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???
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?
Can a born again Christian lose his/her salvation and go to hell?
How secure is salvation through Jesus Christ?
We tell people they need to be saved in order to miss out on hell and go to heaven but how sure is this promise of safety?
How permanent is Christian salvation?
The Bible says, “And being made perfect, he (Jesus Christ) became the author of eternal salvation,” Heb 5:9.
The Bible says salvation is eternal!
Do you know what eternal means? It means without beginning or ending.
Your salvation has no beginning and it has no ending.
Christian Salvation CANNOT end!
Time began with the creation of the world and the bible says, “…He hath chosen us in him before the foundation (creation) of the world,” Eph 1:4.
The average Christian thinks they “got saved” when they said the Sinner’s Prayer and received Jesus into their heart, but your salvation actually began long before that.
When you received Jesus, all you did was activate the experience of Christian Salvation in your life and began to enjoy the benefits, but in reality you were saved the moment God said that you were saved, which was in eternity before time began!
Let me illustrate this point for you:
The Most Exclusive Spa
Imagine a Spa, the most expensive, exclusive Spa in the whole world.
It’s got all the amenities you can think of; Sauna, Tanning Salon, Personal Masseuse, Health Food Bar, all the most modern exercise equipment you can name, this Spa has it all, however, the lifetime membership fee is one million dollars.
Fortunately I’m rich, so I buy my wife a lifelong membership to this Spa and give her the key to her own private entrance but she never goes to the Spa and uses it.
Is she a bona fide member of the Spa? Yes, her membership fee is fully paid for!
Is her name recorded in the Membership Roster? Yes, her name is written in the Book!
But has she ever experienced the Spa? No!
Has she ever enjoyed the benefits of the Spa? No!
She never used her key to activate her membership! She never walked through the door and used the facilities.
God has purposed many people to experience salvation – They’re saved – Their membership fee has already been fully paid for – But they will never experience salvation until they use the key to activate their membership!
The Key and The Door
Faith is the key that unlocks the door to their salvation.
“The just shall live by faith,” Rom. 1:17
What’s the door? Jesus said, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved…,” John 10:9
Confessing your faith in Jesus Christ is using your key to unlock the door to your salvation.
Faith is the Key – Jesus is the Door!
When someone receives salvation today they are simply using their faith/key to activate their salvation/membership but they actually became a member when their membership fee was paid.
When was their fee paid? When exactly did Jesus die to pay for your sin?
The bible says Jesus is, “…The Lamb who was killed BEFORE the world was made,” Rev. 13:8. (NLT)
There are things that happen in time, in the natural realm that are merely reflections of what has already taken place in eternity, in the spiritual realm!
The spirit realm is more real than the physical realm in which we live.
The Authority to Start and Stop
Continuing with our Spa analogy, your salvation/membership began before the world was made, before time existed, in the realm of the eternal, but you only activated your salvation/membership when you heard the good news about the benefits of salvation/membership.
However, the DECISION to start your salvation/membership WAS NOT YOURS; this was decided by SOMEONE ELSE who had the power to start it.
The ONLY PERSON who can start or stop your salvation/membership is The One who paid the membership fee!
He started it, therefore only He can stop it!
He paid the membership fee so you’re IN, if He withdraws the membership fee you’re OUT!
And He can’t do that, “For God’s gifts and his call can never be withdrawn,” Rom. 11:29 (NLT)
Salvation is a gift; therefore, the word of God prohibits God from ever taking it back.
God decided to save you BEFORE He created you!
The decision to start your salvation was not yours.
God paid for that with the precious life of His own Son, He NEVER gave you the authority to start or stop your membership; He retains full control over that.
The only control you have is how soon you start experiencing the benefits of salvation and what sort of member you’re going to become.
Are you going to become a nominal member, just having your name on the roster or one who participates fully and becomes an exemplary member, reading and studying the “Club’s Instruction Manual,” attending all the “Membership Meetings,” maybe even excelling to the point of becoming an “Instructor” yourself, mentoring younger members as they join “The Club?”
Salvation is eternal, it has no beginning in reference to time as we know it, therefore it has no ending either.
Christian salvation is eternal and cannot end – Therefore it is permanent and cannot be lost.
