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Losing Your Salvation?

Hebrews 6: 4 – 8

One of the most profound errors taught in the Charismatic and Pentecostal sect is that once you have been saved, it is possible to lose your Salvation. They teach that when you fall into sin and don’t repent then your Salvation is gone. This has given birth majorly to the FEAR of going to Hell and hence the unscriptural prayer point of God helping them not to miss the expected RAPTURE. The portion of scripture they refer to or quote from is Hebrews 6: 4 – 5. Unknown to them, the writer was addressing something totally different in that portion of the scripture. Let’s examine what the writer had in mind as he penned down this great portion/part of the good Book.

We were able to discover from last week that the writer instructed the UNBELIEVING JEWS to move away from the Old (Judaism) into the New (message of the Gospel), acknowledging that it was the Will of God for them to gravitate towards what God was doing through Jesus whom he had compared to as better than Angels, Moses and Aaron. These Unbelieving Jews ought to have been teachers but were still locked in the Old Testament observations and rituals. He (the writer) described them as unskillful because they remained babes who depended on MILK when they ought to have started eating STRONG MEAT.

To this same sect, the writer reinforces his point in his quest of trying to convince them about responding positively to the message of the Gospel. He described them in five different sentences and this is where we would like you to closely examine with us.

He described them (the UNBELIEVING JEWS) as:

PEOPLE WHO WERE ONCE ENLIGHTENED:

The Jews were enlightened; they saw the light and witnessed the illumination of God’s Word. Right from the onset, they knew a Savior was coming, their Prophets prophesied about a Son who was going to be born; the same would lead people out of darkness. He was described as the light of the world; the same light that will be used by men in development; He was described as the Word of God. They were indeed enlightened (illuminated), their intellects were awakened but the fact still remained that THEY DID NOT ACCEPT Him because He came to His own but they rejected Him.

PEOPLE WHO TASTED THE HEAVENLY GIFT:

To TASTE means to sample, to try or to test. We can use the same word when it relates to food; tasting is completely different from eating. These UNBELIEVING JEWS were said to have tasted of the Heavenly Gift and not gifts. The GIFT here refers to Jesus. Going back in history, they had first-hand experience of what God will be doing with Jesus in the future. They had seen the Red Sea split into two, they had witnessed the raising of the dead, and they had seen God fight for and against their enemies. They knew what God could do and all these the writer had described as the TASTE so that when the real thing appears they would be able to recognize and imbibe, eating and digesting all. Yet, they refused to move from tasting to eating…stubborn set of people if you ask me!

PEOPLE WHO HAD PARTAKEN OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

The word PARTAKE here comes from a Greek word that connotes ASSOCIATE or FELLOW. They saw and experienced the many things that were done by the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament. God was described as being with them. They saw the clouds in the wilderness during the day and also witnessed the pillar of fire by night. These were symbols of the Holy Spirit. They never became possessors of the Holy Spirit but were promised possession as they await the coming Messiah. We become possessors of the Holy Spirit the moment we are associated with Him through the Gospel. They had a lot to expect from the coming of Jesus but guess what they refused to believe, even when they knew that the Temple at Jerusalem was destroyed.

PEOPLE WHO HAD TASTED THE WORD OF GOD:

They had tasted part and not all of the Word of God. Only an association with Jesus can make anyone taste the complete Word of God. They were exposed in part to the Will and Purpose of God. David made an impression and said, “Taste and See or discover that the Lord is good. Tasting precedes eating; you cannot eat until you have tasted. They were witnesses of His Word through His Prophets; they were witnesses to His Word when Jesus came out of the River at Jordan and the voice declared, “this is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” All they were left with was to settle down to eat the prepared food as they had tasted and knew what God was like.

PEOPLE WHO HAD TASTED THE POWERS OF THE AGE TO COME:

No Nation has ever witnessed the POWERS of God like Israel or the Jews did. They were witnesses of the so many powers displayed by the Apostles. They saw the episode on the day of Pentecost, which is a similitude of what will happen, come Rapture. One would have thought that after they were given the so many opportunities to witness God and the many miracles, signs and wonders displayed, it would have been easy for them to move with God as He brings them to the reality of the paintings of the Old Testament. They were meant to move because the administration and dispensations were changing from the Old to the New. Rather, they were stuck on the Old; they refused to EAT again even after they had TASTED! The writer describes them as having a HARD HEART.

THE WRITER CONCLUDES:

The struggle here is for these stiff-necked people to accept the message of the Gospel so that they can be saved; they had heard His voice again but their hearts were hardened and the writer is doing a lot to enlighten them because they face the danger of losing an opportunity to be saved.

It is the UNBELIEVERS who are in danger of losing their Salvation should they refuse to respond positively. If they happen to turn away then what happened to their fathers on the Day of Provocation in the wilderness would happen to them; it will be impossible to make them repent afresh as this will imply they are trying to nail Him (Jesus) to the cross once again, holding Him up in public shame.

