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10 Reasons Why A Born Again Christian Cannot Lose Their Salvation

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10 Reasons Why You Cannot Lose Your Salvation

 

For the purpose of this discussion a Christian is someone who has believed the Gospel of Jesus Christ, (Acts 16:31) repented (Acts 17:30) and has been justified by God, (1 Corinthians 6:11) regenerated by the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5) and translated into the Kingdom of Jesus Christ (Colossians 1:13).

 

By the way, there is no other type of Christian… THIS IS what becoming a Christian means.

If you cannot say the description above applies to you … THEN YOU ARE NOT A CHRISTIAN.

If the description above applies to you then here are 10 reasons why you cannot lose nor give up your salvation.

 

1. Jesus said His Sheep Shall Never Perish and He Cannot Lie

 

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish…” John 10:27-28

(This one reason should be enough to end the entire discussion)

 

2. No One is Greater Than God the Father and it is He Who Keeps Us Saved

 

In John 10:27-29 Jesus said, His Father is greater than all and no man is able to pluck them out of His Father’s hand.

Therefore, if I can pluck myself out of the Father’s hand then I am greater than the Father… and that’s impossible!

 

3. Jesus Cannot Pray Amiss and He Prayed For Our Salvation

 

John Chapter 17 is a prayer Jesus prayed to the Father for all Christians.

In verse 9 He said, “My prayer is not for the world, but for those you have given me, because they belong to you.”
In verse 20 He said, “I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message.”
In verse 11 He said, “Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me.”
In verse 17 He said, “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”
In verse 21 He said, “I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one — as you are in me, Father, and I am in you.”
In verse 24 He said, “Father, I want these whom you have given me to be with me where I am.”

 

Jesus was sinlessly perfect in every way so it is impossible for Him to ever pray amiss, meaning, His prayer must be answered by God.

 

In John 17 He prayed:

a. That God keep us
b. That God sanctify us
c. That we be one with Him and the Father
d. That we be where He is

Did Jesus pray amiss or did God answer His prayers?

If Jesus prayed amiss then He is NOT God and nobody is saved.

If He prayed in faith then God answered His prayers which means:

a. All Christians are kept by God
b. All Christians are sanctified by God
c. All Christians will be one with God
d. All Christians will be where Jesus is

In short, no Christian can lose their salvation because Jesus has prayed for us and God has answered His prayers.

If God the Son is praying to God the Father, then of course His prayers are going to be answered… And He prayed, “Father, I want these whom you have given me to be with me where I am.” John 17:24

 

4. Christians Are Kept by the Power of God

 

According to 1 Peter 1:5 Christians are kept by the power of God, (NOT by their own power) therefore, if a Christian ever lost his salvation that means… GOD FAILED!

You might be tempted to reason that the verse said, we are kept “through faith” so if we don’t have faith we can still lose our salvation but according to Ephesians 2:8-9 saving faith is a gift given to us, not something we acquire by our own effort.

 

5. When You Got Saved You Were Forgiven for ALL Your sins, (Past, Present and Future)

 

Jesus Christ is the Author of eternal salvation. Hebrews 5:9

God inhabits eternity. Isaiah 57:15

The past, the present and the future relate to the passage of Time but God lives outside of Time in the realm of Eternity, this means, for God there is no past, present or future… everything is always present with Him.

Therefore, the human concept that you can be forgiven for past sins but not for future sins is meaningless with God.

With God you are either forgiven or NOT forgiven… There is no past, present or future with respect to your salvation.

You are either eternally lost or eternally saved.

 

6. Jesus is the Author and Finisher of Our Faith. Hebrews 12:2

 

The word translated “Author” is the Greek word “Archegos” and also means Captain or Prince.

It is used exclusively for Jesus Christ 4 times in the entire Bible.

The word translated “Finisher” is the Greek word “Teleiotes” also translated as Perfector and means, “One who has raised faith to its perfection.”

This word is used just once in the entire Bible describing what Jesus has done for our salvation.

We therefore, have in Jesus Christ someone who has raised faith to the level of PERFECTION, and whose faith does the Bible say He has perfected… OUR FAITH!

So, when you accept Jesus Christ as your Savior you are not just forgiven and then left to maintain your salvation for yourself. That would be ridiculous.

Jesus saves you with perfect faith, ensuring that it can never fail, so you can never be lost.

