[We are] not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. (Romans 1:16)

Friday, September 05, 2008

Once saved, always saved is at the very heart of Christianity

by Matthew

The doctrine of eternal security is at the very heart of the Christian faith. Once you take away the doctrine of Once saved, always saved, you cease to believe in Christianity and you believe something else.

The doctrine of eternal security has its foundations in those doctrines that are central to the Christian faith:

The Incarnation

In Christ, humanity and deity are joined together in perfect union. Those who are in Christ are united to the Godhead. Humanity is joined to deity and men and women can live the divine life, eternal life, enjoying the eternal existence of God.

The Substitutionary death of our Lord

The death of Christ frees the believer from death. Eternal redemption has been secured through the sacrificial death of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Resurrection of our Lord

The believer is justified in the risen Christ. She is dead and risen with Him. Just as Christ can never die again, the believer can never perish.

The Ascension of our Lord

The Lord Jesus has ascended into heaven where He is our representative. Through their union with Him, the believers' place and privilege is in heaven. That is where the believer eternally belongs.

The New Birth

The believer is beome a child of God. Just as a child can never cease to be the son or daughter of her parents, the believer can never cease to be a child of God.

The Indwelling of the Holy Spirit

The believer is indwellt with the Holy Spirit. The Scriptures say nothing about the Holy Spirit ceasing to indwell a Christian.

The Church

The believer is brough into the church which is the body of Christ. That body is an indivisible union, not a voluntary association.

The discipline and judgment of the believer

Though it be a fearful thing, the Father's discipline and chastening of believers reveals His fatherly care and ownership of the child of God.

The Resurrection and Glorification of the Elect

Those who are called and justified are to be raised from the dead and glorified. "We shall not all sleep, but we shall be changed." "So shall we ever be with the Lord."

The New Heavens and the New Earth

The regeneration of the believer is a type and foretaste of the renewal of the cosmos. Just as the restoration of creation is a certain fact, so is the believer;s eternal security.

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  • I tend to agree with you. This was a lovely post.

    By Blogger Rose~, at Friday, September 05, 2008 8:38:00 AM  

  • Hi Matthew:

    I tend to agree with you, although to say that those who deny this doctrine cease to believe in Christianity and believe something else. kinda puts the Arminians (Wesleyans etc.,) outside the pale, does it not?


    Rose: You didn't greet Matthew :o)

    By Blogger GOODNIGHTSAFEHOME, at Friday, September 05, 2008 10:47:00 AM  

  • Rose, thanks.

    Colin, those who deny eternal security believe a different gospel. Their doctrne is no better than Roman Catholicism. Eternal redemption is made dependant on man's works.

    By Blogger Celestial Fundie, at Friday, September 05, 2008 11:20:00 AM  

  • Hi Matthew,

    Can a man be saved then if he believes another gospel?


    By Blogger GOODNIGHTSAFEHOME, at Friday, September 05, 2008 11:35:00 AM  

  • No.

    This is not to say that all Arminians are lost.

    All a person needs to believe to be saved is that she posesses eternal life through Jesus Christ. Believing that one can lose one's salvation is not compatible, however, with this trust.

    Nevertheless, most people when they become a Christian do not think "Oh, I might lose my salvation." No, all they know is that they are going to heaven thanks to Jesus Christ. This is true faith. It may be that later they will lose that certainty through the false teaching of Arminianism, but if they have believed in eternal security, even if for only minutes they are eternally redeemed.

    God Bless


    By Blogger Celestial Fundie, at Friday, September 05, 2008 12:42:00 PM  

  • Matt thanks for this post. Good stuff.

    By Blogger Antonio, at Thursday, September 25, 2008 1:25:00 PM  

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