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Friday, January 18, 2013
Can a Christian lose Salvation?
I think the first thing we need to ask is “What is
Salvation?” In a nutshell, it means ‘to be saved from damnation and sin allowing
us to have eternal life with Christ’.
Salvation is a gift from god and not from our works, our
level of faith or religious acts that we partake in. It is only through Jesus
Christ and what He did at the cross that we can earn salvation. When God makes
a promise of a gift, He never turns back from that.
Let’s look at a few points for this argument.
·In Corinthians 2 5:17 we are told that a
Christian is a new Creation in Christ. If we lose salvation then this would
fall away and have to be reversed. A Christian cannot be un-created. Once a new
creation had developed, the Christian inherits all the promises in God’s Word.
·John 3:16 mentions that whoever believes in
Jesus shall not perish and have eternal life. Well if Salvation had any chance
of being removed from a believer that that means that Gods Word is a lie and
that God had taken Eternal life away from us.
·Christians are also justified in Christ.
This means that God glorifies a Christian just as He glorified His Son, Jesus
Christ. The Word mentions that once a Christian is in heaven, they will receive
a newly created “heavenly” body. If salvation could be lost, then this would
all be a lie as well. Romans 8:30 (NLT) says this: “And having chosen them, he called them to
come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself.
And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory.”
When Christ died on the cross for our sin and ascended to
heaven 3 days later, this was a type of blueprint as what would happen to the
Christian believer. Once we believe that Christ is our Saviour, we have
Salvation. The answer the above question, to me, is that a Christian CANNOT
lose salvation, because would mean that all the promises made by God in His
Word are a lie. But the kicker here is
the word ‘Christian’. This means believing in Christ and Living a Christian
should. We have to be very specific in what the question asks.
What happens if a Christian continues to live a life of
strife, lies, swearing, anger or immoral life? Can they lose salvation? Well,
to me, that isn’t a Christian then. Christians should not act in that way. Or
what happens if a Christian had faith or did believe but then rejects Christ?
Again, they have rejected Christ. 1 John 3:6 (NIV) says this: “No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to
sin has either seen him or known him.”
Christians do not continue to live immoral lifestyles
and so I believe that True Christians cannot lose salvation but those that have
rejected Christ will not inherit the promises of God’s Word.