3 Options: Believe you are Saved Eternally, Believe you are Saved Conditionally, Unsure
If someone does not understand that salvation is eternal, a once-for-all DEFINITIVE salvation, what are the options?
Either they believe it is a definitive eternal salvation by faith alone in Jesus or not
If definitive and eternal, then only can be by faith alone into Christ (free gift, free grace)
If not definitevely eternal, then it must be conditional on something OTHER than faith alone into Christ (If it is not a once and for all done deal resulting in an eternal salvation, then there must necessarily be other conditions, not a immediate appropriation of eternal life by the simple exercise of faith)
what are the options?
1) a perseverance in faith
2) a perseverance in obedience
3) keep from sinning mortal sins
4) a combination of the above
In the flow chart I came up with two absolutes:
Either one believes that it is eternal, or one believes that it is conditional
What of the one who is not sure if it is eternal or conditional (like the Arminian and Calvinistic schemes)? He has FAILED to believe, for faith = certainty ONE WAY OR THE OTHER
1) You will never hunger
2) You will never thirst
3) You will never perish
4) You will never come into judgement
5) You can never be plucked from His hands
6) You will never die, into eternity
7) You will be resurrected
How can one say one believes Christ when he is fundamentally denying His salvific promise?