Jesus said, “My sheep know my voice, and I know them. They follow me, and I give them eternal life, so that they will never be lost. No one can snatch them out of my hand.
My Father gave them to me, and he is greater than all others. No one can snatch them from his hands.” John 10:27-29 (Bold Type & Italics Mine)
After you’re saved the Holy Spirit keeps you and your salvation safe from the inside, then you and your salvation are kept safe in Jesus’ hands which are kept safe in God the Father’s hands, who Jesus said IS GREATER THAN ALL… Explain to me again how you can lose your salvation?
There are three distinctly different levels of salvation of which becoming ‘Born Again’ is part of the first!
Being Born Again means you have your spirit regenerated or recreated by the power of Almighty God. It means having your inner nature changed from mere human to incorporate the divinity of God.
The following verses from the Bible help substantiate the concept of men sharing in divinity.
“I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.” (Psalms 82:6)
“Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?” (John 10:34).
The purpose of becoming ‘Born Again’ is to regain something that was lost to the Human Race in the beginning of time.
Man was originally made in the image and likeness of God and connected to God through his spirit but when Adam sinned against his Creator the result was disconnection from God and a loss of identity.
This disconnection is called spiritual death, which is a separation from the life of God and an absence of the nature of God.
Now, because of God’s unchanging love for His children He created a way for us to be once more reconnected to Him and receive His divine nature. This happens through the process of being ‘Born again.’
How Exactly is a Person Born Again?
It happens like this. First, you hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
What is the Gospel?
It’s the good news that even though you were born spiritually separated from God and on your way to becoming permanently separated from Him in Hell, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, took the judgment of Adam’s sin upon Himself and died in the place of every human being.
He then rose from the dead three days later so that we could receive His righteousness in place of our guilt and be reconciled and reconnected to God, thus receiving His divine nature in order to live with Him forever in Paradise.
That’s the Gospel in a nutshell!
You hear it and when you do, God grants you the grace to receive it! You receive the message and it becomes a Seed planted in your spirit.
That Seed is the word you heard.
This Word-Seed contains the very nature of God because God and His Word are one; they cannot be separated. They are identical in nature. The bible says, “…The word was God.” (John 1:1)
Now, because the nature of God is inherent in His Word this means that His Word shares in His omnipotence; in other words, the Word of God has the power to create something out of nothing.
This is confirmed in the first chapter of Genesis when God was present and the Holy Spirit was moving upon the face of the waters but nothing happened until God spoke! The divine power inherent in God’s Word created everything we see.
So, the nature of God in the form of a Seed is planted in your spirit.
Now, God gives you the faith to act upon that Seed.
You act in faith by confessing out of your mouth the very thing He promised to do, believing He will do it as you totally submit to His will.
This is the application of your faith! Your confession (prayer) might go like this:
Prayer of Salvation:
Lord Jesus, you said in Revelation 3:20 that you’re standing outside the door of my heart, my life, and knocking for me to let you in. I now make a decision to open the door of my heart, my life and let you in. Please come in Lord Jesus and take complete control, forgive me and cleanse me from my sin and make me a child of God! I am sorry for every sin that I have ever committed. I believe in you and accept you alone as my Lord and Savior! Amen!
When you say these words from your heart totally believing they are true, it acts as a catalyst, germinating the Word-Seed or God-Seed if you will, releasing the life of God within you.
This process is such that the faith you apply acts on the God-Seed cracking it open, allowing the life of God to flow out into your spirit. The same thing happens when you plant a grain of corn into the ground.
The heat and moisture of the earth creates an environment that causes the corn seed to burst open releasing the life of the corn within and you have a brand new creation.
In this case your spirit is the earth and your faith and words are the heat and moisture, which creates the environment for the God-Seed to crack open releasing the life of God within you.
As this new life flows out, it completely pervades and engulfs your spirit transforming it. Where there was death there’s now life. Where there was old there’s now new. “…When this has taken place, then that which was said in the Writings will come true, Death is overcome by life,” 1 Cor 15:54. (Bible in Basic English)
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new,” 2Co 5:17.
Your old spirit ceases to exist and your new spirit lives! You have become a new creation.