 

7. The Same Reason You Cannot Work for Your Salvation is the Same Reason You Cannot Lose Your Salvation

 

Becoming a Christian means having your inner nature changed and you cannot change your nature for yourself. 2 Peter 1:4

If you ask any Christian, “Can you save yourself?” The answer is going to be, “No!”

But most Christians never pursue that line of reasoning to it’s natural conclusion.

 

Let’s ask and answer those questions and see what we get:

 

Q. Why can’t you save yourself?

A. I can’t save myself because I don’t have the power to change my inner nature by my actions. Ephesians 2:8-9

Becoming born again means allowing God to transform my inner nature through the regeneration of my spirit. Titus 3:5

This is something completely out of my control. It’s a miraculous process that God does all by Himself without my input. I simply step back in faith and allow Him to create that miracle within me. 2 Corinthians 5:17

Q. So, you’re saying that you cannot change your inner nature?

A. No, I cannot.

Q. And why not?

A. Because God did not give me the authority nor the ability to transform my own inner nature. He reserved that right for Himself alone.

Q. So, if God did not give you the authority nor the ability to change your nature from unsaved to saved, from where did you get the authority and ability to change it from saved back to to unsaved?

 

8. The Lord said, he will never leave you nor forsake you. Hebrews 13:5

 

The word “Leave” translated from the Greek “Aniemi” means, to send back, to give up, not to uphold, to let sink

The word “Forsake” translated from the Greek “egkataleipo” means, to abandon, desert, leave in straits, leave helpless, to leave behind.

The word “Never” is translated from the Greek “Ou Me” it is a double negative and means, certainly not, not at all, by no means.

If you’re a Christian, God says to you, He will certainly not, not at all, by no means, send you back, give you up, fail to uphold you, nor let you sink and He will not abandon, desert, leave you in straits, leave you helpless, nor leave you behind.

The only question you need to ask yourself is… Did He lie???

 

9. God has Promised to Complete the Good Work He Started in You

 

The Bible says, “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” (Philippians 1:6)

The phrase “Until the Day” translated from the Greek word “Hemera” means, “Until the last day of this present age, the day Christ will return from heaven, raise the dead, hold the final judgment and perfect his kingdom.

The phrase “Will Perform” translated from the Greek word “Epiteleo” means, to bring to an end, accomplish, perfect, execute, complete, to take upon one’s self, to make an end for one’s self.

So Philippians 1:6 is saying, until the last day of this present age, the day Christ will return from heaven, raise the dead, hold the final judgment and perfect his kingdom He will take it upon Himself to bring to an end, accomplish, perfect, execute and complete the good work of salvation He begun in you.

Does that sound like Jesus is leaving your salvation in anybody’s hands but His and His Father’s???

 

10. God’s Gift of Righteousness Means… The Sinless Perfection of God

 

One of the reasons some Christians don’t accept the assurance of salvation is because they don’t fully understand the concept of righteousness.

We keep saying that righteousness is a free gift that God gives us and without this free gift of righteousness we cannot enter heaven.

But what does “Righteousness” actually mean?

It means, “Sinless Perfection.”

The truth is, nobody can enter heaven unless they are as perfect as God.

“I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.” Genesis 17:1

“Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Matthew 5:38

So, when a misinformed Christian thinks they can somehow guarantee entrance into heaven by how they live their lives on earth… they are sadly mistaken.

No one gets into heaven without being as perfect as God.

No sin can enter heaven!

Do you understand what that means?

Only God is sinlessly perfect, therefore, being declared righteous means you now have the sinless perfection of God, because righteousness is the standard of God’s perfection.

This is what the gift of righteousness is… it is being given the sinless perfection of God as a gift.

God’s righteousness is completely and irrevocably a free gift given to you, based on the mercy and grace of Almighty God… nothing else!

For God so loved you that He gave the life of His dearly beloved Son to redeem you from judgment and translate you into the Kingdom of His Son.

You cannot add to, nor subtract from this gift in any way.

You simply take it or leave it… that is what gives God all the glory in saving you.

Thinking you can add to God’s free gift of salvation in any way is pride in it’s purest form, because salvation is the perfection of God given to you as a free gift.

How can you in any way add to the perfection of God???

 

In conclusion:

The certainty of salvation IS the Gospel. It’s the assurance that makes it Good News!

If salvation is NOT sure but you can still lose your salvation and end up in HELL… How in the world is that good news???

