This essay is one in a collection of articles on salvation. The Bible does indicate that the believer issecure. Arminianism disputes this and believes that a believer can fall away and lose his salvation.Many other believers affirm the eternal security of the believer. There are many passages in theBible which are used to promote the eternal security of the believer and others passages used againstit. Obviously one side is right and the other is wrong. I believe in the eternal security of the believer and I am endeavouring to defend this teaching. I will examine some of the texts usedagainst the doctrine (time does not permit me to examine them all, there are numerous passages thatappear to maintain both positions).The most common objection to the doctrine of eternal security is not exegetical but pragmatic.Anti-eternal security advocates object that we provide a licence to sin if we teach this doctrine. Inreality, these objectors do not understand the grace of God any more than those who abuse the sameteaching. It is Gods grace that has brought us salvation, and the same grace which teaches us to liveholy lives, not to live to please ourselves.For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching usthat, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, andgodly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the gloriousappearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us,that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people,zealous of good works. (Titus 2:11-14)The Bible does not spur us to holiness by threatening us with a lost salvation. Instead it appeals tous on the basis of our salvation:Itherefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocationwherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering,forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Eph 4:1-3)The same gracious words were spoken to the Corinthians:Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be notdeceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
And such were some of you:
but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of theLord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.Here Paul is saying “do not be like the unrighteous. That is what some of you were, this is how they behave but you have nothing to do with these sins”. The term “unrighteous” designates an unsaved person. The Corinthians, however, were sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be saints (c1v2)despite the fact that they were guilty of the sins listed here. The case of disobedient believers will be looked at later. Another example of beseeching us to holiness is found in Ephesians 5:But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once namedamong you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting,which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that nowhoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath anyinheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no man deceive you with vainwords: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God
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