The writer concluded his discourse by illustrating with the RAIN, PARCHED GROUND and HARVEST. He said, when the ground soaks up the falling rain and bears a good crop for the farmer, it has God’s blessing. But if a field bears thorns and thistles, it is useless. The farmer will soon condemn that field and burn it. The patched ground here is the ONE who hears the message of the GOSPEL, accepts it and bearing fruits, such one is BLESSED as compared to the ONE who refuses to ACCEPT and therefore bears THORNS and THISTLES such a one becomes USELESS and good for condemnation.

Once you are saved, you have been granted Eternal life by God. It’s a gift therefore no one can boast about it. Rather than pray to God to make Heaven, you can spend that time RENEWING YOUR MIND so that you can know and understand the things we have freely been given by God.

If God had perceived that our greatest need was economic, he would have sent an economist. If he had perceived that our greatest need was entertainment, he would have sent us a comedian or an artist. If God had perceived that our greatest need was political stability, he would have sent us a politician. If he had perceived that our greatest need was health, he would have sent us a doctor. But he perceived that our greatest need involved our sin, our alienation from him, our profound rebellion, our death; and he sent us a Savior – D.A Carson

Keep it right here and be refreshed!

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4 comments on “Losing Your Salvation?

  1. This is raw truth. The sin here under grace is unbelieve Jn 16: 9_11. When you are saved you can’t loose your salvation, the spirit of God in you will make you live a life pleasing unto God as you keep on hearing, studying and rightly dividing the word of thruth 2 Tim 2:15. Then you will not go into self righteousness because you know if you are ever righteous before God, it is imputed Rom 4:20-25 You can never earn it. God bless us and continue to lead us aright in Jesus name

  2. The challenge is that many don’t understand the Salvation Plan of God in the
    Bible. They think it an altar call thing. Sorry its not. They think when their
    pastor or someone say you are now born again by Acknowledging, Believing and
    Confessing (ABC). Sorry its the Sovereign Will of God to choose. Consider this
    points if one can lose his/her salvation. *[[Rev 13:8]] KJV* And all that dwell
    upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of
    life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. He died before the
    foundation of the world when you and I have not done anything good or bad.
    How can God who gave birth to us in the second birth not be able to keep us
    alive? *[[Joh 1:13]] KJV* Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the
    flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. God said in this verse not according to
    MY WILL NOR YOUR OWN WILL but according to GOD’S OWN WILL. A Christian
    is a new creation. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old
    has gone, the new has come!” ( 2 Corinthians 5:17 ). A Christian is not simply
    an “improved” version of a person; a Christian is an entirely new creature. He is
    “in Christ.” For a Christian to lose salvation, the new creation would have to be
    destroyed. A Christian is redeemed. “For you know that it was not with
    perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty
    way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious
    blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect” ( 1 Peter 1:18– 19 ). The
    word redeemed refers to a purchase being made, a price being paid. We were
    purchased at the cost of Christ’s death. For a Christian to lose salvation, God
    Himself would have to revoke His purchase of the individual for whom He paid
    with the precious blood of Christ. A Christian is justified. “Therefore, since we
    have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord
    Jesus Christ” ( Romans 5:1 ). To justify is to declare righteous. All those who
    receive Jesus as Savior are “declared righteous” by God. For a Christian to lose
    salvation, God would have to go back on His Word and “un-declare” what He
    had previously declared. Those absolved of guilt would have to be tried again
    and found guilty. God would have to reverse the sentence handed down from
    the divine bench. A Christian is promised eternal life. “For God so loved the
    world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not
    perish but have eternal life” ( John 3:16 ). Eternal life is the promise of
    spending forever in heaven with God. God promises, “Believe and you will have
    eternal life.” For a Christian to lose salvation, eternal life would have to be
    redefined. The Christian is promised to live forever. Does eternal not mean
    “eternal”? A Christian is marked by God and sealed by the Spirit. “You also
    were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your
    salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised
    Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption
    of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory” ( Ephesians
    1:13–14 ). At the moment of faith, the new Christian is marked and sealed with
    the Spirit, who was promised to act as a deposit to guarantee the heavenly
    inheritance. The end result is that God’s glory is praised. For a Christian to lose
    salvation, God would have to erase the mark, withdraw the Spirit, cancel the
    deposit, break His promise, revoke the guarantee, keep the inheritance, forego
    the praise, and lessen His glory. A Christian is guaranteed glorification. “Those
    he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he
    justified, he also glorified” ( Romans 8:30 ). According to Romans 5:1 ,
    justification is ours at the moment of faith. According to Romans 8:30 ,
    glorification comes with justification. All those whom God justifies are promised
    to be glorified. This promise will be fulfilled when Christians receive their perfect
    resurrection bodies in heaven. If a Christian can lose salvation, then Romans
    8:30 is in error, because God could not guarantee glorification for all those
    whom He predestines, calls, and justifies. A Christian cannot lose salvation.
    Most, if not all, of what the Bible says happens to us when we receive Christ
    would be invalidated if salvation could be lost. Salvation is the gift of God, and
    God’s gifts are “irrevocable” ( Romans 11:29 ). A Christian cannot be un-newly
    created. The redeemed cannot be unpurchased. Eternal life cannot be
    temporary. God cannot renege on His Word. Scripture says that God cannot lie
    ( Titus 1:2 ).

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