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|SAVED OR NOT? BELIEVE IT!
The question continues to loom…once
saved, are we safe forever, or can we lose this gift of all gifts. As much as I’ve studied this, there is Bible evidence
that can cause a person to "straddle the fence."
As for staying saved, once we’ve seen its benefits, John 5:24 says, "He that
heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation, but is passed
from death unto life. And in John 6:37, Jesus says, "I will in no wise cast out." And John 10:28-29 says, "Neither
shall any man pluck them out of my hand…and no man is able to pluck them out. And Ephesians 4:30 says, "And grieve
not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. And there are others.
On the other hand, in Exodus 32:33, the Lord
said unto Moses, "Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book." And in Matthew 3:10 Jesus
says, "therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire." And in Matthew
7:19, this is repeated, while in Romans 11:21, He continues to allude to us as trees, saying, "For if God spared not
the natural branches, take heed lest He also spare not thee." And in First Corinthians 9:27, the Apostle Paul says,
"But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection, let that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself
should be a castaway."
A minister on a panel I was watching on TV, summed it up by saying that God won’t take salvation away from us, but we
can reject it on our own. And when all is said and done, there is one consolation; that we can fall away completely, but
Jesus Christ waits with arms wide open, to take us back, if and when we see the light. And He is that Forgiving Light. All
is not lost until we die without God. Don’t risk it.
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I’ve noticed that some of my Conquest articles have taken on a new complexion since my wife
went to her new home. I don’t feel the same about passing from this life to the next. I like to use the
term “The Promise” that the Lord gives to everyone…that Christians will immediately be with loved
ones who’ve gone on, when our turn comes.
King David used that consolation we see in 2nd Samuel 12:23,
after his son by Bathsheba died; “I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” And of course Jesus
showed the same comfort to us, as He hung on the Cross, when he told the thief hanging beside Him, who had become a believer
there, “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”
I’ve written about that in an earlier article, but for those of you who didn’t see it, I’ll give
my interpretation of those words by Christ. “Today” means now…assuring us that we won’t be
put in a waiting area until some time in the future. And “shalt thou be with me” means that He will go to
the same place with this person who’s dying at His side.
And the Bible clearly shows that the word “Paradise” and
“Heaven” are the same place. Revelation 2:7 is enough to convince us: “He who has an ear, let
him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers, I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which
is in the paradise of God.” And the tree of life serves double duty, also indicating that we’ll eat the
best of foods in Heaven.
The only ones who
should fear death, are those of you who haven’t given your heart to the Lord. I beg you to take care of that,
at this very moment. It’s the only time you’re guaranteed.