviously clear one can be “blotted out” and lose their salvation. Being blotted out of the book of life makes it crystal clear.
The Bible states one can lose their salvation after the gift of salvation was given.