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                                          Once Saved. . . Always Saved?



                                      Can a Christian ever lose his salvation?
                          Can someone who has truly been saved ever be lost?
                                               What saith the scriptures?


     
                                       Salvation is BELIEVING in the Lord Jesus Christ.
 
   Salvation is trusting or believing in, by faith, that the Lord Jesus Christ paid for your sins with His blood  on  the cross of Calvary.
 
"He that BELIEVETH on the Son hath everlasting life:. . ." John 3:36 "For God so loved the world, that he  gave his only begotten Son, 
that whosoever BELIEVETH in  him should not perish, but have  everlasting    life." John 3:16
       
                                       We are NOT saved by WORKS.
 
  The Bible makes it clear that OUR WORKS has nothing whatsoever to do with our salvation.
  We don't receive it by our works and we don't keep it by our works! " NOT BY WORKS of righteousness which we have done, but according
to his mercy he saved  us,. . ." Titus 3:5 "For by   grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the  gift of God: NOT OF WORKS, 
lest any  man should  boast." Ephesians 2:8,9
      
                                      Salvation is a FREE GIFT.
 
        Salvation is the free gift of God. If we had to work to keep it it would not be a free gift
        and God would be a liar!  ". . . the GIFT of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
       " Romans 6:23 " . . .by the   righteousness of one THE FREE GIFT came upon all men unto
       justification of life." Romans 5:18
         
                                       Salvation is a NEW BIRTH.
 
       Salvation is not enduring or a process, but an event in time. Salvation is a NEW BIRTH.
       Just as your first  birth happened  on a  certain time and day, so does the second birth.
 
       "(For he saith, I have heard thee in a TIME accepted, and in THE DAY OF SALVATION have
       I succoured thee:  behold, now is the accepted TIME; behold, now is THE DAY OF SALVATION.)"2  Corinthians 6:2
     "Jesus answered and said  unto him,       Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be BORN    AGAIN,  he cannot  see
      the kingdom of  God. " John 3:3 "Being BORN AGAIN, not of corruptible seed, but
            of  incorruptible, by the  word  of God,  which liveth and abideth  for ever." 1 Peter 1:23
      
                                       You become a CHILD OF GOD.
 
 Once you are born again SPIRITUALLY you become a child of God.
"Beloved, NOW are we the SONS OF GOD, . . ." 1 John 3:2 "For ye have not received
the spirit of bondage again  to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of ADOPTION,
whereby we cry, Abba, FATHER." Romans 8:15  Nothing can SEPARATE us from our Father.
 
     Just as nothing can "negate" your physical birth, nothing can "negate" your spiritual birth.

 My children will always be my children. We may have troubled times. Our fellowship may
be broken, but our  relationship can  never be broken. They will always be my children.
Nothing or nobody can change that! And  once you are born again spiritually God becomes your Father 
       nothing or nobody can change that! Your fellowship  may  be broken, but your relationship can  never be broken! 
 
"For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers,
nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature,
SHALL BE ABLE TO SEPARATE US from
        the love of God,  which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:38 "My Father, which gave them
me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.
" John 10:29  Jesus will NEVER leave us.
         The Lord Jesus promised He will never leave us. Jesus could not say this if there was
         even a chance of losing our salvation.
 
    ". . .for he hath said, I WILL NEVER LEAVE THEE, nor forsake thee." Hebrews 13:5 "
. . . and, lo, I am with you  ALWAY,  even unto the end of the world. Amen." Matthew 28:20
       
                                          We already HAVE eternal life.
 
    When the Bible speaks of possessing eternal life, it speaks in the present tense (hath, have, etc.)
    SOMETHING  WE  ALREADY  HAVE! If we had to work or endure to keep our salvation, this could not be   true.
  
"He that believeth on the Son HATH EVERLASTING LIFE:.. ." John 3:36 "These things have I written unto you 
that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that     YE HAVE ETERNAL LIFE,. . ." 1 John 5:13  "Verily,    verily,  
I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me,  HATH       EVERLASTING LIFE,. . .    "John 5:24
          
                                    The  Jesus  will NOT cast you out.
      
". . . him that cometh to me I WILL IN NO WISE CAST OUT." John 6:37
 
                                   We are COMPLETE in Jesus Christ.
 
"And ye are COMPLETE IN HIM, which is the head of all principality and power:" Colossians 2:10
        
                                  We are PERFECTED FOR EVER.
  
