|Losing Salvation, is that possible? No, it is impossible.||
Last updated: 13-Jun-2017
|Two Misunderstood Scriptural References|
On losing Salvation, some people say that you can lose your Salvation if you are not diligent to protect it. These people say that Satan will steal your Salvation if you are not careful. If this were true, then the question is why wouldn’t Satan try to steal your Salvation? The Believer who doesn't know God's promises would be wrongfully thinking that Satan just hasn’t got an opportunity to steal it. If it were possible to lose your salvation but you make it to Heaven, then it could be said that it was by Satan’s good graces that he didn’t steal your Salvation and you owe Satan gratitude for not stealing it. That is obviously a ludicrous belief that Satan could steal your eternal security.
As we know from the scriptures, we do not get Salvation by any actions of our own. It is a Gift that we merely have to accept which gives God the glory. When we are "saved", in the current Dispensation of the Church age, the Holy Spirit indwells the Believer. If you have any fear that you have lost your Salvation then consider the well-known thoughts taught by many theologians:
If you were no longer "saved" then you will no longer care to know God and would not care if you lost your Salvation.
If you have a desire, then that means you have not lost your Salvation or committed an unpardonable sin. In other words, you wouldn't be reading about losing Salvation. 1 Corinthian 1:18 "For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God." Note that the scripture says "being saved" which is part of the 3 aspects of Salvation.
Two Misunderstood Scriptural references on losing Salvation
First: Many Christians ask about the meaning of the Hebrews 6:4-8: "4 It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, 5 who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age 6 and who have fallen away, to be brought back to repentance. To their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace. 7 Land that drinks in the rain often falling on it and that produces a crop useful to those for whom it is farmed receives the blessing of God. 8 But land that produces thorns and thistles is worthless and is in danger of being cursed. In the end it will be burned."
Second: The other scripture that Christians ask about is Matthew 12:31, “Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven."
First - Hebrews 6:4-8
Verses 4 through 6 are one sentence. In the original Greek, the analysis grammatically indicates the person can no longer be brought back into repentance while they are acting as someone who once had observed or experienced the Gifts and Powers of the Holy Spirit but is acting and denying them along with going back to acting like the non-believing world acts. Once they stop in that type of actions and they are repentative, then they will become eligible again.
Remember that the verses have been translated from the Greek and over the multitudes of centuries, even the English words lose meaning from the original intent. The word tasted, even in our current era, does not mean digested, swallowed or ate. Rather, tasted conveys something like the cook dipping a spoon into the pot to merely see if the flavoring is correct. In the verses 4-5, they found the taste was good but fell away none-the-less.
The key part is becoming eligible for something they have not accepted yet as evidenced by the verses 7 through 8. In other words, they have not been Born-Again and have not been Regenerated / Saved by the Holy Spirit yet. An analogy would be the dating relationship where dating has occurred but the marriage never happened. Verse 8 indicates there is a danger unless this person changes. Consider the scriptural words in the Greek:
|Greek word||Meaning and notes|
|parapesontas||fallen away - In the Aorist tense as a completed action|
|anastaurountas||crucifying - In the Present action as a continuing action|
|Paradeigmatizontas||Publicly ridiculing - In the Present action|
|anakainizein eis metanoian||being restored by a repentative action|
We should also consider Numbers Chapter 13 through Chapter 14 where the nation of Israel, coming out of captivity in Egypt, failed to inherit the Promise Land. They saw the miracles that God performed but they so angered God that God swore an oath that they would not inherit/enter the Promise Land except for two of the "spies", Joshua and Caleb, and the descendants under the age of accountability. Note that Moses was not permitted also because of a later action but Moses did inherit Salvation as evidenced by New Testament's Mount of Transfiguration apperance in Matthew 17:3. When speaking collectively of the nation of Israel, they were all still "saved" from bondage but did not inherit the Promised Land. The question is whether they, as a group of people. were eligible to enter into the Kingdom of God after their deaths. The answer is yes because they did repent and God continued to care for them in the wilderness. In another scriptural case, consider that Esau sold his birth right for one morsel of meat, thus showing he had no regard for it, which rejects the knowledge of blessing given to the first born. We do not know from the scriptures if Esau will be in Heaven based on Hebrews 12:17, but taking the whole Word of God into consideration, the answer is hopefully "yes". Consider the possible evidence that the descendants of Esau, the Edomites, served Israel. Recall from the prologue on this topic that the indication would be that as long as there is a desire then the ability to accept is still available because the desire comes from the Holy Spirit.
Lastly, regarding the danger in Verse 8, consider the possibility that rejecting the Holy Spirit's work might lead to the Holy Spirit no longer working in a person's life which removes the desire for anyone to seek Salvation. This is different than someone rejecting and then at a later time, accepting Jesus Christ because the Holy Spirit's continued work for the person's Salvation. Without the Holy Spirit's continued work, no one could obtain Salvation.
|Proverbs 1:24-29 (keyword: is no fear which means the person has no relationship with God.)||24 But since you refuse to listen when I call and no one pays attention when I stretch out my hand, 25 since you disregard all my advice and do not accept my rebuke, 26 I in turn will laugh when disaster strikes you; I will mock when calamity overtakes you— 27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind, when distress and trouble overwhelm you. 28 “Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me, 29 since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the Lord. 30 Since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke,|
|John 6:44||No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.|
|John 15:16||You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.|
|1 Corintians 1:10||God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.|
Second - Matthew 12:31
This scripture, when kept in context of the scriptures around it, shows that Jesus was having confrontations with the Pharisees. The Pharisees were asking questions to trap Jesus and clearly saw that Jesus healed a man with a shriveled hand along with a demon cast out of a man. The work was being done through Jesus the Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. They were speaking against the Holy Spirit. Notice in Hebrews 12:18 that Jesus Christ, while speaking to a crowd, cited Isaiah "Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations."
Always remember that scripture interprets scripture and does not contradict itself. There are many theories that suggest man can have Salvation and then lose it, but this is impossible according to scriptures like John 10:28-30 and John 17:12. The absolutely clear interpretation of this scripture is the rejection of Jesus Christ in such a way that is final and the person never changes their minds which is a rejection of the Holy Spirit's witness.
A loved one or friend we knowThere will be people in our life that we know went to Church, read the Bible and proclaimed they accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior but they now openly profess they do not believe. The question we need to remember, in light of Hebrews 6:4-8, is did they ever truly accept the Gift of the Cross or did they merely taste? We can be confident that if they are running away from God and truly accepted the Gift of Salvation, then God will finish the work begun in them according to Phillippians 1:6 "being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."
Read now about the three aspects of Salvation (past, present and future). Salvation is a continued work by God.
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