Now, the life of God is synonymous with the nature of God, so as His life flows into you His nature is released. Receiving the life of God therefore, is the same as receiving the nature of God.
So, you now have a new nature. “…He has given to us the greatest and precious promises, that through these ye may become partakers of [the] divine nature,” 2 Pet 1:4 (Darby Translation)
The nature of God is Holiness, which means to be unique, other than everything else, sanctified, consecrated and set a part as extremely special. This is what God is and this is what you have become when you share in His nature.
You have become a different type of human being; one of God’s new creation.
You are unique, different, changed from natural to spiritual, from death to life… You are Born Again!
Now, here’s the key to this whole experience, if you miss this, YOU MISS EVERYTHING!
The release of your faith is what creates the miracle of the New Birth in you but faith is an action word. The bible definition of faith means doing something.
This is not to be confused with the works of the flesh or the works of the law but the bible does teach there is a work of faith.
It says, “Remembering without ceasing your work of faith…” (1st Thessalonians 1:3) So what is the work of faith which accompanies salvation?
In one word, it is…
If you repeat that prayer of salvation without repenting there’ll be no power released and no new birth.
You must repent, and repenting means a change of mind or exchanging one ideology for another.
Everyone has something they believe in that gives them a sense of spiritual security.
For most people that’s the purpose of their religion. It’s what provides the feeling of spiritual safety.
For the Atheist it’s the belief that God doesn’t exist.
If God doesn’t exist then there is no judgement to face at the end of time… that belief is what gives the Atheist the sense of safety from judgement.
Every human being has an ideological belief that gives them a sense of spiritual security and it is this very ideology that they MUST give up in order to embrace the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Salvation is a FREE GIFT but there must be an exchange to receive it .. This exchange is called repentance!
This is not to say that you can earn or buy your salvation but understanding this:
If your hands are already full, then you cannot grasp something new with your hands can you?
You’ve got to first let go of whatever you have in your hands before you can grasp something else.
Now, imagine salvation is a gift-wrapped present in a huge box and that box is being offered to you but your hands are already full with the huge box you are already holding on to… your current ideological belief.
This is what repentance is; it is a letting go of one thing to receive something else or a turning away from one thing to embrace something else, making a complete change of direction.
In my case 30 years ago, it was the belief in reincarnation, my belief in reincarnation was my spiritual support, it was the thing that gave me the sense of spiritual security from judgement.
So, when the Gospel of Jesus Christ was explained to me and the truth of it finally dawned on me, I found myself having a decision to make. Was I going to continue holding on to what I felt comfortable with or was I going to let go of that false doctrine and embrace the truth?
This is what every human being MUST face sooner or later.
Whenever we’re presented with the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ we must choose whether we’re going to let go of whatever we’re holding on to for spiritual security and embrace Jesus Christ fully or continue in the same direction we’re going, holding on to whatever spiritual crutch we have.
It doesn’t have to be a doctrine like reincarnation or something similar either; it could be anything that gives you a sense of spiritual safety.
Whatever the ideology, the essential aspect is… your will, are you going to surrender your will to God and let Him take control of your life?
If you do, your faith will bring the power of God on the scene and the miraculous will follow, if not, nothing will happen.
To sum this up, the power of God to effect miraculous change is activated only when we act in faith and acting in faith to receive salvation means turning your back on whatever you’ve been holding on to for spiritual security and embracing Jesus Christ and His sacrifice alone as your total means of salvation.
This, my friends, is what activates the power of God and causes a person to become “Born Again.”
As I said at the beginning, this is only the first level in the three-phased process of salvation but certainly the most important, because it guarantees you permanent entrance into the Kingdom of God and provides the foundation upon which the entire Christian experience is built.
This is why Jesus said, “You must be born again.” (John 3:7)
Understanding The 3 Levels of Salvation: Spirit, Soul & Body
“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!
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.
The three levels of salvation are:
(1) The regeneration of the spirit
(2) The restoration of the soul
(3) The transfiguration of the body.
In strictly biblical terms we call them:
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.”
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.
Here, the process of glorification begins!
It 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!
Here is a summary of The 3 Levels of Salvation:
(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
(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
(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)
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!
All 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.
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!
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.