Who rejoices over a 50/50 chance of going to hell?

 

 

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Understanding the Attributes of Salvation

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Understanding the Attributes of Salvation

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The intimate fellowship Christians can enjoy with God is only possible because of some very specific principles that are activated every time a person confesses faith in Jesus Christ.

These principles are called the attributes of salvation and they are:

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1) Redemption – This is the literal re-purchase of a human being from the control of Sin and Satan, so that, instead of being under the dominion of Satan we’re now under the dominion of God, our freedom paid for with the blood of Jesus.

We were once owned by God through creation, became lost to Him through rebellion but now are re-owned by Him through redemption! We are re-purchased into the family of God, ransomed with the blood of Jesus.

“For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed… but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.” 1 Peter 1:18-19 (NIV)

Definition: Redemption is the buying back of a human being from the control of Sin and Satan with the blood of Jesus, so that the entire person is now completely owned by God; spirit, soul and body.

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2) Remission – Remission means forgiveness. Being now owned by God, He can literally do with you whatever He wants. And the first thing He does is to forgive you for all your sins, past, present and future.

When Jesus died on the cross 2,000 years ago your entire life was in the future therefore ALL your sins are presently forgiven.

Definition: Remission is the complete forgiveness of all a person’s sins, those he committed in the past, his present sins and those that he will commit in the future. Complete forgiveness!

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3) Justification – This is a further step in the same direction as remission.

Where remission is the forgiveness of sins, justification is the actual removing of all the evidence of sin. The person accused of sin can now be legally declared not guilty.

Why?

Because there is no evidence. All the evidence is gone!

That’s what the blood of Jesus does, it takes away the evidence of sin. It’s as if the person had never sinned. 

They are justified from all accusation of sin and declared… innocent!

Definition: Justification is the declaration of complete innocence and reinstatement in good standing with a clear conscience of one who was formerly judged guilty, through the complete removal of all the evidence of sin with the blood of Jesus Christ!

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4) Substitution – Is the divine exchange where Jesus takes your place and receives all the judgment of God for your sins and sin nature, thus absolving you of all guilt and condemnation forever.

 

Not only this but He also gave you His sinless perfection as a gift, along with His righteous standing before God, so forever when God observes you, He looks right past your humanity and sees Christ’s divinity within you.

 

Definition: Substitution is the divine exchange where Jesus allowed Himself to be nailed to your cross so you can sit on His throne. It’s where He took your guiltiness and gave you His righteousness so when God the Father looks at you, He sees nothing but the perfection of Jesus Christ.

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5) Regeneration – Is the pivotal point in the process of salvation.

It’s where your nature is actually changed from Sinner to Saint. Unrighteous to Righteous. Profane to Holy.

Remember, a person’s nature is synonymous with the condition of his spirit.

Regeneration is the recreation of your spirit and the releasing of the life of God in you.

Regeneration is when your separated and corrupted spirit ceases to exist and in its place a new spirit is instantaneously re-created and re-connected to God!

The Holy Spirit then takes up residence in your new spirit and continually releases the life of God in you.

You are once more in the image and likeness of God. This is what being born again means.

Definition: Regeneration is the instantaneous recreation of a human spirit in the image and likeness of God and the continual releasing of the Life and Nature of God in that spirit.

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6) Reconciliation – You are now re-purchased by God, forgiven, declared innocent and now possess a recreated, connected spirit stamped with the nature of God.

Now, you can finally have peace with God.

That’s what reconciliation is… peace with God.

Reconciliation means restoring a broken relationship. It is the resolving and dissolving of enmity between those that were once closely related but found themselves in opposition with each other. (Rom. 5:10)

Definition: Reconciliation is the complete tearing down and removal of everything that stood between you and God, so you are now reunited with your Father in total peace.

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7) Adoption – Ancient Roman custom dictated that a son, even though fully grown, could not inherit his parent’s wealth until he was legally adopted by the father.

 

The attribute of Adoption operates similarly in that even though we are regenerated and become sons of God we still need to be adopted into the family of God to be officially declared legal heirs to the throne of God and joint heirs with Jesus Christ.

 

Definition: Adoption is the culmination of the salvation of the human spirit. It is God declaring that you are now in a condition where He can accept and acknowledge you as a legal heir to His throne and co-heir with Jesus. With all the rights, duties, privileges afforded that position and title.

