Once saved, Always saved?

You’ve heard the arguments, and may have even landed on one side of the debate or the other at some point in your Christian walk: “Once saved, always saved.”  I’m crazy for even attempting to tackle this centuries-long debate, but our class of 38 inmates, who we teach each week in a Texas maximum security prison, stirred up this debate and made it impossible for us to stay out of the fray.  We had to settle it with them, which took three weeks of precoius class time, and so I might as well settle it with my loyal readers as well.  I did qualify myself as crazy, right?!  Just checking.

There are several scriptures for and against this viewpoint, but there is one scripture which stands apart from the rest for a very significant reason: Jesus spoke these words Himself.  And as such, they should have greater weight than others.

John 10:27-29

27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. 28 And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.”

In this passage, Jesus is telling us that those who hear His voice are His Sheep, and His sheep will never perish, and no one can take His sheep out of His hand. Think about it:  Jesus holds saved souls in His hands, in closed fists.  Can “anyone” open the closed fists of Jesus?!?

And if this were not enough all on its own, the scripture passage goes on to say that saved souls are protected and reinforced by God’s hands too.  Imagine God’s hands closed around the clinched fists of Jesus, which holds your saved soul…can “anything” open the closed fists of God?

And, for those of our spiritual family who still cannot accept the truth of their salvation, here is the best part: The Holy Spirit seals God’s protected inheritance with a seal.

Ephesians 1:13.  “In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise…”

Because Paul wrote two thirds of the New Testament, his word holds the next greatest amount of weight when it comes to matters as important as Salvation.  And Paul wrote that the seal of the Holy Spirit guarantees us the promise of eternal life.  So, for the sake of time and sanity, and in the spirit of Dr. Paul Carlin, Let’s play a game of pretend…

Christians know that the devil isn’t stronger than the Holy Spirit, but let’s pretend he is.  After breaking the seal of the H.S., the devil would face the clenched hands of God that protects our saved souls from the devil’s destructive nature.  The devil certainly isn’t stronger than God, who kicked the devil out of heaven, but let’s pretend he is…

Once the devil finally pried God’s hands away, he would be faced with the clenched fists of Jesus, in who’s hands we rest.  Of course, the devil is not stronger than Jesus, but again, let’s pretend he is.

Once the devil pulled the fingers away and opened the hands of our Savior, he would be left with one more impossible dilemma to overcome:  There we will all be, sitting safely in our Lord’s hands, saved and covered in the Blood of Christ… And if the devil even tried to get under the blood to get to us, well, he would get saved himself!  That’s how powerful the blood is!!!  So you see, as born again believers, covered by the blood, two sets of powerful hands, and a unbreakable seal of the Holy Spirit, you are eternally secure and can never be unsaved again, period.

Does this security give you a license to just sin every which way?  Well let me ask you this: Does a Conceal to Carry license empower a citizen to just go around shooting anyone at will?  See the point?  Go and sin no more, you eternally saved and forgiven souls!  It’s settled.  You are saved, but don’t confuse that with being good.  That’s another blog entirely.

In conclusion, the fact of the matter is simple and clear: There is no living thing on the planet that once born, can be unborn.  Therefore, take confidence in your new birth.  Once you have been born again – born of the Spirit, you can never be spiritually unborn.  Saved you are, Saved shall you forever be. Amen.

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