From 2015 when we started George’s Diary Blog to this moment, a lot of thoughts has been shared on the subject of eternal salvation, some of the opinions also came from the notes I havee kept from years before 2015 when God started opening my eyes on the subject of salvation. Some of these thoughts may have been improved and made clearer as we grow. Before I heard the word “OSAS”, I already believed that Salvation is eternal. The reason was simple, that was what I understood as salvation from the day it became clear to me. John 3:16 which I started quoting as a little child says
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that WHOSOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM SHALL NOT PERISH, but have ETERNAL LIFE”
First, the criteria for salvation is the belief in the Son sent by God to the world; Jesus. In a nutshell, that is faith! So, salvation is by faith in Christ Jesus. Secondly, the invitation was given to whosoever and the result of believing is that “whosoever” shall not perish but instead have the life of God. I grew up knowing John 3:16 even before I could read comprehension in school. The doctrine of eternal salvation is accurately and vehemently captured in John 3:16
If you’ve followed George’s Diary, you’ll see a consistent use of the word “eternal salvation” other than “once saved always saved”, while you may find traces of the later, we have been much more consistent with using the word “eternal salvation”. The reason is that many people hinge on semantics to discredit us and therefore I prefer to use those things I know are word-for-word in consistent with what the Bible teaches. This doesn’t mean I believe differently from what many others who use the word “OSAS” believe. Another reason is because of some very few personal thoughts that I have kept to myself until there is more light in that area. The only thing I want to achieve with this article is to make my stand on the doctrine of eternal salvation very clear.
This is the same doctrine for which I have been abused by fellow church-folks, the same doctrine for which many severed all ties with me and the same doctrine for which my conviction is too strong that it had to rob me of the wisdom of reaching a compromise to keep some relationships, especially those who believe that once you don’t believe what they believe, you’re an enemy. The religious folks will always play the major role in the persecution of those who stand for the truth and the funny thing is that they won’t know they are persecuting us, they will always see it as though they are fighting for God.
There are few points that capture a large chunk of our stand, here in George’s Diary and other affiliate outfits and ministries on the doctrine of eternal salvation otherwise known as eternal security.
1. WHOSOEVER IS IN CHRIST is a new creature. We became new in our spiritual DNA, our past loosed hold on us which means that our new life is founded on God’s righteousness and not on sin!
“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” – 2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT
2. There is no place for works for the guarantee of salvation. We act as saved because we are saved, we don’t act to be saved. Paul called Galatians foolish for ever thinking they can earn salvation based on works.
“Let me ask you this one question: Did you receive the Holy Spirit by obeying the law of Moses? Of course not! You received the Spirit because you believed the message you heard about Christ. How foolish can you be? After starting your new lives in the Spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort?” – Galatians 3:2-3 NLT
3. A believer cannot lose his salvation, a believer cannot reject salvation. Anyone who claimed to be a believer and later denounced the faith, he never believed in the first place. When people denounce the faith, it is proof that they never believed the gospel. To believe is without doubt; doubting to the extent of turning back from what was once claimed to have been believed
“These people left our churches, but they never really belonged with us; otherwise they would have stayed with us. When they left, it proved that they did not belong with us.” – 1 John 2:19 NLT
4. A believer doesn’t sin, but even if a believer does sin, we have an advocate who intercedes on the behalf of the believer. The sin of a believer doesn’t nullify salvation. This is the ever-active work of Jesus! Jesus is the atonement for the sins of the entire world.
“My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous. He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of all the world.” – 1 John 2:1-2 NLT
5. We rest on the finished works of Jesus, we can’t improve on it or maintain it. If we are in Jesus, we are saved.
“God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.” – Ephesians 2:8-9 NLT
6. The power of sin has been dealt with. The ability of sin to keep you condemned has been destroyed. You are now subject to God’s grace.
“Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace. Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living.” – Romans 6:14, 18 NLT
7. There is only one unforgivable sin and that is the sin of unbelief. It is unforgivable, not because God is lacking in some degrees of mercy but because total unbelief is the rejection of salvation in its entirety. To deny Jesus is the sin against the Holy Spirit.
“But anyone who denies me here on earth will be denied before God’s angels. Anyone who speaks against the Son of Man can be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.” – Luke 12:9-10 NLT
8. The maturity of the believer is not hinged on dos and donts but on the revelation of God’s word, as it renews our mind. We were not given ministers of the gospel to teach what is sin and what isn’t sin, the essence is for the maturity of the saints.
“This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth.” – Ephesians 4:13-14 NLT
9. We produce forth fruit as a result of what God is doing in us. It is God working in us to do good works and show forth our salvation.
“Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.” – Philippians 2:12-13 NLT
10. The believer in Christ shouldn’t be afraid of judgment on any grounds because the believer is saved and eternally secured. Our love grows perfect every day in Christ.
“And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world.” – 1 John 4:17 NLT
11. The Holy Spirit is the seal and guarantees that we are safe in Christ and that God is with us forever.
“The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify him.” – Ephesians 1:14 NLT
The only grounds on which people who question the doctrine of eternal salvation do so is is these questions “are you now saying we should continue sinning? Do you mean that if a Christian dies in fornication that he is not going to hell? Do you mean that when we don’t ask for the forgiveness of our sins that we are still saved?” But to some extents, these questions show our level of maturity, why should a Christian be thinking fornication all the time? Why aren’t they asking “if I was bitter about someone in my heart and suddenly die, am I going to hell?” Why are they only talking about the sins that we deem big?
The reason we keep debating sin is that we think it’s by moral instructions, that we can get men to growth… No, it’s not. Sin shouldn’t be a subject to dwell on, sin has been dealt with and as we grow in the word of God, we become more like God in the body, we continue to wear off the clothes of sin.
It’s either we are covered or we are not covered, its either we are saved or we are not saved. It is either we are sealed or we are not sealed.
When we discuss the gospel here at George’s Diary and other affiliated organisations, especially as regards to salvation, we don’t teach what we simply read in books or hear others, you won’t find us quoting anyone except the Bible because this is the same gospel that saved us when we were lost and confused. What changed us was the good news of God’s grace and his never-ending love. Our convictions stemmed up from the word when we knew nothing and when we knew no man!
We are so assured of our salvation that “making heaven” isn’t a prayers point you’ll ever hear us pray. When I do something wrong and I come to God in the place of prayer, I pour my heart to him and affirm how I didn’t get it right but I am not pleading for forgiveness to get God to forgive me, I am already forgiven even before I sinned, I simply key into that truth in all humility and absolute reverence to God. I also don’t have anything against people asking for forgiveness if that’s the level they operate in but the more you grow the more you understand what Christ has done and the more you stand on it.
When we keep teaching the word, we will discover that there is a change that comes from the word which moral instructions can’t give. If the gospel is God’s power unto salvation, we are rest assured that the gospel will also produce in us the desired fruits of the Spirit. To keep asking if believers will go to hell when they do something wrong is to outrightly say that the word lacks power and isn’t efficacious.
Jesus said “if you love me, keep my commandment” The Bible tells us further that the love of God has been shed abroad in our hearts. It takes love to live for God’s glory and not a list of ten commandments or a persistent announcement and threats of hell. What Jesus asked us to do is to be witnesses for him and not to start marking people for condemnation.
I pray for you today, that as you open up to God and the words of his grace, you are built up and grounded and as you discover your inheritance in Christ, you live more and more for him. May the eyes of your understanding continue to be enlightened in the knowledge of God’s word so that you can be able to do what’s pleasing to God. Amen.
House of Vasileia