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8) Sanctification – Sanctification is the core principle of the salvation of the human soul. Sanctification means allowing the Holy Spirit to continue the work He started in you by submitting to His will without reservation and obeying Him without hesitation, resulting in the fruitful character of Christ.

Definition: Sanctification is the process of developing Christ-like character through the internal working of the Holy Spirit and the external application of God’s word in one’s life.

It terminates in separation from the effects of sin and the empowerment over it’s influences.

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9) Glorification – When we allow Christ’s nature within us to have dominion over our flesh, the holiness of His presence begins to manifest externally through a Godly radiance that is perceived rather than seen.

His Spirit within, glows with the glory of God and this spiritual light attracts others and exposes them to the character of Christ!

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven,” Matt 5:16 Here, the process of glorification begins!

It will escalate during the Rapture when God eliminates our tainted physical body and instantly recreates a brand new, perfectly sinless body.

Depending on our quality of service to God and our fellow men, we will radiate different levels of the glory of God in heaven.

Some will shine like the sky, some like the stars and some like Sun in its intensity? This is Glorification!

Definition: Glorification is the process where the holy nature of God on the inside of a Born Again Christian manifests itself as a divine outward glow, so that while on earth others can perceive it but when in heaven we can actually see it.

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Understanding The 3 Levels of Salvation: Spirit, Soul & Body

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Understanding The 3 Levels of Salvation: Spirit, Soul & Body

 

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“How could she act like that and still call herself a Christian?”
“Is he still saved, I heard he left his wife for another woman?”
You’ve probably heard these questions asked and maybe asked them yourself at some time. It’s true that people often act in ways that make you question their salvation.
And what about you?
Have you ever committed some really serious sin that has caused you to wonder if you’re going to make it into heaven? Have you backslidden from the Lord and can’t seem to find your way back?
Or are you searching for the truth and don’t know if Jesus Christ and Christianity is the way to go.
Well, I’ve got some good news for you, and it has nothing to do with your car insurance. (Maybe a little to do with your fire insurance)
Once you are born again your eternal destination is sealed! You’re bound for Heaven and you’re sure to get there!

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Salvation comes in threes.
There are three levels to salvation, each affecting a different part of your being at a different time in a different way.

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The three levels of salvation are:
(1) The regeneration of the spirit
(2) The restoration of the soul
(3) The transfiguration of the body.

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In strictly biblical terms we call them:
(1) Justification
(2) Sanctification
(3) Glorification.

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1st Corinthians 6:11 says, “And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”
Romans 8:30 says, “Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.”

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The Three-Phased Process of Salvation goes like this:
When you believe the Gospel, repent, confess and receive Jesus as your savior your spirit is regenerated and you become justified or just as if you had never sinned!
Here, your personal salvation experience begins!
As you submit to the Lordship of Christ and obey His commands in your thoughts, words and actions, your mind becomes renewed and restored to the principles of God’s kingdom and you become more and more separated from the influences of Sin.
This is called sanctification, and your salvation experience continues!
As you learn to allow the nature of Christ within you to have dominion over your flesh, the holiness of His presence within you begins to manifest externally through a Godly radiance that is perceived rather than actually seen.
In other words, His Spirit within you glows with the glory of God and this spiritual light attracts others and exposes them to the character of Christ in you! “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven,” Mt 5:16.

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Here, the process of glorification begins!
3levelsnewflat300x250It will escalate during The Rapture when God eliminates your tainted physical body and instantly recreates a brand new, totally sinless body, so that the inner glory of God, which was limited in it’s outward expression by your tainted body can now be fully manifested through your new, perfect body that’s sinless and literally made in heaven! This prepares you to enter Heaven with your new glorified body.
After entering heaven, you will experience the Judgment Seat of Christ and assigned your permanent status in the kingdom of God! (2 Co 5:10) You will have a specific level of Divine radiance emanating from your spirit through your transfigured body, which is consistent with your level of submission and obedience to God while on earth! (Dan. 12:3)
Here the process of glorification is complete. And so is the experience of salvation as it pertains to this age!
At the close of the Great Tribulation period and just before the New Millennium begins, you will return to earth with Christ, justified, sanctified and glorified! (Jude 1:14; Re 19:14) At that time, a completely new phase of your salvation experience will begin!

