• Wed. Feb 21st, 2024

15th September
Text: Nehemiah 4:6

6 So built we the wall; and all the wall was joined together unto the half thereof: for the people had a mind to work

In part three we said Jesus seeks to build a church on the truth of God’s words which one of such truth is the truth about salvation. We also addressed the faulty doctrine of ONCE SAVED, FOREVER SAVED with scriptural explanations from the bible.
Today, we want to consider more scriptural reference to establish the truth against the faulty teaching of once saved, forever saved as claimed in John 10:28.
Paul wrote in Phillipians 2:12 saying

Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

Here Paul was not speaking to unbelievers or sinners who have not been redeemed, he was speaking to believers addressing them as beloved. He went further admonishing that, they work out their salvation with fear and trembling, it means though they have been saved, yet they need to work out (maintain, sustain) their salvation till Jesus comes with fear (fear of God) and trembling (conscious effort, seriousness and strength given to them by God). If once saved, forever saved was true, why would Paul give such an admonition to the Philippines to work out their salvation with fear and trembling.
Further, Jesus said in Matt 34:12-13 that

And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

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But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. The love of many waxing cold because of iniquity is an indication that we must work out our salvation like Paul said, it is an indication that a soul once saved can still be lost if such soul indulge in sin. Finally Jesus said he that endured to the end the same shall be saved, this means when you receive Christ you were saved (instant salvation) but to be ultimately saved (reign with Jesus in eternity), you must endure to the end (work out your salvation). This clearly further explains that once saved (instant salvation) is not forever saved (ultimate salvation), you have got to abide in Christ, endure and preserve your soul carefully till he comes and save you ultimately.
Beloved, we’ve got to spread, preach and teach the truth of God’s words to his people, to liberate as many who are living in this deception that once they have been saved, no matter what they do or how they live their lives that they surely will make it on the last day. Let’s rise and build a church on the truth and not a church with faulty foundations and doctrines. God bless you
* Father, help me to build myself and others on the truth of your word as a church in Jesus Name.
Lamentations 5, Revelation 8.
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