Eternal Security #2

A continuation…

Objections

Not all Christians agree on the doctrine of Eternal Security. This is one of those areas where reasonable Christians disagree. A good number of godly, scholarly, biblical evangelical, born-again Christians would deny Eternal Security. They offer two main objections: 1) that the Bible doesn’t teach it; 2) that it leads to spiritual laziness.

1) The Bible doesn’t teach it.

Opponents to the doctrine say the Bible teaches just the opposite, that you can, in fact lose your salvation. They have a whole list of verses that they claim teach this. However, if you analyze these verses one by one you will discover that they really do not teach against Eternal Security at all. Rather these verses either talk about people who weren’t saved in the first place, or about people who lose the joy of their salvation without losing their salvation. There are about six
main Bible verses routinely brought up. We could spend hours here, but I’m only going to offer one or two sentences on each verse. OPEN YOUR BIBLE… and make some notes!!

1. Matt. 10:22. This verse is about deliverance from physical destruction at
the end of the Great Tribulation, not about enduring spiritually
to the end of your life in order to obtain eternal salvation.
2. Hebr. 3:14. The issue here is the word “end.” Until the end. End here
refers to the end of the process of salvation, not to the end of
your life. In the context we learn that getting saved is a
process. You are saved if you start the process of salvation,
and then bring it through to completion by faith in Christ. That
is the goal or end in view in this verse.
3. Hebr. 6:4-6. One of the “mother-ships” of conditional security. This passage is about people who dipped their toes in the
water of salvation, but were never saved.
4. 2 Pet. 2:20-22. Again, this verse refers to people who were really never saved.
5. James 2:17; 2:20; 2:26. An act of mind only (faith) without a choice in the will (works) is useless (dead). Still, though, we believe that life true faith does result in a life of good works (Eph 2:10).
6. Col. 1:23. The word “if” here in the KJV should be translated since.

These are some of the scriptural objections to Eternal Security. We have only mentioned six verses, and there are others. But if you really study them in context, you will see that all of the objection verses would be correctly interpreted in two categories: either the people weren’t saved in the first place; or they were and are saved, but have lost the joy of their salvation.

Tomorrow, the objection that eternal security produces spiritual laziness, then on to the mountain of positive affirmations of once saved alway saved.

One parting shot… is conditional security really security at all? Is a conditional forgiveness really forgiveness at all?

Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:37-39, NKJV).

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One thought on “Eternal Security #2

  1. Hello, Bill…

    Just like the (visible) circumcision of the flesh, the (invisible) circumcision of the heart is irreversible. That is, once it’s done, it can’t be undone. The invisible circumcision is defined as the removal of the hardness of the heart, when we receive God’s righteousness at salvation (please compare Acts 7:51 with Colossians 2:11).

    The Book of Hebrews admonishes us to ensure that our hearts not become hardened, since the hardness of the heart is the indicator that one is NOT saved—that is, that one is “uncircumcised.” For example, the Israelites in the desert did not enter the Promised Land because of their unbelief (Heb 3:19), that is, their hearts were hardened (uncircumcised), despite the fact that they were visibly “saved” from Egypt—however, they were not saved through the righteousness, which comes by faith, which precluded their entrance into the Promised Land.

    The sign of the Abrahamic covenant is “circumcision.” According to the Apostle Paul, Abraham’s righteousness was demonstrated when he believed God that he would have a son named Isaac. (Please compare Rom 4:19-22 with Gen 17:21). At the time neither Abraham nor Sarah were capable of sexual reproduction, thus the visible circumcision which Abraham received at that time had removed the impediment (sexual death), which had precluded them from sexual reproduction. In the following year, Abraham sired Isaac through Sarah, because both Abraham (Rom 4:19) and Sarah (Heb 11:11) believed God’s promise. In other words, the deadness of Sarah’s womb and the deadness of Abraham’s body were removed by the “circumcision” of righteousness. In like manner, the hardened heart is removed at salvation, and thus we are “circumcised”—that is, our spiritual death is removed according to Col 2:11-14.

    Here is the corollary: the genuinely saved believer has had the hardness of his heart removed through the surgical procedure of the removal of spiritual death (Colossians 2:11-14). Therefore the genuinely saved believer, who is spiritually alive, CANNOT have a hardened heart and therefore die again spiritually (i.e., lose their salvation). The so-called “Christian,” who thinks he’s a Christian, who has the hardened heart is like the hardened ground, which does not and cannot “drink water” in order to produce fruit, but only thorns to be burned (Heb 6:7-8). Such hardness exists in such a so-called “Christian,” because such hardness was never removed in the first place through the invisible circumcision of the Holy Spirit (Col 2:11-14).

    When the Book of Hebrews indicates that we persevere through faith, the assumption is that we have no hardness of heart toward the word of God. Those who do have hardness of heart are not those who were once saved and then subsequently lost their salvation, but those who never had the hardness removed in the first place (through “circumcision” that is irreversible).

    Grace,
    Joseph

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