We are "perfected for ever" by Jesus Christ. How could the Lord say such a bold statement if we had
  to earn or keep our salvation? "By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus 
  Christ ONCE FOR ALL. . .  
For by one offering he hath PERFECTED FOR EVER them that are sanctified."        Hebrews 10:10,14
        
                                We are PRESERVED in Christ Jesus.
    
  "Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father,
  and PRESERVED IN JESUS CHRIST, and called:" Jude 1
"And THE LORD. . . WILL PRESERVE ME unto his heavenly kingdom:. . ." 2 Timothy 4:18
    
                                          We are KEPT by the POWER of God.
     
"Who are KEPT BY THE POWER OF GOD through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last
  time." 1 Peter 1:5 "Now unto him that is able TO KEEP YOU from falling, and to present you faultless before  the presence
 of his glory with exceeding joy," Jude 24
                                              We are saved to the UTTERMOST.
     
"Wherefore he is able also to save them to the UTTERMOST that come unto God by him,. . ." Hebrews
    7:25
      
                                       We are SEALED until the day of redemption.
    
"And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby YE ARE SEALED unto the day of redemption."
  Ephesians 4:30 ". . .after that ye believed, YE WERE SEALED with that holy Spirit of promise," Ephesians 1:13
      
                                         What about the BACKSLIDER?
    
What about the "backslider" or somebody that forsakes the Lord? The Bible says
he will suffer loss      (rewards, etc.) but he himself shall be saved!
"For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon
this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man's work shall be made
manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every
man's work of what sort it is. If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a
reward. If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: BUT HE HIMSELF SHALL BE SAVED;
yet so as by fire." 1 Corinthians 3:11-15
       
                                          We become the BODY OF CHRIST.
    
"For we are MEMBERS OF HIS BODY, of his flesh, and of his bones." Ephesians 5:30
"Now ye are the BODY OF CHRIST, and members in particular." 1 Corinthians 12:18
    
                                       What if we later BELIEVE NOT?
 
Our salvation is so secure even if we BELIEVE NOT after we're saved, because we become part of
Him (the body of Christ), ". . .yet he abideth faithful: HE CANNOT DENY HIMSELF."
If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: HE CANNOT DENY HIMSELF." 2 Timothy 2:13
      
                                        But what if I sin an awful sin?
     
1Corinthians 5 reports of an awful sin in the church. And even though Paul commands ". . . To deliver
such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh" Paul still speaks of that person being saved
". . .that the spirit MAY BE SAVED. . ."
"It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as
named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife. . .To deliver such an one unto Satan
for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit MAY BE SAVED in the day of the Lord Jesus." 1
Corinthians 5:1,5
       
                                      To lose your salvation makes God a LIAR.
    
With all the PROMISES from God to KEEP you, to SAVE you, to PRESERVE you to even suggest
you could lose your salvation is to call God a LIAR!
 ". . .he that BELIEVETH NOT GOD hath made him a LIAR; . . ." 1 John 5:10
     
                                       Why do people doubt their salvation?
   
They trust in feelings rather than the word of God.
"He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool:. . ." Proverbs 28:26
 They are confused by the simplicity of salvation.
"But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should
be corrupted from THE SIMPLICITY that is in Christ." 2 Corinthians 11:3
They trust in tradition or church teachings rather than the word of God.
"Making the word of God of none effect through your TRADITION,. . ." Mark 7:13
They trust in their own righteousness.
". . . and all OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS are as filthy rags;. . ." Isaiah 64:6
They have NEVER been saved.
"Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven;. . ." Matthew 7:21
     
                              HAVE YOU EVER BEEN SAVED?
    
Is there a time and place in your life, when you trusted in the blood of Jesus Christ? Not joined a church, not  
kept the  sacraments, not baptism, not good works but simply, by faith, prayed and asked Jesus Christ to save  you?

To die without Jesus Christ will be the worst thing you could ever do.
"And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the LAKE OF FIRE." Revelation 20:15
          
                                YOU CAN BE SAVED THIS VERY MINUTE!
                                                 It's simple to be saved ...
1.  Know you're a sinner.
"As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:" Romans 3:10
"... for there is no difference. For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;" Romans 3:23
2.  That Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay for your sins.
"Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, ..." 1 Peter 2:24
"... Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood," Revelation 1:5
3.    And the best way you know how, simply trust Him, and Him alone as your personal Savior.
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in
him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." Romans 10:13
                                            
                                       WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE SAVED?
     
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