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Here is a summary of The 3 Levels of Salvation:

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3levelsnew250x345(1) The Salvation of the Spirit – This is known as Justification (separation from the penalty of sin, which is eternity in the Lake of Fire).
This is instantaneous and qualifies you for heaven by changing your nature from human to divine, from Adamic to Christlike. It is a permanent, miraculous work that God accomplishes through the regeneration of the human spirit or becoming Born Again!
“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you” Eze 36:26

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(2) The Salvation of the Soul – This is known as Sanctification (separation from the seduction of sin).
This is progressive and qualifies you to govern the earth with Jesus during His thousand-year reign by changing your character to resemble His. Since the soul and the mind are synonymous you accomplish this by renewing your mind in the word of God daily and by being consistently obedient to the Holy Spirit. This is what is meant by, “work out your salvation with fear and trembling.” It’s all about building Christian character day-by-day.
“Receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.” Jam 1:21

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(3) The Salvation of the Body – This is known as Glorification (physical dominion over the effects of sin). This is progressive and qualifies you to reign with Christ in paradise on the New Earth for all eternity. The process of Glorification begins the moment you’re born again and continues every day you live in submission and obedience to God.
This gradual physical transformation is manifested in the ability to live above sickness and poverty in this present world. It will escalate during the translation of the body in the Rapture and will culminate after the Judgment Seat of Christ, ending in total victory over sin, sickness and death!
“Waiting for the time when we will take our place as sons, that is, the salvation of our bodies.” Rom 8:23 (Bible in Basic English)

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Here’s a point to note: When a Christian falls into sin, no matter how grievous it is, it does not mean that he has lost his salvation.
You cannot lose your salvation!
3levelsnewflat300x250All it means is that he still needs work done on his character (his soul). The salvation of his soul or mind is progressive; he’s in the process of becoming sanctified, just as his body is in the process of becoming glorified.
His new nature (born again spirit) means that he is saved (permanently bound for Heaven), but his character (soul/mind) needs more work done concerning the separation from the seduction of sin.

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Another point to note: Knowing that our salvation is permanent and cannot be lost does not give us liberty to sin. It gives us a greater reason to live holy and please God our Father as a response to His amazing love.
Not only this, but we also understand that even though born again Christians are not in danger of hell, every one of us will still be judged by a Just and Holy God at the Judgment Seat of Christ!

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We will all answer for how we lived our lives on earth and give an account of how we managed the gifts and resources God gave us.
If we’ve done well, great, but if not there’s going to be an evaluation of our lifestyle before God resulting in rewards or a lack of rewards accordingly.
The Bible says, “Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matt 22:13)
“But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matt 8:12)
This, my friends has nothing to do with the unsaved, notice carefully it’s the “children of the kingdom” that are cast into outer darkness. So, if you think the doctrine of “Once saved, always saved” is a license to sin, think again!
Every person that has ever lived on planet earth will stand before Almighty God and have their lives evaluated, one way or another.

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Understanding the Born Again Process

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Understanding the Born Again Process

 

 

Being Born Again means you have your spirit regenerated or recreated by the power of God.

It means having your inner nature transformed from being merely human to incorporate the divinity of God.

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Understanding the 3 Levels of Salvation: Spirit, Soul & Body Part 3

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Understanding the 3 Levels of Salvation:

Spirit, Soul & Body – Part 3

 

 

There are 3 levels to salvation, each affecting a different part of your being at a different time and in a different way.

 

The 3 Levels of Salvation are:

 

  1. Justification – The Salvation of the Spirit

  2. Sanctification – The Salvation of the Soul

  3. Glorification – The Salvation of the Body

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Understanding the 3 Levels of Salvation: Spirit, Soul & Body Part 2

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Understanding the 3 Levels of Salvation:

Spirit, Soul & Body – Part 2

 

 

There are 3 levels to salvation, each affecting a different part of your being at a different time and in a different way.

 

The 3 Levels of Salvation are:

 

  1. Justification – The Salvation of the Spirit

  2. Sanctification – The Salvation of the Soul

  3. Glorification – The Salvation of the Body

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Understanding the 3 Levels of Salvation: Spirit, Soul & Body Part 1

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Understanding the 3 Levels of Salvation:

Spirit, Soul and Body – Part 1

 

 

There are 3 levels to salvation, each affecting a different part of your being at a different time and in a different way.

 

The 3 Levels of Salvation are:

 

  1. Justification – The Salvation of the Spirit

  2. Sanctification – The Salvation of the Soul

  3. Glorification – The Salvation of the Body